Kortman store windows bring holiday cheer to downtown

Staff Report

Downtown Rockford visitors and office workers have been given a visual treat this year with not only a grand Christmas tree on State Street, but also more lighted displays throughout the downtown area that haven’t been seen in years.

To enhance the downtown holiday experience, the creative team at ScaryHouse, concept artists Dan and Mari Gildea and Sam Cornn, have created charming, nostalgic and glamorous holiday windows at J.R. Kortman Center for Design that will certainly put Christmas cheer into this holiday season.

If you aren’t already in the holiday spirit, the glittering windows at J.R. Kortman take you to the Christmas fantasy world of the ‘Snow Palace,’” said co-owner Doc Slafkosky. “The windows present lovable ‘abominable snow monkeys’ guarding the revolving, sparkling palace of gifts from Grinches and Scrooges who want to take the joy out of this wonderful time of the year.”

The other Kortman window features a flashing “ferris wheel’ that displays more unique gift items that can be found in the store.

We wanted to bring back the fun of holiday window shopping to our downtown,” said Store Manager Nancy Froelich. “With the advent of the malls and big-box stores, this kind of holiday window experience has all but disappeared in Rockford.”

Co-owner Jerry Kortman added: “It’s great fun to watch both children and adults mesmerized by these charming windows. They have brought in a lot more traffic this year, which is great for business!”

J.R. Kortman Center for Design and Kortman Gallery are at 107 N. Main St., downtown Rockford. The store can be reached at (815) 968-0123.

From the Dec. 24-30, 2014, issue

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