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December again is providing some extra fun to Naperville this year when the Grinch is on the loose.  From Dec. 1 until Christmas Eve, Naperville has been turned into Whoville, the Seussian village that is the setting for Dr. Seuss’s classic book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Recent warmer temperatures just might have more youngsters on the hunt for the Grinch. 

Following nearly a month of searching for the familiar grumpy, green and grouchy character hidden in stores and businesses throughout Naperville, the Grinch promotion wraps up at 11AM on Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, at Anderson’s Bookshop.  Everyone who participated in the holiday scavenger hunt is invited to a prize-winning raffle, getting into the spirit of the season and growing your heart three sizes for the New Year, too.

So where’s the Grinch in December?

Throughout Naperville, of course.

Already participating merchants (Anderson’s Bookshop, Anderson’s Toy Shop Doors, DeEtta’s Bakery, Dog Patch Pet & Feed, Ellman’s Music, First Busey Bank, Growing Place, Kreger’s Brat & Sausage Haus, Naper Auto Works, Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery, Naperville Running Company, Naperville Tennis Club, positivelynaperville.com (use this story), S&R Monograming Inc., Second Chance Retail Shops) are on a list to check twice as others will be added on a hand-out “playing card” now available at Anderson’s Bookshop.

peace_grinch_background_webMore merchants, all members of IndieBound Naperville, are coming on board every day from downtown Naperville to Naperville Plaza to Cress Creek Shopping Center to Dog Patch to Naperville Running Company and other points north, east, west and south.

Note also that some IBN businesses feature the Grinch on their websites. A visit to their websites counts if you mention where you found it. Hint:  Positively Naperville is one you can mention that you visited online to help grow your total to 12.

The Grinch turns 61 this year, and to celebrate, his image will be present at different local and independent businesses all through the month of December. Individuals of any age who spot him can play, winning prizes, however, including candy canes, buttons, books and more, is geared toward youngsters. Grinch figures are showing up in local stores, businesses, websites (such as Positively Naperville) and other establishments.

Anyone who wishes to participate can stop by Anderson’s front desk to pick up a “Grow Your Heart Three Sizes” search list with the names of all the participating businesses.  Then all ages accompanied by kids are welcome to visit local independents and have the “I Found the Grinch” card (or simply make your own card) stamped for each Grinch they spot.

Grinch Wrap Up Party 11AM Dec. 29 at Anderson’s

Collecting cards in 12 or more businesses and turning them in at Anderson’s will win a small prize and an entry for other, larger prizes of Dr. Seuss-related books and toys to be drawn at 11AM on Sat., Dec. 29, at the annual Grinch party  at Anderson’s in downtown Naperville.

Again the Grinch promotion is a gentle push to encourage acts of kindness by local children. Once the young participants find 12 Grinches and receive their Good Deeds Starter Kit, they will be prompted to follow through with kindness. For instance, help do the dishes after dinner; call or spend time with your grandparents; or do something nice for your mom and dad without being asked.

It’s all to help hearts grow this season!

The Grinch Promotion linked up with Naperville independent merchants 

Grinch-Dog_patch2The Grinch was the creation of the late Theodore Geisel in 1957. The beloved Dr. Seuss books have delighted children (and their parents) for generations. In celebration of the Grinch’s longevity and popularity, IndieBound Naperville, an always-growing group of approximately 125 independent Naperville merchants, again has adopted the character this holiday season to promote shopping local at area businesses, including Anderson’s Bookshop here in Naperville.

Again, the Seuss estate has given permission for this kind of promotional program, and first launched here in Naperville. There is no charge to participate, and the scavenger hunt runs Dec. 1-24, 2018.

For more information about hunting for the Grinch in Naperville, call Anderson’s Bookshop at (630) 355-2665.

Remember! Indie means independent  

Inspired by Independent booksellers across the country who came together to unite like-minded businesses and independent thinkers, IndieBound-Naperville is a local movement. IndieBound-Naperville has been growing one merchant at a time since October 2008 with an exhibit of bright red signs that proclaim “Support local independent businesses.”

IndieBound Naperville is an awareness. It’s a celebration of passion that pours out of  the heart of the entrepreneur. Thanks for supporting locally-owned independent merchants and all local businesses whenever possible, united in the common cause of keeping our city’s workforce, economy and local culture thriving.

Local matters!

RELATED STORY / Grinch News in Brief with list of participating merchants (Updated as needed)