Congratulations and an early Christmas gift are in order for Charles Gomer, a Fondren resident who “found Fonzy” and won the Fondren Renaissance Foundation’s holiday giveaway! FRF Consultant Jim Wilkirson said the winning entrant spotted Fonzy at Kolb’s Cleaners and logged on to Fondren.org. When he reported the reindeer’s location, he was registered to win gift certificates worth $500 from his choice of thirteen participating merchants. Fonzy was placed all over the neighborhood, from TC’s and Sal & Mookie’s to Banner Hall. Wilkirson said he was surprised at the geographic diversity of the entrants – coming from Madison, Flowood, Florence, Brandon and other metro communities. “It was kind of fun,” he added, “and I think the merchants who were involved got a big kick out of it, too.” As well they should. Wilkirson said the promotion brought new faces into stores, restaurants, and galleries, and drove traffic to the foundation’s site. “It was a win-win for everyone.”

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Fondren Renaissance Foundation and “Fonzy” merchants Bridgette’s Monograms & Gifts, Broad Street Baking Co., Brown’s Fine Art & Framing, CUPS Espresso Cafe, Everyday Gardner, Fischer Gallery, GLO Design Studio, Kolb’s Grand Cleaners, McDade’s Market, MOSAIC, Sal & Mookie’s, TC’s Uniforms, Treehouse Boutique, & William Wallace Salon.