December Thieves Places First in Storefront Decorating Competition

By Dan Murphy

December Thieves was awarded first place Thursday in the annual Charles Street Storefront Decorating Competition.

“The contest really shows the diversity of the street and brings something different to the neighborhood,” said Lana Barakat, owner of the boutique at 88 Charles St.

Second place went to Sweet Bakery at 75 Charles St., and Holiday Boutique at 53 Charles St. was the third-place winner.

“We’re very flattered, and we strive to have the best window all the time,” said Damon Bassford, manager of Holiday Boutique.

Good – a gift shop at 133 Charles St. – and Fastachi – a store specializing in hand-roasted nuts and chocolates at 83 Charles St. – received honorable mentions in the competition.

“It’s nice to be recognized for our simple decorations,” said Souren Etyemezian, owner of Fastachi.

The competition was sponsored by the Joint Charles Street Committee – a collaboration between the Beacon Hill Civic Association and the Beacon Hill Business Association. Miguel Rosales was chair of the jury for the contest, with West Cedar Street resident Susana Lopez; Beth Campanella of Chestnut Street; Joseph Mari of South Russell Street; and Patricia Tully, executive director of the Civic Association, serving as judges.

“Both John Corey and myself are always trying to help make Charles Street as vibrant and charming as possible,” Rosales said. “The annual Holiday Storefront Competition gives incentive to business owners to be creative and make the street looks its best during the holiday season.”

Nina Castellion, president of the Business Association, said, “The completion is a great way to honor how businesses celebrate the holidays, and it makes people excited to be acknowledged.”

Ali Ringenberg, vice president of the Business Association, describes the competition as a unique way to recognize the local business community.

“It’s an opportunity for businesses to be fun and creative, and to reach out to people of all ages,” Ringenberg added.

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