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Find Waldo Local helps to support Shop Local movement on-island

August 14, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Waldo from "Where's Waldo?" - the iconic children's book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs - visited 24 local businesses throughout the islands during July.

Find Waldo Local was a summer activity, as well as a way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement on-island. People picked up a "Find Waldo Local in Sanibel!" passport, which had the names of the participating locations, then got the passport stamped or signed at each when Waldo was spotted. Those who collected 20 or more stamps or signatures was placed in a grand-prize drawing.

Xavier Hartsough, of Cape Coral, won the top prize - a six-volume set of Waldo books and a puzzle.

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Rebecca Binkowski, owner of MacIntosh Books and Paper, called the event a huge success.

"Over 40 families searched 24 businesses in July hunting for Waldo," she said.

On July 27, MacIntosh hosted a party and drew the names of 12 lucky prize winners. Binkowski explained that many of the prizes were shipped to families who had left earlier in the month.

"Kids were excited to receive their prize mail," she said.

There was no charge to participate in the activity.

"This is truly a unique and special community event and we couldn't do it without the support of our community business partners," Binkowski said.

In addition to MacIntosh, the other participating businesses this year were: Bailey's General Store, Billy's Bikes at Bailey's, Island Paws, Island Pharmacy, Jerry's, Joey's Custard, Love Boat Ice Cream, Nanny's Children's Shop, On Island, Pecking Order, RE/MAX of Sanibel, SBL Vacation Rentals, Sanibel Art & Frame, Sanibel Beauty Salon, Sanibel Cafe, Sanibel Day Spa, Sanibel Deli and Coffee Factory, Sanibel Sprout, Shiny Objects, Three Crafty Ladies, Totally Baked, Toy's Ahoy and Whim's.

MacIntosh Books and Paper is at 2330 Palm Ridge Road, Sanibel.



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