Rebecca’s wins downtown decoration contest

Posted Dec. 22, 2008, at 11:55 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A 200-year-old sleigh.

Nearly 100 feet of handmade garland.

And one hand-painted mural by Colette King.

Just days before Christmas, Rick Vigue could almost sing a carol about the storefront of his downtown gift shop, Rebecca’s, which just won the Bangor Center Corp.’s holiday decoration contest.

Nearly 200 of the 1,000 votes in the contest went to Rebecca’s.

The co-owner of the shop said he has been pleasantly surprised at how many people heard about the prize and called to congratulate him and his wife, Rebecca Vigue.

“It was really nice that people seemed to appreciate it this year,” Vigue said Monday.

In addition to the recognition, the Vigues won $1,000 in advertising from the corporation, which works to revitalize the city’s downtown.

“I think the contest went very well,” said Sally Bilancia, the business and economic development officer for the city of Bangor and the city’s liaison to the Bangor Center Corp.

“They have a really great display down there,” Bilancia said of Rebecca’s.

Shoppers and other members of the public voted in the contest, and 25 of those who cast ballots won something themselves — a gift certificate to local businesses.

Part of the corporation’s mission is to get more people downtown, Bilancia said.

Something seems to be working, according to Rick Vigue.

“This year more than ever, we’ve had people shopping locally,” he said. “People are trying to support us. … And we really need the support of the local people.”

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