There is a new passport required in Downtown Delaware; the Find Penguin Passport, that is! Fundamentals Bookstore has spearheaded this event for a few years and it is only getting better with time. The business owners in Downtown Delaware are doing an unmatched job of working together in highlighting each others’ strengths and products and this is a perfect example of that. There are 25 businesses, within a few city blocks, that have teamed up to give people the opportunity to seek a most adorable penguin. The task at hand is moving along the streets of Downtown Delaware to explore the participating shops, restaurants and businesses that have hidden the mascot. Once found, you get a signature from an employee (and maybe a few treats from the location) before moving on to the next stop. Finding at least 20 of the locations’ penguins means a prize from Fundamentals and the gift of exploring the beautiful downtown city blocks.
This not only gives you the chance to search for an icon but also search small businesses that you hadn’t previously known where there. While on the hunt, my little ones and I ended up in a record store playing music that inspired a dance party, a home goods store that I had forgotten all about, and a comic shop that I didn’t know existed...and I live here! It was so exciting for my kids, and me as well, to head into a new place with the sole purpose of exploring. This hunt gives you a no-pressure opportunity to take a peek at menu options, upcoming events, and local products featured within this locations. We are looking forward to another afternoon of romping around our town and discovering all that it has to offer.
If you aren’t from the area, this is a marvelous way to get acquainted with it. And if you are, you will be missing out if you don’t join in! Everyone that participates is invited to attend the We Found Penguin Grand Finale Party on August 3 during First Friday (another story, in itself!). The competition runs through the end of July For more information find Fundamentals online or on Find Penguin in Delaware Ohio’s Facebook page!