Photo courtesy Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau
Items at the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau’s online store feature the Piasa Bird.
The Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau wants the pride of the Greater Alton area on T-shirts, toys and more — all over the country.
The visitor center launched its online store earlier this month. Through the website, visitors from anywhere in the U.S. can order region-related shirts, books, postcards, and other souvenirs and have it shipped directly to home or business. The Piasa Bird, tallest man Robert Wadlow, and eagle mascot Seymour Bluffs all are represented on the items.
“The store is another avenue for visitors and tourists to pick up items that they can have to remember the great time they had while visiting the region,” Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Brett Stawar said. “It’s also another way for those who have moved away from the Alton region to remember their hometown.”
Among the items is a T-shirt advertising Alton as “One of the most haunted small towns in America,” a reputation that brings more and more curious visitors each year to our region.
“We began the gift shop a few years ago to fill a void of available souvenirs,” Stawar said. “We also received calls for people looking for some items that were either former Altonians or looking to ship a gift. So, we ventured on the online store as an enhancement.”
The online store reaches beyond just souvenirs, as it also will serve to improve and benefit the many functions and activities the CVB offers.
“One of the biggest drives behind our creation of the store will also be online ticketing for our specialty cruises and ticketed events sponsored by the CVB,” Stawar said. “So, the addition of the store is going to enhance some internal processes as well and help us on internal accounting for the growing number of shuttles, cruises, and more.”
With the purchase of a Robert Wadlow T-shirt, consumers also will receive a free Robert Wadlow magnet. Other items include an assortment of both adult and children’s books, car coasters, and even a Meeting of the Great Rivers bread warmer.
Prices range from 50 cents to $24.95, to fit anyone’s budget.
For more information, visit the online shop at www.visitalton.com/store.