BEST WINDOW DISPLAY (2000)

Burch Pharmacy

Walk into this Burch Pharmacy and find yourself transported back to the 1950s or thereabouts. They have lots of food, much of which will bring back memories--like those little wienies packed in that weird, salty yellow broth; all that's missing is a soda fountain. Several of the employees have been working here for years and they're not shy about giving advice, whether you're choosing a snack or inspecting boxes of hair color. "Oh hon, your hair looks pretty just the way it is. Don't touch it." Every two or three months, a couple of these devoted ladies climb up into each of the four front windows to create a new display--a process that can take days to complete. Right now, a mix of loosely connected themes awaits the would-be shopper: Window number one, which faces Sebastian Joe's, features a wide assortment of Looney Tunes characters hanging in crucifixionlike poses on a background of faded purple construction paper while character-emblazoned coffee cups, canteens, and key chains crowd the shelf below. Window number two is jammed full of stuffed animals, puzzles, and T-shirts, with an assortment of bald-eagle collectible plates and pewter sculptures thrown in. Window three has a junior-high theme complete with locker note pads, magnets, and picture frames that say "disco queen" and "girlfriend." But the pièce de résistance is the last window, which faces Hennepin Avenue. A big log draped with fake greenery serves as a makeshift rainforest, while stuffed monkeys hang from the log and stuffed tigers dot the jungle floor, flanked by scruffy-looking raccoons. Raccoons?