When the Downtown Raleigh Alliance organized its first shop downtown campaign three years ago, the retail options were limited. This year, there are 32 stores in the downtown area that is bounded by Glenwood Avenue and Peace, Person and South streets.
To create more awareness of the variety of retail apparel, shoes, accessories, gifts, art and the like the alliance is once again promoting a holiday shopping passport. The way it works: Spend $20 at participating store and get a sticker for your passport (available at any of the stores). Fill the passport with five stickers, drop it off a store and youll be entered to win one of more than $3,000 worth of prizes.
The passport idea has proved popular with retailers as local communities strive to promote shop local initiatives, especially during the holidays.
This year the alliance also will promote various retail events to draw more people downtown. Find out more at www.godowntownraleigh.com/shop-downtown.
CPR Knightdale is open at 4001 Widewaters Parkway, Suite A. CPR Knightdale repairs cellphones, iPods, iPads, game systems and other small electronics. They also sell used/refurbished cellphones and some accessories. For its grand opening celebration, customers needing any phone repair Friday or Saturday will receive any accessory free (up to $25 value).
Big Lots will reopen its store in Sanford on Friday. The store, at 3000 South Horner Blvd., has been closed since it was damaged by the April 16, 2011, tornado.
Vinc and Tonya Mills are opening Instant Imprints Monday. The business, at 10970 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 118, Morrisville, provides promotional products to businesses, schools, organizations, groups and individuals.
A Walmart Express opened this week in Carthage, the Moore County town about 60 miles southwest of Raleigh. The Express stores sell about 15,000 items compared to the 100,000 products typically found in a SuperCenter. Its the sixth in the state so far with nine others in the works.
Staff writer Amy Rue
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