Chamber Reveals ‘Where’s Oppie’ Contest Winners

Chamber Member Services Coordinator Darla Ridilla, right, presents gift cards to ‘Where’s Oppie’ contest winner Chris Judson. Courtesy/LACC

Chamber Manager Nancy Partridge, left, presents gift cards to mother-daughter team Betsy Robin and Jemima Spill for winning the ‘Where’s Oppie’ Contest. Courtesy/LACC


Two winners of the Small Business Saturday “Where’s Oppie” contest were selected Dec. 9, one from old school handwritten card entries and one from social media Facebook/Instagram selfie posts.

The “Where’s Oppie” contest invited shoppers to look for photos of Robert J. Oppenheimer at the 59 participating businesses between Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28, and the end of Winterfest, Dec. 6. Contest entrants were asked to either write down the secret code embedded in each photo or take a selfie with the photo and post it on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #FindOppie.

Small Business Saturday committee members Cyndi Wells of Pet Pangaea and Kristy Ortega of United Way of Northern New Mexico selected the winners in a blind drawing from all eligible completed entries. More than 60 people entered the contest.

The winners of the Instagram drawing were a mother-daughter team who recently moved to the area and increased their store awareness through the contest. Betsy Robin of Los Alamos and Jemima Spill of Espanola took selfies with Oppie at Metzger’s Los Alamos, Ruby K’s, Fusion MultiSport, Pet Pangaea, Aspen Copies, UPEX, Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, CB FOX, The Finishing Touch, Warm Hearts Yarn/Atomic City Quilts, Home Run Pizza and ReMax.

The pair received a pile of gift cards donated by Atomic City Quilts, Blue Sky Pilates, Blue Window Bistro, Clear Captions, Flowers by Gillian, Fusion MultiSport, In Touch Medical Massage, Los Alamos Historical Museum, Metzger’s, Papa Murphy’s, Pet Pangaea and Rose Chocolatier.

The winner of the old school handwritten card drawing was longtime Los Alamos resident and Bandelier employee Chris Judson. She went over and above the 10 Oppie requirement, by finding the secret codes hidden in 13 Oppies. Judson found Oppies at Metzger’s Los Alamos, Ruby K’s, Fusion MultiSport, Pet Pangaea, Village Arts, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos Historical Museum, Boomerang, Nu2U, CB FOX, Mrs. Beadsley Vintage Jewelry, Metzger’s White Rock and Seeking Chameleon.

She received a pile of gift cards donated by Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, CB FOX, The Finishing Touch, In Touch Medical Massage, Los Alamos Co+op Market, Los Alamos Historical Museum, Los Alamos Monitor, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Morning Glory, Radio Shack, Seeking Chameleon and Warm Hearts Yarn.

In addition to the “Where’s Oppie” contest, the Los Alamos Small Business Saturday observances included a Proclamation by the County Council, philanthropic contributions to 16 nonprofits from the participating businesses, the website created and maintained by Pet Pangaea, special promotions and discounts for consumers by the participating businesses, a kiosk mall featuring home-based and remote businesses, a special family field trip by Family Strengths Network, and extensive coverage and support from the local media and Keep it Local on Facebook.

From left, Chamber Member Services Coordinator Darla Ridilla, Pet Pangaea owner Cyndi Wells, Chamber Manager Nancy Partridge and United Way Executive Director Kristy Orgeta during Wednesday’s drawing for the ‘Where’s Oppie’ Contest winners. Courtesy/LACC