Julian's Wins Best in Show: Holiday Window Display

This holiday season we invited all downtown Chapel Hill businesses to participate in a Holiday Window Display Contest. We encouraged all to decorate windows and facades with their holiday finest.  Choosing any theme they wished, but including a lights in the display.  Business districts often do this at the holidays, giving businesses an opportunity to promote themselves and adding to the  vibrant atmosphere.

We have two categories for the contest:

  • Best in Show, determined by four local judges.
  • People’s Choice, determined by an online vote.

On Friday, December 12 the judges walked Franklin and Rosemary streets exploring all 16 storefronts and windows. And after careful deliberation, Julian’s was named the Best in Show!

Judges cited Julian’s creative use of their products to set a wintery Christmas story in their windows. Bolts of fabric were used to create a mantel, Carolina blue socks hung with care, shirts rolled up to resemble logs in the fire, and ties balled up in wine glasses! We encouraged businesses to be creative and show community pride. Judges said the Julian’s window made them feel perfectly Chapel Hill!   

Judges also noted there were some very close contenders that also deserve recognition including The Franklin Hotel (beautiful!) Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe (charming & vintage!), La Residence Restaurant (great lights!), Eye Care Center (festive!), and Chapel Hill Comics (good use of space!). 

Julian’s will win $400 of advertising in the media of their choice.

You Can Still Vote For People's Choice

The People’s Choice online voting is still going strong! Vote here, vote daily, vote until December 24. The winner of this category will also win $400 of advertising in the media of their choice.

Judges are Missy Julian-Fox (Directr of UNC Visitors Bureau); Melinda Rittenhouse (Asst. Manager at Ackland Museum Store); Michael Parker (Planning Commission member & Greenbridge Resident); Lee Storrow (Town of Chapel Hill Council Member).

Judges are Missy Julian-Fox (Directr of UNC Visitors Bureau); Melinda Rittenhouse (Asst. Manager at Ackland Museum Store); Michael Parker (Planning Commission member & Greenbridge Resident); Lee Storrow (Town of Chapel Hill Council Member).