Winners Named in Charles Street ‘Storefront Decorating Contest’

By Dan Murphy

As part of the “Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll” on Thursday, the Joint Charles Street Committee selected the winners in its second bi-annual “Storefront Decorating Contest.”

Holiday Boutique, located at 53 Charles St., was awarded first place, while Fastachi at 83 Charles St. and Soodee Women’s Boutique at 63 Charles St. won second and third place, respectively.

Holiday’s manager, Damon Bassford, said the store’s staff was unaware of the contest until they were notified that they won.

“We’re always inspired to do fun windows, so it’s really nice to see that the community appreciates it,” Bassford said, “and it will make us work that much harder next year.”

The Hungry I restaurant at 71 Charles St. and The Paramount at 44 Charles St. both received honorable mentions.

Miguel Rosales, president and founder of Boston-based Rosales  Partners Transportation Design, served as chair of the contest’s selection committee. This year’s judges also included Leslie Adam, president of the Beacon Hill Garden Club and a Chestnut Street resident; MaryLee Halpin, executive director of the Beacon Hill Civic Association; Juan Guillermo Uribe Rubio, principal architect at the Beacon Hill firm Pauli & Uribe Architects; and longtime Mt. Vernon Street resident Jennifer Scott-Sutherland.

            “We are always trying to make Charles Street shine, and this contest acts as an incentive for local business to excel during the holiday season,” Rosales wrote.

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