Glebe Spree is back!

There’s a new Glebe Gateway sign near the Bank Street bridge, marking the southern edge of the Glebe and welcoming visitors.   Photo: Serena Lemieux

By Serena Lemieux

The holidays are right around the corner and the cherished community tradition, Glebe Spree, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. In the past decade, it has given away over $100,000 in prize money to lucky winners who spent their winnings in our local businesses. Glebe Spree is an exciting initiative that ends the year on a high note for our neighbourhood.

Supporting local businesses and helping people discover new and exciting shops has always been one of the greatest contributions of Glebe Spree. It provides an incentive to shop local and boosts business for our merchants.

Beginning on November 15 at 8 a.m. and running until December 31 at midnight, this local holiday contest offers a $10,000 Grand Prize Glebe shopping spree and a $2,500 Early Bird Glebe prize. There will also be up to 30 $100 Any Day prizes from participating local businesses. With all these opportunities to win, Glebe Spree makes holiday shopping even more fun and is another great reason to support local.

Shoppers will receive a stamp or sticker for every $15 purchase at participating Glebe businesses or services. Once a ballot is filled with $150 worth of stamps or stickers, it can be filled in with the entrant’s contact information, given to any participating Glebe business and entered in the contest. Ballots can be completed by Glebe Spree stamps or stickers in the denomination of $15 or $150. Two-stamp Tuesdays will be returning this year – you will receive twice the number of stickers for your Tuesday purchases.

The deadline to enter ballots for the Early Bird prize is December 5, with the draw taking place December 9. Any Day prizes will be awarded by different businesses throughout the contest. After entries close on December 31, the final draw for the Grand Prize will take place on January 14. Make sure to shop local and shop often and you might just be a winner!

Live local. Shop local. Wear local.

Coming this holiday season, the Glebe’s newest line of merchandise will be available to residents and friends of the neighbourhood. With new designs in the form of crew necks, adult tees, youth tees and tote bags, there are more options than ever to show off your love and support for our community.

This version of Glebe apparel consists of three limited-edition designs produced by local graphic design firm Aerographics. These designs feature the architectural uniqueness of the Glebe Community Centre, the Aberdeen Pavilion and Bank Street storefronts. A portion of the proceeds from clothing sales goes to support the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group (GNAG).

The merchandise is set to be released in the coming months, so keep an eye on all our social channels for an announcement. It will be available exclusively in shops and stores in the Glebe.

 Welcome to the Glebe

You’re here – and we’re so happy that you are! A second Glebe Gateway installation has been completed at the south entrance of the community, on the corner of Bank and Wilton, at the foot of the Bank Street bridge and just steps away from Lansdowne. This new project complements the north-entrance sign, which was completed in 2020.

The bright and inviting letters serve as a fun and dynamic display of the Glebe’s vibrancy. The new installation also has a wooden bench incorporated into its design. This initiative has reimagined an underutilized space and serves as a welcoming feature for all who visit the Glebe.

This project was made possible thanks to funding from the City of Ottawa’s Winter City Grant program. The Glebe BIA would also like to acknowledge and thank Underground Sound, the Glebe Community Association and our many community partners and individuals who contributed to the successful completion of this project.

Serena Lemieux is responsible for communications and marketing at the Glebe BIA (Business Improvement Area).

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