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Downtown promotions draw customers
Bonnie Green holds the vouchers she won in the shopping spree. - photo by Photo provided.
It’s a merrier Christmas for Richmond Hill resident Bonnie Green, whose name was drawn as the winner of a downtown shopping spree courtesy of the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority. She was notified Monday of her luck.
Green entered her name in the contest during last week’s downtown open house and scavenger hunt, in which 13 stores participated by hiding ornaments for shoppers to find. Green received 25 vouchers worth $20
each to be spent at any of the participating stores, which also gave away individual, in-store prizes to contestants.
HDDA and Downtown Business Partners program launched the contest to help attract more shoppers to the downtown stores. “We feel we achieved this goal, and we hope businesses will experience increased local spending now that shoppers have seen more of what downtown Hinesville has to offer,” Vicki Davis, HDDA director, said.
Jungle Jake’s was one of the participating stores, which rewarded its young prize winner, Johnathan Corrigan, with a signed artist’s print, a collectible comic book and an action figure.
Store owner Jason Lee said he participated in the open house because the store is involved in the downtown organization and tries to be involved in as many events as possible. Lee said the open house helped increase foot traffic for the store. “It went super well. We got a lot of new customers,” he said.
Gold Menders Jewelers also saw increased traffic during the open house and awarded Jean Johnson, its in-store winner, with a pair of diamond earrings. Owner Chrissie Hill said being part of the event was important to her because “we’re trying to push businesses in downtown. We want people to realize there are great shops in Hinesville, and that you don’t have to go to Savannah to find something nice.”

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