Small Business Saturday 2020


The Carlsbad Village Treasure Hunt is now officially closed. Thank you to all who played. 

Here's What The Game Was All About

Come experience downtown Carlsbad like never before and get to know the Village businesses, history, and iconic places a little bit more. CVA’s first-ever Carlsbad Village Treasure Hunt is a safe way to have some fun exploring our amazing downtown. Did we mention there’s $1,000 in gift cards to Village businesses being given away?

Players will use their wits and wisdom to explore and discover downtown Carlsbad including historical sites, local art, and of course, excellent shopping and dining locations, for opportunities to win great prizes from Carlsbad Village businesses. This fun and interactive game will run from Friday November 13th through November 29th.

The Motivation Behind The Game

Small Business Saturday is November 28th. This is a day when the businesses that line downtowns all over America are celebrated. The solopreneurs, Mom and Pop shops, and small family businesses are front and center as shoppers return to “main street” for good old fashioned customer service and exceptional variety. It is an important day for small businesses nationwide.

With the health pandemic making group gatherings and events prohibitive this year, the Carlsbad Village Association (CVA) decided to host an innovative and interactive Treasure Hunt game instead that would enable individual shoppers, couples, and family units the opportunity to experience downtown Carlsbad and get to know the Village businesses, history, and iconic places a little bit better. The game will culminate at the conclusion of the Small Business Saturday weekend.

The Rules

Download the Carlsbad Village Treasure Hunt game card. Use the game card as your guide as you play along. There are over 20 Treasure Hunt questions/tasks on the game card. As you play, fill in your answers on the game card. If the game calls for a photograph, retain it for future use as we will need it for verification if your name is chosen. 

If you correctly complete a minimum of 13 of the questions/tasks (three must be photo tasks), you will be entered into the prize drawing and eligible to win a $50 gift card to one of our amazing business sponsors listed below. You will be asked to submit photos as proof if you are chosen, so please keep your photos handy. There will be a total of 15 winners in this category!

If you correctly complete all of the questions/tasks, you will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing and will be eligible to win a prize valued at $100. Two winners will be randomly chosen from this drawing. One prize is a $100 gift card to the Village restaurant of your choice sponsored by Visit Carlsbad. One prize is a gift card basket to Village Faire Shopping Center businesses and restaurants totaling $100.

Submit your entry by taking a clear and readable photo of your completed game card and emailing it to by 11:59 pm, Sunday, November 29th. Make sure that your name, email, and phone number, as well as your answers, are legible. And check the box next to the photos you take. Winners will be randomly chosen on Monday, November 30th, and will need to submit evidence of selfies/photos after being notified. Winners will be announced on the CVA website, social media accounts, and the CVA eNewsletter on Wednesday, December 2nd.

The Sponsors

The Carlsbad Village Association couldn't do this without the overwhelming support and generosity of the following amazing businesses (in alphabetical order) that donated gift cards to this event!

Adore Boutique
Baba Coffee
Carlsbad Village Music
Engel & Volkers
Handel's Ice Cream
Jayden P Boutique
Park 101
Pedego Carlsbad
Pure Project
Senor Grubby's
Trove Marketplace
Village Rock Shop

The following businesses donated $100 in prizes to the Village Treasure Hunt:

Village Faire Shopping Center
Visit Carlsbad

And, the Carlsbad Village Association is adding a $50 gift card to the prize pool, to make the first-ever Carlsbad Village Treasure Hunt an amazing event with $1,000 in prizes given away to help stimulate the Carlsbad Village economy while showing off our exceptional downtown.

Help make Small Business Saturday a success

Carlsbad Village Small Business

Small businesses need you now more than ever before. Every time you pick up a coffee at your local café, grab lunch at the mom-and-pop shop or buy a new handbag from a local store, you're making an impact in your community. In fact, for every dollar spent at a small business in the U.S., approximately 67 cents stays in the local community. 

Support your favorite local spots or find new ones

Come celebrate Small Business Saturday in the Village as we boost awareness and support for our local small businesses. Enjoy shopping specials, discounts, and merchant hospitality as you “Shop Small.” Nearly every locally-owned store in the area will participate in the “Shop Small” campaign "Small Business Saturday." 

Spend the Day in the Village

Public parking is plentiful in the Village, and the beach is only two blocks away. Many casual and fine dining establishments are within steps from the venue, as well as shopping at a wide variety of boutiques, salons, and galleries.