Winners chosen in holiday window contest
From staff reports
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Arts of the Albemarle swept first place awards in the Downtown Christmas Window Decorating Contest that lit up the business district with a record number of participants this year, organizers said.
The Downtown Business & Professional Association and Elizabeth City Downtown Inc. announced the 2017 winner in a press release Tuesday. Arts of the Albemarle took first place in both of the two categories of winners: a Judged Award and a Peoples’ Choice Award.
“With a record number of businesses participating and the beautiful and creatively decorated windows, it was a tough contest,” said Deborah Malenfant, executive director for Elizabeth City Downtown. “Twenty-one businesses participated in this year’s contest, making the downtown all the more festive during the holiday season.”
Ballots were available at each participating business and downtown visitors could vote for their favorite. Almost 400 ballots were collected.
“People were really into the contest this year – businesses and the community – and took the contest very seriously. I saw many people walking downtown from window to window really evaluating the decorations. I think it had a positive effect on the holiday spirit in downtown,” said Malenfant.
Other winners were:
2nd Place – Elizabeth City Sewing Center (Singer Store)
3rd Place – MMT Printers
2nd Place – Island Breeze Grill
3rd Place – Studio 511 Art & Soul
Local resident Rick Boyd commented on Facebook, “Downtown has never looked more beautiful than it has this Christmas season thanks to all that endeavored to make it beautiful.”
Cindy Beamon, one of the judges who made the judging responsibilities a family event with her husband and daughter, commented on why she picked the AoA window as tops, “For its retro Christmas design with tinsel tree and rotating lights, painted old-fashioned Christmas lights and packages wrapped in keeping with the theme. My husband remembered having a tinsel tree something like it when he was growing up. We also liked the very pretty, unique design of the window with the snowflake reindeer, glittery snow cover, and mirror as pond. The red birds added pops of color to the scene.”
The Downtown Business & Professional Association and Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. partnered to coordinate the annual contest. The first place judged winner will receive a $100 coupon for window washing services. The prize is provided by the Downtown Business and Professional Association.
“We’re very happy with the participation in this year’s contest and happy to co-coordinate it. We’re looking forward to next year’s contest being even more festive,” said Cindy Williams, president of the Downtown Business & Professional Association.
For more information about DBPA and how to join, contact Cindy Williams at 252-338-2328. For more information about downtown Elizabeth City, contact Deborah Malenfant at 252-338-4104.