SPI Chamber to host annual Shop the Island event

Beachgoers relax and enjoy the surf Tuesday morning at a city beach access point on South Padre Island.(Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)

Whether it’s getting a head start on holiday shopping or buying souvenirs, residents and visitors of this coastal city have the opportunity be entered in a drawing as they make purchases.

The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Shop the Island event starting Friday, Nov. 27.

Anyone who shops at any business on the Island between Nov. 27 through Dec. 27 and spends $20 or more is able to enter to win a $500 shopping spree on the Island.

To participate in the drawing, original receipts can be dropped off and registered at any of the following businesses — ABISPI, Cactus Flower, Ship Shape, Sisters Interiors, Padre Island Brewing Co., Renee’s of South Padre, SPI Chamber of Commerce and SPI Birding, Nature Center and Alligator Sanctuary.

The drawing will be held Tuesday, Dec. 29. Participants do not need to be present to win.

Some businesses on the Island will have outdoor shopping displays Nov. 27 through Nov. 29.

A request for three days of outdoor displays was approved for the kickoff of the event during a city council meeting held on Oct. 21.

According to Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Roxanne Ray, Shop the Island is an annual event that’s been held since 2013.

“In 2018, it was a little over $73,000 registered and last year it dropped off a little bit, but still strong,” she said during a city council meeting. “We’re hoping for great things in the face of coming out of COVID.”

The kickoff weekend of Shop the Island coincides with American Express’ Small Business Saturday, which was created in 2009 to inspire people to take notice and shop small to support their communities.

“In conjunction with American Express’ Shop Small Saturday and Shop the Island, we also will kick off and start delivering our Chamber’s winter discount coupon book,” Ray said. “That all kind of happens Thanksgiving weekend to sort of kick off the shopping and winter season.”