Shop Small Week comes to Stevens Point
By Taylor Hale
STEVENS POINT – Downtown Stevens Point shops are getting the most out of Shop Small Saturday this year by making it a full week.
Shop Small Week starts on Nov. 20 with a new passport program and runs until Shop Small Saturday on Nov. 27.
Fill the new Shop Small Week passport with a stamp from each participating business, and enter your completed card into a city-wide drawing to win up to $100 Downtown Dollars that can be spent with any Stevens Point Alliance business.
“Right now there are about 30 businesses participating, so anyone can come to any of those businesses and get their passport stamped,” said Bria Bella & Co. owner Tara Manzke.
Manzke created the passport idea as a way to encourage locals to get out and visit local shops they may otherwise not have.
“It gets people out of the house during Shop Small Week,” she said.
The event kicks off on Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the downtown square, where participating shops will set up welcome tents, giving out coupons, swag bags, and passports. No purchases are needed to fill out passports. Guests then have seven days to visit as many participating shops as they can.
Completed passports need to be turned into any participating business on Nov. 27. A drawing for winners will take place on Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. in the square, and will be live-streamed on the Downtown Stevens Point Facebook page. Prizes will be available for pickup starting on Nov. 30 at the Stevens Point Convention and Visitors Bureau.
To learn more about participating shops and the passport, visit the Downtown Stevens Point group on Facebook.
About Shop Small Week
Shop Small Saturday is a national event that takes place on Nov. 27. This year, Mayor Mike Wiza announced a proclamation declaring Nov.20-27 as Shop Small Week, following in the footsteps of Shop Small Saturday, on Nov. 6.
Wiza hopes the week-long event helps support local businesses.