GO AHEAD, PUT IT OFF...'TIL TUESDAY
by Kirby Lindsay
From 4 – 7p.m. on December 22, the Tuesday before Christmas, many Fremont stores, restaurants, pubs and coffee shops have issued a specific invitation to last minute shoppers (and anyone interested in good deals, cheap eats and free stuff) to wander down to the Center of the Universe for the Holiday Shopping Spree & Pub Crawl.
This event, organized by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce – by their Executive Director, Jessica Vets - could provide a great opportunity for those looking to blitz shop. “It’s a local shopping district,” Vets pointed out, “with a variety of gifts available, from expensive to stocking stuffers.”
She intends for this to become a regular, annual occurrence for the Tuesday before Christmas. “Tuesday tends to be a slower shopping day in Fremont, when businesses can accommodate a crowd of shoppers,” and Vets has reason to expect crowds to descend upon the neighborhood.
What’s In It for Me?
Crawlers and/or shoppers can print out a game sheet on-line at Fremont.com, or pick one up from any participating business. Anyone showing a game card during the event receives a special rate at participating businesses – food specials, discounts on merchandise, 2-for-1 offers, etc.
Additionally, every purchase made, of a discounted item or not, earns a stamp on the game sheet. At the end of the evening, crawlers with 10 stamps or more turn in their completed game sheets to any participating business as their entry for a drawing. The winner will be announced after Christmas, so it won’t be their fault if they keep the contents of the prize basket – gift certificates and merchandise from a variety of Fremont businesses – as their own reward for being a dedicated gift shopper.
Beyond The Pub Crawl
This event has many more possibilities than another vague excuse for twenty-somethings to get hammered on a Tuesday afternoon. The Pub Crawl part includes many of Fremont’s most delicious restaurants, coffee shops – including e.t.g. and Peet’s, and Custom Smoothies. As Vets suggested, “this can be a fun thing you do with the family.”
“I will be out there with all of my friends,” Vets admitted, grinning, “causing trouble.” Her advice, as a past crawler, “you cannot hit everything,” especially with 38 businesses (24 of them retailers) involved last year, and Vets expecting more this time ‘round. She suggested, “Have a plan – where your group wants to go and what kind of gifts everyone needs to find.”
“Everyone was interested in different stores,” Vets said of her group, “People found gifts they didn’t expect by being drawn into stores they don’t usually visit.” Vets has reason to expect a bigger crowd this year, since last year, with a surprise snow dump in the days before, the Holiday Shopping Spree & Pub Crawl turned into more of a crawl than a spree.
“Last year, the first time, was the beginning of the economic downturn,” so Vets persevered, “I wanted to have a fun event that doesn’t just say, ‘Shop Here!’ but really focused on the diversity of pubs and shops here.” She does hope visitors explore the possibilities. “This is not about getting drunk.” Vets insisted. “We expect everyone to drink responsibly, and walk or take a bus.” Or end their spree with a hearty meal, many lattes and/or a ‘Lean & Mean’ smoothie.
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