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Beginning this week, we’re running details you need to have so you can get to businesses taking part in the Shop the Village campaign.

Here we start with the 12 businesses that furnished prizes in this week’s drawing. Next week, we’ll have a listing of another 13 businesses and we’ll continue with the weekly listings throughout the campaign until we cover every business in the campaign.

No excuses not to connect with these folks. Check the hours listed: Most every shop is open every day of the week.

Al-Mart Bedding and Furniture

7045 North Ave., 383-5909. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Careful Peach Boutique

128 Harrison, 383-3066. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; Noon-6 p.m. Sunday


131 N. Oak Park Ave., 445-9360. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Fitzgerald’s Fine Stationery

131 N. Marion, 445-8077. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday; by appointment Sunday

Holiday Camera & Video

1053 Lake, 386-6447. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Intuit Dance

237 Harrison, 524-0500. A dance studio that’s open for classes and by appointment. Find a list of classes at

Oak Park Jewelers

101 S. Marion, 383-9695. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Sahagian & Associates

124 Madison, 848-5552. We’re not listing hours, because this business is not a retail shop. The address is the office of a candy manufacturer and wholesaler that sells such sweets as licorice sticks, gumballs and caramel corn in bulk to stores and distributors. But this business is also a source of sweets for community fundraisers. So if you’re with a school, club or team looking for candy to sell, call to see what your local options.


1018 Lake, 848-5051. 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 5 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, Saturday

Tennis and Fitness Centre

301 Lake, 386-2175. 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday

Wells Street Popcorn

1119 Lake, 383-1600. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Sunday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Saturday


151 N. Oak Park Ave., 386-2600. Lunch: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Dinner: 4-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4-11 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 1-10 p.m. Sunday. Brunch: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday

The winners for Week 1

If you’re holding one of the ticket numbers on the left, you’ve won the item on the right.

Ticket, The winnings

027026 $25 Winberie’s certificate
047021 $25 Oak Park Jewelers certificate
047071 $25 Intuit Dance Studio certificate
120098 Vera Bradley pocket portfolio and photo book from Fitzgerald’s Fine Stationery
120105 Promaster 7 x 35 binoculars ($60) from Holiday Camera & Video
120185 $25 Wells Street Popcorn certificate
128166 3 pounds red licorice, 3.5 pounds gumballs from Sahagian & Associates
601005 $50 Al-Mart Bedding and Furniture certificate
755009 $25 Careful Peach Boutique certificate
773105 $25 Filoni certificate
933412 1 month free membership for two ($138) at Tennis and Fitness Centre
937431 8-cup coffee press, sand timer, Sumatra Press Ground Coffee ($40) from Starbucks

To get your winnings, bring your ticket to the main branch of the Oak Park Public Library, at 834 Lake, from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays or from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursdays (excluding holidays). Go to Study Room 3A, on the library’s third floor, where a Shop the Village representative will be stationed with gifts.

If you’ve been reading along here and following the posters in shop windows around Oak Park, we trust you’re shopping locally. And that’s good. But in the giddiness about your finds, we don’t want you to miss a few must-remember points about the Shop the Village campaign:

  • Hang on to your tickets-the stubs you get for every $25 you spend among the 118 businesses in the rewards program.
  • Every Wednesday, turn to Page 7 in Wednesday Journal to see if the number on your ticket matches any of the numbers on the list of that week’s ticket winners.
  • If you find a match, then keep hanging on to that ticket. Keep track of the ticket ’til you can get it to the library at the designated time and hand it over for the gift certificate or goods you won. See Page 7 for details.

Every winner of a weekly drawing will get goods or a gift certificate valued at $25 or more from a participating business. At the end of the campaign, one winner will get a prize of more than $4,000, which will include goods and gift certificates from every one of the participating businesses.

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