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Where's Waldo? Hiding out at shops, cafes across Raleigh

Posted July 5

The star of the popular search-and-find series hangs out in Treat, downtown Raleigh ice cream shop, as part of a city-wide Waldo hunt.

Waldo, the bespectacled star of the long-running search-and-find series, is hiding out in shops across Raleigh through the end of July.

Part of an annual event that encourages shoppers to support their local stores, nearly two dozen merchants - from ice cream and dessert shops to book and hardware stores - are participating.

To take part, you just need to pick up a Find Waldo Local in Raleigh passport and get your passport stamped or signed for each Waldo that you spot in the participating sites. Collect 10 or more store stamps or signatures and be entered into a grand prize drawing on Aug. 6 to win a six-volume deluxe set of Waldo books. This year, participants can also #ColorWaldoAndWin. Just share a completed coloring sheet of Waldo on Instagram and be entered into a drawing to be one of five winners of a deluxe prize pack.

Here's where to find Waldo in Raleigh:

  • Always Poppin’ Gourmet Popcorn
  • Burke Brothers Hardware
  • Crowemag Toys
  • Edible Art Bakery & Dessert Cafe
  • Edward McKay Used Books & More
  • Escazu Chocolates
  • Gameday Sports Outlet
  • Galatea Boutique
  • Great Yarns Etc.
  • Mobley’s Shoes
  • NOFO @ the Pig
  • Quail Ridge Books
  • Rise Biscuits & Donuts
  • Seaboard Ace Hardware
  • Stone’s Education & Toys
  • The Alley
  • The Carolina Popcorn Shoppe
  • The Cupcake Shoppe & Bakery
  • The Green Monkey
  • Treat
  • Unleashed- City Market or Lake Boone Location
  • Videri Chocolate Factory

There is no charge to participate. Quail Ridge Books will mark the end of the Waldo hunt with a party at 2 p.m., Aug. 6. Shop Local Raleigh's website has more information, a printable passport and locations for each of the participating sites. My kids and I love doing this each summer! We started our search on Friday at Treat, the ice cream shop in downtown Raleigh.


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