Seventy businesses signed up for the festive community event and on Monday – judgement day – a clan of judges including, Mainly Main magazine, WE Vancouver, and yours truly, braved the pre-snow temperature and trolled the streets to pick out the most creative wreath and the best overall.
Business owners and staff festooned their rings of pine with glitter, poinsettias, and their own little touches of individuality. Some businesses forgot or had limited time, others upped the wow factor with their outside-of-the-box ideas, and one enterprising thrift shop employee sold their wreath before judging time.
Please forgive smartphone image quality.
First, honorable mentions:
Better Environmentally Sound Transportation incorporated their wreath into a diorama about alternative transportation.
East Vanity Parlour created a dazzling peace sign.
HairKraft Studio outfitted their wreath in hair curlers.
Scout Boutique adorned their Christmas balls with burlesque tassels.
(Drum roll please…)
The trophy and monetary prize for the most creative wreath was awarded to the Vancouver Animal Wellness Hospital. They transformed their wreath into a dog (!!!).
Best wreath overall title went to Starbucks. Their Starbucky wreath earned them a trophy and prize money, which they will donate to the youth program at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre and to a family in need.
If you are Christmas shopping in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, notice the beautifully decorated wreaths on the doors or walls of the businesses.