July 8, 2014: OMAHA, NE -- Where's Waldo? In Omaha, of course. The famous children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 26 different Shop Local Omaha businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including books, concert tickets and more. Waldo and newly added for 2014, faithful dog Woof, figures will be hidden in plain sight in Shop Local Omaha business establishments. From 1) Absolutely Fresh & Shucks Fish House - 1218 S. 119th St. | 1911 Leavenworth St. | 16901 Wright St., 2) Aksarben Cinema - 2110 S. 67th St., 3) Bel Air Fashions - 717 N. 114th St., 4) Body Basics - 10912 Prairie Brook Rd, 5) Borsheims - 120 Regency Parkway, 6) Callahan Financial Planning - 3157 Farnam St. #7112, 7) Candy Wrappers - 2718 S. 123rd Court, 8) Curb Appeal Salon & Spa - 518 S. 10th St., 9) Dee-Sign Garden Shop & Landscaping - 8530 Blondo St., 10) Dundee Dell - 5007 Underwood Ave., 11) House of J - 12965 W. Center Rd, 12) Jaipur Brew House - 10922 Elm St., 13) Julio’s West - 2820 S. 123rd Court, 14) Learning HQ - 2283 S. 67th St., 15) Lewis Art Gallery - 8600 Cass St., 16) Malibu Gallery - 301 N. 78th St., 17) Mama’s Pizza - 715 N. Saddle Creek Rd. | 15615 Pacific St., 18) Millard Lumber - 12900 I St., 19) Old Market Artists Gallery - 1034 Howard St., 20) Patrick’s Market - 1416 Howard St., 21) Personal Threads Boutique - 8600 Cass St., 22) Silver of Oz - 13013 West Center Rd, 23) Smiling Turtle Art Spot - 2340 S. 156th Circle, 24)The Bookworm - 8702 Pacific St., 25) Village Needleworks - 8707 Shamrock Rd, 26) Wohlner’s Midtown - 3253 Dodge St.
“Find Waldo is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement,” said Ellen Scott, founding Shop Local Omaha member and manager of The Bookworm’s Children’s & Young Adult Department.
Anyone who wishes to participate can download a “Find Waldo Local in Omaha!” passport with the names of all the participating sites below and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 10 or more Shop Local Omaha businesses will entitle diligent seekers to enter in a grand prize drawing after Aug. 1st, with the top prize being a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books. All passports must be returned to The Children’s Department at The Bookworm by July 31st.
“Shop Local Omaha, also known as Omaha Local Independent Business Alliance (OLIBA) is a volunteer organization of business owners (mostly restaurants and retail) who seek to inform the public about the importance of patronizing local businesses in order to keep our local economy strong and our community unique,” says Rick Fox, owner of Julio’s West restaurant and Shop Local Omaha member business.
Where’s Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in the late eighties. Since then, the Where’s Waldo books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 61 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they’ve been translated into over 30 languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions.
In celebration of Waldo's longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is once again teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country, including The Bookworm here in Omaha, for some hide and seek fun as well as to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July.
For more information about hunting for Waldo and Woof in Omaha, call The Bookworm’s Ellen Scott at 402.392.2877.
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Date: April 28, 2014
Member Business: Smiling Turtle Art Spot
Topic: Clock Ticking For Summer Camp Sign-Up
Interviewed: Dori Settles, owner, Smiling Turtle Art Spot, says: "Our camps are geared at families where mom's still at home, but maybe a couple hours a day to get away and learn some art. They get to express themselves, and they have a sense of pride when they're finished."