Birmingham Merchants The Great Decorate – Birmingham Merchants decorate the town in a unique competition to benefit local foster children. This holiday season, the Birmingham Shopping District will host The Great Decorate, a holiday tree decorating competition in which restaurants and retail stores will partner with local artists to create spectacular holiday trees and compete to win a small business grant – all while raising awareness and funds for local foster teens. Each decorated tree represents one local foster teen selected in partnership with the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), a statewide information and referral service for families interested in adoption.
As visitors come to shop, dine and stroll through downtown Birmingham from November 27 – December 24, they are encouraged to view the uniquely decorated trees on display at each venue and vote for their favorite by donating any amount in person or online at thegreatdecorate.com. All donations made through The Great Decorate non-profit are tax deductible and will be divided equally among each of the foster teens. As of today, participating merchants include: Hazel, Ravines & Downtown, fab’rik Birmingham, Harp’s Lingerie, Urban Wick Candle Bar, Greenleaf Trust, Social Kitchen & Bar, 220 Merrill, Churchill’s, Luxe Bar & Grill, Market North End, Gazelle Sports, St. Croix Shop, Salvatorre Scallopini, Sidecar Slider Bar, Streetside Seafood, Townhouse Bistro, The Morrie, Toast, Steele Angel, TENDER, Astrein’s Creative Jewelry, Figo Salon, Birch Roots, Primi Piatti, Bridal Couture of Birmingham, Sorrentia’s Salon, The Townsend Hotel, Adachi and Casa Pernoi. This list will continue to grow in the coming days as organizers anticipate over 40 participants and expect to raise about $2,000 per teen to be distributed just in time for the holidays.
For more information, please visit thegreatdecorate.com. Due to the rapidly changing environment, we encourage everyone to regularly check the website for the latest updates on event information, voting and more.