Whether you’re strolling down the sidewalks by day or cruising the city streets by night, in just a few short minutes, you’ll notice that it really does “look a lot like Christmas” in Downtown Salisbury! There’s truly something for everyone! From lighted topiaries, to twinkling reindeer nodding from windows, traditional classic wreaths and sturdy snowmen; a tree bedecked with a black top-hat, a stuffed animal sloth happily hugging a shiny guitar; garlands and tall, colorful nutcrackers; snowflakes and a retro snow machine display, seen in years past at Bernhardt Hardware, now gracing a different venue, while rekindling memories; bookish bears and “home for the holidays” themes; western and modern chic; traditional reds and greens – new teals and mint; sparkly and/or subtle and unexpected. You’re sure to find much to strike your fancy as you gaze about downtown celebrating the season.
Kudos to the downtown merchants and office building tenants who have put so much effort into dressing our city to reflect this holiday wonderland. As you are shopping locally, do plan an excursion downtown just to enjoy the creativity of this year’s holiday decorations and embrace the spirit of the season all around you. Take note, as well, where spaces that are not currently occupied by a business, have been decorated to showcase non-profit agencies of our community such as the YMCA and Rowan Public Library. What an interesting and informative effort to bring attention to vital agencies of our community!
The Salisbury Community Appearance Commission wishes to thank all the businesses for their extra efforts to create a downtown holiday wonderland! It was a very difficult task to select only a few to honor this year. Indeed, all are winners!
2019 HOLIDAY DECORATION AWARD HONOREES:
Best Holiday Branding – The Spice and Tea Exchange – 115 North Main Street
Best Traditional Christmas – Sweet Country Style Boutique – 105 West Innes Street
Best Nighttime Display – Textile Products – 121 North Main Street
Best Non-Profit Display – Partners in Learning – 124 East Innes Street
It’s a Retro Christmas – Fine Frame Gallery – 105 South Main Street
Spirit of the Season – Anna Craig Boutique – 100 West Innes Street
Best Overall – Most Magnetic new Business – Drawing you in from the outside – Oxford and Lee – 106 East Innes Street
Non-Profit – Rowan Public Library - for their “Beary” wintry display – Empire Hotel Windows – 212 South Main Street
Civic Spirit – City Office Building – 132 North Main Street and County Administration Building – 130 West Innes Street
Special thanks is extended to those who always, every year, bring holiday cheer to the downtown through their festive decorations: The Lettered Lily, Caniche, Skinny Wheels Bike Shop, Salisbury Wine Shop and Griffin’s Guitars.