Wed, Nov 27, 2013 12:31 PM
RUTLAND - On Monday, Nov. 25, the Downtown Rutland Partnership
(DRP) announced a host of activities taking place in Downtown
Rutland this holiday season including animated windows, a chance to
win a $250 prize and a kick-off holiday celebration.
To start, this Saturday, Nov. 30, shops in Downtown Rutland
will offer extended hours and holiday specials in support of the
Nationwide Shop Local effort, Small Business Saturday.
On Sunday, Dec. 1, over 40 first-floor downtown businesses will
unveil a district-wide effort of animated holiday window
decorations. Spearhead by Tim Schneller of Timco Jewelers, the
program was funded in-part by a marketing grant from DRP and
product donations from Vermont Teddy Bear Company. With
original estimations of approximately 20 participating businesses,
the program has far exceeded expectations and more than doubled in
size. Many windows will offer interactive (and energy saving)
elements in which 'buttons' will be installed on the façade of the
business allowing consumers to operate the animations
Along with these creative and unique displays, downtown Rutland is
offering a consumer promotion from Sunday, Dec. 1 through Sunday,
Dec. 15 in direct relation to the animated
windows. Consumers are invited to visit ten of the
participating animated holiday window businesses in downtown
between Dec. 1-15 to receive stamps on their entry form. Once
the consumer has filled their entry form with ten unique stamps
from ten participating animated window businesses, they can submit
their completed form at any participating downtown animated window
On Monday, Dec. 16, ten winners will be chosen randomly. Nine
winners will each receive a prize of $50 in value and one lucky
winner will receive a $250 Price Chopper Shopping Spree.
Limit one entry per household. Entry forms will be available
beginning Saturday, Nov. 30 in participating stores or at
Mid-way through the animated window promotion, Downtown Rutland
will host their Holiday Celebration Kick-off on Saturday, Dec.
7. The all-day event includes children's activities, visits to
the Grinch's Lair at Merchants Hall (11 a.m. - 6 p.m.), a pre-tree
lighting party at Merchants Hall (4-6 p.m.) and the annual downtown
Rutland tree lighting in Depot Park at 6 p.m.
Downtown businesses will offer extended shopping hours throughout
the holiday season. For more info visit www.rutlanddowntown.com