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Window Contest

The themes for the Downtown Dover Window Contests are selected by the DDP Merchant Committee and occur every other month. The goal of the window contests is to beautify the downtown district, to make strolling the area more enjoyable, to invite shoppers into stores, and to have the most beautiful downtown store windows in the region. The winning merchant receives $100 and a trophy that travels from store to store after each win.

Want to stay up to date on Window Contests downtown? Remember the link! Tinyurl.com/DoverWindows


CURRENT CONTEST

 

  • St. Patrick's Day: Starting March 7, 2024.
    • Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Dover and take your chance at winning this month's Merchant Window Contest! The City of Dover and Agape Body Piercings and Destination Downtown Dover will celebrate Saturday, March 16 with a parade and the first Capital Bar Crawl! Help beautify downtown as the community comes together to celebrate. 
    • Judging will take place between March 7 - 21.

    • First Place Prize: $100

    • Events

Register for the contest here. (Google Forms)


FAQ

 

  • Judging occurs the 1st-15th of each month, unless otherwise noted.
  • We invite community members and corporate teams (3-5 members) to participate as judges for the window contests. Want to participate? Contact Jordan@DowntownDoverPartnership.com
  • The winner receives $100 and holds on to the First Place Trophy, except for the Holiday Window Contest.
  • Want to enter? Sign up for next month, or sign up to auto-enroll in all upcoming contests by emailing Jordan@DowntownDoverPartnership.com.

UPCOMING CONTESTS 

Follow for updates on 2024's window contests! 

 

2023 PREVIOUS CONTESTS 

 

  • Colors of the Season: Started December 1, 2023
    • Winner: 1) Dover Art League; 2) Zuha Trend; 3) Forney's Too; Honorable Mentions) Mitten & Winters and La Hacienda; Mayor's Choice) Zuha Trend; People's Choice) The Moving Experience
    • Read more in the Delaware State News, published December 27, 2023.
  • Fourth of July: Started July 1, 2023
    • Winner: My Roots, 9 W. Loockerman St.
    • Below at My Roots from left to right are Jessica Thomas and Lori Llewellyn, owners of My Roots.
  • 90 Years of Dover Days: Started May 1, 2023
    • Winner: Parke Green Galleries, 331 S. State St.
    • Read more in the Delaware State News, Published May 18, 2023. 
    • Below at Parke Green Galleries from left to right are President of the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce and judge, Dr. Dina Vendetti, and owner of the Parke Green Galleries, Taylor N. Collins.
    • Additional judges include: Cristal Brenneman, Jennifer Sutter, Martha Lehman, and Cleo Bell. 
  • Love Local: Started February 1, 2023
    • Winner: My Roots, 9 W Loockerman St.
    • Read more in the Delaware State News, Published February 22, 2023.
    • Below at My Roots from left to right are Lori Llewellyn, My Roots owner, Anastasia Jackson, Kent County Regional Business Manager from the Delaware Division of Small Business, and Jessica Thomas of My Roots.

 


2022 PREVIOUS CONTESTS 

 

  • View previous window contests from 2022 by clicking below.
  • The DDP hosted 6 window contests in 2022, distributing trophies and award money to multiple downtown businesses.
Click to view previous window contests.
  • City of Lights: Started November 30, 2022
    • Winner: Maxine's Fashions, 146 S. Governors Ave.;
    • 2nd Place: Black Swamp Artisanal Market, 204 W. Loockerman St.;
    • 3rd Place & Mayor's Choice: Mitten & Winters, 117 W Loockerman St.;
    • People's Choice: Creative Vision, 146 S. Governors Ave.;
    • Honorable Mention: The Wedding Boutique, 125 W. Loockerman St.
  • Arts & Harvest: Started October 1, 2022
    • Winner: Creative Vision, 146 S. Governors Ave. & Forney's Too, 102 W Loockerman St.
    • Read more in the Delaware State News, published November 14, 2022
    • Below at Creative Visions from left to right are Catherine Jenkins, Creative Vision owner, Evetta Blount-Jackson, Debra Eashum, and Kent County Tourism President Pete Bradley.
    • Below at Forney's Too from left to right are Catherine Jenkins, Forney's Too Owner Gary Knox, Debra Eashum, and Kent County Tourism President Pete Bradley.
    • Not Pictured: Additional judge Rachel Rohm of Kent County Tourism.
  • Celebrate AmericaStarted July 1, 2022
    • Winner: Creative Vision, 146 S. Governors Ave. & My Roots, 9 W. Loockerman St. 
    • Read more in the Delaware State News, published August 2, 2022
    • Below at Creative Visions from left to right are winner, Evetta Blount-Jackson and Samantha Carter.
    • Below inside My Roots are Samantha Carter, and Lori Llewellyn & Jessica Thomas of My Roots.
    • Not Pictured: Additional judges Cindy Dunn, Macy Alexander, and Shannon Wyatt. 
  • "Thee" First Downtown: Started April 1, 2022
    • Winner: Creative Vision, 146 S Govenors Ave​
    • Read more in the Delaware State News, published May 23, 2022
    • Below pictured in front of the winning window, from left, are winner, Evetta Blount-Jackson, Rachel Sheffield, and Nicole Worthley of First State Heritage Parks. 
    • Not Pictured: Additional judges Breanna Pierce of First State Heritage Parks and Kay Sass of City of Dover.
  • Love Local: Started February 1, 2022
    • Winner: Creative Vision, 146 S Govenors Ave​
    • Read more in the Delaware State News, published March 7, 2022.
    • Below pictured in front of the winning window, from left, are Patty Johnson, Ms. Blount-Jackson, Annette Johnson, and fellow judge Nicole Tribbett.

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