The second annual Oro Valley business decoration contest has announced its winner for 2010 — San Carlos Grill in the Oro Valley Marketplace near Oracle and Tangerine roads.

Tied for second place were Rancho Vistoso Dental and Oro Valley Audiology, Inc.

“Other honorable mentions were ATA Black Belt Karate, Shear Expressions and Oro Valley Eyecare,” said Mary Davis, the communications administrator for Oro Valley. “San Carlos Grill will receive a full-page of advertising in The Explorer newspaper and a year’s membership in the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce for 2011. Thanks to all the Oro Valley businesses that joined with us this year.”

In November, the town asked local businesses to participate by uniquely decorating both the inside and outside of their establishment. The seasonal competition began last year in the hopes of “bringing the community into the holiday spirit and to bring customers into the businesses,” said Amanda Jacobs, the economic development manager for the town.

A panel of judges decided the winners, a change from last year’s method of accepting write-in votes.

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