Businesses in downtown Oak Harbor have more of a holiday flair to their storefronts.
More than two dozen businesses painted holiday themes on the main entrances to their stores as part of the Pioneer Way “Deck the Door” contest, sponsored by the Whidbey News-Times.
Those holiday themed doors will remain through Christmas and shoppers can vote on their favorite.
“It’s really just a way to shop local and come down and enjoy the holiday,” said Lee Ann Mozes, advertising sales manager for the Whidbey News Group.
The Whidbey News-Times recently re-established an office in downtown Oak Harbor by opening in a spot on Fidalgo Avenue one black north of Pioneer Way.
Businesses had their doors decorated by Thanksgiving.
The employees at the Oak Harbor location of Bayleaf were busy before the holiday painting a “cornucopia” of holiday foods and holiday themes on the main entry.
The contest takes place online at www.whidbeynewstimes.com through Dec. 23. The winner will be announced Wednesday, Dec. 26 on the website and in the printed edition.
Businesses participating in the Deck the Door contest are Bayleaf, Bayview Embroidery/Whidbey Island Gifts, Captured Moments, Crafters Co-op, Garry Oak Gallery, Harbor Lite Tavern, Harbor Side Kids, Indulge Spa, Island Drug, Just Because, Kakies Bakery, LaLonnie’s Notions, Michael John’s Trading Post, Mr. Music, New Image Salon, Noble Horse Gallery, Paint Your World, Popsies, Sweet Rice, Terrace Wine Bar, The Diva Lounge, Valle Azul, Whidbey Wild Bird and Wild Magnolia.
Shoppers voting in the contest will be entered into a drawing to win a holiday gift baskets filled with treats and goodies from local businesses.
The winning business will receive a half-page, full-color ad that will run in the News-Times in January 2013.
They will also receive a framed certificate to hang in their store.
To cast a vote, go to www.whidbeynewstimes.com and click the banner at the top of the page.