NORTH ROYALTON – Not only will shopping locally this month boost the community’s local economy and support its neighbors, it will be an early Christmas present for some very lucky shoppers.

Prizes are beginning to pour in from North Royalton businesses and residents for The North Royalton Post’s first ever Shop North Royalton Giveaway, and this list steadily grows.

So far prizes include one month of free dance or fitness from Studio 82; a $50 gift certificate for any service plus a pet odor candle from the North Royalton Animal Hospital; a $75 gift card from The Frame Shop; a $25 gift card to Romano’s Farmers Market; a $45 gift certificate in $15 increments to Caribbean Cowboy; two $20 coupons for two free sandwiches at Royalwood Deli; five yards of mulch delivered anywhere in North Royalton, a bird lover’s basket with assorted bird seed and feeders valued at $50, and a food basket with a variety of local jellies, jams and pickles valued at $50 all from Grace Brothers Nursery and Supply; an Amish-made children’s rocker valued at $107 from the Furniture Nook; a $25 gift card to The UPS Store; a $59 meat package from Lang’s Butcher Block and Deli that includes six steaks, six pork chops, six chicken breasts, six Italian sausage or kielbasa links and six hamburger patties; a month’s tuition for dance classes and a month of CIZE workout classes at Caliber Dance Company; and a $50 gift card to Vital Choice Health Store. Cleats Club Seat Grille and The Natural Pet have also committed prizes.

Entering the giveaway is easy – shop North Royalton businesses as much as possible throughout the month of November, saving all those 44133 receipts. Then during Dec. 1-4 from 4-6 p.m. each day, those receipts will be redeemed for raffle tickets at Country Stove Patio and Spa located at 6669 Royalton Road in North Royalton. Those raffle tickets can be put toward drawings to win these prizes and more at the giveaway event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 5 at Country Stove Patio and Spa.

Mayor Bob Stefanik will be drawing the winning tickets.

Shopping local isn’t solely about holiday shopping. As long as shoppers are receiving a receipt from a North Royalton business, it counts for the giveaway and it supports hometown businesses – a car part from Carquest Auto Parts, lunch at Mom’s Deli and Grill, dessert at Loder’s Shake Shoppe, a trip to Stretch My Dollar, a relaxing massage at Healing Hands Massotherapy, a few cuts of meat at Lang’s.

The Shop North Royalton Giveaway has support and backing from the local business community as well as city officials.

Frank Romano, owner of Romano’s Farmers Market and Deli, said shopping locally is vital to any community. Many of the city’s business owners and their employees are North Royalton residents themselves who work behind the scenes to bolster local service clubs, organizations, churches, schools, recreation groups and one another, creating a stronger, more unified community.

“It’s a cyclical thing that goes in circles. People come in and shop, then people come in seeking donations and we help – St. Albert, the schools, different projects – we donate. So if people shop from us, we are better able to help others. We are supporting one another, you are supporting my family, you are supporting my 19 employees most of which do live in the city of North Royalton, it’s generating money that helps the tax base which helps the schools and helps the city,” he said.

Ward 3 Councilman Dan Langshaw agrees.

“I think buying local is a great way to show our support for the many great small and family-run businesses here in North Royalton,” he said.

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