You could say bespectacled Waldo in the red and white striped shirt is returning to Naperville in support of taking local residents and welcomed visitors on a “Tour de Independents” all during the month of July.
For starters, folks can look for Waldo as a show of independents during the Summer Municipal Band Concert Series at 7:30PM Thursdays in Central Park through Aug. 16, 2018.
Already independents Ellman’s Music Center, Positively Naperville and Catch 35 have been featured raffle sponsors during the weekly concerts.
In fact, bright and early on the Thursday morning prior to the salute to America concert to celebrate Independence Day on June 28, Waldo was spotted trying to find a good place to hide. Look for Waldo and independent friends at one of the upcoming weekly concerts when moderator Ann Lord again will promote the sponsor of the concert, most often one of Naperville’s independents!
For instance, IBN members Two Bostons and Braconi’s Restaurant are scheduled to sponsor band concerts during July.
Then there’s 2018 Ribfest hosted by the Exchange Club of Naperville in conjunction with Independence Day from July 4-7 at Knoch Park. Independent support plays a part in that huge festival known as this city’s biggest “party for a cause.” For instance, thanks to sponsor Naperville Bank & Trust, the Family Fun Area in the south park is free for all. And for many years, Belgio’s Catering has provided plenty of service and hospitality throughout the 4-day event.
If you find Waldo at Ribfest, use Positively Naperville as one of your 12 signatures. Simply say where you saw the whimsical character who enjoys hiding.
Find Waldo 12 times at participating IndieBound Naperville businesses
Then remember to find Waldo 12 times during July as you explore Naperville’s independent business community. Whenever possible, show the youngsters in your life the importance of keeping local dollars where they matter most, right in your hometown. It’s all part of Where’s Waldo? on Main Street, USA, a national campaign of Candlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association.
Thanks for taking the Tour de Independents whenever possible in support of the local business community north, east, west, south and throughout downtown Naperville.
To display their independence and ingenuity this month, some participating IBN businesses are creating special Waldo attractions and promotions at their individual locations.
Now 31 years old, Waldo returns July 1-31 to Naperville’s independent business community. Pick up a “Passport” (aka Bingo Card) at Anderson’s Bookshop, then find him 12 times, collect Waldo chits, turn them into Anderson’s Bookshop, and enter the drawing to win prizes by July 31. It’s that simple.
In other words, every player needs to get 12 marks/stamps/initials in order to come back to Anderson’s Bookshop and get the first round of prizes ($2 Book Bucks and a button) and be entered to win some of the other great prizes, explained Ginny Wehrli-Hemmeter, Events and Publicity, for Anderson’s.
The raffle drawing will be at 11AM Wed., Aug. 1, at Anderson’s Bookshop in downtown Naperville.
Updated list of current participating merchants, July 1, 2018…
|1. Naper Auto Works||320 N. Mill Street|
|2. Lou Malnati’s||131 W. Jefferson Ave|
|3. Anderson’s Bookshop||123 W. Jefferson Ave|
|4. Anderson’s Toyshop||111 W. Jefferson Ave|
|5. Artistic Creations Salon||22 W. Jefferson Ave|
|6. Casey’s Foods||Naperville Plaza|
|7. Bows & Babes||26 W. Jefferson Ave|
|8. DeEtta’s Bakery||428 W. 5th Ave|
|9. Dog Patch Pet and Feed||1108 E. Ogden Ave|
|10. Edie Boutique||15 W. Jefferson Ave|
|11. Ellman’s Music Center||508 W. 5th Ave|
|12. Busey Bank||24 W. Gartner in Naperville Plaza|
|14. Gotskind’s Shoes||115 W. Jefferson Ave|
|15. Naperville Bank & Trust (All three locations)||Ft. Hill at Aurora Ave.|
|16. Naperville Bank & Trust||Washington at Benton Ave.|
|17. Kreger’s Brat & Sausage Haus||605 N. Ellsworth|
|18. Liam Brex||222 S. Main St|
|19. Naper Nuts & Sweets||10 W. Jefferson Ave|
|20. Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery||508 N. Center St|
|21. Naperville Running Company||34 W. Jefferson Ave|
|22. Naperville Running Company||3416 S. Route 59, Suite 116|
|23. Positively Naperville (online)||positivelynaperville.com (Right here!)|
|24. PS Travel||1783 S. Washington St Ste 107|
|25. Remax Professionals Select||2272 95th St. Ste 200|
|26. Saraboo Creek||107 W. Jefferson Ave.|
|27. The Boxes Etc.||790 Royal St. George #141|
|28. It’s a Bling Thing||14 Jackson Ave.|
|29. Le Chocolat||127 S. Washington St.|
|30. Naperville Tennis Club||1011 E. Benton Ave.|
|31. Oswald’s Pharmacy||Naperville Plaza|
|32. Celidan Florist||Naperville Plaza|
|33. Pennywise Resale||750 Aurora Ave.|
|35. Uptown Soda Bread (online)||Uptownsodabread.com|
|35. Resiliency Institute||10S404 Knoch Knolls|
|36. Adagio Teas||27 W. Jefferson Ave.|
|37. The Growing Place||25W471 Plank Rd.|
|38. Nona Jo’s||410 W. 5th Avenue at Mill Street|
|39. Everdine’s Grill Cheese Co.||24 W. Jefferson Ave.|
|40. Second Chance Resale||Tower Crossings|
|41. Edie Boutique||15 W. Jefferson Ave.|
|42. Casey’s Foods||Naperville Plaza|
|43. BK Jeweler||105 W. Jefferson|
|44. Pinot’s Palette||175 N. Jackson Avenue|
|45. Cowart Chiropractic||1212 S. Naper Blvd|
|46. Two Bostons||Springbrook Crossings|
|47. NCTV17 (online)
48. Quigley’s Irish Pub (Patio Location)
43 E. Jefferson Ave.
Think red & IndieBound Naperville
For more information about IndieBound Naperville and the shop locally movement, visit www.indieboundnaperville.org.
Look for that bright red sign in shop windows and put your money where your heart is, right here in your hometown.
Thanks for shopping, dining, banking & entertaining locally whenever possible
When you shop locally, you keep dollars in the local economy. You embrace what makes the city unique. You help create jobs for people who also will shop here. You help the environment.
You also nurture your hometown charities. You conserve local tax dollars for local revenue. You help create more choices in shopping plazas.
Furthermore, you took advantage of services, knowledge and expertise. You invested in support of entrepreneurship. You helped create a thriving destination.
So you see… no matter where you live, it matters to shop locally. Thanks again!