Best festive windows rewarded
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.