For Immediate Release
December 10, 2013
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the 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.
“It’s great that so many neighborhood businesses decorated their windows in the spirit of the holiday season this year,” Mayor Menino said. “Please visit our Main Streets districts do your holiday shopping, take stock of our festive windows, and to vote on our website for your favorite holiday display.”
Since 2010, the Deck the Windows holiday storefront decorating competition has promoted holiday shopping and businesses in the Boston Main Streets Districts during the holiday season. Past winners include the Switch in Hyde Park, Top it Off in West Roxbury, and Back to Life Chiropractic & Wellness in Dorchester. This year, more than 350 windows were decorated with festive flair by Wednesday, December 4th. Last week, local judges reviewed the decorated windows in the Boston Main Streets districts and each district submitted a finalist. The online public voting stage of the contest will conclude on December 17th, and Mayor Menino will announce the first, second and third place winners at the business that receives the most votes during the contest on Thursday, December 19th.
THE 2013 DECK THE WINDOWS OF BOSTON MAIN STREETS FINALISTS:
- Refuge Café - Allston Village Main Streets
- Genius Planet - Bowdoin/Geneva Main Streets
- Abbott’s Frozen Custard - Brighton Main Streets
- 101 Bakery - Chinatown Main Street
- Firecode Design, LLC - Dudley Square Main Streets
- Meridian Food Market - East Boston Main Streets
- La Personalidad Beauty Supply - Egleston Square Main Street
- A Sweet Place - Fields Corner Main Street
- Lulu's Barbershop and Salon - Greater Grove Hall Main Streets
- Sonia’s of Boston - Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street
- River Grille- Hyde Park Main Streets
- Caramelo Clothing Company - JP Centre/South Main Streets
- Innovative Fashions & Bridal - Mattapan Square Main Streets
- The Mission Bar and Grill - Mission Hill Main Streets
- Dandelions Flower Shop - Roslindale Village Main Street
- MacLellan Law Firm - St. Mark’s Area Main Street
- A&M Bargain Store - Upham’s Corner Main Street
- Boomerangs: Special Edition - Washington Gateway Main Street
- Top It Off Accessories - West Roxbury Main Street
On November 26th, Mayor Menino announced the Deck the City campaign at his Holiday on Main Street Announcement. Deck the City includes Deck the Windows competition for Main Streets business districts and the city-wide residential lighting contest Deck the Rooftops.
Deck the Rooftops participants must be City of Boston residents to enter the Deck the Rooftops contest, though home ownership is not required. Local 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, multi-family or apartment buildings. This year contestants don’t just have to compete against their neighbors; they can collaborate with them to win the most decorated street award. The deadline for entering the Deck the Rooftops contest is Tuesday, December 17 at midnight and public online voting for the contest starts on Thursday, December 19, 2013.
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.