Berkeley Springs decks it up right

December 05, 2004|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Berkeley Springs business community is dressed for the holidays.

Businesses decorated their windows, doors and inside their shops, and they were ready for Yule Weekend, which began Friday. The Yule Weekend theme was "Holiday Stars."

"This was a great kickoff promotion for Berkeley Springs." said Laura Smith, administrator of Travel Berkeley Springs.

There were about 75 caroling schoolchildren on Washington Street Friday night, and even Santa Claus - played by local businessman Jim Hoyt - was there, Smith said.

Travel Berkeley Springs chose the winners of the decorating contest on Friday.

The Door and Window category was won by The Rag Shop. Atasia Spa took second place and Homeopathy Works took third.


The Exterior category was won by Tony's Butcher Block. Leona's Pet Grooming took second place and CJ Floral took third.

Smith said the Foxglove Garden Club had great decorations in Berkeley Springs State Park and on the new office building of the Morgan County sheriff.

"They did a lot of work," she said.

Tari Hampe-Deneen displays vintage holiday decorations in her restaurant, Tari's Premier Caf on Washington Street. She said she has more than 500 elves and pixies from 1940 through the 1960s. Vintage light-up Santas are on shelves and she has a retro and vintage collection of Santa and his reindeer in the dining room.

The newer dining area displays a spinning aluminum silver tree with all antique ornaments, Hampe-Deneen said. A color wheel sits underneath the tree that lights it up, since "strings of lights would melt it," she said. Color wheels came out in the early 1960s, she said.

Some businesses have extended their hours for holiday shopping. Nature Niche is open an extra hour, and Doug True of Treasures and Treats said if people are out shopping, they will stay open to accommodate them, too.

"The main goal is to remind the community there are lots of shopping opportunities in their back yard," Smith said.

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