Winners of 2016 Holiday Window Display Contest
and Opens "Peoples' Choice Ballot"
The Haverford Partnership for Economic Development (HPED) has announced the winners of the 2016 Holiday Window Display contest. Contest judge, Chris Kelly, noted "It was difficult to choose among the many creative windows in Haverford Township this year. The displays keep getting better and better and so do the businesses - both new and old."
In the "Most Beautiful Window" category the first place winner is Lizelle's Bridal Boutique at 2112 Darby Road. Second place is Velour Salon at 2126 Darby Road. Third place is Renee Hair Salon at 1007 West Chester Pike. Contest judge, Elisa Ciarrocchi, described Renee Hair Salon's window display as "a wonderfully creative and whimsical take on holiday décor. The feathers scream glam which is a brilliant marketing idea for a salon."
In the "Most Creative Window" category first place is awarded to Charles Gans Plumbing, Heating and Cooling at 2418 Grasslyn Road. According to contest judge and local artist, Deena Ball, "The Gans display is a creative and classy design with an effective and festive use of plumbing supplies. And the chalkboard with a 'plumbing' version of The Night Before Christmas was adorable." Second place is the Haverford Township Free Library for its window display facing Darby Road. Third place is Carlino's Catering on County Line Road.
In the "Most Whimsical Window" category first place was won by Testa's Bakery at 12 Brookline Boulevard. Second place went to nearby Headlines Hair Designs at 24 Brookline Boulevard and third place went to Pucillo Insurance and Tax Accounting at 10 N. Manoa Road.
In the category of "Most Effective Marketing Window" first place went to Clair Pruett Photography and Video at 9 East Eagle Road in Oakmont. Second place went to Renee James Boutique across the street at 10 East Eagle Road. Judge Elisa Ciarrocchi commented that the display at Renee James Boutique exhibited a "great use of space, good use of color and texture that is both festive and elegant". She added, "I definitely want to go in and find my holiday outfit." Third place went to Lectric Light House at 35 W. Eagle Road.
The winners of the fifth category - "Best Holiday Façade" - went to Centrella's Deli at 10 Brookline Boulevard in first place, Oakmont National Pub at 31 E. Eagle Road in second place and L'angolo West at 26 East Eagle Road in third place.
Don Kelly, contest coordinator, urged members of the public to vote for the "People's Choice" winner. "The judges have selected 15 winners, but the contest is not over. Members of the public are encouraged to go on-line and vote for their own choice for the establishment having the best holiday display. They can go to the HPED website at www.hped.org to view beautiful photos of the winning displays contributed by Scott Reynolds of STR Productions and then vote. The "People's Choice" ballot will be open from December 21-31st. Voters can choose from any of the 15 winners or write-in their own favorite." Last year over 200 people voted.
HPED President, Brendan Goggin, added: "While the winners certainly deserve special recognition for the quality of their holiday displays, many other businesses contributed to the beauty and vitality of our business districts this season. The HPED would like to acknowledge the following Honorable Mentions:"
In Oakmont Village: Camp Twin Creeks, Needle Me, Philadelphia Meditation Center, Havertown Grill, Burke's Inn, Dish & Dabble and Hoopty's Pizza. On Darby Road: Wagner's Real Estate, Crossbar, Brick & Brew, Leonard's Insurance, Faust Dental, Brew Your Own and Lighthouse Insurance. In Brookline: Brookline Fire Company and St. Jude Shop. On West Chester Pike: Westgate Pub. In Pont Reading: Yearsley's Locks. On Eagle Road: Iacabucci's Formal Wear, Mario's Barber Shop, Frame Around and Nolan Painting. On County Line Road: Joyce's Salon. In Edgewood: Edgewood Café. On Township Line Road: I'll Be Dipped.