Historic Downtown Oregon City

The non-profit Main Street Oregon City presented two awards to downtown businesses today as historic Downtown Oregon City prepares for Trick or Treat on Main Street on Friday, October 30th.

Trick or Treat on Main Street is an annual event in downtown Oregon City where visitors are invited to spend the evening trick or treating from storefront to storefront. This year the event is being held Friday October 30th the day before Halloween because that is when the majority of businesses and offices downtown are open. (More candy for the kids.)

The first award, presented to the business owner with the best overall Halloween and seasonal decorations in their storefront, was the Golden Pumpkin Award. More than 16 downtown business owners decorated their windows with seasonal or Halloween themed decorations this year.  The Golden Pumpkin Award was given to Madco Draperies and Floor Covering at 818 Main Street.  Jeannette Helley and Sharon Brownson decorated their storefront windows with Halloween illustrations and created a graveyard inside their store. “We love Halloween, we’re big on Halloween,” said Sharon Brownson. “We’ve been decorating homes throughout Portland for 30 years. It’s nice to have fun with our own storefront too.”

Other storefronts also impressed the panel of volunteer judges. The curbside graveyard and costumes of staff at Dutch Brothers Coffee on the corner of Main Street and 10th Street received special recognition. Muno’s Bakery at 616 Main Street received recognition for showcasing baked goods decorated as creepy spiders and Halloween themed imagery.  Busch Furniture Store at 804 Main Street received recognition for the high quality of craftsmanship and detail that went into their Halloween decorations.“It’s exciting to see business owners get into the spirit of things and do something really creative with their storefront windows,” said Lloyd Purdy, Downtown Manager for Oregon City.

Shawna Holder of Angel Ink Tattoo Studio and School Also, a special award was given to Angel Ink Tattoo Studio at 508 Main Street.  Owner, Shawna Holder and her students received the first ever Tattooed Pumpkin Award for their storefront display and their tattooed pumpkins. Angel Ink Tattoo Studio’s students, Erin Geiger and Jesse Olmsted, took on the challenge of tattooing a pumpkin as a project that helps prepare them on working with people. They designed their own graphic, transferred the graphic to the skin of the pumpkin, inked an outline and shaded the artwork just as if they were working on skin.  Each pumpkin took about four hours of work.

Angel Ink Tattoo Studio and School is a licensed Department of Education Tattoo school in downtown Oregon City.  Shawna Holder has been in business for almost 9 years. Angel Ink Tattoo Studio has been at its Main Street location almost two years and has offered training to aspiring tattoo artists for just over 16 months.

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