The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation has announced details for the Jamestown Up Close and Cheerful Holiday Storefront Decorating contest for downtown business owners. The event was created as an interactive way to celebrate the holiday season, create a festive and beautiful downtown, attract visitors to the city, and showcase downtown businesses. Competing businesses can win an award and additional funding to help promote their business.
Eligible businesses must be located in downtown Jamestown between the boundaries of Sixth Street and Harrison Street, Foote Avenue and the Third Street Bridge. Eligible businesses must also be locally owned or independently operated and clearly visible from the sidewalk.
“We wanted to do something a little different this year to brighten our downtown and help put everyone in the holiday spirit,” said Edwin Rodriguez Jr., events and marketing associate for the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation. “This holiday decorating competition ties into the Tinseltown Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration scheduled for Friday, December 4,” said Rodriguez. The annual parade runs along Third Street downtown.
Businesses interested in participating must register by November 16. Online registration or mail-in forms can be downloaded at www.jamestownupclose.com. Holiday decorations must be in place by Friday, November 28, in preparation for Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 29. First, second, and third place prizes are $1,000, $500, and $250 media advertising support. The first place winner will also receive a commemorative plaque.
“After registering, it’s time to decorate,” said Kristy Kathman, program and administrative coordinator for the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation. “Our panel of judges will be making the rounds and selecting the winners from November 28 to December 6. We encourage creativity, originality, and liberal use of lighting,” said Kathman. Participating businesses will be identified on the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and Jamestown Up Close website and Facebook pages. Winners will be announced during the week of December 7.
For more information on the Jamestown Up Close and Cheerful Holiday Storefront Decorating contest, please call 716-664-2477 ext 231.
2015 Participating businesses:
Chautauqua Brick Co. 34 Harrison St.
Weinberg Financial Group 35 Harrison St.
Carlson’s Jewelry 31 North Main St.
Fresh Press Studios, Inc. 100 North Main St.
Sugar’n Spice Beauty Salon 110 North Main St.
The Pub 209 North Main St.
James Prendergast Library 509 Cherry St.
2nd Chances Thrift Store 8 East 5th St.
Quick Solutions 20 West 3rd St. (windows on 3rd and Cherry St. side are also decorated)
Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame 15 West 3rd St
Lucy Desi Museum 2 West 3rd St.
Willow Bay Computer Solutions 17 East 3rd St.
Hall & Lee Yaw, LLP 24 East 3rd St.
Chautauqua Region Community Foundation decorated 100 East 3rd St.
Little Sweet Pea 120 East 3rd St.
Jamestown Gazette 215 Spring St.
Geer-Dunn Company 309 Prendergast Ave
Visiting Nursing Association of WNY 560 West 3rd St.
Adecco Staffing 306 West 3rd St.
Brick City Spirits 110 West 3rd St.
Harvest Time Cafe 108 West 3rd St.
Gokey Mini Mart 102 West 3rd St.
Brick City Market & Deli 101 West 4th St. (Cherry St. side)
Kelly Services 111 West 2nd St.
The BioDome Project 209 Pine St.
Dykeman Young Gallery and Vintage Emporium 100 East 2nd St.
Samsara Studio/Melissa Miraglia Designs 106 East 2nd St.
Esquire Cleaners 302 East 2nd St.