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Shop Local Contest

Penn Hills, PA

FAQ'S FOR BUSINESSES

Frequently Asked Questions

What is purpose of the contest?  How will my business benefit?

Shop Local is a contest designed to acquaint shoppers with Penn Hills businesses and encourage them to think of Penn Hills first rather than go to neighboring towns to spend their dollars.   The goal is to increase foot traffic and the number of new customers in your business.

When is the contest?

The contest runs every year during the entire month of November.

Who may participate?

Any business located in Penn Hills may participate in the contest.

What does it cost?

Businesses pay a $5 entry fee and must provide a prize valued at $25 or more.

What are the business's responsibilities during the contest?

  • Post the window sign indicating you are a contest participant
  • Post or provide a list of all the participating businesses
  • Make entry forms accessible to customers
  • Inform customers of the contest prizes and entry information

When can I sign up?

Sign-ups begin in July and end on September 30th.  Print out the entry form (available July 1st through September 24th) and mail it in. 

You can also email ShopLocal@pennhillscdc.org for information or to request a visit from a contest representative. 

Deadline for entries is September 30th.  Entry form, entry fee and prize donation must be submitted by September 30th.

FAQ'S FOR SHOPPERS

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Shop Local?

Shop Local is a contest designed to acquaint shoppers with Penn Hills businesses and encourage them to think of Penn Hills first rather than go to neighboring towns to spend their dollars.

When is the contest?

The contest runs every year during the entire month of November.

What are the prizes?

Prizes are donated by the participating businesses and include gift certificates, gift cards, and merchandise.  Prizes are awarded by random drawing.  Prizes are grouped into nine (9) packages , each valued at approxiamtely $250.  The prize awarded to the shopper who spent the most money is valued at approxiamtely $600.

How can I win a prize from the random drawing?

Each time you shop at a participating merchant you will receive an entry form for the random prize drawing.  Complete the entry form and deposit it in the container provided.

How can I win the Grand Prize for the “most money spent”?

Save your November receipts from participating businesses.  You must have receipts from at least ten (10) different merchants.  Mail receipts with your name, address, and phone number to Penn Hills CDC, P.O. Box 17730, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.  Entries must be received by December 7th.

Can I win more than one prize?

Prizes are limited to one winner per household each year.

Do I have to be a Penn Hills resident to enter the contest?

No!  Businesses are located in Penn Hills, but shoppers can live anywhere.  We welcome any and all to shop in Penn Hills!

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FREE Milkweed Seedlings

Join the effort across North America to bring back the Monarchs!

The Monarch and Milkweed Project, supported by the PHCDC, will be giving away free milkweed seedlings at the Penn Hills Community Garden located at 1162 Jefferson Rd on Sunday, June 4 from 1-3 pm.

A total of 22 have helped us plant and grow 1000 milkweed seedlings in peat pots. As always, we are growing 3 types of native perennial milkweed, one for every type of garden. 

Butterfly Milkweed: 1-3' high, bright orange flowers, grows best in full sun with good drainage. Does not transplant well so leave it undisturbed once established.

 

Swamp Milkweed: 3-4' high, pink flowers, grows best in full to part sun in wet or average garden soils. An unattractive name for a beautiful plant!

 

Common Milkweed: 3-4' high, pink flowers and large seed pods, grows best in full sun with good drainage. It will spread by rhizomes so plant itwhere it has room to spread.