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216 Park Avenue
Petoskey, MI 49770

Come enjoy Downtown Petoskey on Lake Michigan and Little Traverse Bay with unique shops and restaurants in the Gaslight Shopping District. Serving Bay Harbor, Bay View, Harbor Springs, Walloon Lake and Emmet County.

Where's Waldo?

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Where's Waldo?

Where's Waldo? Petoskey, of course!

The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visitinglocal businesses throughout our Downtown community in July of 2017. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons, and more!

Find Waldo is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement.

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Petoskey!” passport with the names of all the participating sites at the Downtown Office (216 Park Ave), and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. The first 125 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more stores can bring their passports back to the Downtown Office to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers to enter in a grand prize drawing on July 29 during Sidewalk Sales!

In celebration of Waldo's longevity and popularity, this event is put on for some hide and seek fun as well as to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses.  There is no charge to participate, and the hunt starts on July 1 and runs until July 29, the Saturday of Sidewalk Sales. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Petoskey, call the Downtown Office at 231.348.3088. Happy hunting!

Participating Stores:

Bearcub Outfitters
Cheekade Meekade
Ciao Bella! Home
Ciao Bella! Patio
The Circus Shop
Craig Ryan Fine Clothing
Crooked Tree Arts Center
County Emmet Celtic Shop
Flowers from Sky's the Limit
Grandpa Shorter's Gifts
Grain Train
J.C. Penney
Julienne Tomatoes
J.W. Shorter & Son Mercantile
Linda Michaels
McLean & Eakin Booksellers
Meyer Ace Hardwear
Molly's Celtic Kitchen
Murdicks Fudge
Nexus Games and Hobbies
Northern Michigan Artists Market
Petoskey District Library
Reusch Jewelers
Robert Frost Fine Footwear
Rocking Horse Toy co.
Ruff Life
Simply Sweet by Jessica
Grandpa Shorter's Trappers Cabin

Earlier Event: May 5
Shop Downtown for your Summer Job
Later Event: July 7
Ghost Walk