And the Winners Are…

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Monkey Business in Chestnut Hill was voted "Crowd Favorite"

This week, a panel of judges selected 18 winners out of 90 shops and attractions across the Philadelphia region that participated in the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show’s 15th Annual Phlower Power Window Decorating Contest to kick off spring and tap into the more than 250,000 visitors that will come to Philadelphia for the Show.

The 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show Passport to the World, presented by PNC, will be held Feb. 28 – March 7 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Windows in Chestnut Hill, Chinatown, Fabric Row, Fairmount, the Main Line, Manayunk, Midtown Village, Mt. Airy, Northern Liberties, Kensington, Old City, Rittenhouse, South Philadelphia, University City, and Easton, Pa., were festooned with floral and worldly décor beginning on Friday, Feb. 19.

This year’s winners are:

  • AVIS Budget Group, 2000 Arch St. – “Best Overall Display”
  • The Crayola Factory, 30 Centre St. – “Best Interpretation of Theme”
  • Monkey Business, 8624 Germantown Ave. – “Voted Crowd Favorite”
  • Philadelphia Brewing Co. & Greensgrow Farm, 2423-39 Amber St. – “Most Refreshing”
  • Propper Brothers Furniture, 115 Levering St. – “Best of Manayunk”
  • Just Dogs! Gourmet, 1804 Chestnut St. – “Best Use of Merchandise”
  • Nicole Miller Philadelphia, 200 S. Broad St. – “Most Elegant”
  • Reputation Hair Salon, 1215 Snyder Ave. – “Most Artistic Display”
  • SAVA, 1700 Sansom St. – “Most Eco-Friendly”
  • Ten Thousand Villages – Chestnut Hill, 8331 Germantown Ave. – “Most Well Traveled”
  • Transit Gift Store, 1234 Market St. – “Nicest Attention to Detail”
  • J. Karma Boutique, 62 N. 3rd St. – “Most Sophisticated”
  • Millesime, 1001-13 2nd St. – “Best Newcomer”
  • Worn Yesterday, 4228 Main St. – “Most Festive”
  • Jack and Jill Boutique, 115 S. 22nd St. – “Most Creative”
  • PHAG (Philadelphia Home Art Garden), 1225 Walnut St. – “Most Colorful”
  • AIA Bookstore, 1218 Arch St. – “Most Innovative”
  • Artista, 7151 Germantown Ave.– Judges’ Choice

The public voted for “Crowd Favorite” by e-mailing to press@pennhort.org from Feb. 19 through Feb. 22. A slide show of the winners will be available at theflowershow.com. The photos are also posted on the Flower Show’s Facebook Fan Page.

Due to inclement weather, the awards press conference will be held on Monday, March 1 at 10 a.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch Streets, West Entrance, Room 106. The media and contestants will not need tickets to the Show to gain entrance.

“People from all over the world come to the Flower Show,” PHS President Jane Pepper said. “These businesses help spread the word about what Philadelphia has to offer.”

Each spring, the Philadelphia International Flower Show attracts more than 250,000 visitors, who generate an overall impact of more than $35 million for restaurants, hotels, shops, businesses, and cultural attractions in and around Philadelphia.

“It’s wonderful to see neighborhood small-business owners in and around the City participate in this contest and take on the role as a Flower Show ambassador,” said Bill Mills, president of PNC, Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. “We applaud their creativity and effort.”

The Philadelphia International Flower Show is the largest indoor flower show in the world. Proceeds of the Show, which is produced by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, support Philadelphia Green, PHS’ award-winning urban greening program.

PHS would like to thank all of the businesses for participating in the contest or hanging Flower Show posters in their windows.

Special thanks to the Chestnut Hill Business Association, East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, Fairmount CDC, Manayunk Development Corp., Midtown Village, Mt. Airy Business Association, Northern Liberties Business Owners Association, Old City Business Collective, Old City Civic Association, PBPioneers, Piazza at Schmidt’s, Rittenhouse Row, and University City District.

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