Waldo — you know, the guy with the striped red-and-white shirt and beanie — is on a mission to keep local business booming this summer.
The Find Waldo Local initiative is part of a national campaign by Candlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association to support small businesses.
"It's a scavenger hunt where you're looking for Waldo at different retail businesses that are open regularly, kid friendly and locally and independently owned," says Kate Stern, a co-owner and the events and community outreach coordinator at Antigone Books.
Antigone Books has brought the hunt for the picture book character to Tucson for years now. You'll find mini cutouts of Waldo hiding in 21 businesses on Fourth Avenue and downtown during the month of July. Pick up a passport book at Antigone starting July 1 and get it stamped each time you find Waldo.
If you get at least 20 stamps, you're eligible to win prizes. We're talking Waldo swag (deluxe books, glasses, etc.) and gift cards and goodies from contributing businesses.
Participating organizations include the Children's Museum Tucson, Mabel's on 4th, The Book Stop, Pop Cycle, the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Maynards Market and Kitchen and more.
"It really supports independent local businesses, and that is something we're all about, and we love our neighbors," Stern says. "They're rad, and we all understand what it's like in the summertime."
P.S. You can also find Waldo in one of our stories this week. Let us know if you find him!