Shop-Hop Cornwall Brings out the Fun in Shopping Small
I took to the streets of Cornwall, NY on small business Saturday (11/29) to explore the shopping excitement and participate in the third annual Shop-HOP. I admire this event for two reasons:
1. 35 stores were in cooperation
2. The prize basket was really awesome!
All 35 participating stores offered a stamp during business hours to help fill your game-card. Everyone with a totally marked card got to enter a raffle for the prize-basket. Rules as follows: start and stop at any participating store; leave completed scorecard at the last place you visit; eligible cards will have stamps from all 35 stores; limit one scorecard per adult; no purchase necessary.
But it would be hard not to find something lovely to buy...
The Grand Prize Basket worth over $1100 went to Maryanne O'Dell
Luann Richards showcasing one of her unique and inter testing gifts at Creative Gifts and More
Event organize Luann Richards, owner of Creative Gifts and More on Cornwall's Main St. helped organize the event which included pet photos with Santa and a dog walk. Fundraising totals of $275 were divided between Safe Haven Animal Shelter and the Cornwall Bark Park.
Cornwall Local spotted me in action! Jason Kaplan wrote:
"Those who decided to brave the frigid temperature weren’t hard to spot. They walked up and down sidewalks, popping in and out of stores, carrying beige canvas bags reading “Shop Small” in a navy blue circle. Stefanie Pearl, a first time participant, said she was ready to start shopping for Christmas. And she was motivated by an American Express gift card burning a hole in her wallet.
“If I see something that reminds me of someone, I buy it for them,” she said of her shopping strategy.
Sidewalk access to many of the participating shops enticed Pearl to walk most of the day as she tried to complete her scorecard.
Caught in the act on Small Business Saturday.
Here are some more photos for my Saturday afternoon adventure:
Creative Gifts Special Coupon
Furniture on sale at Encore Home Store $75
Elizabeth Heath, owner at Mindful Balance Acupuncture gave hot tips to these ladies to help them live healthier lives!
Appointments Tu/Fri at this location, gift certificates available.
Ken Brodmerbel signed up Cornwall Wine and Liquors through the Am-Ex Small Business database.
it was easier than expected, he told me.
Great find in front of The Hair Boutique
Stella and Heidi looking GLAM at Encore consignment boutique
Scorecard! No cheating.
So, long story short: with two shopping weeks left.. I suggest you pop into a cute town like Cornwall and take a walk-about. See what beautiful and interesting things you can find, and support our local economy.