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Penguin Pizza to represent Mission Hill in city's Deck the Windows contest

Posted by Patrick Rosso  December 13, 2012 10:57 AM

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Penguin Pizza's decorated storefront.


The results are in, the people have spoken: Penguin Pizza will represent the Mission Hill Main Streets in Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s “Deck the Windows” contest.

Now in its third-year, the annual holiday contest welcomes businesses from across the city’s 20 Main Street Districts to decorate their storefronts and compete for residents’ votes.

"I take this annual design challenge seriously,” owner Dermot Doyne, said in a statement. “This year's window features the Mission Hill skyline with Santa-penguin's sleigh being pulled by reindeer-penguins delivering hot pizza pies to all the good penguin-children of Mission Hill."

This is certainly not the first time the pizza shop on Huntington Avenue has garnered the attention of its neighbors. Last year residents named the restaurant the best in Mission Hill and sent it off to compete against the other neighborhood businesses, unfortunately it was beat out by a West Roxbury shop.

Close 400 businesses participated in this year's competition that drew 9,000 votes in 2011, said Sheila Dillon, chief and director of the city's Department of Neighborhood Development, which oversees the Main Street program.

"This contest really fosters a lot of neighborhood pride," said Dillon. "The merchants get competitive and it creates an excitement in the neighborhoods."

"You can really feel it [excitement] this year," Dillon added. "The economy is slightly better, we had a lot of events this year, and we have a festive atmosphere in the districts."

Although many merchants turnout and give it their all because of neighborhood pride, Dillon said the decorated storefronts also get shoppers out in the neighborhoods, spending their money locally.

"The money you spend stays in the neighborhood," said Dillon. "For the most part those businesses are hiring your neighbors and local people."

Penguin Pizza’s employees will have the fingers crossed as the 13-year-old business competes against 20 other businesses from across the city.

The winner of the contest and the top three vote recipients will be named Dec. 20 and along with the recognition, some bragging rights come with the title.

To find out more about the contest and contestants, click here.

To vote for your favorite window or storefront, click here.

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A close-up look at Penguin's display.

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