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Downtown Businesses Prepare for Holiday Window Display Contest

Brandon Weathers
Created: November 18, 2019 03:28 PM

Red curtains went up in the windows of downtown Duluth businesses Monday as they prepare for the annual window display contest.

The 17 participating businesses this year range from defending champion Electric Fetus to first time competitor Fannie Rose Candy Shop.

Fannie Rose manager Holly Vanderport said, "We saw a lot of our neighbors doing it last year and decided that it was finally time to add our piece to it."

This holiday shopping season is a big one for local businesses. They're trying to get ahead of a late Thanksgiving and make up for a challenging summer due to Superior Street reconstruction.

Electric Fetus general manager Carrie Brown said, "I got a little emotional last Friday when they pulled the truck out. We said, 'Move that truck!' And there's Superior Street in all of its glory again."

Vanderport said, "It's a beautiful new street. You can park in front of all of the businesses, it just makes the access so much better, and it makes everything for the holiday season just flow a little bit easier."

The competition begins once the downtown tree lights up Friday, November 22nd. You can vote with a paper ballot at any of the participating businesses. Voting will also be available online where a list of participating locations can be found.

Greater Downtown Council event coordinator Darlene Marshall said, "By casting that vote, they become eligible to win one of a multitude of downtown gift packages, prizes, that have been donated by our downtown merchants."


Brandon Weathers

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