Bookstore owner organizes event to promote local shopping

Where's Waldo?

That’s a question many people, old and young, ask while thumbing through the famous children’s books of the same name by Martin Handford.

This month, Waldo — the bespectacled guy in the red and white striped shirt — is hiding at 25 different local businesses throughout the community.

As a part of a nationwide effort to promote shopping locally, the American publisher of “Where’s Waldo,” Candlewick Press, is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country for some hide and seek HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: KATHY FULLER - Pick up a Wheres Waldo passport at Jacobsens Books or any participating business, and let the hunt begin.

Tina Jacobsen, owner of Jacobsen’s Books & More in downtown Hillsboro, is organizing the event for the second year.

Participants can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Hillsboro” passport at any participating business and get their passport stamped for each Waldo they spot. Figures of Waldo and his faithful dog, "Woof," will be well hidden in local business establishments. There is no charge to participate.

The first 100 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at 10 or more sites can bring their passports back to Jacobsen’s Books, 211 E. Main St., to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses entitles diligent Waldo-seekers to enter a grand prize drawing July 31, featuring prizes from the participating businesses and a six-volume set of Waldo books.

The Waldo hunt continues through the month of July, culminating in a July 31 party at Jacobsen’s Books, starting at 6 p.m.

“I didn’t realize how important local stores were before I was a small business owner,” Jacobsen said. “Now I see how much we impact the community. Every dollar we make really does stay in the community.”

Jacobsen said she believes shopping at local businesses helps not only the business owners, but the community as a whole.

"We’re trying to feed out families, but we really do want to give back” to make the community a better place, she said.

For more information, call Jacobsen’s Books, 503-681-8243.

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