Roanoke businesses participate in Feb. contest

The window at Joseph Decuis Emporium in Roanoke has been decorated as part of the first annual decoration contest taking place in Roanoke. Windows will be judged after Feb. 15.
The window at Joseph Decuis Emporium in Roanoke has been decorated as part of the first annual decoration contest taking place in Roanoke. Windows will be judged after Feb. 15. Photo by Emily Wyatt.

Several businesses in the downtown Roanoke area have brightened up the town with their creative window displays this month as part of a decoration contest that is taking place.  

The contest began on Monday, Feb. 1, and businesses will have until Monday, Feb. 15, to complete their window decorations.

The hope for this contest, according to event coordinator Deanna Schwieterman, of Waterfield Enterprises, is to hold it annually as a way to celebrate the New Year and better showcase Roanoke during this time of the year.

While many businesses have opted to showcase a Valentine’s Day theme, this was not a requirement for the contest. After reaching the Monday, Feb. 15, deadline, a panel of three judges who are “passionate about Roanoke” will spend time during that week to view the completed designs and decide which is the best.

The business that is chosen for the best design will receive a grand prize of $1,000.

According to Schwieterman, at least one of the downtown window decorations offers an interactive piece.

Locations involved in the contest include, but are not limited to the following addresses in Roanoke:

• Joseph Decuis Emporium, 151 N. Main St.

• Imel Insurance Agency, 114 W. 2nd St.

• Peony & Rose Boutique, 142 N. Main St.

• Saving Grace Vintage, 212 N. Main St.

• Peekaboo Lane Baby Boutique, 152 N. Main St.

• Absolute Knead, 142 N. Main St.

• Lynlee’s Flower & Design, 375 N. Main St., Studio B.

• Ritual by michell marie, 196 Main St.

• Edward Jones Investments, 110 2nd St.