Do you miss the times when Christmas shopping was fun? When you looked forward to strolling through the streets, looking at the beautiful window displays, instead of waiting in lines longer than your driveway? When you shopped at a slower pace, running into people you meet, instead of running them over in a dash to get the last thingy-ma-bob?
I sure do. Although I was born in the 70s, I still experienced some of that kind of shopping in my travels to bigger cities and Europe. One of the reasons we wanted to open a coffee shop in downtown Lima is that we wanted to experience that type of community shopping again. Not only does it foster a greater sense of community, it’s just more fun, and it benefits our local economy.
The Holiday Shopping Pass lists nine downtown shops that offer fun and unique holiday shopping experiences. As customers visit the shops, they can present the pass and get a special sticker for each location. Once a customer has filled the pass with stickers from at least seven retailers, it can be turned in for the prize drawing. Winners will be drawn on December 22nd. Three prizes are available:
The Relaxation Package: Large gourmet coffee and tea gift basket from The Meeting Place on Market, with a variety of comic
books and graphic novels from Alter Ego Comics, & a $50 gift certificate from David’s Finery.
The Looking Good Package: A $50 gift certificate from each: Don Jenkins Jewelry, Nitza’s, and Hofeller, Hiatt and Clark.
The Pampered Artist Package: 72” Zeikos Pro tripod from Mack Camera ($80 value), a $50 gift certificate for an art class from ArtSpace Lima, and a $50 gift certificate from Pears Avenue Boutique.
The shopping pass not only offers a fun way for people to find the perfect gift, it also benefits our community.
Based on the Civic Economics Andersonville Study of Retail Economics, if every family in the country spent an extra $10 a month with a locally-owned, independent business instead of a national chain, over $9.3 billion would be directly returned to local economies.[i]
Participating retailers are:
Alter Ego Comics, comic books
and movie and TV collectibles, 230 N. Main St., http://www.alteregocomics.com,
ArtSpace/ Lima Gift Shoppe, hand-made art work and gifts,
65 Town Square, http://www.artspacelima.com, 419-222-1721
David’s Finery, gifts and decorative items, 115 N.
Elizabeth St., http://www.davidsfinery.com, 419-222-7089
Don Jenkins, fine jewelry, 117 N. Elizabeth St.,
Hofeller, Hiatt, & Clark, quality men’s clothing, 237
N. Main St., http://www.hofellers.com, 419-228-5621
Mack Camera, cameras & photography, 119 N. Elizabeth
Nitza’s, ladies boutique and tailor shop, 300 N. Main St., http://www.facebook.com/nitzasinlima,
Pears Avenue Boutique (Opening sometime in November), unique
furniture and décor, 300 N. Main St., http://www.pearsavenue.net
The Meeting Place on Market, gourmet coffee, tea and gift
baskets, 220 W. Market St., http://www.meetingplaceonmarket.com,
Holiday Shopping Passes can be picked up at any participating retailer, or downloaded from www.downtownlimaohio.com. Completed passes must be turned in by December 21st, 2011, at the Civic Center Business Office, 7 Town
Square, open Monday – Friday, 12 – 5 pm.
Download the Downtown Lima Holiday Shopping Pass
Based on Civic Economics Andersonville Study of Retail
Economics: When you spend $100 at an independent business, $68 returns to the
local economy versus $43 when spent with a national chain. Based on U.S. Census
projection of 115 million households.