BELPRE - The Belpre Chamber of Commerce has organized an event to promote shopping in the Ohio River city.
May Madness begins Thursday.
"There have been other shop local events in the past, but this is the first time we have had so many businesses involved," said chamber executive director Karen Waller.
This first large-scale event by the chamber will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday and will include businesses in Belpre and outside the city.
More than 20 retailers, service and non-profit organizations are participating in the three-day shopping event with the chamber to encourage shoppers to take a closer look at what is available in Belpre-area stores, Waller said.
"We want to draw attention to the retail market here," she said. "We at the chamber believe there is a good variety of things to buy in our stores that people just don't consider looking for here."
Those items include good, gifts, flowers, furniture and antiques available in many businesses scattered in and around Belpre.
During the three-day shopping extravaganza, shoppers are encouraged to stop in any of the participating stores to pick up a May Madness Shoppers' Card, which will be given a distinctive mark by employees of any of the businesses. Shoppers must visit at least three stores to be eligible to win prizes.
At their last stop, shoppers must drop their marked cards in a special container for a chance to win one of three gift certificate bundles donated by participating businesses.
The shopper cards are available at the chamber office, 713 Park Drive; Belpre City Building, 715 Park Drive; A-Z Learning Supplies on Ohio 7 near Marietta; The Lark's Nest, 2005 Washington Blvd.; Neff's Country Loft, 2514 Washington Blvd; and many other participating locations in the local Belpre Area.
Participating businesses include A-Z Learning Supplies, The Lark's Nest, Neff's Country Loft, Bob's Market and Greenhouse, Fruth Pharmacy, Noe Office Supplies of Parkersburg, Kroger of Belpre, Back to Basics Log Cabin, Wendy's of Belpre, Old Towne Emporium, Giovanni's Pizza, The Churn, Baker Print Shop, Smitty's Pizza of Belpre, Verizon Cellular of Belpre, Vape-EZ, Mayle of Belpre and the Main and Farson street car washes.
For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at (740) 423-8934.