Christmas spirit on display in downtown Montrose | Focus



Snowman

A snowman smiles in a winter wonderland in one of the store front windows in Montrose




While there wasn’t a community Christmas tree lighting event to ring in the holiday season in Montrose, Christmas spirit is still on display downtown.

Walking down the streets in Montrose, shoppers can enjoy the festive holiday decorations in businesses’ store front windows. While COVID-19 has impacted this holiday season’s celebrations, local businesses have kept the spirit alive by hanging Christmas lights and other decorations in the front windows for the community to enjoy.



Baby Jesus

A depiction of baby Jesus laying in his straw bed after birth is featured on one of the store front windows in Montrose.




“Shopping on Main Street during the holidays is especially fun because so many of our businesses put in extra time and attention to their store fronts,” Mayor Barbara Bynum said. “Combined with the holiday lights and decorations the city installs, it really feels special in a way that online shopping cannot.”



Joy

The holiday season has arrived in Montrose and business owners are celebrating by decorating store front windows.




Frosted window scenes of Jesus in a manger along with Christmas trees and holiday lights glisten through the windows.

William Woody, office of business and tourism communications manager, toured downtown to capture the beautiful window displays, something he’s done for years.



Merry Christmas

Walking downtown, the community can enjoy holiday decorations on display in storefront windows.


”Each year, about this time, I stroll downtown Montrose recording the holiday storefronts,” he said.



Storefront

A Christmas tree and poinsettias make this business’s front window display festive as the holiday shopping season continues.


Then he compiles all of the photos into a collage to showcase the hard work of shopkeepers during the holiday and this year was no exception.



Shop local sign

This holiday season, shopping local is more important for our local businesses. Several Small Business Saturdays have been scheduled in Montrose through Dec. 19.


”I got inspired by a holiday display I saw once in New York a long time ago,” Woody said. “Basically, I snap entire window displays and small details that I like and combine them into a single collage.



Storefront tree

A wreath and Christmas tree frame the winter merchandise available at a local business in Montrose.


”The collage is my celebration of the hard work our downtown shopkeepers do to keep our downtown the wonderful place that it is.”



Elf

An elf shows off merchandise available for purchase through the front window of a local business.


Woody’s collage is a small gesture in showing gratitude to local business owners for their work and supporting our local downtown.



Santa

A Santa Claus decoration greets passersby from the front window of a business in Montrose.


To spread more holiday cheer, the city of Montrose put $10,000 of Montrose Bucks into Small Business Saturday promotions, which will continue for the next three Saturdays. The first Small Business Saturday was Nov. 28, with the remaining ones today, Dec. 5, as well as Dec. 12 and 19.



Store window tree branches

Painted tree branches and holiday lights frame merchandise while spreading holiday cheer in Montrose.


“Shopping locally is always important to a community,” Bynum said. “When we spend our money locally, that money stays in our community and supports additional businesses and the families who own these businesses.”

Sixteen downtown businesses are participating in the promotion where customers receive $10 in Montrose Bucks for every $50 spent at those locations.



Store front collage

The hard work of local shop keepers in their store fronts can ben seem in this collection of downtown window displays photographed on Main Street in downtown Montrose Tuesday evening, December 2, 2020.




“The extra $10 per $50 that shoppers can earn by spending locally will hopefully reward those who shop locally and incentivize others to try shopping locally this year,” she said.

While taking a stroll to admire the Christmas displays, just don’t go pressing your nose up against the window.

Lauren Brant is a staff writer and digital content coordinator for the Montrose Daily Press.

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