Business in Lights winners announced

IRON RIVER—In celebration of the holiday season, the Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance, with support from the Crystal Falls Business Association and Iron River DDA, organized a commercial lighting and decorating contest called “Business in Lights.”
    Any Iron County business was eligible to enter, and entry was free.
    “Our goal was to incentivize businesses to beautify the downtown areas of Iron County for the holiday season and encourage the community to patronize locally-owned businesses for their holiday shopping,” said Chamber Director Erika Lindwall, who spearheaded the event.
    Twenty-three Iron County businesses signed up (or were nominated) to participate, and judging was held via Facebook, where anyone could “like” a photo of the business whose display they thought was the best.
    The top businesses from each downtown district were awarded $250 to be used in advertising of the media of their choice.
    The top Iron River area business was U.P. Riverland Realty located at 330 West Adams Street. U.P. Riverland Realty’s display included a gingerbread house theme and many colorful lights.
    The top Crystal Falls area business was Curious Pig located at 117 South Fifth Street. Its display included lights on upper and lower levels of the business along with many of its trees and bushes.
    A tour map for an organized viewing of all the entries is available to the public at the Chamber office in Iron River or online on the Facebook page of the Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance.