Only a few people can watch NFL games in person. You haven’t been to a concert in longer than it takes to conceive and deliver a baby.
But anyone could have gone around town, checked out holiday window decorations, and voted for their favorites.
In fact, many people did.
Yesterday, the Westport Downtown Merchants Association and Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the annual contest. This year for the first time, it encompassed the entire town.
And the winners are…:
Mom and Pop Shop:The Plumed Serpent Bridal
Plumed Serpent Bridal
National chain: Anthropologie
Non-retail:Artistex Salon & Spa
Artistex Spa & Salon
And the grand prize — for the window with the most total votes:The Plumed Serpent Bridal.
They win dinner for 4 at Don Memo.
Click here for a list of all participating venues. Voting in closed — but you can still enjoy them!
Last week, “06880” lamented the lack of respect for Westport restaurants in Fairfield County Weekly’s annual readers’ poll.
The 2nd part of the survey is out — covering stores, banks, even doctors — and we’ve fared a bit better.
The incomparable Sally White.
Sally’s Place for “Best Independent CD/Vinyl Store.” Such shops are fading faster than Donald Trump’s presidential hopes, but as the Weekly notes, owner Sally White is “one of a kind…. Die-hard music fans love Sally’s, and because White’s operation is so nimble, she can accommodate the special orders bigger stores can’t.” The Weekly‘s readers nailed this one — as Sally’s fan Keith Richards also attests.
Plumed Serpent wins “Best Bridal Salon.” I know as much about this category as Pakistan claims to have known about bin Laden, but here goes: “Plumed Serpent, a multiple-year winner, is renowned for its selection of tasteful, stylish, higher-end dresses and excellent customer service.” That’s almost enough to make me want to walk down the aisle, in a gown.
But a guy’s gotta look good too. Fortunately, Men’s Wearhouse (4 locations, including Westport) wins for “Best Place for Tuxedos.” The Weekly cites the chain’s “broad selection of styles and prices and oodles of shops.” Sweet.
Bonnie and Rick, the great team at Great Cakes.
Speaking of sweet — and weddings — the “Best Place to Buy Your Wedding Cake” is Great Cakes. I’m more into the early-morning coffee — and the chance to see everyone from builder Bill Kashetta to surgeon Alan Meinke — but the crew in the back turn out awesome wedding cakes, all from scratch. Owner Rick Dickinson is often told that his creations taste as good as they look — and how often do you say that about a wedding cake?
Another entry in the okay-I-believe-you department is Soleil Toile (“Best Lingerie Store [Non-Chain]”). The Weekly praises the store’s attention to proper fit, and “very broad array of sizes and body types.” O-kay…
Moving quickly along, the “Best Bank” is People’s United. Ours shares the honor with other locations in the county, but New England’s largest bank earns props for their many locations, community service, and “expert bankers who can do loans and investments.” (Um, isn’t that what bankers are supposed to do?)
Westport’s final winner is Dr. Mark Oestreicher. He’s Fairfield County’s “Best Dermatologist.” Once again, the Weekly voters have made a thoughtful, inspired decision. Nothing rash about this one at all.
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