1497 Dorchester Ave., Fields Corner
Long-time Fields Corner business Valente Insurance won first place in the local Deck the Windows Holidays on Main Street storefront decorations competition. Now their festive holiday window display featuring a variety of decorations with Boston sports teams as a theme, as well as a peace-loving jovial Santa, is vying for top honors city-wide. Valente Insurance has done business in Fields Corner since 1989 and is also a green business – this year they moved their offices to 1497 Dorchester Avenue, a new storefront in the recently renovated Emerald Isle Building next to the Blarney Stone restaurant.
In close competition was second place finisher Fields Corner Branch Library at 1520 Dorchester Avenue with a book-reading snowman and a “tree” of books in their snowy window. Honorable mentions go to Century 21 Cahill Associates at 1544 Dorchester Avenue, Rosa’s Liquors at 1568 Dorchester Avenue, and Structure Beauty Salon at 1461 Dorchester Aveune.
As a first place winner Valente Insurance now represents Fields Corner in the annual city-wide competition with 19 other first place winners from other Boston Main Streets. Voting online at this link starts Thursday December 11 at 3 PM and continues 24 hours a day until Wednesday December 17 at 3 PM. Mayor Walsh will honor the Deck the Windows Grand Prize Winner with a celebration at their place of business. For more information email Rosanne at email@example.com or call 617.474.1432.
Deck the Windows is a popular holiday contest where local Main Street district stores decorate their windows to brighten the neighborhood with holiday cheer! Please let us know that you will participate by the end of the day on December 3rd – via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-474-1432.
Round 1: After December 3rd until December 7th, be ready! A local judging panel will select the top 3 storefronts in our district. The 1st Place Winner will advance to Round 2 the citywide competition.
Round 2: December 11th – December 15th ~ Vote! Get your friends and family to vote for their favorite storefront from among all 1st Place Winners. Online voting will begin 12/11/14 at 3:00 PM and end 12/15/14 at 3:00 PM.
Announcing the Winner ~ Mayor Walsh will honor the 5th Annual Deck the Windows of Boston Main Streets Grand Prize Winner at a celebration on December 22 at 5 p.m. at the Grand Prize Winner’s business. http://www.cityofboston.gov/deckthewindows/
This nationwide Shop Local initiative happens annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving – if you are a small business owner and would like to be part of Small Business Saturday please contact us! This year Fields Corner Main Street will be on hand in the center of the district from 11 AM to 2 PM handing out reusable shopping bags and other free items that promote Small Business Saturday, encouraging passersby to shop locally, and also promoting and educating those interested about Fields Corner Main Street. Later on, the Holiday Tree Lighting trolley-stop tour provides free goody bags, the tree decorated with ornaments created by local youth artists at the library, refreshments and a chance to say hello to Santa, all at the Park Street Clock in Fields Corner at 6:30 PM.
We are pleased to announce that Fields Corner has been chosen as one of the Ten Great Neighborhoods of 2014 by the American Planning Association! The APA selects great places annually that “represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.” We are so proud to be included among other vibrant neighborhoods like Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C., and Fremont in Seattle WA. Check out the Dorchester Reporter’s article here, a celebration is being planned for later in the month, stay tuned! Continue reading