- Published on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:07
- Written by Super User
The 3rd Annual Pleasure Island Shopping Spree came to a close Sunday evening at the Mad Fish Grill as shoppers filled the building to enjoy a night of
mouth-watering appetizers, raffles, music and more.
This past Saturday and Sunday locals and visitors alike participated in the 3rd Annual Pleasure Island Shopping Spree. Eleven small businesses participated in the two day spree including Artful Living Group, Checkered Church Gift Shop, Island Chic Consignment Boutique, Island Tackle & Hardware, Island Wellness Market, Jeanne's Jewels Etc., Majik Beanz Coffee Shop, The Mermaid Castle, Sumthin Beachie, Unique Boutique of Carolina Beach & The Veggie Wagon. Shoppers who spent a minimum of $10 at any of the participating stores were qualified to win a gift basket ranging from $50 to $150 value. Owner of Jeanne’s Jewels, Jeanne McBane put together the event after a three-year hiatus by previous organizers. Her business slogan “Unity in Community” rang true as businesses felt a huge impact on sales.
The spree came to an end Sunday evening at the Mad Fish Grill as shoppers filled the building to enjoy a night of mouth-watering appetizers, raffles, music and more. A special 50/50 raffle was held with proceeds benefitting local non-profit Saving Animals During Disasters (S.A.D.D.). Founder of S.A.D.D. Mrs. Jeannie Mintz's explained what the organization does and its importance while graciously accepting the donation. Local D.J. Mike Worley of Edge Entertainment played everyone’s favorite hits and Belly Dancer, Samra entertained with her mid-eastern dance.
Spending money at local businesses have a bigger impact on the local economy than spending those same dollars at national chains. Research shows that local business owners contribute to more local fundraising and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations than out-of-town chain stores. Advocates say the decision to buy locally should be a lifestyle choice that reflects a commitment to the community. Remember the Pleasure Island Shopping Spree isn’t the only time to buy local, area businesses urge everyone to consider the benefits of buying local!!