Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wild Waves Theme Park

In 2012, Downtown Decorations began working with Wild Waves Theme Park in Federal Way, Washington. Wild Waves, which originally opened as The Enchanted Village in 1977, is the largest combination water park and amusement park in the entire Pacific Northwest. Thousands flock to the theme park each year to enjoy thrill rides, water slides and entertainment. In addition to all of the summer fun, the park stays open in December and January for the Wild Waves Theme Park Holiday with Lights. During this time, the park transforms into a glowing wonderland, featuring over 1 million lights. In the center of all of the holiday décor stands a giant tree from Downtown Decorations. In 2012, we designed the huge 24 ft. tree lit with almost 10,000 cool white lights. On top of that, we produced a 4 ft. snowburst topper to add some additional pop. Officials at Wild Waves loved the tree so much that they wanted to add more of it in 2013. Since all of Downtown Decorations' trees are completely customizable, we were able to create a 6 ft. extension, bringing the tree to 30 ft. in height. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mashpee Commons

For the past four years, Downtown Decorations has been working with Mashpee Commons, a 278,946 sq. ft. open-air shopping center located on Cape Cod in the city of Mashpee, Massachusetts. The unique outdoor complex has over 95 stores that include both national retailers and local mom-and-pops. Mashpee Commons is also well known for its New England style design, which has won many awards and recognitions over the years.

Downtown Decorations first designed banners for the commons back in 2010 and then again in 2012. We think the simple yet stylish design of the banners adds a nice touch to the world renowned shopping center.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fredericksburg, Texas

In 2011, the City of Fredericksburg, Texas contacted Downtown Decorations to create a full holiday décor program for their downtown. Officials wanted a program that would really enhance holiday tourism in the city.

Our design team first decided to brighten up the space by adding a ton of lights to their already existing trees. We placed 2,000 sets of LED lights on 40 trees. In addition to the trees, we added lights to the rooflines of the downtown buildings. Overall, we produced more than 24,000 ft. of lights for the city.

Next, we added 80 five ft. side mount pole wreaths and 40 3 ft. center mount pole wreaths to the light poles throughout their downtown. Each wreath also contained a red bow and lights to add even more pop.

We then added 10 sets of custom cross street décor to hang over their main streets. This was to increase the visual appeal outside of where the majority of the lights were located.

Lastly, we created the center piece of the whole décor package - a huge 30 ft. double lit ornamented artificial tree with a giant 5 ft. custom star topper.

We absolutely love the way this project turned out. As you can see in the pictures below, the full décor package not only illuminates their downtown, but creates a captivating holiday environment.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

One Christmas Eve

Later this year, viewers will be able to see Downtown Decorations' banners in the new holiday movie, "One Christmas Eve." The made-for-TV movie starring Anne Heche is being produced for Hallmark Hall of Fame and ABC. In "One Christmas Eve," Heche plays a newly divorced mom having some unexpected adventures the night before Christmas, according to Winnipeg Free Press. Filming took place last month in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and the movie is set to air on ABC during the 2014 holiday season.

We can't wait to see our decor on TV again and we are extremely excited to be part of this project. Below are some of the banner designs you will be able to spot in the movie! To see more of our holiday banners, click here.

Behind the scenes of "One Christmas Eve" via executive producer Brent Shields.

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Bulletin: May 2

Source: LIFE

  • 10 Best Cities For Today's College Graduates (CNBC)
  • Google Now Can Tell What Stores Your Mall Has To Shop In (Android Headlines)
  • CityLove: Tour Atlanta By Instagram (NTHP)
  • May Downtown Of The Month: Corning's Gaffer District (IDA)
  • With Luxury Brands, Outlet Centers Give Malls A Run For Their Money (Los Angeles Times)

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Conference Season

It's that time of year again. Over the next few weeks, Downtown Decorations will be setting up at some major conferences across the United States. Attendees will have the chance to stop by and chat with our president, vice president, and some of our sales reps at conferences in Saratoga Springs, Detroit and Las Vegas.

First up is the New York Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials' Annual Meeting, Training School and Expo. This event, which will be held from May 4-6 at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, New York, will provide an opportunity for mayors, managers, trustees, council members, attorneys, finance officers and clerks to network with peers from other communities and connect with businesses from across New York state. We are proud to be a local New York company and look forward to meeting and collaborating with municipalities from across the state.

Next is the National Main Streets Conference. This conference will take place from May 18-20 in downtown Detroit, Michigan. This event will feature over a dozen mobile workshops, 60 education sessions and several special events. According to National Main Streets' website, the conference will also offer important lessons on resilience, innovation and hard work, all of which exemplify the Main Street movement across the country and can be seen first-hand in Detroit. We encourage attendees to stop by our booth (#505) to say hello and drop off their business card for a chance to win $500 off of a $1,000 order from Downtown Decorations.

Last but not least, we will be attending ICSC RECon. The massive Global Retail Real Estate Convention presented by the International Council of Shopping Centers will take place from May 18-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to ICSC's website, RECon is the global convention for the shopping center industry and provides networking, deal making and educational opportunities for retail real estate professionals from around the world. The event will have over 1,000 exhibitors and more than 33,000 attendees, making it the largest industry convention in the world. We are excited to meet with attendees from across the globe to discuss their decor plans and any questions they may have.