JRC Announces 2017 Storefront Holiday Decorating Contest Winners

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Esquire Cleaners, 1st Place Winner
Esquire Cleaners, 1st Place Winner

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Jamestown Renaissance Corporation

The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) has announced the winners of the annual Downtown Jamestown Storefront Holiday Decorating Contest. The contest began in 2015 as a way to encourage business owners in downtown Jamestown to dress up their businesses for the holidays and to increase the curb appeal for visitors shopping and eating downtown during the holiday season. 17 businesses participated in 2017 and were judged by members of the Jamestown area community.

“Congratulations to Esquire Cleaners, our first place winner. Several of our judges mentioned how much they enjoyed the scene in the window, specifically how Esquire Cleaners tied it to their business,” said Kristy Kathman, program and administrative coordinator for JRC. “It was a close contest this year, and the windows looked great. I have had many people comment on how festive downtown Jamestown looks, and I couldn’t agree more. Thank you to all the businesses who decorated for the season!”

The contest’s second place winner was Vintage House Design, Inc., and third place winner was The Gypsy Moon Cake Co. Each business that participated in the holiday decorating contest had a chance to win an advertising grant from the JRC and Jamestown Up Close to use in the coming year ranging from $1,000 to $250.

“We are so excited and thankful! Esquire Cleaners is so small, and Nate (Bailey) just bought the business this year, so this is a huge thing for us to be chosen. We are very appreciative, and happy to be part of the downtown community,” said Heather Mundaniohl, manager at Esquire Cleaners. She also said that the decorating contest really brought to light the sense of pride that is present among downtown businesses. Ms. Mundaniohl said she sees pride in the customers as well. When decorating, Ms. Mundaniohl wanted to bring in the cleaners aspect to the scene, so she depicted Santa getting his suit cleaned and pressed before his big day.

The storefront decorating contest ran from the night of the downtown Jamestown Christmas parade, December 1, to December 11. The People’s Choice award was determined via Facebook vote earlier in the month. The Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum won the People’s Choice award and a $100 lunch voucher to a downtown Jamestown restaurant for their staff.

The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation makes Jamestown better through inspiration, action, and celebration. For more information on Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, please visit www.jamestownrenaissance.org or call 664-2477. You can also learn more about the organization by joining their Facebook page.