The weather didn’t stop the crowds from hopping into the Pearl to celebrate Spring with fun activities, treats and a hug and picture with the Easter Bunny. Smiles, laughter and some good old sugar brought a burst of energy to the streets throughout the day as the Easter Bunny was out and about taking photos, and giving out candy and hugs.

PDBA Bunny Hop Through the Pearl

Over 30 businesses participated in the event by decorating their windows, hosting an activity and providing delicious treats to over 200 patrons, who were entered into a raffle for a number of terrific prizes and voted on their favorite window display.

There were so many creative and inviting displays throughout the Pearl welcoming shoppers, but Flairwalk came away with the prize for Favorite Store Window Display. Close runner-ups included Mabel & Zora, Oblation, Christopher David and Flor.

The day concluded at Jamison Park with music by Jenna Elfson with fresh cookies from Daily café and Lovejoy Bakers and delicious hot coffee from Café Umbria.

Raffle Winners

  • Grand Prize Winner: Max B. will enjoy a one night stay at The Mark Spencer Hotel, a $100 certificate for dinner at Andina and a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Cake.
  • 2nd Prize Winner: Ryleigh W. will enjoy a $250 certificate at Pearl Gallery & Framing and Brunch for two at Jamison Restaurant.
  • 3rd Prize Winner: Adane Delaney received a $100 certificate for services at Pearl Animal Hospital, Brunch for two at the Daily Café and 2 free cones at Ben & Jerry’s.
  • Other great prizes raffled:  A dress from Mabel and Zora, REI outdoor school  two for the price of one, a certificate from Lovejoy Bakery for one loaf of bread each month for a year, a pair of Keen shoes and some Patagonia caps with a cone from Ben & Jerry’s.

Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped make the Hippity Hoppity Bunny Hop a huge success! And a very special thank you to Clarke from REI, who was the best Easter Bunny ever!

Photographs ©2014 David Freidman, with additional photos provided by PDBA merchants.