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Victoria boutique wins best Christmas window contest

By Melissa Crowe
Jan. 15, 2014 at 7:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 14, 2014 at 7:15 p.m.

Officials with Victoria Main Street, Victoria Chamber of Commerce and Victoria Economic Development Corp. congratulated Pat McDonald, owner of Days Gone Bye!, Wednesday for winning the Christmas window decorating contest.

Victoria Main Street Program announced a downtown boutique as the winner of the annual Christmas window decorating contest.

Pat McDonald, owner of Days Gone Bye!, takes pride in her window displays.

Although she was runner-up in last year's contest, officials in the 2013 event put the vote to the people, who declared her the winner.

McDonald decorated her window in a theme she called "Old-Fashioned Christmas."

Complete with three trees, a caroler, snowflakes and classic Santa Claus - if the lights around the window weren't enough to catch passers-by's eyes, the lit fireplace surely would.

She said she was happy to participate in the contest and encouraged customers to drive around downtown to look at the rest of the displays, many painted by students from Victoria's East and West high schools and St. Joseph High School.

"They were so cute. I had gone around and watched them being painted," she said. "It was a lot of fun."

Constance Filley Johnson, a board member of the Victoria Main Street Program, said members did everything they could to get the community involved in the contest, but their real goal was to bring people downtown.

Main Street Director Sara Rodriguez said the participation was strong. She is looking forward to expanding the reach for next year's event.

Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Randy Vivian joined in the announcement Wednesday morning at the shop.

"Anytime you have a merchant so involved in the community like Pat is, it helps the retail environment but also brings customers in," he said. "She's got a beautiful store and a great staff. I love coming in here."

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