The Shop Small North Platte passport is returning Saturday, Nov. 30 and organizers hope for another smashing success to boost the shops in town.
“Last year was a huge success and a lot of fun,” said Cassie Condon, the vice-president for economic development for the North Platte Area Chamber & Development Corporation. “We gave out over $1,800 in gift cards to locally owned shops and helped spread awareness of our unique shopping destinations in the North Platte area.”
More than 30 locally owned and operated retailers have signed on to participate this year.
Each business will have an exclusive stamp, or sticker, to give customers on Nov. 30. Customers can pick up their Passport at any of the businesses and get a stamp there too, then visit other stores to get more stamps. When they fill the eight spots of the passport and turn it in by the end of the day, they enter the drawing.
Only 3,000 passports are printed, so be advised to get out early for yours, Condon said. Each business has a limited supply of passports, but if one business runs out, check with another.
Two winners will be drawn the following week to share hundreds of dollars in gift cards from participating businesses, which will help the winners have a good holiday. A few gift items will be given away too.
“Last year we drew one winner and this year we decided to spread the cheer and break it into two,” Condon said.
“We really want to highlight all of the options available in North Platte,” she said. “We felt the impact of national retailers here tremendously. When the big box stores left, it was a shock. Our community was shook. To me — it opened my eyes to the wonderful assets we do have. That’s what this program is all about — thanking them, being aware of them, telling others about them and spreading the word that we do have options.”
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“How fortunate we are to have many community members willing to invest in us,” Condon said. “We are fortunate to have over 30 businesses and more willing to do their part to impact our economy. That’s what this program is all about.”