QUEANBEYAN City Council and the local NAB branch have sponsored a heritage-themed window dressing competition over recent weeks as part of the 175th birthday celebrations.
Many businesses entered some grand designs and vivid colours in the competition, with some stand outs being the Salvation Army, Nouveau Riche, Main Street Shoes, Entire Physio and Annie's Cake Shop.
Annie's cake shop in particular has had some positive reactions. Owner Lorraine Kiewiet has a display of historical memorabilia that she has collected over many years.
"While I am working, some people just stop by and admire my window," she said.
Some precious items include letters from her grandfather to his mother dating back to 1874.
And there's an array of fine china, bread tins and cheese plates, alongside some other interesting items.
"Most people would throw away those glass bottles but I'm just a hoarder and I keep everything," she said.
"I can't part with anything like this because it contains so much of our history."
Al Bevan at Entire physio put his creative thinking cap on and incorporated physiotherapy, naturopathy and massage into the 175th birthday.
A skeleton hanging on Entire Physio's front window flexing its biceps to symbolise the idea of "175 years strong."
Mr Bevan said, "We have had some positive feedback. Our Canberra clients think we are showing off for Queanbeyan's birthday."
Businesses like Main Street Shoes flaunted colour and Nouveau Riche showed off elegance, while the Salvation Army really just showed off Queanbeyan.
"The whole piece is Queanbeyan because people in Queanbeyan are so diverse," Karin Lee, manager of the Salvation Army said.
The theme displayed through the large glass window focusses on 175 years of fashion, starting from the birth of Queanbeyan in 1838, right through to contemporary styles.
Ms Lee said, "It's unique because here we have the opportunity to have stuff from all different eras."
Winners will be announced as part of the birthday celebrations on Saturday.