Sunday morning was a time to gather friends and monocles for the Irish Harp Pub’s scavenger hunt to help promote local businesses.
The pub partnered with dozens of local businesses for its event, says owner Jovie Joki, with businesses generously donating prizes to be won by the top teams.
“A variety of businesses participated in profiling their establishment in this event,” says Joki. “What was entailed from each business was some creativity in providing a question or task.”
One of the tasks performed was doing 10 jumping jacks while reciting something, others included naming two types of animals in the pen at Frogpond Farm Organic Winery, or writing down the answer to what the heart sign says at the Butterfly Gallery — the answer is ‘happiness is like a butterfly.’
“The ultimate goal was to highlight each establishment and their products,” says Joki.
There were about 10 teams participating, maximum four people to a team, and 30 businesses within and outside the Old Town involved.
Prizes to the scavenger hunt winners were provided by The Irish Harp Pub and most of the participating businesses, with many generous gift donations, such as $100 gift cards from Irish Design, Ara shoes and accessories, and Glamour Jewellery; certificates to Spa at Q, Sentineal Carriages, Beau Chapeau, eBike Niagara, Neob Lavender, Tour de Vine, and Sunset Grill; gift baskets from Nolaa’s Keto Bakery, Cheese Secrets, Creek Road Paints and a variety of tastings and samplers from businesses, including Chef and Bub Gourmet Ice Pops, Spirit of Niagara, Niagara Oast House Brewers, The Exchange Brewery, Inniskillin Wines, Silversmith Brewing Company, Lailey Winery and Ironwood Cider House.
“All of these charitable donations will help promote future visits to these establishments,” says Joki.
The Harp’s first scavenger hunt to promote NOTL businesses was attended by Lord Mayor Betty Disero, who kicked off the event promoting local tourism and business growth. The NOTL Chamber of Commerce assisted with advertising and also participated in the event.
Joki says The Irish Harp Pub is grateful for the relationships created to stage the event, and hopes to grow “a new NOTL tradition to highlight all entrepreneurial ventures and small businesses within our community.”