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Holiday tradition continues at Triplitt Pharmacy

| November 14, 2013
Triplitt’s: Laurie Hill has had the privilege of decorating the front windows at Triplitt Pharmacy for the past two years. Every year, a completely different holiday display comes to life in the windows. Beacon photo by Josie Sellers

Triplitt’s: Laurie Hill has had the privilege of decorating the front windows at Triplitt Pharmacy for the past two years. Every year, a completely different holiday display comes to life in the windows. Beacon photo by Josie Sellers

COSHOCTON – Main Street might not have big stores to do your holiday shopping at anymore, but one tradition from downtown remains the same. Every year, people can look forward to seeing a beautiful Christmas display in the front windows of Triplitt Pharmacy.

“It’s a totally different window every year,” said Cindy Triplitt-Vasilakos, who is part owner of the business along with her sister Teresa Kirker.

The business has been in existence for 85 years and the tradition of decorating the windows was started by one of the past pharmacists and Jean Triplitt, Triplitt-Vasilakos and Kirker’s mother.

“Mom has the final say (on the window) and lets us know if it’s too crowded or if something is off a little bit,” Triplitt-Vasilakos said.

Laurie Hill has had the privilege of decorating the window for the past two years.

“I do it for all the holidays and seasons,” she said. “I love decorating. I love thinking of what I want things to look like in my head, adding things in, taking things out and then seeing the final look.”

This year, one of the front windows has a red and silver whimsical theme and the other one is gold and silver and Victorian.

“Every year, I try to be a little different than before and top the last window,” Hill said.

Her big project this year was creating a twinkling sky for the display.

“I reused trellises from the fall scene,” Hill said. “This is the first time I tried to make a cloud.”

She also planned to work a silver train, Santa and packages and a sleigh into the holiday display.

“I get so excited,” Hill said. “We have people come in that aren’t customers to tell us how beautiful they (the windows) are.”

It typically takes Hill a week to complete her decorating.

“I’ve know her all my life and wherever she’s worked, she’s done store displays,” Triplitt-Vasilakos said. “It just seemed natural for when she came here to use her talents on the windows. She takes off with it and really enjoys it. People enjoy seeing it too and often want to buy the merchandise that is in them so it’s also a good marketing concept.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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