PILOT MOUNTAIN — A holiday window decorating contest in Pilot Mountain has given the town a festive makeover. With 25 businesses participating, each window is unique.
Four businesses will be awarded people’s choice, first, second, and third place.
The public may vote for the people’s choice award by liking a picture in the 2015 Window Decorating Contest album on the Deck the Halls Facebook event page. Online voting continues through Dec. 25, with the people’s choice winner announced at the January commissioners meeting.
A panel of judges, composed of the mayor and town commissioners, awarded points to each window based on its creativity, holiday spirit, artistic elements, and connection to the town and business. “I think it is valuable to have our elected officials come see the businesses,” said Susie Cooper, of Blue Mountain Herbs, explaining that the window contest added a sense of connection throughout town.
The three winners were announced at the tree lighting ceremony on Saturday. In first place is Mount Pilot Country Store, with the title Holiday Spirit. Access Books and More came in second with separate themes for each window, Christmas Stories and Wonderland. Taking third place is Connie’s Crafts and Supplies with Winter Wonderland in a Small Town. “We were tickled to death about winning,” said Donna Chilton, of Mount Pilot Country Store, adding, “the windows all look great, and it helps all the businesses to thrive.”
Honorable mentions go to: The Living Room Coffee House and Winebar for the most unique concept, in which they made their entire building into an enormous fireplace, complete with flames in the windows and stockings hung above to dry; Lowes Recycling for excellent incorporation of the business with the use of items sold for recycling, such as aluminum cans made into ornaments on a recycled aluminum tree and an aluminum can nativity scene; Laura Hardy Creative for best artistic execution, with a single red cardinal against white palate of birch trees in the snow; Kritter Kutts for attention to detail, with hundreds of individual pieces and a hand made model of Pilot Mountain; and Steal in Style Consignment Boutique for outstanding visual appeal, with a tinsel dress framed by two lighted trees.
Hand painted murals were done at Snipper’s Salon, We are Forgiven Ministries, and McDonald’s Pilot Mountain. Detailed village and nativity scenes are set up at Kritter Kutts, Connie’s Crafts, Hair Cottage, Pilot International Gift Shop, and Pilot Artisans. Historical holiday themes can be found at Mount Pilot Antique Mall, Vintage View, and Smith Hardware.
Other participants include Blue Mountain Herbs, Picture Framing at Depot and Main, Head Hunters Salon, Pamela’s Place, Myriam Haircolorist Salon, Traditional Shop, Main Street Conference Room, and The Pilot.
Prizes for the contest have been provided by Pilot Mountain Ruritan Club, Pilot Mountain Women’s Club, Pilot Mountain Tourism Development Authority, and The Pilot newspaper. Each winner receives gift certificates to their choice of participating Pilot Mountain businesses, Pilot Mountain poster and t-shirt, and a six month subscription to The Pilot.
Diane Blakemore may be reached at 336-368-2222 or on twitter @PilotReporter.