Mudpuppy Gallery hosting community draw to entice more downtown shopping

 

By Danica Skakavac

The Mudpuppy Gallery has an exciting new event planned to attract new visitors – a community draw.

The rules of the draw are simple – bring in a receipt from a local downtown business and drop it off in hopes of winning a $50 gift card. The draw runs out of the Gallery, located at 264 Dalhousie St., from Feb. 20 to April 2, with the winner being drawn at random April 6 at 10 a.m. The more receipts you bring in, the more chances you have of winning.

The downtown business area includes St. Arnaud at Sandwich (Ricardo’s) to Simcoe at Sandwich (Flowers by Anna), and Dalhousie at Gore to Alma at Laird. Gallery workers wanted to include as many small, privately owned businesses as possible.

Downtown shoppers are encourage to participate in a draw being put on by the Mudpuppy Gallery. (Photo by Danica Skakavac)

Downtown shoppers are encourage to participate in a draw being put on by the Mudpuppy Gallery. (Photo by Danica Skakavac)

The point of the giveaway is to introduce the community to the Mudpuppy Gallery and show what it has to offer.

“It gives the opportunity to introduce ourselves in person,” said Mudpuppy owner, Melissa Piva. “I believe that the ideal part of your community to introduce yourself to are the people that are right outside your door.”

Piva said although there has always been involvement and activity at the gallery, she is hoping this contest will make patrons more aware of them, along with what beliefs they hold, what they have to offer, and connect the gallery with the local community that’s helped them along.

Piva expects the event will attract people who support the downtown businesses, not just those interested in the arts.

“If it goes well, I wouldn’t be against holding it every spring,” Piva said.

Piva added she would love to see other small businesses take turns doing it as well.

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