BeanRunner/Trolley Company Wins Best Holiday Window

Contestants voted for the window shown here to win a $500 prize.

The creative window display on the corner of South Division and Park streets won $500 from the Peekskill Business Improvement District on Friday. The owners of that window, Ted Bitter of the and Leslie Masson of the Trolley Company, will use the money for future window designs promoting city events.

The window was one of ten in the competition that decked their window and voted. Local artist Wayne Robinson designed and decorated it. Mayor Mary Foster presented the owners with their award Friday afternoon.

The businesses that were chosen to compete were the ones that volunteered when BID board members informed the downtown businesses about the contest.

The BID first intended to have the public vote but due to time constraints changed the voting so that only the businesses entered in the contest could vote.

“Who better to judge than the contest participants, who understand the trials and tribulations of striving for the best window!” said BID Director Jason Angell.

All stores voted on a scale of 1 to 5 and the Bean Runner/Trolley window received 34 points (The Bean Runner Café/Peekskill Trolley submitted one combined ballot so the voting was one window-one vote).  It was a close contest with 5 other storefronts receiving 30 or 31 total points.

The totals were:

Birdsall House, 31

The Quiet Man Public House, 31

ITI Strategies, 31

The Coop, 30

Energy Movement Center, 30

Peekskill Celebration, 27

Orange Splot Art Spot, 26

Side Effects NY, 26

Bargains Galore, 24

Angell says he hopes to fine-tune the contest for next year and used this year as a way to get something off the ground for next year.

Vote for your favorite storefront in our poll .

Merry Christmas Eve!

peekskillman December 24, 2011 at 01:10 PM
I guess beauty is in the eye of the judges; personally thought that the Quiet Man pub should have gotten the award. The lights and trees outsidelook stunning, esp when lit up at nite. Let the public decide next year.
Patty Villanova December 24, 2011 at 02:08 PM
So Ted Claxton and Leslie McGowan won the "contest"-- no surprises there to anyone who knows anything about the BID and the machinations of insider Peekskill politics. This was a closed event and only the competitors could vote FOR THEMSELVES. Not only that, but there was no criteria as to whether or not your window even had to be artfully decorated or decorated at all-- just look at some of them, like Bargains Galore for example. Why weren't some of the truly beautiful store windows featured?? "Resouled" by Bess has had outstanding windows all year long, yet she wasn't given a chance, because the BID can never get anything right, even if they've been doing it for the past 10 years. Once again, the Downtown merchants have gotten screwed and politicians get to make political and financial capital off of our backs. By the way, what were the results of the unbiased Patch poll of who had the best windows??
bernie stringer December 24, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Thank you to everybody. I loved all the entries. Peekskill looks terrific.


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