Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Santa Monica, California

This year, Downtown Decorations worked with Downtown Santa Monica to create some holiday décor for the city’s Third Street Promenade. The Southern California coastal destination, which is located just minutes from the Pacific Ocean, is recognized as a premiere shopping and dining area. The promenade is also known for hosting the country’s largest and oldest certified organic farmers’ market twice a week and being a hot spot for many different types of street performers.

Downtown Santa Monica already had some decorations in place for the holidays, but contacted us because they wanted to add a certain flair to the promenade. Our experienced designers came up with a fresh, fun and elegant pattern featuring silver and purple ornaments, lights and silver nylon bows. The design can be seen on 60 of our 36 inch wreaths that are placed up and down the promenade.

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Bulletin: Dec. 13

Source: Life

  • 10 Christmas Songs For People Who Hate Christmas Songs (TIME)
  • IDA Downtown Achievement Award Winners (IDA)
  • Malls Of The Future: Touchscreen Store Windows Made From 'Connected Glass' (CNN)
  • Nominate America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places For 2014! (NTHP)
  • Top 10 US Travel Destinations For 2014 (Lonely Planet)

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino

This year, Downtown Decorations produced a holiday décor package for the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in Coarsegold, California. We were contacted by the resort and casino to create a design that would revamp their holiday presentation. 

Our designers came up with a stylish and sophisticated theme that features gold-colored ornaments and pine cones. The design can be spotted throughout the casino on our trees, wreaths, sprays and garland. We also provided a life-sized Santa sled for a holiday display that was previously constructed. To see more pictures of our decor, click on the read more button.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Clearwater River Casino and Lodge

In 2012, we worked with the Clearwater River Casino and Lodge to enhance their holiday decor. The complex, which is located just outside of the Lewiston, Idaho on the western end of the Nez Perce Reservation, features dining, gaming and event offerings.

The main focus of this project was to create a dazzling display in front of the main entrance of the building. To do this, we produced a massive 26 foot tree with lights and a snowburst tree topper, and adorned existing trees with different colored lights. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

New York, New York

New York City is known as one of the top Christmas destinations year in and year out. Holiday shows, department store window displays, shopping at FAO Schwarz and ice skating in Rockefeller Center Plaza are just a few things that make Manhattan synonymous with the holiday season. Now, Downtown Decorations is contributing to the city's Christmas celebration. Visitors and residents can stop by 6th Avenue between 54th and 55th to see two of our 30 foot trees. The huge trees were designed to fit on top of two outdoor fountains. As you can see in the pictures, the trees look as if they are floating. We also provided the lights, which give the trees an extremely sharp and elegant finish.

Friday, December 6, 2013

HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes

Tune in to HGTV tonight at 8 p.m. to see Downtown Decorations' products on Celebrity Holiday Homes! We provided a ton of items, including flocked Alaskan garland, ice garland, bay leaf garland, snowflakes, matte ornaments, shiny ornaments and more, for the holiday special. Our decorations are featured in the home of celebrity Garcelle Beauvais, who is best known for her roles as Francesca "Fancy" Monroe on The Jamie Foxx Show and Valerie Haywood on NYPD Blue. Celebrity interior designer Nathan Turner came up with the design, turning Beauvais' home into a Colorful Candyland.

From HGTV's website:

"Join the holiday fun as four celebrities get their homes decorated in this special edition of Celebrity Holiday Homes! Singer/songwriter Christina Milian's home is transformed into a winter wonderland by designer Charles Neal, actress Joely Fisher gets a holiday makeover complete with a floating Christmas tree thanks to designer Hillary Thomas, designer Kelli Ellis revs up a motorcycle holiday for actor Lorenzo Lamas and Garcelle Beauvais' home comes alive with Nutcracker magic thanks to designer Nathan Turner."

To see more pictures of our products on Celebrity Holiday Homes, click the read more button.

Garcelle Beauvais and Nathan Turner

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Chester, California

On Saturday, Nov. 9, the town of Chester, California held their holiday tree lighting ceremony. The celebration kicked off the holidays and honored the men and women of the armed forces. The tree lighting ceremony, which took place during Veterans Day weekend, honored servicemen and women by initiating a season of peace, hope, and goodwill towards others. The event featured the color guard, a community sing-a-long of Let There Be Peace on Earth and the opportunity for families to hang ornaments on the tree. This celebration means a lot to this town and we are so happy that we had the opportunity to provide the lights and tree topper for their tree.

Here is the town’s official mission statement for the celebration: Peace and goodwill in our world starts within each individual, each family and each community.  We wish for our community to express a collective desire for peace and goodwill among ourselves, to create symbolic, yet powerful expression of that which we long for in our world.  Lighting this tree together, at the beginning of our holiday season and on the weekend that our nation celebrates the service and sacrifice of our brothers and sisters for our national safety and security, we put forth our intention for peace.  We honor their service by initiating, with this tree lighting, a season of peace, hope, service and goodwill toward each other, those in our families, our neighborhoods and our community. The lights of this tree shall remind us of the commitment we make this day in memory of those who have served us and of our intention to live beside each other in peace and harmony.  In this, we become a model for others.

After the celebration, we received the following message from Chester: "We did it!  With your help, we had a beautiful community tree lighting ceremony in honor of our veterans.  Thank you!"

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Destiny USA

In 2012, we created a holiday décor package for Destiny USA, the 2,450,000 sq. ft. six-story super-regional shopping and entertainment complex in Syracuse, New York. The mall is the 6th largest in the entire United States.

They wanted to keep the decorations up past Christmas and through the winter season, so our designers came up with a snowflake theme that could be displayed from November to February. The design features large hanging snowflakes, white pole wraps, and beautiful blue banners and light curtains throughout the shopping center.

We also created an area where people can visit Santa during the holidays. This area features a large red carpet, box decorations, trees with lights and ornaments, and artificial snow.

To check out more photos of the snowflake theme and the “Santa Reception Area” at Destiny USA, click on the read more button.

Monday, November 11, 2013

U.S. Air Force 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron

On this Veterans Day 2013, we would like to say thank you to all of the men and women who have served our country.

In 2011, we were lucky enough to provide a group of servicemen and women with some comfort during the holidays when we donated a giant 6 ft. lit wreath and other decorations to the United States Air Force 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron stationed in Afghanistan.

We are proud that we were part of this project and look forward to being part of many more like this in the future. You can read the entire press release from the Air Force by clicking the read more button.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Seneca Falls, New York

In 2008, we partnered with the town of Seneca Falls, New York to produce new lights for their downtown. The Seneca Falls Fire Department deemed the city’s old lights unsafe and said they were not allowed to be lit. We switched out their old incandescent lights with brand new long lasting, energy saving LED bulbs just in time for their huge annual holiday celebration, the It’s a Wonderful Life Festival.

For the past 66 years, Seneca Falls has held the festival to celebrate the movie that put their town on the map. As the story goes, legendary director Frank Capra visited Seneca Falls in 1945 to get inspiration for the fictional town of Bedford Falls, where the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, takes place. The three day festival features a parade, a screening of the movie, meet and greets with actors from the film, and much more. We are excited to attend this year’s festivities and hopefully we will see some of you there. Click on the read more button to see some pictures of the downtown and the 2008 festival.

It's a Wonderful Life

Monday, November 4, 2013

Syracuse University

In 2009, we began working with Syracuse University on a number of banner projects. The private research university is located in Syracuse, New York and is known for its dominant athletic program and top-of-the-line communications school. Over the past few years, we have printed multiple banner designs that have been installed throughout the campus. Some of the themes for the banners include:

  • Orange Central – Banners printed for homecomings and reunions.
  • Entrepreneurship – These read “Make Your Ideas Real” and feature faces of students representing different majors.
  • Shaw Quadrangle – Hung in the quad named after Chancellor Emeritus Kenneth A. “Buzz” Shaw. The quad was dedicated in 2010.
  • Scholarship in Action/Education for the World in the World – These are the main designs that are placed throughout the university.
  • Welcome – Banners welcoming students and families to the campus.

To see some more photos of the banners, click the read more button.

Friday, November 1, 2013

The Bulletin: Nov. 1

Source: Life

  • Forget Halloween And Thanksgiving. These Photos Prove Christmas Is Already Here (Huffington Post)
  • Downtown Crossing: An Old District Tries To Become A New Neighborhood (WBUR)
  • America's Favorite Towns (Travel + Leisure)
  • Young artists make decorations for state's Christmas tree in D.C. (DNJ)
  • Book Christmas travel soon for deals, Travelocity warns (USA Today)

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

See's Candies

In 2007, Downtown Decorations did a series of seasonal decorations for See’s Candies. The well-known candy manufacturer and distributor has operated for over 90 years and now has more than 200 stores around the world. If you haven’t tried their chocolates, we highly recommend them!

The decorations we designed for See’s are put up every year at their headquarters in South San Francisco (pictured above) and their second factory in Los Angeles.  For Halloween, we provide our ghost, pumpkin and bat decorations. We also produce Valentine’s Day, Easter and Christmas décor for both locations.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Stamford, Connecticut

Since 2007, Downtown Decorations has produced holiday decor for downtown Stamford, Connecticut. Over the years, we have created custom wreaths, sprays, bows and other types of decor. In 2009, we designed custom pole decorations for over 100 light poles throughout the city. The decor was designed to connect to the city's existing light poles without needing any special attachment hardware. They were made with our deluxe pine garland, lit with LED 5 mm wide angle warm white mini lights and ornamented with our UV ornaments. To check out some more photos of our decor in downtown Stamford, click the read more button.

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Avenue at White Marsh (2012)

In the fall of 2012, The Avenue at White Marsh in Baltimore, Maryland approached us to revamp some of their décor. They had an existing décor program that they wanted to breathe some new life into as well as change the look and feel without having to put a new program together. In addition, they wanted to add some visibility to their entrance sign on Honeygo Blvd. Working off pictures from the prior year’s décor and some measurement’s provided by management staff, the DDI design team worked hand in hand with the White Marsh marketing team to create a unique and upscale color scheme for their existing 30’ tree and 15’ wreath. We also added several 6’ and 8’ wreaths throughout the property as well as brand new banners. For the entrance signs, we created custom glitter mesh sign toppers with LED rope lighting for amazing daytime and nighttime pop. Stay tuned for even more additions to the property in 2013. For more pictures of what we did in 2012, click the read more button.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital

Recently, we began producing a holiday décor program for the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, New York. The newly built hospital is named after billionaire businessman Tom Golisano, founder of the second-largest payroll processing company in the United States, Paychex.

In 2010, we provided holiday décor for the inside of the building. In 2011, we started decorating both the interior and exterior of the building. The inside features some of our large wreaths and a giant tree. Our ornaments and snowflakes can also be spotted hanging in the front windows of the building.

On the outside, we enhance the main “tree house” entrance of the building by adding our garland to the walkway pillars, making them look even more like real trees. Another unique concept we came up with was decorating the outside and inside horse statues with bows and custom garland collars. To see more pictures, click the read more button.

Friday, October 18, 2013

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Every year for over 10 years, we have installed a holiday décor program for SUNY Upstate Medical University. The Syracuse based medical center, which includes a teaching hospital, is one of the largest in the entire state of New York.

The project features many unique pieces, including a giant wreath mounted on the outside of the main building. The wreath hangs approximately 60 feet in the air, which makes it visible to all traffic passing by on I-81.

The rear of the building, where the entrance to the teaching hospital is located, is also decorated with a large wreath. We incorporate the old period poles on the gateway to the entrance into our design by adorning them with wreaths and pole wraps.

The inside of the teaching hospital features a giant lighted tree in front of the main stairway. We also enhance the railing behind the tree by adding our pine garland. There are many other items featured in the holiday décor program, including a large 30 ft. by 10 ft. wall banner and decorated sprays.

To see more pictures from our install, click the read more button.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

LIGHT UP Rosslyn

In 2009, Downtown Decorations worked with the Rosslyn Business Improvement District to switch its LIGHT UP Rosslyn program over to LED lighting. The program lights up the rooflines of most of the major buildings in Rosslyn, VA from early December to mid-January. Working with both the BID and the building owners, we installed over 20,000 LED bulbs and four miles of lightline. For more on the annual ceremony, click here. To see more photos, click on the read more button.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Men of a Certain Age

In 2010, Downtown Decorations was contacted by the set decorators for Ray Romano’s television series Men of a Certain Age. Being Everybody Loves Raymond fans, everyone here at the office was extremely excited to be part of the project.

The set decorators called us because they needed help with a scene for an upcoming episode that was taking place around Christmas. We advised them on what would look good in the scene and provided them with some giant bows and garland to help give it the perfect holiday look.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Downtown Decorations named 2013 CenterState CEO Economic Champion

We are excited to announce that we have been named a 2013 CenterState CEO Economic Champion. This is the second year in a row that we received the award from the CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity, a twelve-county business leadership and economic development organization based in Syracuse, New York.

According to CenterState CEO, Economic Champions are selected for hiring new employees; expanding or relocating due to growth; making capital expenditures; receiving special local, statewide or national awards; or celebrating a milestone or anniversary in the past year.

Later this month, we will be gathering with the other Economic Champions to celebrate during a special luncheon, which will feature keynote remarks from ESPN Executive Chairman George Bodenheimer.

Below, you can check out a commercial for CenterState CEO that our vice president, Garrett Peterson, was featured in last year.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Bulletin: Oct. 4

Source: Life

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Downtown Decorations' new facility

In October of 2012, Downtown Decorations bought a new building. As a growing company, we needed more space, and fast. So, we left our old rental on Deere Road for a new building twice the size. We began construction on our new Joy Road facility in January of 2013 and everything was finished up and move-in ready by April. Our senior designer, Abby Hagerty, came up with the design for the office. According to Abby, she focused on the following:

-Designing a floor plan to reflect the collaborative personality of Downtown Decorations
-Creating departments within the floor plan arrangement to increase productivity and efficiency
-Creating break out spaces where informal and impromptu meetings and collaborations can occur
-Having modern and clean finishes and fixtures with splashes of our brand colors (red, white, black)
-The ability to expand into the production area to accommodate the growing business

To see some before and after pictures of our new building, click on the read more button below. You can also check out an article that the Greater Syracuse Business Development Corporation wrote about our new building by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Dallas, Texas

You know the old saying, everything’s bigger in Texas. We definitely kept it in mind when designing this project in downtown Dallas. Back in 2010, we partnered with Magic Moments Parties and Events to create this holiday spectacular for the new Winspear Opera House. We provided a 30’ tree as a centerpiece and over 6 miles of lights for the existing trees throughout the property. To check out some more photos of the project, click on the read more button.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cazenovia, New York

In 2011 and 2012, we produced new unlit wreaths and garland for the Village of Cazenovia through the Cazenovia Garden Club. The small village of 2,835 people lies on the southeast shore of the beautiful Cazenovia Lake in Central New York. When we began to design the decor, we decided that it should match the sophisticated feel of the village. We came up with a simple yet elegant look that includes pine cones and red bows. To see more pictures, click on the read more button.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Desperate Housewives

In 2006, Downtown Decorations was contacted by Emmy Award-winning set director Erica Rogalla. Erica was working on Desperate Housewives at the time and needed our help designing a holiday scene for the show’s first Christmas episode, The Miracle Song. We gave Erica a crash course on holiday decor and created some wreath pole designs. To show her appreciation for our special consultant work, Erica sent us this card signed by the show’s leading ladies.

Photos from the episode:

Friday, September 20, 2013

Augusta, Georgia

In 2007, we were approached by the Augusta Downtown Development Authority to design a multi-year holiday décor program for the entire city of Augusta, Georgia. Best known for hosting The Masters golf tournament each year, August is the third-largest city and second-largest metropolitan area in the state of Georgia. When we were first contacted, the downtown area was in the process of a revitalization. They wanted to bring a fresh look to the city to get more visitors during the holidays.

We went down to Georgia to visit the site and worked with multiple city departments on the project. We first surveyed the downtown area and then presented a cohesive plan to get the most holiday impact within budget. The program consisted of:
  • Custom post over wreaths in key parks throughout the downtown
  • A custom made glitter mesh arch over the statue of James Brown on Broad Street
  • A custom made animated fountain of light built to sit in an existing fountain
  • Decorating a real giant tree in the downtown area with our lights and tree topper
  • Over 300 wreath and pole wraps on key streets throughout the downtown and city areas
  • Large pole wraps on main intersections throughout the city
After the décor was set up throughout the city, officials held a holiday celebration downtown that included a tree lighting, fireworks, Christmas parade, ice skating and an elf school for children. To check out some pictures of our décor and the holiday celebration, click the read more button below.

Before and After
Before and After
Before and After 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Notes from the VP: Top 5 Cape Cod beaches

As I stated in my last post, I’m a chaser of the endless summer and would ideally like to see winter on my own terms. I spend a lot of my summer on Cape Cod (don’t worry – I’m working remote), so as fall approaches, I thought I would lay out my top 5 favorite Cape Cod beaches.
Race Point (Source: The Weekender)
1. Race Point (South) - At the very tip of the cape lies Race Point Beach - my favorite National Seashore Beach and my favorite beach overall. I have my off road vehicle permit, so most weekends the Jeep Army heads to Race Point. With the ORV permit, we drive out onto the beach and away from the crowds of people on the cape. Beautiful and desolate, this beach lends itself to wide open spaces for frisbee, baseball, and just about any other beach activity. Few rocks and calm yet great surf.

Crowe's Pasture (Source: Sarah Fit)
2. Crowe’s Pasture - The second on the list is also an ORV beach. This Dennis town beach on the bay side features an amazing sand bar at low tide that stays out for about 3-4 hours. When the timing is right on a beautiful day, you can’t beat being able to drive right through the ocean, on to a sand bar and set up for the day. Grills, games, cold beers and warm water.
Cahoon Hollow (Source: Photo.net)
3. Cahoon Hollow What doesn’t this beach have? Amazing waves, beautiful views, a young party atmosphere and the world's greatest beach bar – The Beachcomber. Make sure your in line by 9:30 a.m. or the parking lot fills up. When you’re tired of the beach, trek up the hill and grab a Goombay Smash and fish tacos at the world’s friendliest bar.
Coast Guard Beach (Source: Fine Art America)
4. Coast Guard Beach - Don’t be put off by the tram to the beach. Once your past the tram issue, this is one of the top beaches in the world. Great surf, soft sand, and a lazy river to float down at the right time. The water is shockingly warm for an ocean beach and a quick hop back to my house.
White Crest (Source: Fine Art America)
5. White Crest - Located about a mile from Cahoon Hollow, this is the spot to hit when Cahoon is full. Don’t let the huge hill deter you, this is an amazing beach and usually a jumping off point to head to The Beachcomber. Usually a bit quieter than Cahoon, this still features the great surf and amazing sand dunes.


Garrett Peterson
Vice President
Downtown Decorations, Inc.