From left, Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann, Dave Volk of CB FOX receiving a $1,000 check for being the merchant that sold the Blue Bucks grand prize raffle ticket, Enterprise Bank & Trust Regional President Liddie Martinez, and the grand prize winner of the EB&T Blue Bucks drawing is Dave Fuehne. Courtesy/Chamber
Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann with the Grinch aka Dave Fuehne. Courtesy/Chamber
The holiday shopping season kicked off Nov. 30 in Los Alamos and White Rock with Small Business Saturday.
This year, a few lucky shoppers also won big in the Enterprise Bank & Trust Blue Bucks raffle. The program is designed to incentivize shopping locally, and offered shoppers a chance to win cash prizes and gift cards to participating businesses.
For the second consecutive year, the Blue Bucks Raffle promotion was organized by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and Los Alamos MainStreet, and sponsored by Enterprise Bank & Trust. Blue Bucks raffle tickets were given out by participating businesses for every $25 spent locally.
In 2019, the promotion ran for eight days and the winning tickets were drawn and announced Saturday, Dec. 7 during the WinterFest Holiday Lights Parade. More than 9,500 raffle tickets were submitted for the drawing, representing $238,425 in money spent locally over the eight days of the promotion. This was equivalent to a 16.5 percent per day increase in spending this year, compared to the 13-day promotional period in 2018.
The grand prize winner of the drawing is Dave Fuehne, who received the winning ticket while shopping at the CB FOX Department Store. Ironically, Fuehne was dressed up as the Grinch who walked alongside the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics float in the Holiday Lights Parade. It looks like this Grinch’s holiday will be a whole lot merrier! CB FOX also won $1,000 for giving away the winning ticket.
The $500 winner is Gina Kave, who received her winning ticket at Bennett’s Fine Jewelry.
The two $250 winners are Jodi Jurney, who received her winning ticket from Pet Pangaea, and Eric & Kathy Bjorklund, who received their winning ticket from the Los Alamos Nature Center by PEEC.
The drawing on Saturday also was for five gift bags, each containing at least $400 in gift certificates or merchandise from participating businesses. The winners are Juan Duque, who shopped at Metzger’s Do It Best Hardware in Los Alamos, Sam Romero, who shopped at Metzger’s Do It Best Hardware in White Rock, Shirley Harbur, who shopped at the Los Alamos Co+op Market, Jim Lujan, who shopped at Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, and Hannah Hughes.
“I want to give a big ‘Thank You’ to Enterprise Bank & Trust for supporting the Los Alamos business community,” said Melanie Bennett, owner of Bennett’s Fine Jewelry. “I found the Blue Bucks tickets created excitement and increased our business. It is not often that you find a financial institution that cares to help the business community. We are blessed to have their support and the support of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and MainStreet.” Bennett’s gave away one of the winning tickets for a gift bag.
Small Business Saturday is an annual celebration in conjunction with the national promotion started by American Express to support local businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Started in Los Alamos in 2010 by Cyndi Wells, owner of Pet Pangaea, the event has grown over the years.
For the second year the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and Los Alamos MainStreet partnered with Enterprise Bank & Trust to organize the event, and also produced a local Holiday Gift Guide to inspire local gift purchases. New this year was the “Little Shops” pop-up shop at the YMCA, which offered a space for businesses interested in the concept of a permanent Little Shops location. It was open to shoppers on both Nov. 30 and Dec. 7.
“Small Business Saturday was the main day to come out and support our local businesses,” said Los Alamos County Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Herrmann. “But with eight days of the raffle ticket giveaways, we hope this promotion extended the idea of shopping local and made a big difference for our small businesses this holiday season. Thank you to Enterprise Bank & Trust for their support!”
From left, Dave Volk of CB FOX, Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann, Blue Bucks grand prize winner the Grinch aka Dave Fuehne and EB&T Regional President Liddie Martinez. Courtesy/Chamber