July 01, 2010
What's in a window?
If it's Independence celebration week, It could be plenty of blue, gold and black, a flurry of flags and a dressing of draping. Mostly, it could be an outpouring of patriotism and a dash of creativity.
That was what judges went looking for when they took to Bay and the side streets on Wednesday in search of the best Independence Day window in downtown Nassau. Nearly 20 shops competed and when it was over and the points counted, the competition was very close with Cole's of Nassau taking the top spot, Solomon's Mines second place and Colombian Emeralds East third.
Judges also asked that a special commendation be given to government, declaring that the public sector led the way this year with Parliament Square looking "100% ready and beautifully dressed for the occasion."
"The whole idea of the competition is to encourage merchants downtown to dress up for the occasion, to lend a festive atmosphere to a holiday that we will be celebrating over two weekends, including a particularly busy weekend for downtown because of the American Independence holiday falling one week before our own," said DNP Managing Director Vaughn Roberts. "Although the official holiday, July 10, marking 37 years of Independence, is a Saturday, festivities actually begin on Friday, July 2, with Bahamas National Pride Day and a ceremony in Rawson Square." At that time, winning stores will be presented with awards.
Cole's of Nassau on Parliament Street took first place with a full ceiling-to-floor window draping of the national colours in two windows and coordinated clothing, accessories and other decorations carried out from storefront to full interior. Solomon's Mines added sizzle with a variety of visuals including oversized hanging stars. They also got credit for coating all display cases with bright turquoise lining and posing a male mannequin in a smart summer jacket and streaming gold ties. And Colombian Emeralds East, next to Scotiabank near Parliament Street, placed third with judges believing the store had done the most with its relatively small window, packing in a sense of style as well as colour.
Judges included renowned architect and artist Jackson Burnside, artist and photographer Scharad Lightbourn and writer and tourism activist Diane Phillips.
News date : 07/01/2010 Category : Press Releases