Philly businesses rewarded for gussied-up Flower Show windows

Hadas Kuznits
February 28, 2019 - 2:03 pm
Jonathan Rivard announces the Bloom Philly contest winners.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Bloom Philly contest winners were announced Thursday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 

Jonathan Rivard was the emcee for the announcement, which happens annually just ahead of the Philadelphia Flower Show.

"They have a contest asking local businesses to dress up their windows with the theme from the flower show," Rivard said. “The judging is done by PHS, and what they’re really looking for in the categories is color, the use of flowers, and then really bringing the theme of the flower show to life."

This year’s theme is Flower Power.

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Among the participating business owners was Carolyn Zinni, owner of Carolyn Zinni Bridal on East Passyunk Avenue.

“I created a six-foot ankh, and then I drilled nearly 2,000 holes it in, and then we placed flower buds into this to create it," she said. "And then my mannequins were dressed in '70s clothing. We had bell-bottoms. And I had a Jimi Hendrix guitar in the window."

Ariel Sims of P.J. Clark’s at the Curtis Building decorated her restaurant to look like the cover of the Beatles album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

"We bought four mannequins, and we put the outfits that appear on the cover of the album in the middle, and then we surrounded it with a large flower display. Many of the flowers were made by Donna and her art class at The St. Mary’s School, which are our neighbors.”

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Sims was one of 19 business owners who won awards for their window displays.

"To be recognized in this very fun, kind of outside-of-the-box, way really feels that we’re part of our community and our community really is seeing that so that feels great," she said.

The Flower Show opens at the Convention Center on Saturday.

Below is a list of all the Bloom Philly window dressing contest winners:

Best Antique Shop
Carnival of Collectables

Best Art Gallery 
Sweet Mabel, Narberth

Best Bakery
The Master’s Baker, West Chester 

Best Clothing, Jewelry, or Other Retail Shop
Joan Shepp, Rittenhouse 

Best Coffee Shop
Frieda for Generations 

Best Flower shop
Floral and Fauna, S. Phila

Best Hair salon
Vivid Hair Salon, Mt. Airy

Best Lobby
Brandywine Realty Trust, Cora Center

Best Pet shop
Pet Snobs Boutique 

Best Restaurant 
Pun & Kitchen, Rittenhouse 

Best Bookstore 
Garland of Letters

Best Candy Shop
Shane Confectionery, Old City

Best Home Goods Shop 
Host Interiors, Chestnut Hill

Best Fitness Studio
Focus Barre & Yoga, Rittenhouse Square 

Best First-Time Entry
9th Street Italian Market Visitors Center

All-Around Best Connection to Business
The Frosted Fox Bakery 

All-Around Best Connection to The Flower Show Theme of "Flower Power"
Carolyn Zinni LLC

All-Around Most Creative Display 
P.J. Clarke’s

Fan Favorite 
Milica in the Hat Millinery