Shop Hop, Taste the Town

Starting Friday, Sept. 18, the SCDC is hosting “Shop Hop” and “Taste the Town,” two new tandem events designed to get people supporting Sheldon businesses.

SHELDON—The Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation has two new overlapping promotions to get the community involved in supporting local businesses.

The new activities are “Shop Hop” and “Taste the Town.” Both will take place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, across Sheldon.

Participating businesses for Shop Hop are Alissa Ryan Boutique, Ben Franklin, Carolyn’s Blossom & Bride Boutique, Carl’s Footwear, Fusion Workspace, JESS Food Service, Mastbergen Jewelry, Missy’s, Mr. B’s and Lady B’s, Radio Shack, Sweet Puddle Jumpers Boutique, Top Notch Stitching, Touch of Hope and Uptown Threads — a Consignment Boutique.

Taste the Town restaurants are Downtown Grounds, Hy-Vee, Los Tulipanes, Pizza Ranch and Truly Scrumptious.

SCDC chamber director Shantel Oostra talked about the inspiration for the promotions.

“This is the first year that we have done this,” she said. “Once a month, we meet with our retailers and it was just an idea that has kind of been talked around for a while, and this year, we just decided to see what we could do to get it put together. We found a few different ideas from surrounding towns that have done it.

“Taste the Town, it was just kind of a fun way to include restaurants in Sheldon that wanted to participate as well. We’ve got a lot of great restaurants in town and it’s just a way to highlight them and get them involved too.”

Customers can get a punch card from participating businesses.

For the Shop Hop, they have to find the SCDC logo in participating stores and have an employee punch the card once they do. No purchase is necessary.

For the Taste the Town portion, people have to purchase something from one of the participating restaurants to receive a card punch.

After the card has been filled out with all of the necessary punches, it can be returned to the SCDC office or placed in the drop box outside of the Sheldon Community Services Center.

The grand prize winner will be drawn and receive $250 worth of gift cards and merchandise from Sheldon businesses.

“We really just want to show people what Sheldon has to offer, whether it’s in retail or in restaurant, we’ve got a lot of great businesses in town,” Oostra said. “Especially with everything that has gone on and continues to go on with COVID, we really just want to support our local businesses and showing people what we’ve got, and giving a little incentive with the grand prize, we’re hoping that we can get people in the stores.”

She said the activities could be good for the local economy as well.

“Hopefully, there’s purchases that are made,” Oostra said. “Now is a good time to start thinking about Christmas shopping already. It’s been kind of cold and gloomy, so it’s kind of a good time to start thinking about that, and it gets you in the mood when the weather is like this. We’re just hopeful that people are willing to support our local businesses, especially this year.”

The amount of community involvement with the activity will determine whether or not the chamber does the activity again next year.

“I’m hopeful that it goes over well,” Oostra said. “We’ll kind of do a recap with retailers once it’s over, but I would hope that way it’s something we can continue doing in the future.”