Best fes­tive win­dows re­warded

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Santa re­lax­ing with a glass of milk and a plate of cook­ies in front of his fire­place on De­cem­ber 23 has won the Square Edge com­mu­nity Arts Christ­mas win­dow dress­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

The dec­o­rated win­dow, which took over the bridal room at The Hus­sif on Broad­way, had stock­ings for each of the rein­deer and for Mrs Claus pinned above the fire­place.

A big sack of prezzies, wrapped and ready for de­liv­ery, sits in one cor­ner, while an over­sized ’naughty and nice’ list scrolls down the op­po­site wall.

Shop man­ager Ka­t­rina Plank said the con­cept evolved over a few week­nights and week­ends.

‘‘We were go­ing to do some­thing for Christ­mas as we nor­mally do.

‘‘The com­pe­ti­tion made us put a bit more thought into it, and in­stead of tak­ing up half the room, we used the whole room.’’ The prize was a Christ­mas ham­per. Run­ner-up was the shop win­dow of The Shear­ing Shed sou­venir shop on Ge­orge St.

Owner Kevin ’Sas’ Kel­land had put to­gether a Christ­mas tree made from soft toy buzzee bees, and an­other two from colour­ful wooden kiwi toys based on the fa­mous Ital­ian Pinoc­chio sou­venir.

‘‘We’d be do­ing some­thing any­way, but be­cause of the com­pe­ti­tion, we put it to­gether early.’’

He de­scribed Ge­orge St as Auck­land’s Par­nell and won­dered why more re­tail­ers on the street didn’t make the ef­fort.

‘‘Re­tail­ers have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to cre­ate a fes­tive at­mos­phere. C’mon town, shake it up,’’ Kel­land said.

The re­tailer was al­ready plan­ning next year’s Christ­mas win­dow, al­though he said he liked Easter bet­ter. ‘‘There’s choco­late,’’ he quipped. One of the com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­is­ers, Shaun Kay, said there were 30 en­tries.

He said he hoped the com­pe­ti­tion would catch on next year.

Santa sits back in The Hus­sif’s win­ning shop win­dow.

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