The winners of an annual contest designed to encourage downtown merchants to decorate their buildings for Christmas were announced last night. The District, a downtown non-profit supporting economic development and historic preservation, sponsors the annual contest awarding cash prizes and the opportunity to ride in the Nashville Gas Christmas Parade, held (Friday, December 1, 2006).
Jack’s Barbecue on Lower Broadway took top prize this year. According to David Koellein, coordinator of the judging process this year, “The judges felt that Jack’s was dressed up just right, melding the honky-tonk spirit and color of Broadway and the spirit of the season.”
A striking display of white lights earned the Wildhorse Saloon second place in the contest, while Posh Hair Salon at Second Avenue and Church Street won third prize. Miss Marple’s Dinner Theater on Second Avenue earned an honorable mention for its Dickensian storefront display. The winners were escorted in vintage automobiles in the Nashville Gas Parade, provided by Buddy Messer, driving lead car was Patty Hornbuckle.
Serving as judges for this year’s contest were Sandra Duncan with the Metro Historical Commission, Ted Kromer, President of the Tennessee Art League, and Jenny Crookston with Everton Oglesby Architects.
“Downtown has really come alive during the holiday season over the last several years,” notes Koellein. A lot of the larger office buildings and smaller merchants have pitched in to make the city a compelling place.