It pays to shop locally! The Retail Merchants Committee of the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce has kicked off the 2013 “Shop Til You Drop” holiday promotion at 29 participating locations in Newport. By visiting your local retailers, everyone 18 and older will be eligible to register for more than a dozen great prizes:

$1,000 Shopping Spree Grand Prize Blue Tooth Speaker $25 Gift Certificate from Charee’s Emporium $50 Gift Certificate from Darling’s Fine Things Two $35 Gift Cards from Farmers Oil Corporation Flower Pot from Gilliaum Feed & Seed Hawg Matted & Framed Picture from Glass Plus Cypress Santa from Hohn’s Nursery Kid’s Recliner from Jones Home Furnishings Xmods Car Starter – 1:24 Scale Remote Control Car from Newport Technology Center-Radio Shack Christmas Decorative Pillow from the Pink Poodle Gourmet Food Basket from Purdy’s Flowers & Gifts $25 Gift Certificate from U.S. Pizza Company Four $25 Gift Cards from Wal-Mart Hoodie from Xtreme Graphix To increase chances of winning, be sure to stop by all locations! Participating businesses include Attention Medical Supply, Charee’s Emporium, Crow-Burlingame, Darling Pharmacy, Darling’s Fine Things, Eddie’s Auto Parts, Farmers Oil Company, Gates Eye Care Center, George Kell Motors, George’s Liquor Store, Gilliaum Feed & Seed, Glass Plus, Greenway Equipment Company, Harris Ford, Hohn’s Nursery, Hungry Man, Jones Home Furnishings, Liberty Beauty Supply, Newport Technology Center- Radio Shack, Norman & Baker Pharmacy, The Pink Poodle, Price Chopper, Purdy’s Flowers & Gifts, Quick Lane, Subway/Flash Market, U.S. Pizza Co., Walgreens, Wal-Mart Pharmacy and Xtreme Graphix. Drawings will be held on Friday, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. The $1,000 shopping spree will be spent in at least five of the participating locations. Several of the participating merchants will be offering extended shopping hours for a Holiday Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Grab your friends and take care of your entire Christmas list right here at home! Open House locations include Charee’s Emporium, Darling Pharmacy, Darling’s Fine Things, Hohn’s Nursery, Purdy’s Flowers & Gifts, The Pink Poodle, Newport Technology Center/Radio Shack and Xtreme Graphix. See next week’s Independent for full details. The Retail Merchants Committee of the Chamber encourages everyone to try and shop in Newport and Jackson County this holiday season.