Newspaper’s scavenger hunt participants find top prizes in downtown Union City
“What a treat!”
Participants in The Messen-ger’s inaugural Downtown Scavenger Hunt have claimed some valuable prizes, sharpened their investigative skills and celebrated some “snapshot” moments — all while growing more familiar with and appreciative of the downtown Union City environment.
Members of the Danny Morton family had particular reason to enjoy the challenge as they claimed first prize — a steak dinner for two from Bill Cody’s at 204 South First St.
In a letter to The Messenger, Morton said: “We hope that you will do this again as it was great fun for our family. It was such a nice evening and we enjoyed walking up and down First Street tremendously. This was the first time in a long time that we have taken the time to enjoy our historic downtown and have developed a new appreciation for it, thanks to this adventure. There are so many things we have never noticed before and this game made us take our time and open our eyes up and really take a look at this area.
“We were sad when we found the last item so we cheered ourselves up by a visit to Kiwanis Park (also something we haven’t done in quite a while).
“So thank you for giving our family the nice, leisurely and FUN evening together that we didn’t even realize we needed.
“What a treat!”
The Downtown Scavenger Hunt was put together by The Messenger’s advertising staff — Todd Tilghman and Heather Rodgers — and featured a full-page “clue” section in Wednesday editions of the paper. These clues were photos of architectural elements, painted numerals and specific items to be found along South First Street between Lee and Main streets. Those taking part in the contest were provided an entry form as part of the clue section and were advised to stroll downtown streets and list the items they could identify.
Correct answers to the quiz appear on Page 11 in The Messenger today, along with pictures of the winners.
Downtown merchants recognized the benefit of this new attention focused on their environs and responded to this perk by providing 25 prizes.
Those benefiting from this generosity included:
• Danny Morton (the first correct entry form received) — two steak dinners at Bill Cody’s at 204 South First St.;
• Kursten Orsborne — a 10-inch by 12-inch personalized canvas from Penelope’s at 230 South First St.;
• Pam Harris — a gift certificate from Snappy Tomato at 503 South First St.;
• Olivia James — a gift certificate from Say It in Stitches at 126 South First St.;
• Eli Jordan — two free tickets to a Masquerade Theatre performance at the Capitol Theatre at 118 South First St.;
• Gerry Hart — a gift certificate to Bennett’s Men’s Store at 122 South First St.;
• Cody Foust — a gift certificate from A&B Antiques at 218 South First St.;
• Danielle Morris — a gift certificate from Fashion Network at 224 South First St.;
• John Autry — a gift certificate from Hospital Floral and Gift Shoppe at 221 South First St.;
• Linda Dunn — a gift certificate from Susie’s Nurses Uniforms at 214 South First St.;
• Larry Mink — a gift certificate from Lanzer Printing and Office Supply Co. at 203 South First St.;
• Megan Russell and Cynthia Angel — a haircut and wax each at Gallery of Style at 211 South First St.;
• Cindy Flatt — a gift certificate from Peddler’s Mart at 222 South First St.;
• Patti Moyers — a Bible from Lighthouse bookstore at 510 South First St.;
• Roberta Hart — a gift certificate from Foxy Zazz at 219 South First St.;
• Victoria Council — a quilt from Stitchin’ Post at 514 South First St.;
• Tanya Long — a gift certificate from JoAnn’s Fashions at 130 South First St.;
• Deborah Ams — a gift certificate from Chocolate Bunny at 201 South First St.;
• Pat Dunlap — a Tyler Candle gift basket from Suedell’s at 212 South First St.;
• Dale and Teresa Vinson — a gift certificate from Antiques on the Avenue at 223 South First St.;
• Phyllis Cooper — a hair products basket from Legendary Styles at 516 South First St.;
• Hannah Pryor, Jody Adams and Dennis Mires — three month subscriptions to The Messenger.
“We had a ball doing this. It was good entertainment for us and our kids that was not expensive,” said Mrs. Morris.
The Downtown Scavenger Hunt was a great success, according to Ms. Rodgers. “We originally planned to award only 15 prizes, but thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm for the project of the downtown merchants, we were able to increase that number to 25. We hope even more readers will plan to take part in the spring 2009 Downtown Scavenger Hunt,” she said.
Another exciting interactive opportunity will be coming up for Messenger readers in the autumn when the Readers Choice ballots will be available and participants can vote for their favorite hometown businesses.
Published in The Messenger 5.22.08