Thame High Street retailers got creative last week, with 11 shops taking part in a competition that saw them styling their shop windows to tie in with the 1940s theme of this year’s Carnival.
Green’s Furnishings (4-5 Upper High St, Thame) was crowned the winner of the first ever ‘Dress to Impress’ competition, judged by Mayor Tom Wyse and Lucy Wyatt, one of the carnival organisers. This winning display used the 1940’s theme to both promote the Carnival and seamlessly link in with the extensive range of Haberdashery products that they sell. Austins of Thame and Thame Jewellery workshop both received Special Commendations, with the staff of Thame Jewellery Workshop going the extra mile and dressing in costume on the day, to match their display.
Each year teams of volunteers work hard to run events in the Town Centre that engage the whole community. This competition aims to see Thame’s retailers joining in to make the sense of occasion even bigger. ‘It was great to see so many shops taking part in our community event,’ said Mayor Tom Wyse. ‘The competition entries were all of a very high standard, and are definitely worth the short walk around Thame to appreciate the effort and creativity that has gone into them’.
The other shops who took part were Baban, Helen & Douglas House, Oxfam, Oxfam Bookshop, Piece of Cake, Shaw Trust, The Book House, and What’s Cooking.
The next ‘Dress to Impress’ competition will take place in the run up to Thame Town Music Festival on 8th July, so look out for some ‘music’ themed windows to amaze and inspire.
If you are a shop owner and want to take part, please contact Becky firstname.lastname@example.org.