‘Big and bright’: Winner of S.I. Chamber of Commerce holiday window contest announced

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Staten Island, NY-Justin Puriese wanted to do something special when it was time to decorate the store windows this holiday. So she wire-lined the shape of the mannequin, swarmed it with some twigs of living evergreen branches, and closed it with a splash of glittering red cloth that dramatically covered her neck.

Just B from Dongan Hills. Boutique owner Pugliese said: “We made it big and bright and tried to bring the joy of Christmas to all the great customers.”

Her haute couture concept became a hot topic in the neighborhood, attracting many spectators and leading more shoppers to the store. The elaborate design won the owner’s highest award at the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce’s first Holiday Window Decoration Contest.

“I’m very happy to see this,” Pugliese said of the designation. “Such promotion and support really supports SMEs throughout the autonomous region.”

More than 12 applicants from all over Staten Island gathered and the contest started in November to beautify the holiday shopping district. Windows was reviewed by a panel that included: Europadesign art director, Vera Naughton. Dom Provenzano, Marketing and Communications Manager at the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, and Chuck Sommers, Sales Director for Retail and Construction at GroundForce Logistics.

The winner received a $ 500 prize and a one-year membership in the Chamber of Commerce.

This hand-painted animated design at Cutest Cookies in Grasmere finished third in the Holiday Window Decoration Contest. (Photo courtesy of Cutest Cookies)Photo courtesy of the cutest cookie

“This was a close match between the last three businesses,” the Chamber of Commerce announced the runner-ups as Uniquely Yours in Dongan Hills and Cutest Cookies in Grasmere, respectively, in second and third place. “To congratulate the 2nd and 3rd place winners, the Chamber of Commerce is giving each company a quarter of the ads on Shop Staten Island, the Chamber of Commerce’s SME e-commerce platform. . “

Judging by three categories: theme, execution, and uniqueness, each applicant’s business branding was also considered in the final decision.

“It finally felt like it used to be. People were excited about their vacations, which seemed to increase traffic,” Pugliese concludes. “This contest really brought a little life back to the season.”

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