The Pagosa Perks Raffle is back

SUN Columnist

The opportunity to win $1,000, $500 or $250 in Pagosa Perks is back for a third year.

Congratulations to $1,000 former winners Jeff Laydon and Joanne Irons, whom I’m sure spread the money around at Pagosa businesses. Perks are valuable in that they encourage you to spend your money locally, supporting your friends and neighbors and their businesses.

Imagine using Perks for gas money or treating the family to a big ticket item like the sound system, television or washer/dryer you have been hoping for. The possibilities are nearly endless and it’s all because you bought a raffle ticket.

Here is how the raffle works.

Raffle tickets are available for $5 or five for $20 — cash or check only. The winning tickets will be pulled at the December SunDowner at The Springs Resort at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.18. However, you do not need to be present to win, as former winner LouJean Espinosa can attest. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, from Chamber staff members, or members of the Chamber board of directors. You can purchase that last-minute ticket at the SunDowner and still win, as Bill Kinsley will happily tell you.

Pagosa Perks transact in Pagosa Country just like cash. Winners will be issued different denominations. Most local businesses accept Pagosa Perks and they should be handled just like a cashier check. Change may be given if the denomination is more than the purchase. Perks can be used for goods such as retail items, grocery items or restaurant food and beverage, services such as massages, soaks or even repair work, or you could pay a utility bill with your winnings. The Perks are guaranteed to spend just like a cashier’s check and a business should treat them as such.

A fun way to engage in Pagosa Perk raffle tickets is to buy them and give them away as gifts — perhaps an early Christmas present. Just imagine if the raffle ticket that you gave to someone was a winner. While not $2 million as in “It Could Happen to You,” imagine the joy should your gift recipient win.

There are lots of ways to enjoy these local Perks, but you can’t enjoy them if you don’t buy a raffle ticket and a chance to win.

You can purchase Pagosa Perks at the Chamber; they make great gifts or stocking stuffers and the choice of how to spend them is up to the recipient. Pagosa Perks also make great employee bonuses or year-end thank you gifts. Call us in advance if you are interested in purchasing a large number and we will get them ready for you. Again, this is one of the best gifts, since your shopping dollars stay in Pagosa Springs. For more information, contact the Chamber at 264-2360.

Business lighting

Don’t forget that, with the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, the Chamber and the Town Tourism Committee are encouraging business owners to light up their facilities on Nov. 29 — the day after Thanksgiving. In this way, visitors to Pagosa Springs can get a preview of how beautiful our community is during the holiday season. And, with snow on the mountains, there will be some great photo opportunities.

On Dec. 5, there will be an insert in The SUN that will list businesses and residential areas throughout Pagosa, so residents and visitors can tour the area and enjoy the lights. There will also be cash prize awards for winners in business and residential lighting categories.

You must sign up to be eligible for the cash prizes. The business categories will be broken out by number of employees and there will be first, second and third place awards. The residential categories are: “The Griswold Award,” “The Martha Stewart Award” and the “Best Themed Award.” For more information, and to enter, contact the Chamber.

Parade of Stores

Put on your shopping shoes and get ready to walk during three days of shop-till-you-drop fun, Dec. 5-7.

Stores from the east side to the west side of town will offer tax-free shopping and special discounts all three days. Watch for the Parade of Stores fliers posted in participating store windows. The Chamber website,, will also have a list of participating stores.

Most stores will also be open Friday, Dec. 6, until 7 p.m. There will be a gala that night, with stores offering specials, entertainment, eats and beverages to make your shopping extravaganza all the more festive. Look for even more store specials and celebrations over these days; this is a perfect opportunity for shoppers to get into the gift-giving spirit.

There are two facets to the Parade of Stores weekend. First, there is the frequent store program. Participants need to visit a certain number of stores in order to qualify for the prizes that will be given by each store — and there are typically more than 30 stores that participate. So, there are more than 30 chances to win a prize. Obtain your frequent stamp card at the first store you visit, or pick up a booklet at the Chamber of Commerce.

The second part of the shopping weekend is that, for every $10 you spend, you are entered into the Prize Giveaway Package drawing that included some great trips this year. Obviously, the more you spend, the more chances you have to win a prize; but it only takes one ticket as Dennis and Dalia Espinosa could attest after they won the trip to Aspen.

This is a wonderful time of the year to enjoy the great specials our stores are offering; keep your business local, and save some money. Visitors to Pagosa can certainly reap the shopping and prize benefits as one visitor last year, Adrian Baumgartner, knows. She can’t wait to redeem her prize package with a stay in Pagosa Springs. We encourage our neighbors in the Four Corners to come to Pagosa and shop, dine and enjoy our festivities and beautiful decorations.

Watch for more information in the upcoming weeks about this traditional shopping extravaganza.

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Remember to sign up for the November Maximizing Your Membership class, to be held Monday, Nov. 25, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. This class is chock full of information about how you can get more bang for your membership buck. Let Jan Santopietro, membership coordinator, take you through the steps of Maximizing Your Membership. A free lunch is included in the training. To reserve a space, call 264-2360.

Our renewals this week include Archuleta County Extension Service (including the 4-H program), Pagosa Springs Funeral Home and Cremation Service, The Art and Framing Center, Momentum 24/7 Fitness and, from out of the area, Wines of the San Juan.

This story was posted on November 21, 2013.