Longtime Glebe resident Margaret Vice wins $10K Glebe Spree!

January 21, 2019 | by glebeadmin

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Margaret Vice has been shopping in the Glebe for 45 years – and she’s never won a prize.

That all changed last week when Vice’s ballot was pulled as this year’s Glebe Spree grand-prize winner – and the recipient of a whopping $10,000 shopping spree in the neighbourhood.

“It’s exciting. I was sort of shocked,” said Vice during a cheque presentation at Glebe Spree title sponsor BMO at Lansdowne the Glebe Branch. “I think I was at a dinner party once and won a basket, but that’s it.”

Vice has been playing Glebe Spree since it began eight years ago – not only to win, but to support local business owners in the area who she has been visiting for more than four decades. The longtime Glebe resident loves the butcher-baker-candlestick maker feel that the neighbourhood has – with its unique ma and pa shops, a roster of delicious restaurants and every service you would ever need.

“It really does have that small town vibe and I think people appreciate that,” adds Vice. “Maybe that is why young families are staying and living in the Glebe and wanting that contact. It’s just so comfortable and the merchants are so nice and the whole area just has a special feeling about it. I don’t know if a lot of cities have that.”

While past Glebe Spree winners have had to think long and hard about how to spend their winnings – do I take a trip across the world or save on groceries for the next year? – Vice already knows where the cash is going to go.

“We are going to give some to a local charity that we are close to, and then I am going to share it with relatives and friends who have young children,” said Vice. “These young families, there is so much for them to choose from.”

Now in its eighth year, Glebe Spree is a highly popular contest funded by the merchants of the Glebe that encourages holiday shoppers to support local business. This year was the most successful contest to date, with more than 33,000 entries being submitted, representing a six per cent increase over last year’s previous record.

“Glebe Spree is a promotion designed to add an extra level of excitement to the shopping experience during the holidays,” said Glebe BIA Executive Director Andrew Peck. “And for Margaret, the Glebe Spree grand prize is the gift that will keep on giving.”

This year’s contest also featured 30 daily giveaways and five $1,000 cash prizes that were awarded throughout the contest. The Glebe BIA would like to thank the more than 160 business who participated this year. In particular, we would like to thank our title sponsors, McKeen Metro Glebe and the Bank of Montreal, and the 30 businesses who contributed Any Day Prizes.