For Immediate Release
December 11, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the 20 finalists in the City’s Deck the Windows of Boston Main Streets contest, a friendly competition that tests the creativity of local businesses and promotes neighborhood Main Streets business districts by asking them to decorate their storefronts for the holidays. Residents are encouraged to vote online for their favorite holiday-themed windows. The contest is part of Mayor Menino’s Deck the City campaign, encouraging both residents and business owners to celebrate the holiday season by decorating their homes and local businesses districts.
“We’ve had a fantastic turnout of Main Streets businesses that decorated their windows in the spirit of the season this year,” Mayor Menino said. “Now I’m asking Bostonians to take stock of the very best and to vote on our website for their favorite display. Over the next week, voters will determine the three most festive holiday windows in the Boston’s Main Street districts.”
The Deck the Windows holiday storefront decorating competition tests businesses’ creativity during the holiday season. More than 400 windows were decorated by Wednesday, November 28. Last week, local judges reviewed windows in each of the Boston Main Streets districts and submitted a winner from each of the 20 Main Street districts. The public voting stage of the contest will conclude one week from today on December 18, at which time online voting will determine the winner. The top three businesses will be announced on Thursday, December 20 by Mayor Menino.
THE 2012 DECK THE WINDOWS OF BOSTON MAIN STREETS FINALISTS:
- Stingray Body Art - Allston Village Main Streets
- Ashley’s Breakfast Shop - Bowdoin/Geneva Main Streets
- Centre Pieces Design Flower Shop - Brighton Main Streets
- Juice Bar - Chinatown Main Street
- A Nubian Notion - Dudley Square Main Streets
- Topacio Restaurant - East Boston Main Streets
- Boston Express Multiservices - Egleston Square Main Street
- A Sweet Place - Fields Corner Main Street
- Reggae on the Grill - Four Corners Main Street
- Lulu's Barbershop and Salon - Greater Grove Hall Main Streets
- Sonia’s Bridal & Quinceañera - Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street
- Justine’s Dancewear - Hyde Park Main Streets
- Polka Dog Bakery - JP Centre/South Main Streets
- Innovative Fashions & Bridal - Mattapan Square Main Streets
- Penguin Pizza - Mission Hill Main Streets
- Sebastian’s Barber Shop - Roslindale Village Main Street
- Back to Life Chiropractic & Wellness - St. Mark’s Area Main Street
- A&M Bargain Store - Upham’s Corner Main Street
- Coco Baby - Washington Gateway Main Street
- Fabutique - West Roxbury Main Streets
On November 20, Mayor Menino announced the new Deck the City campaign, which includes the third annual Deck the Windows competition for Main Streets Business Districts and a new city-wide residential lighting contest Deck the Rooftops. Participants must be City of Boston residents to enter the new Deck the Rooftops contest, though home ownership is not required. Judges will evaluate the overall design and appeal of residents’ lighting displays, and participants are encouraged to use LED lights whenever possible. Competitive categories include: one- or two-family homes, triple deckers, porch/balcony, multi-family or apartment building. The deadline for entering the Deck the Rooftops contest is Sunday, December 16 at midnight and public voting for the contest starts on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.
Deck the City contest details and a complete list of participating businesses and homes to vote for by neighborhood can be found on the City of Boston's Deck the City website www.cityofboston.gov/deckthecity.