Window, window in the store… who had the ‘giving-est’ display of all?

By David F. Rooney

There are some truly fine window displays out there in retail land. I should know. Emma Kirkland, general manager of the Powder Springs Inn, and I spent early Friday evening judging the best windows for the Moonlight Madness Window Display Contest.

The theme of the contest was ‘giving’ and many of the windows attempted to express that in one way or another. Others simply opted to produce beautiful displays with some spectacular results.

Here are pictures of the windows we considered. I won’t tell you who won — yet. But you will see a photo of her accepting her prize, a $100 gift certificate to the Powder Springs Inn, which we understand she’s going to use to treat her staff.


Gwen Lips of Castle Joe Books does the Vanna White thing as she shows off her window display to the Moonlight Madness Window Display Contest Judges. Theme for the contest was 'Giving.'David F. Rooney photo
These were the two windows at Chantilly Kitchen, Bed 'N' Bath. Deenie Ottenbreit's window promoting a campaign to give under-priviledged children a free day of skiing at Revelstoke Mountain Resort was a favourite of Judges David Rooney of The Revelstoke Current and Emma Kirkland of Powder Springs Inn. David F. Rooney photo
Mountain sports equuipment dominated the window display at Valhalla Pure. David F. Rooney photo
Janet Pearson's display at Talisman Fibre & Trading captured the judges' imagination, too. David F. Rooney photo
Grizzly Books' display was rather literary. David F. Rooney photo
Suzanne Spisani Designs window was neo-minimalist. David F. Rooney photo
Parents and children flocked to Grizzly Plaza for two things: a chance to pet Eric Marsden's sled dogs.... David F. Rooney photo
... and an opportunity to sit on Santa's knee, like Emma Kirkland did. Gee, Santa was she a naughty girl or a nice one? David F. Rooney photo
Artfirst's window seems to suggest that art would be a great gift. David F. Rooney photo
Inspiration's window was a silvery wonderland. David F. Rooney photo
Style Trend's window was simple but elegant and even the 'open' sign seemed to work with it. David F. Rooney photo
This was the window at Areaworx. David F. Rooney photo
Crescendo's small display was almost surrealistic. David F. Rooney photo
By 6:15 things were picking up downtown, particularly at Pharmasave where the crowd was poring over the goods on sale. David F. Rooney photo
It was a little quieter at Home Hardware, but things picked up there later on, too. David F. Rooney photo
And here was the winner of the Moonlight Madness Window Display Contest, Deenie Ottenbreit, being presented with a $100 gift certificate from Powder Springs by Judge Emma Kirkland. The judges were struck by Ottenbreit's use of her window display to promote a campaign to help economically disadvantaged kids. David F. Rooney photo
Anne Popjes (nee Corrie) (center) was out shopping with her three-month-old son Carson and friend Karen Paulig. David F. Rooney photo
Terry Beitel (right) smiles as he watches his wife, Wenche, clutching a Moonlight Madness purchase at Grizzly Books. David F. Rooney photo