Great Neck Plaza’s shopping district will be invaded by 5-foot-tall giraffes to celebrate small businesses over the Thanksgiving shopping weekend.
On Nov. 29, the Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District (BID) will be holding a scavenger hunt in the shopping district to boost the local economy and celebrate Small Business Saturday, a capitalist holiday by American Express to encourage shoppers to go local and buy holiday gifts in smaller stores.
The first place winner of the scavenger hunt will be awarded $2,500 that can be used in any store in the Great Neck Plaza area.
“We thought a scavenger hunt would be fun and interesting,” said Ron Edelson, executive director of the Great Neck Plaza BID. “It’s a great way to engage the community and to get people into the downtown shopping center.”
The scavenger hunt will take place throughout the day on Saturday. Hunters must ultimately figure out a two-word phrase to win. The BID’s website will provide hints for people to find 14 giraffes placed across the shopping area. Each giraffe has a letter that’s part of the mystery phrase.
Along with a letter, the giraffes also contain clues to finding the next giraffe. A clue might tell you to visit a store that has been the chicken king for 50 years. With some knowledge of the neighborhood, hunters will know to go to the Poultry Mart on Middle Neck Road.
“We’ve made it easy enough to enter,” Edelson said, “but hard enough to keep people engaged.”