Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Downtown Clayton “Storefront Decoration Contest” Winners Announced

Clayton’s Christmas Village & Tree Lighting is December 2 starting at 6:00 pm with business open house, music and dance and ending with the Tree Lighting Ceremony beginning at 8:15 in Town Square.

Leading up to this very popular event, the Clayton Downtown Development Association has announced the winners in its annual “Storefront Decoration Contest” which were judged last weekend:

Most Creative: The Coffee Mill, 105 S. Lombard St

Honorable Mentions: Elmore Furniture, 225 E Main; ABC Plumbing, 220 E Main; Main Street Jewelers, 236 E Main; Signage of the Carolina’s, 218 W Main

Most Traditional: Lipscomb’s Learning Center, 446 E Second St

Honorable Mentions: Edward Jones, 331 E Main; Awards & Engravables, 327 E Main

Best Overall: City Florist, 549 E Main St

Honorable Mentions: Flowers by the Neuse, 321 E Main; The Wagner House, 121 E Main; North Carolina Paper Company, 114 W Main

The Grinch Award will be announced at the Tree Lighting ceremony.

This year’s contest winners will be presented a plaque during the Tree Lighting Ceremony which starts about 8:15 pm at Town Square. Last year’s winners, who judged this year’s decorations, will present the plaque in each category, which will be displayed in the winning business until next year. The plaque will have a photo of their storefront decoration and the business name engraved as the 2010 winner in their category.

Event co-chairs, Debbie Brown and Lorraine Perri said the contest occurred about a week earlier than in the past encourage residents and others to visit downtown Clayton a bit earlier to look at the decorations and see what downtown has to offer for holiday shopping. “Downtown looks wonderful with many businesses already decorated,” said Ms. Brown, who owns Sunshine Health on Main Street. She added, “Some businesses indicated the contest was a little too early for them, but they will be decorated by December 2 to help create the holiday feeling for the Christmas Village & Tree Lighting.”

The public decorations will be lit on Monday, November 29 and the DDA encourages all businesses to keep their lights on at night to showcase their decorations and promote their business.

For more information and schedule updates, visit; email or call 553-1545.

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