‘Frozen in Time’ brings shoppers, movie buffs downtown

Lights, camera - freeze! Downtown Grand Haven merchants transformed their storefront windows into movie scenes Saturday afternoon for a "Frozen in Time' event.
Kyle Moroney
Feb 13, 2012

 

The two-hour event, sponsored by the Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority, featured live mannequins — some who moved and interacted with passersby, while others simply froze a pose.

Grand Haven Township resident Chelsea Schipper donned a short blonde wig and pink dress, and sometimes puckered up, in Down To Earth’s storefront window — depicting legendary icon Marilyn Monroe from “My Week with Marilyn.”

“I thought it would be fun and I wanted to help support my favorite clothing store,” said Schipper, 29. “People have been giving me a ‘thumbs up’ — some try to get me to move or try to scare me.”

Sholeh Veiseh — owner of Down To Earth, 105 Washington — designed the storefront with vintage flair of the 1950s, mirroring the look of Monroe’s dressing room.

“It has that old Hollywood glamour look to it,” Veiseh said. “My store is about fashion and (Monroe) was an icon of fashion.”

To see more photos from the event, click here.

Despite cold temperatures and blowing snow, people walked along Washington Avenue peering through the 22 participating stores as they filled out ballots matching movie names to the stores for raffle prizes.

Some of the movies that were “Frozen in Time” included “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Cat in the Hat,” “The Great Gatsby” and “The Birds.”

A group of Fruitport High School students gathered together at Guitar Haven, 115 Washington, and jammed to classic tunes to portray “School of Rock.”

“We’re freezing, unfreezing and interacting with the crowd,” 17-year-old Sarah Harken said as she lip-synched into the microphone.

“A lot of people are having fun with it,” said Guitar Haven owner Dave Johnson.

Grand Haven resident Pam Ronning enjoyed the window scenes with her daughter-in-law, Brandy Ronning; and granddaughter, Brooklyn. They had about half of their ballot filled out when they declared that “Shrek” was one of their favorites.

The event was held to liven up downtown Grand Haven during its wintry “shoulder season,” said DDA Director Dana Kollewehr. She estimated that the event drew about 300 people to the downtown street, with about 100 people turning in ballot cards.

“I think people were enjoying looking in the windows and seeing what movies they were portraying,” Kollewehr said. “I was amazed by the exciting level of enthusiasm from all the stores.”

The window at MacKite, 106 Washington, took onlookers back to 1961 with a surf scene from Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii.” With guitar in hand, Josh Mitchell — dressed in colorful shorts, a Hawaiian shirt and lei — to portrayed Elvis.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” the 20-year-old Grand Haven man said, admitting that he has gotten a “fair amount” of laughter from window gawkers.

Jody Wolters, 33, held chocolate up to her mouth as pieces of chocolate bunnies lay in her lap inside Santo Stefano del Lago, 12 Washington. She was dressed as a chocolate-obsessed man from the movie “Chocolat.”

“People have offered to lick my fingers,” the West Olive woman laughed — still in character.

“We chose that movie because we’re all about chocolate,” said store owner Nicki Schroeder. “I think it brought a lot of people downtown.”

The storefronts were judged by Kollewehr, Grand Haven Mayor Geri McCaleb and Fire Barn Gallery curator Chris Protas.

An award ceremony followed the mid-afternoon event at Studio 206, where Creative Fringe’s (201 Washington) “Dumb and Dumber” scene was announced as the winner.

 

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