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A week left in Holiday Shopping Marathon

Chris Olson / The Sun Sharri Besednik, owner of Calamity Janes Second time Around Shoppe, shows the Christmas ornament participants in the Holiday Shopping Marathon must find in her store to complete the prize ticket for a weekly and grand prize drawing.

There is a week left in the inaugural Holiday Shopping Marathon in Jamestown, and at least one business owner participating in the effort is pleased with the results.

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Sharri Besednik, owner of Calamity Janes Second time Around Shoppe on First Avenue South, said she had customers in her store the first week of the marathon looking for the Christmas ornament.

“I have heard nothing but compliments from my customers about the marathon,” she said.

The Holiday Shopping Marathon started Nov. 3 and runs through Nov. 29, which is Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year for most retailers. A group of community members organized the project as a way to promote shopping locally.

Katie Ryan-Anderson, one of the marathon’s organizers, said the project is called a marathon because it lasts 26 days, the same number of miles a person would run in a marathon.

“I had a lady come in the other day who was just gushing about the marathon, what a great idea it was,” Besednik said. She said the woman had visited at least two other stores in Jamestown that day that she had never been in before.

“She said the marathon has really opened her eyes to what Jamestown has to offer as far as shopping,” Besednik said.

So far, Besednik said the people coming into her store to complete their marathon prize ticket are also spending money there as well.

“People are buying gifts for Christmas, or telling their friends and family to buy gifts here in Jamestown,” she said.

Ryan-Anderson said she has heard nothing but positive comments from businesses participating in the marathon.

An incentive for people to participate in the marathon is a weekly drawing for prizes, and a grand prize drawing of $500 Chamber Bucks from the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 29 at the Buffalo Mall. People can pick up a prize ticket at the Buffalo Mall business office, the Jamestown Civic Center, and the customer service desk at Coborn’s Grocery. Along with the entry ticket, people receive a list of the 80 or so participating retail businesses and a map showing each business’ location.

The businesses are divided into 12 categories. To be eligible for the weekly and grand prize drawing, shoppers must visit at least 10 stores from 10 of the 12 categories. Each business can only be listed once on a prize ticket.

People may enter multiple prize tickets for the drawing, but must meet the criteria to be eligible for the weekly and grand prize drawings.

Tim Perkins, the Buffalo Mall’s assistant manager, said Tuesday that so far 100 people have turned in completed prize tickets and there have been 10 weekly prize winners chosen so far. He said so far he hasn’t heard from retailers in the mall if people stopping in to get their prize tickets filled out are also spending money in there at the same time.

Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at colson@jamestownsun.com

Chris Olson

Hometown: Traverse City, MI College: Northwestern Michigan College and Michigan State University

(701) 952-8454
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