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Sunnyside Shines Launches ‘Holiday Window Contest’

Sunnyside Thrift Shop

Sunnyside Thrift Shop

Nov. 29, 2014 By Christian Murray

Sunnyside Shines held an event at Bliss Plaza today to mark Small Business Saturday.

The organization set up a stand at Bliss Plaza (under the 46th Street subway station) where it distributed Sunnyside shopping holiday guides, gave away tote bags and announced the beginning of its Holiday Window Contest—a photo contest that encourages stores to decorate their windows.

The 10-page guides, which were released about a week ago, showcase what 22 local stores have to offer. Meanwhile, attendees at the today’s event received ‘Small Business Saturday’ tote bags among other items.

However, the photo contest was the most recent announcement.

The photo contest calls on residents and business owners to submit photos of their favorite holiday windows to Sunnyside Shines’ Facebook page.

“We are hoping to encourage local stores to create a festive holiday shopping environment,” said Rachel Thieme, executive director of the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District. “The contest is a fun way to engage community members and businesses to get into the ‘shop local’ holiday spirit.”

The store deemed to have the best window wins $300. Second and third prizes win $200 and $100 respectively. The winners are based on the number of votes they receive via Facebook.

Last year’s winners were Sunnyside Florist, Sunnyside Thrift Shop and Los Verdes NY.

Javier Quezada, the owner of Los Verdes, said at a recent meeting that the event is “cool because it unifies the community.”

The photographer who takes the photo of the store that wins will receive a $250 prize. For more details, click here for Holiday Window Contest.

The deadline to enter and vote is Dec. 24 by 5 p.m.

Small Business Saturday under the arch

Small Business Saturday under the arch

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You imbecile. I was living here before you were born you little phony. Why don’t you leave your filthy little rent controlled apartment you arrogant punk.


Clarkkent you are a douche!!! The older lady in the pic has done more community work than you could ever comprehend. It’s idiots like you that we don’t need ( or want) in Sunnyside


Clarkkent I don’t need an excuse, you took a gratuitous cheap shot at a woman that I’m sure you have never met so I called you on it, get over it.


some good looking women in that picture except for the old one of course. I’ll shop in Sunnyside if they are behind the counter!

El loco

Great job by Sunnyside Shines. But we need better stores to shop at. Terrible public transportation and poor shopping are keeping this place from becoming a great neighborhood.


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