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.