Holiday Window Decorating Contest Winners

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DELRAY BEACH, FL – Taking a stroll in Downtown Delray Beach during the holidays is like walking through Santa’s Village in the North Pole just before his big ride, minus the snow, frigid temperatures and polar bears, of course. The festive holiday lights along Atlantic Avenue from I-95 to the beach, the 100 ft. Christmas tree, the old-fashioned carousel and other fun activities at Old School Square, as well as all the festively decorated store fronts throughout the downtown area showcase Delray Beach as the place to be during the holiday season in South Florida. During Christmas week, the co-chair of the Downtown Delray Beach Merchant Association, Mavis Benson, owner of Avalon Gallery, announced the winners of the annual window/store front decorating contest. According to the co-chair, the judging was difficult this year because of so many excellent participants. The winners for “Best Overall,” “Most Delray,” “Most Festive” and “Most Creative” are joined by several honorable mentions. The winners all received a plaque for their efforts, and the “Best Overall” winner received a $500 gift card from the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority. The winners were selected from 125 businesses, restaurants, retailers and hotels located in Downtown Delray Beach and include: • Best Overall – Beachcomber Art Gallery (900 E. Atlantic Ave.); Honorable Mention – From Roehm With Love (257 NE 2nd Ave.) • Most Delray – Hands Office Supply (325 E. Atlantic Ave.); Honorable Mention – Tryst (4 E. Atlantic) • Most Festive – Original Popcorn (10 NE 5th Ave.); Honorable Mention: Kilwin’s of Delray Beach (402 E. Atlantic), Honey Delray (16 E. Atlantic) and Huber Drugs (400 E. Atlantic) • Most Creative – Snappy Turtle (1100 E. Atlantic); Honorable Mention: Salutations (535 E. Atlantic) and Sloan’s Ice Cream (111 E. Atlantic Ave.) • Most Classic – Periwinkle (339 E. Atlantic Ave.); Honorable Mention: J. McLaughlin (339 E, Atlantic Ave.)