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Beach, fishing village win downtown Kingsport decorating contest

Matthew Lane • Aug 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM

KINGSPORT — To come up with the perfect front window display for a downtown decorating contest, Sea Oddities owner Cathy Cope drew her inspiration from a number of sources. Literally.

Two bags of sand from a neighbor, a palm tree and lobster trap borrowed from her mother, some actual sale items from her store, a few shutters from home and a couple of plastic chairs from Lowe’s.

In all, the front window display cost her about $12.

“However, I spent about 10 hours working on both windows,” Cope admitted, laughing. “I spent three hours one night doing one side, then the next day moved everything over to the other window.”

The end result, she was happy with. And all her hard work paid off as Sea Oddities snagged the top spot in the Downtown Kingsport Association’s Summer Window Decorating Contest.

Melissa Sanders, executive director of the DKA, said 15 downtown businesses participated in this year’s contest.

“It was not easy to decide, as they were all fantastic,” Sanders said.

The contest is simply an effort to encourage local businesses to showcase their creativity and create a more enjoyable and engaging experience while walking the blocks of downtown. And stay tuned, Sanders noted, for the Fall Window Decorating Contest. It’s theme will be “Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice.”

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