The holidays are here, and Salem is dressed for the season with trees, wreaths, and ribbons. To top it off, over 30 downtown businesses have decorated their windows especially for the holidays. Judges nominated by Salem Main Streets made the rounds early this week to vote on the best windows.
“We had some truly fantastic windows this year, as always,” said Kylie Sullivan, Salem Main Streets Executive Director. “We give the judges the freedom to create new award categories based on what they see each particular year – but even then, we didn’t manage to squeeze in all the windows we loved!”
Some award categories highlight good retail design – use of store products or display of a business’ services – or types of design, like most traditional. The Contest Newcomer recognizes businesses with high quality displays who have not previously or regularly participated in the contest. A “Salem Main Streets Shout-Outs” category was also created this year for businesses that ended up on several judges’ final lists and were deserving of recognition.
“I was especially impressed by how much work and detail went into so many of this year’s windows,” said Sullivan. “I encourage everyone to take their time and look closely at the competing windows to see how many fine details went into the trees and tableaus.”
A full set of images can be found online at https://bit.ly/2AZDaRJ.
Best Overall: Mark Your Spot
Honorable Mention – Witch City Wicks and Witch Pix
Best Use of Product: Witch City Consignment & Thrift
Honorable Mention – Pamplemousse and Modern Millie Shop
Best Traditional: Turner’s Seafood
Honorable Mention – Remember Salem and LightShed Photography
Contest Newcomer: Grace & Diggs and Vampfangs
Salem Main Streets Shout-Outs: Coon’s Card and Gifts, The Happy Sunflower, and Emporium 32