Let's SHOP, y'all!  Downtown Duluth is all festive for the holidays and the 9th Annual Storefront Window Display and Lighting Contest winners have been announced, presented by the Greater Downtown Council.  28 downtown businesses transformed their storefronts into holiday wonderment and you voted for your favorite while you shop for unique gifts (and yourself!)  Here's the winners to check out while shopping!


The holiday transformation started behind special red curtains and unveiled prior to the Christmas City of the North Parade.  Then judging for the Lighting and Window Display contest was conducted on November 24th. This year's judges included; local artist and author Chris Monroe, Duluth Budgeteer advertising manager Kathleen Pennington, and Lizzard's Art Gallery & Framing owner Jeff Schmidt.

An amazing 27 different businesses participated in the contest and the winners of the Greater Downtown Council's 9th Annual Storefront Window Display and Lighting contest have been announced. Awards were presented Tuesday morning during the GDC's quarterly breakfast meeting.

Winners of the 2014 Open up Your Holidays Window Display and Lighting contest are:

Lighting Category:

  • Fitger's

Most Original Window Display:

  • Commercial - CSL Plasma
  • Retail - Electric Fetus

Most Traditional Window Display:

  • Commercial - Tele Resources, Inc.
  • Retail - Fig Leaf's Boutique

Thank you to all who voted in the Peoples' Choice and Facebook Favorite categories!

Peoples' Choice:

  • Commercial - with 158 votes - CSL Plasma
  • Retail - with 178 votes - Duluth Trading Co.

Facebook Favorite:

  • Frame Corner

Participating storefronts included:

Apricot Lane, Art in the Alley, Bagley & Co., Barbo's Columbia Clothing, CSL Plasma Services, Duluth Pack, Duluth Trading Company, Electric Fetus, Fig Leaf's Boutique, Fitger's, Frame Corner, Grandma's Saloon & Grill, the Greenery, Happy Space, Lake Superior Art Glass, Mainstream Fashions, Minnesota Power, Minnesota Surplus & Outfitters, Pizza Luce, Protein Pub, Ragstock, Security Jewelers, Siiviis (Sivertson's Gallery), Tele Resources Inc, Trailfitters, Visit Duluth and the YMCA.

Check out the winners and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season when you dine, shop and make memories with family and friends in Downtown Duluth this holiday season!