Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets organized its seventh annual Holiday Windows Competition to foster a festive shopping and dining environment in Dupont Circle. The winners of this year’s Holiday Windows Competition are Jolt ‘n’ Bolt for Best Restaurant; Shop: Made in DC for best Retail; and Blue Mercury for Best Service.
Jolt ‘n’ Bolt won Best Restaurant because it creatively used its challenging space as a gateway into its restaurant. Shop: Made in DC used white for its theme and crated boxes in its windows for shelving. Blue Mercury won for best service (yes, they offer makeovers, facials, waxing, and massage) using packages wrapped in blue and silver balls to fill their windows with holiday joy. A special award is being given to La Tomate for their Christmas Tree, sponsored by Jim McGlade and La Tomate.
The holiday windows competition is a way to encourage retailers in Dupont Circle to prepare for seasonal displays. HDCMS encouraged all retail shops, restaurants, and services to install holiday windows to raise the bar for seasonal design. The Design Committee for HDCMS judged the windows on December 19, 2019. Window displays were judged in three categories: Best Retail Shop, Best Restaurant, and Best Service.