Their love radiates

Alyssa Sutton wrote a winning tribute to her love for her husband Levi, shown here in wedding photo. Submitted.

The Gilroy Downtown Business Association announced winners of its second annual “Downtown is for Lovers” essay contest and promotion.

Alyssa Sutton wrote the winning essay about her continuing romance with husband Levi. The winner was selected by judges at the Gilroy Dispatch from multiple entries.

The couple won a gift basket donated by an assortment of downtown Gilroy businesses, with items including gift cards, services and products.

Rack cards highlighting all the offers and specials at downtown businesses were distributed throughout the community. Participating businesses include: Garlic City Mercantile, Old City Hall, Los Pericos, itty bitty Beauty Boutique, Amoretto Boutique, Shag Beauty Bar, Studio Three, Station 55, FACT Fitness, Limelight Actors Theater, Leedo Art and Frame, Robot Shark, BookBuyers, Café 152 Bread Co., Kutz and Colors, Predators Archery, Frank’s Barber Shop, Gilroy Vacuum Center and Nimble Thimble.

Here is the winning essay:

“We fell head over heels for each other the first day we laid eyes on each other. We had our first date at the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk. We spent that first date holding hands and kissing on the Ferris wheel. Ever since that day we haven’t gone a day without talking to each other. Even with our hectic work lives we still make time to add to our love story. He spends his days on a firetruck, I spend mine answering 911 calls. We may only get to see each other once or twice a week sometimes, but those days are the best days of my life. We bought our first house together here in this amazing garlic city. We love spending out nights together at our favorite restaurants and shops in town. We love going on bike rides to get ice cream or just enjoy the daylight together. We’re newlyweds that argue like an old couple, but we are also newlyweds that love like an old married couple. We share our love and hope our love we have for each other can radiate to everyone around us.”