The window decorations were prepared and put in place by high school students at the nearby Grand Street campus last week, all of which are eager to win the $100 prize that will be given out after the voting closes on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m.
Artineh Havan, president of the Grand Street BID, said that she is happy to see the community participating in the event.
“The students have done an excellent job and exceeded our expectations,” Havan said. “The business owners are very pleased and have been receiving many compliments.”
Businesses that participated include Dr. Diogenes Almonte, Lilly Thai, Your Spoiled Pets, Denim Hut, Bikesmith, Nieves Latin Dance Studio, Sisto Pharmacy, Pop-up Artspace, Flores del Valle, Grand Apparel, Luna Unisex Beauty Salon and Camporese Hardware.
Schools represented include the High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology, Green School and the Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design.
Laurie Raymer, who owns Lilly Thai restaurant with her husband and is the secretary of the Grand Street BID, volunteered her front window space for the competition. Raymer also works as a graphic artist in the field of visual branding, and hopes contests like these will help inspire young artists.
“I made a point to come here while they were here and tell me all about [their design],” Raymer said. “You can actually make a living doing art, and I think it’s important for students like this to understand that you can make a career out of it because they might not know.”
Despite the adverse weather, Santa Claus was patrolling the neighborhood and handed out candy to children on behalf of the BID while also giving neighborhood kids a chance to fill him in on their last-minute gift requests.
“I love meeting the kids, giving them candy canes,” said Claus, who said that while many kids are asking for electronics this year, he is surprised by the variety of toys being requested. “Sometimes kids want the same things. This year, everyone seems to want something different.”
While the competition was originally slated to wrap up on Saturday, Dec. 14, the blowing snow that cut across Grand Street that afternoon was enough to keep many local shoppers at home, so the BID extended the competition for one more week to give voters more time to participate.
“There is still a chance to win $100,” Havan said.