WINCHESTER – The village streets were bustling Sat., Nov. 4, with hundreds of shoppers, passports in hand, navigating local businesses and exploring exclusive promotions and events around town for the third annual Winchester Shop Crawl.
This year, 16 locations were marked on participants’ passports – Main Street Clothing Company (both locations), The Heritage House Spa, Barkley’s Shoes and Accessories, Cass Bridge Cheese and Gift Shop, Country Treasures (Winchester BMR), CJAM Fashion Boutique, The Planted Arrow, Forever Young Creations, The Town Vintner, Winchester Print and Stationary, Cup of Jo’s, Winchelsea Events, the Double C Outlet, Bridals by Al-Mor, Samantha’s Emporium, and Paddletales.
Shoppers were able to collect stamps from each stop along the way. At the end of the day, completed passports were put into a draw for a grand prize totalling more than $300 worth of items donated by local businesses.
Many of the stores paid the taxes on purchases, and special luncheons were also hosted for patrons at Cup of Jo’s and Winchelsea Events (which also housed a local vendor show).
Each year, more local business owners have jumped on board with the event, which was organized by Main Street Clothing Company owner Lisa Williams as a way to put “Winchester on the map as a thriving business community” for the third year in a row.
“It’s our first time participating, and it has been great to see the community coming together,” said Marti Craig, co-owner of Double C Outlet. “I’m not sure everyone knows we’re here and what we’re all about, so this brings in people. Even if they don’t buy, they can at least see what we are and what we offer.”
Shoppers from as far as Ottawa and Cornwall also came out to see what the village had to offer.
“We saw the event promoted on the news, and decided to make a day of it,” said Brockville resident Susan Jason, who checked out shops with three other girl friends during the event. “It’s such a great idea – we’ve had lunch, done a bit of shopping…We never would’ve come to Winchester otherwise.”