By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News
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“There's no cost to the consumer [to enter],” said Edna Petersen, one of the organizers of the celebration meant in part to mark the beginning of the holiday shopping season.
Petersen, who owns Necessities and Temptations at 217 N. Laurel St., said she worked with Franni's Gift Expressions owner Franni Feeley to organize about 34 locally owned Port Angeles businesses to donate gift cards to the $3,500 raffle.
Shoppers can sign up for the raffle from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today (Sunday) free of charge at any of the participating businesses.
A 12-page flier listing the 27 stores and highlighting special events and special sales during Holiday Extravaganza 2013 was part of Wednesday's Peninsula Daily News.
You can also access it online at http://issuu.com/peninsuladailynews/docs/holidayextrav2013.
Gift card prizes
The prize is made up mostly of donated $100 gift cards, Petersen added.
The extravaganza is meant to showcase what the small retail businesses that dot Port Angeles have, Petersen said, especially to residents who may not realize what's available.
“It's a good way for the city of Port Angeles to remember how much we have to offer in our community when it comes to buying unique holiday gifts,” Petersen said.
She said she expects the raffle winner will be chosen Tuesday.
Many of the shops taking part in the extravaganza will offer refreshments and special sales, she added.
Feeley, whose shop is at 1215 E. Front St., said she and Petersen started planning earlier this year by going door-to-door to businesses and asking them if they wanted to participate.
The extravaganza has grown over the past three years, Feeley said, with last's years event attracting 30 businesses and $3,000 in gifts and services for the raffle.
“Everyone has had positive feedback, always,” Feeley said.
“It's been a real good thing for the community and retail merchants.”
Feeley said her store will offer up to 40 percent off selected items as part of this weekend's festivities.
Participating for first time
One of the stores recruited for the first time this year is Waters West Fly Fishing Outfitters at 140 W. Front St.
Store owner Dave Steinbaugh said he was approached by some fellow downtown shop owners about taking part this year and thought it sounded like a good idea.
“We'll just give it shot and see how it goes,” Steinbaugh said.
He said he hadn't participated in years past because his store is not usually open on Sundays in November, though he plans to stay open both days this weekend.
As part of the extravaganza, all of the merchandise at Waters West will be between 10 percent and 50 percent off, Steinbaugh said.
He said he's glad of the extravaganza as a whole because of the attention it brings to the city's locally owned businesses.
“I think it will hopefully give customers a chance to see some shops maybe that they haven't seen before,” Steinbaugh said.
Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.