Tonight, the last of a string of bitterly cold nights, a group of bundled-up judges will be grading the storefront windows of a dozen downtown businesses for a DSSD design contest.
The Downtown Special Services District has even asked yours truly to participate. I agreed, back in November, when it was a lot warmer and still light out at 5.
Shopkeepers — including the Backstroke gift shop next to the Playhouse and Dworken liquor shop on John Street — are expected to tell a story in a creative and festive way.
Fashion merchandising students from the University of Bridgeport have helped some of the merchants, including Victor’s tailor shop and Junior’s jewelry store.
“This is the beginning of something wonderful,” Janet Albert, associate professor of fashion merchandising, told the Connecticut Post.
A winner will be named tonight and receive a cash prize of $250. The bragging rights? Priceless.
UPDATE: Space was the winner! What they do with coffee filters is amazing. Not every business we thought would participate actually did: We had six contestants: Backstroke, Victor’s, Jimmy’s clothing store, McDonald’s, the Holiday Inn and Space. Backstroke and Victor’s took second- and third-place honors respectively. But Space really gave us the Barney’s uptown window effect — the type that would stop traffic. Very commendable.
The results will be officially announced in tomorrow’s Post, in time for Space’s grand opening.