Congratulations to the Winners of Main Street Vero Beach’s Decorate the Doors Contest!

Vero Beach, FL. –This holiday season, downtown businesses got festive as the competed for best decorated door. As a promotion to encourage shoppers to come downtown and support local businesses, Main Street Vero Beach held a contest, voted on by the public, to pick the top three businesses that had the most fun and creative decorations on the doors of their storefronts. At this past holiday edition of Downtown Friday, the votes were tallied and the top three winners were announced:

First Place: Décor Envy – “White Christmas Tree”, is a view that will put you in the mood for a White Christmas movies night. Designed by owner Tiffany Sweeny and her talented staff of ladies, the twills and twirls of their door exhibits one of the most beautifully designed Christmas trees. “We used A LOT of ribbon” exclaimed the ladies as they happily looked at the delightfully flowing tree topped with a large sparkly gold bow, centered on their bright pink doors. Décor Envy also participated in this year’s Festival of the Trees event, but it’s without a doubt they saved their best work for last in creating this first prize, award winning winter wonderland.


Second Place: Barefoot Café – “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown”, an image that brings out a nostalgic childhood spirit, was created with the help of a couple friendly neighbors. Café owner, William Watkins was assisted by local Theatre apartment resident, Byron Gray and Barefoot Café employee Dana Davis, to create the holiday classic portraying poor Charlie Brown’s attempt at stringing lights, with Charlie’s facial expressions completed by MSVB artist Barbara Sharp. This door is sure to give visitors a sight that will put a smile on your face. As a bonus, the side window even has a view of Snoopy enjoying the holiday season on his dog house.


Third Place: MSVB Studios & Gallery – “A Grinchy Christmas”, was designed and executed by local artist Barbara Sharp. Throughout the Treasure Coast, Sharp has been known for making the best Grinch ornaments. For this contest, she has most definitely taken the Grinchy theme up a notch. In collaboration with her other MSVB Studio suitemates, the door also portrays the Grinch stealing one of the handmade necklaces created by jewelry artist, Clair Brunetti, along with signage for art classes in the background, which are now taught in the studio by new resident, Mary Partow.


“We had many participants, businesses as well as voters. It was so much fun that we hope to make this a new annual Downtown tradition”, said Katherina Paliwoda, Executive Director of Main Street Vero Beach. The doors will be decorated throughout the holiday season. If you haven’t been downtown to see the decorations, stroll on by to visit the local shops, restaurants, and galleries in the historic district, and enjoy their beautiful displays!

About Main Street Vero Beach

Main Street Vero Beach is dedicated to enhancing the core of our city, Downtown Vero Beach, by supporting historic preservation efforts, highlighting our local art, and helping our businesses to flourish as an economically revitalized center and tourist destination, while maintaining our small town charm.


Vero Beach – #7 on Coastal Living’s Best Small Florida Beach Towns

Not all coastal communities are created equal, but these idyllic locales stand out from the crowd. Each offering its own distinct character and plenty of things to do, here are some of Florida’s most charming beach towns.

A gull soaring over Vero Beach, Florida
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Vero Beach

A hidden gem nestled on the east coast of Florida, Vero Beach is a nature lover’s paradise. Think unspoiled beaches, salt water lagoons and protected wildlife refuges. With miles of biking and hiking trails, there are ample opportunities for eco-friendly adventures. Then enjoy the small-town charm in the “main street” area of Vero Beach, where you’ll find weekly gallery strolls, a vintage market, and plenty of quaint cafes.

Congratulations to our MSVB Board Member on being honored at the 2018 Laurel Awards!


Awarded to an individual or business that demonstrates outstanding commitment to nonprofit cultural organizations in support of their operations, enabling growth and sustainability.

ABC Printing Company, owner Chris Beals
Nominated by Paris Productions

For over forty years, ABC Printing has been a reliable printing source in Indian River County.  In addition to their expertise in the trade, keeping up with modern techniques and equipment to assure quality product delivery, ABC Printing is led by Chris Beals, an owner who believes in his community; its growth, prosperity and beautification.  He passes on that same belief to his staff, all of whom work as a team in helping everyone who walks in their front door.

Be certain that Chris Beals and the ABC Printing team run an efficient business, while always heeding the call from the non-profit community when it comes to helping…and indeed they do, in the most sincere, welcoming and creative manner.  Whenever approached for assistance, you are welcomed with instantaneous positivity and guidance both artistically and monetarily.  There are countless non-profits that have worked with ABC Printing.  Their support for the arts in this community speaks loudly when driving down streetlight-lined streets donning a myriad of brightly colored banners, designed, created and printed with the help and guidance offered by ABC Printing.

ABC’s mission is about taking the extra steps to make sure that their work is done right while offering the most effective printed communications possible for each of their clients.  They proudly support the community through the arts and non-profit organizations.

ABC Printing’s nomination was supported by Gallery 14 and the Indian River County Historical Society.

The Cultural Council is pleased to announce the 22nd Annual Laurel Award Celebration, to be held May 16, 2018 at Riverside Theatre.

Tickets are available at Riverside Theatre’s Box Office, 772-231-6990 or at    VIP tickets are $75 and include the Reception, preferred seating for the stage performance, followed by dessert & champagne toast.  Tickets for the program only are $25.   For questions or more information, contact the Cultural Council, 772-770-4857.

The 2016 Jeane Graves Charity Cupcake Challenge

The Heritage Center in downtown Vero Beach this past weekend hosted the 7th Annual Jeane Graves Charity Cupcake Challenge.  Bakers that entered the contest competed in two divisions, professional and individual bakers.  A total of eleven bakers were in the competition this year,  three of which were in the professional division. Cupcakes were judged in four different categories:  Best Decoration, Best Cupcake, Best Frosting, and Best Overall Cupcake.  The bakers were asked to bring a total of 5 dozen cupcakes to the competition.  One dozen cupcakes will be on display to showcase their work, and the others are cut into bite sized pieces for the public that attended to try and vote for their favorites.

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