The name of this Quad City shopping excursion caught my attention right away. This year's experience may be the best one yet.

Twelve downtown Rock Island and Davenport stores are working together to provide their customers a chance to win $1,200 in gift certificates while shopping small on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30.

According to the QC Times, this is the fifth year for "That Dam Shopping Trip," to promote shopping local businesses, and the second year it includes Black Friday.

To qualify to win, customers will get a stamp on a provided shopping guide at each of the participating small businesses, and turn in their completed guide at their last stop. No purchase is necessary at any location, and one winner will be drawn at random from the completed shopping guides with each business providing a $100 gift certificate.

The shop hop takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. More information can be found at or by contacting Skeleton Key Art and Antiques during normal business hours.

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