Children award The Toy Shop with first place in downtown Peterborough holiday window contest

Owner Jean Grant will donate her $300 prize to the Salvation Army Toy Drive

Peterborough DBIA Executive Director Terry Guiel presents The Toy Shop owner Jean Grant with her first place prize in the annual Holiday Window Contest, which was judged by little brothers and sisters from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peterborough. Grant is donating her $300 prize to the Salvation Army Toy Drive. (Photo: Peterborough DBIA)
Peterborough DBIA Executive Director Terry Guiel presents The Toy Shop owner Jean Grant with her first place prize in the annual Holiday Window Contest, which was judged by little brothers and sisters from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peterborough. Grant is donating her $300 prize to the Salvation Army Toy Drive. (Photo: Peterborough DBIA)

On Saturday (December 2), a group of children involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peterborough were invited to judge the annual Holiday Window Contest presented by the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) — and they selected The Toy Shop as the first-place winner.

The Toy Shop’s display at 176 Hunter Street West is filled with colour and encompasses the Canada 150 theme.

“We had a lot of fun decorating our display and incorporating the Canada 150 theme for the Holiday Window Contest,” says Jean Grant, owner of The Toy Shop.

Children involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peterborough judged holiday window displays at 22 stores  in downtown Peterborough on Saturday, December 2. (Photo: Peterborough DBIA)
Children involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peterborough judged holiday window displays at 22 stores in downtown Peterborough on Saturday, December 2. (Photo: Peterborough DBIA)

A total of 22 stores in downtown Peterborough participated in the contest, with the DBIA offering cash prizes of $300, $150, and $75 for the top three window displays.

Grant says she will be donating the $300 grand prize to the Salvation Army Toy Drive, which takes place on Saturday (December 9). Grant participates with the Peterborough Professional Firefighters in the toy drive every year, to leverage their $2,000 donation to purchase even more toys through deals with her suppliers.

Second place went to Watson & Lou’s display at 383 Water Street, and third place went to Needles in the Hay at 385 Water Street.

Erin Watson, co-owner of Watson & Lou, receives her second place award in the annual Holiday Window Contest from DBIA Executive Director Terry Guiel. (Photo: Peterborough DBIA)
Erin Watson, co-owner of Watson & Lou, receives her second place award in the annual Holiday Window Contest from DBIA Executive Director Terry Guiel. (Photo: Peterborough DBIA)

Established in Peterborough in 1964, Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentoring programs for children and youth.

To support or volunteer to support children in need, please visit www.peterboroughbigs.com.

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