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  • Shopping small in Dover is a win-win for retailers and shoppers

    DOVER – With the growing fear that holiday gifts are going to be stuck on cargo ships, many are looking toward locally-owned shops to fill their Christmas wish lists. Those who shop downtown Dover this year will find shelves are stocked with unique one-of-a-kind gifts, and can even be entered to win gift baskets as a bonus for shopping local.

    From Sunday, November 28 through Monday, December 20, shoppers who spend at least $10 at five participating downtown retail shops may enter to win locally-filled gift baskets brimming with home goods, apparel, local treats, and gift cards to area shops. Customers may pick up raffle tickets at any of the 27 participating businesses, and attach their receipts. Completed tickers may be dropped off at Noggin Factory, My Country Story, or Ryder Street Co. located in downtown Dover. Winners will be chosen by Mayor Bob Carrier through a drawing held on December 21 at Ryder Street Co. at 6 p.m. and announced via Facebook Live.

    “There are so many shops in Dover that many shoppers don’t realize exist,” said My Country Story owner Roni Watkins. “You can walk downtown and get a gift for anyone on your list.”
    A complete list of participating retail shops, including a map of each location, is available via the PocketSights website: 

    PocketSights also offers a smartphone app that provides a walking tour of the participating locations.

    “We are very excited to announce a new way to find all of our downtown retailers,” said Reid Amy, the Deputy Director of Economic Development. “Shoppers can simply download the free PocketSights app and search for the Dover Holiday Shop Small Spectacular. They can follow the tour throughout downtown and seek out any of our 27 retail shops. It’s that easy.”

    Download the free app available for iPhone and Android at