Suwanee offers prizes to promote Gateway

SUWANEE -- The city of Suwanee will soon use a new campaign -- one that involves free prizes -- to promote its Gateway, the city's oldest and largest commercial area.

The Suwanee Gateway is a four-square-mile commercial area that boasts more than 300 restaurants, shops and other businesses. Through the campaign, called "Get It in the Gateway," participants can win daily prizes and a grand prize package valued at more than $1,000.

Toni Shrewsbury, Suwanee's special projects coordinator, Economic and Community Development, said the number of Suwanee residents who are unaware of all the Gateway has to offer is surprising.

"'Get It in the Gateway' is a modern scavenger hunt of sorts designed to introduce participants to many of the great shops, restaurants, businesses and services that call the Gateway home," Shrewsbury said. "Our hope is that once they discover the Gateway as more than a way through Suwanee, they'll come back again and again to shop, dine and stay."

From March 22-27, clues to participating businesses will be posted on the city's Facebook page and Web site, www.suwanee.com, directing participants to the day's featured businesses. There, they can register for daily prizes and will automatically be included in the grand prize drawing, to be held on March 29.

Prizes include:

* Chipper Jones autographed baseball and photograph;

* Grill Dome provided by EMC Security;

* Wireless printer from Home Depot;

* One-night stay at any Fairfield Inn property in the country;

* Wild Wing Cafe gift certificate; and

City spokeswoman Lynne DeWilde said two or three businesses will accept registrations for prizes each day.