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SHOP Hillcrest for the Holidays winner to receive $2,000 in Hillcrest prizes today

SAN DIEGO -- Jennifer Gonzalez, a local San Diego resident, shopped and dined in Hillcrest this past holiday season and won big.

The SHOP Hillcrest for the Holidays campaign this past season collected over 2,000 raffle entries of Hillcrest patrons who shopped and dined locally for the holidays -- but only one raffle entry scored the grand prize.

"About five weeks ago I went to Fiesta Cantina with a few friends to celebrate my friend Dee's graduation," Gonzalez said. "I ordered one of those awesome margaritas and the waiter told me to fill out the raffle ticket for a shopping spree. I'm so glad that I did! When I heard the message that I had won I was with my mom, and I immediately told her. She could not believe it and neither could I! Best news ever!"

The award will be given to Gonzalez today at 4 pm and the community is invited to the "presentation of fabulousness," which will take place at Fiesta Cantina. Gonzalez will receive over $2,000 in "Fabulous Hillcrest" gift certificates for a year's-worth of shopping and dining in the neighborhood.

SHOP Hillcrest for the Holidays is an annual campaign promoted by the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) to encourage holiday shopping in the neighborhood.

The following businesses participated in 2012: Akinori, Artist & Craftsman Supply, Babette Schwartz, Baja Betty’s, Bamboo Lounge/ T-Deli, Bodhi Massage Center, Buffalo Exchange, Cathedral, Circulation Music & Movies, City Delicatessen, Cody’s Home & Gifts, Cohabitat, Column One, Crest Cafe, d bar, Fido & Co., Fiesta Cantina, Flashbacks, Fiji Yogurt, Gossip Grill, Green Fresh Florals, Haircrest, Hillcrest Brewing Company, Hillcrest Shell, House Boi, Jersey Mike’s, KASI Restaurant, Lalo’s Mexican Grill, Luna Grill, Mankind, Mint Shoes, Nutrimart, Ortega’s Mexican Bistro, Pinkberry, Pure Boutique, Revivals, The Range / 1202, The Ruby Room, Snooze, The Tractor Room, Twirl, Urban Mo’s, Urban Optiks Optometry, Village Hat Shop, and The Wine Lover.

For more information about HBA or the campaign, click HERE.