Downtown Greenville shoppers can win prizes


GREENVILLE — This holiday season, shoppers can earn chances to win hundreds of dollars in merchandise and gift certificates through “Win the Window,” a shop local campaign by Main Street Greenville and Second National Bank.

“This promotion was created to encourage and remind people to shop local during the holiday season and to support our downtown businesses,” said Crysta Hutchinson Bloomingdale, executive director for Main Street Greenville.

Between Nov. 23 and Dec. 8, shoppers can enter to win by spending money at any of the participating downtown Greenville businesses. Shoppers can find the list of participating businesses and prizes on the Main Street Greenville website, www.mainstreetgreenville.org.

Participating businesses have provided merchandise and gift certificates to place under the Christmas tree in Main Street Greenville’s window, located in the Darke County Welcome Center at 421 S. Broadway.

Shoppers will get a ticket entry for every $5 they spend at a participating downtown business, up to single purchases of $1,000. For example, those who spend $100 at a business will receive 20 tickets to enter into the contest to win the window of prizes. There is no limit to how many times an individual can shop to enter. The more shoppers spend downtown at participating businesses, the more chances they will have to win the window full of prizes.

New to the contest this year, there will be multiple winners. The bounty of merchandise and gift certificates has been divided into categories such as home decor, hair care, apparel, and food and drink. Each category will have a winner for a grand total of four chances to win.

Participating businesses will have tickets available at the time of purchases and a glass jar to collect all of the tickets for the drawing. The drawing for the winners will take place at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Main Street Greenville office, located in the Darke County Welcome Center at 421 S. Broadway. Entrants are not required to be present to win.

In conjunction with the Win the Window contest, Main Street Greenville once again is serving as a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24. Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after U.S. Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First observed in 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively.

By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

To help celebrate the day downtown Greenville the following events are scheduled:

· All Day: Shop and dine at participating businesses to be entered into the Win the Window Contest.

· 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Small Business Bingo. Use the image Main Street Greenville will provide on Facebook to play small business bingo. When you’ve completed a row, bring your receipts to the Darke County Welcome Center and be entered for a chance to win a $25 gift card to a favorite downtown business.

· 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: The first 175 shoppers who visit Main Street Greenville’s office at the Darke County Welcome Center (located directly next to KitchenAid Experience) and show their receipts, will receive a free Shop Small Canvas Bag and goodies from the event sponsor, Second National Bank.

· 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Bring in your items purchased at downtown businesses for free gift wrapping.

· Noon-2 p.m.: Free horse carriage rides throughout historic downtown Greenville. Rides begin in front of the Darke County Courthouse.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth. Learn more about the organization and the contest on its website, www.mainstreetgreenville.org, or follow Main Street Greenville on Facebook. Individuals can contact Main Street Greenville at info@mainstreetgreenville.org or 937-548-4998.