Downtown’s best honored at the 'Downtownys'

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. hosted the 10th Annual Downtown Eau Claire Awards - The Downtownys - last night at The Lismore Hotel.

Outstanding Achievement Award
Presented to an individual or organization that has made significant and consistent contributions to the development and advancement of Downtown Eau Claire.

We were excited this year to honor Bob McCoy with the Outstanding Achievement Award. Bob recently retired after serving 23 years as President and CEO of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. He has supported the Downtown and its businesses through his advocacy and work, including locating the Chamber in a new building along the Eau Claire River.

Member of the Year
Presented to a Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. Member that had a significant positive impact to Downtown and our organization in 2017.

We were excited this year to honor Red’s Mercantile with the Member of the Year Award. Red’s Mercantile and owner Becca Cooke were instrumental in the creation of the Downtown Enhancement Grant, and is supportive of small businesses by hosting pop-ups, workshops, and through the Red Letter Grant award to women entrepreneurs.

Volunteer of the Year
Presented to an individual that had a significant positive impact to Downtown and Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. in 2017.

We were excited this year to honor Julia Johnson with the Volunteer of the Year Award. Julia selflessly volunteers her time throughout all of Downtown, whether it’s by pulling weeds or being part of the creative team for Downtown branding. She also chairs the North Barstow/Medical Business Improvement District (BID) Board, serves on the DECI and South Barstow BID Boards, and is a tireless advocate for all things Downtown.

Best Business
Awarded to any business or organization located in Downtown Eau Claire during 2017

Winner
• Ramone’s Ice Cream Parlor

Finalists
• Royal Credit Union
• Tangled Up In Hue
• Eau Claire Games and Arcade
• Ramone’s Ice Cream Parlor
• Blue Ox Running

Best Event
Awarded to any event held within Downtown Eau Claire during 2017.

Winner
• Prex Claires & Oxbeaux

Finalists
• Light Up Eau Claire
• Prex Claires & Oxbeaux
• International Fall Festival
• Rock the Riverfront
• Sounds Like Summer Concert Series

Best New Business
Awarded to a business or organization that opened in Downtown during 2017.

Winner
• Ramone’s Ice Cream Parlor

Finalists
• Moonrise Aerials
• Blue Boxer Arts
• Ramone’s Ice Cream Parlor
• Blue Ox Running
• Property Shoppe Realty

Best New Renovation
Awarded to a business or organization for the renovation of an existing location completed in 2017.

Winner
• Ramone’s Ice Cream Parlor

Finalists
• Trust Point
• Ramone’s Ice Cream Parlor
• JB Systems
• Eau Claire Games and Arcade
• Tangled Up In Hue

Best New Development
Awarded to a development owner for a new construction development project completed in 2017.

Winner
• Carson Park Causeway

Finalists
• Cannery District Trail
• Chippewa Street Student Housing Development
• Aspenson Mogensen Hall
• Carson Park Causeway
• Phoenix Park Bridge Lighting