25 Days of Giveaways with Sherlock’s Escapes

By Visit Kingston

December is an exciting month to shop downtown. Businesses are bustling with rosy-cheeked shoppers, lights and decorations twinkle above you in the dusk, and holiday music is spilling out onto the snow!

This December, one business is making it even more enticing to shop and support local businesses. Sherlock’s Escapes, an escape room company that offers three rooms for aspiring detectives at their 298 Bagot Street location, has secured gifts from more than 40 downtown businesses so they can offer prizes each day in December on their Facebook and Instagram pages! 

“We wanted to get prizes together for each day that would appeal to a different audience,” said Claire Grady-Smith, Marketing Manager for Sherlock’s Escapes. “We love the diversity of businesses and business owners downtown, so we wanted to do something that brought the whole community together and enticed new shoppers to the city as well.”


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This year, Sherlock’s Escapes owner Matthew Rothwell, had the idea of bringing in St. Lawrence College students to assist with the branding of the calendar. “Seven groups of students pitched their ideas to us,” explained Claire. “It was impressive to see what the students came up with, and it was not an easy choice!”

The winning group includes Erin Smith, John Charlton, and Laura Lewis. They created a beautiful Victorian Christmas concept, right on brand with the refined graphics of Sherlock’s Escapes. Look for their videos on Facebook and Instagram, and posters in businesses’ windows all throughout December.

Below is a sneak peek of the prizes that will be up for grabs.

Day 1: Salon 296

Day one of their annual advent calendar is a gift pack from Salon 296 that includes a $50 gift certificate for services and a Pureology Hair Care package worth $50. Both would make great gifts. All you have to do is like and comment on that day’s post to be entered to win! 


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Day 5: The Rocking Horse

Day five of the calendar is a whopper from The Rocking Horse. Two sets of How To Train Your Dragon Lego sets, valued at $50 each, will go to a couple of lucky kids this year.


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Day 13: Pig & Olive + Kingston Olive Oil Company

Day thirteen is $50 at the Pig & Olive – a great prize to help with a holiday dinner. This prize is paired with a Olivent Calendar from the Kingston Olive Oil Company, which has 25 different infused premium olive oils to try!


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Above all, make sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram @sherlocksescapes for a chance to win a daily prize package! 

Check sherlocksescapes.com for details about the rules and instructions for the Advent Calendar.