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Window Wonderland designs downtown storefronts

December 18, 2014
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Window Wonderland designs downtown storefronts
Kendall College students created the winter-themed storefront-window design at Cheeky Strut salon and spa in downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy KCAD

A college and a civic agency have helped change the look of window shopping downtown this year.

Kendall College of Art and Design, or KCAD, and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., or DGRI, have produced their second-annual Window Wonderland competition and named the winners last week.

The competition

KCAD and DGRI organizers said the competition where students design winter-themed storefront windows for businesses “reflects the creative vibrancy of downtown Grand Rapids, while also invigorating the city’s retail core and helping to drive future economic growth.”

This year’s competition featured 100 Kendall students, an increase from 21 students last year. The 100 students worked in teams at 40 businesses.


A team made up of Alexia Barreiro, Alexa Stanton, Colleen Bruce and Karlyn Osborn won first place and $1,000 for their design at Cheeky Strut salon and spa.

Amanda Burns and Danielle Obenauf took home $700 for their second-place work at OneStop Coney Shop.

Third place and $500 went to Allison Cornwell and Kelsey Ballast for their Star Wars-inspired art at Taco Bob’s.

Frosty windows at Renee Austin Wedding earned $250 and an honorable mention for Chelsea Sawallich and Margaret Farrell.

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