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Posted: February 6, 2018 Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. To Host The Downtownys

Eau Claire, Wis. – Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. (DECI) is excited to host the 10th Annual Downtown Eau Claire Awards. The Downtownys will take place Thursday, February 22rd at 5:00pm at The Lismore.

“The Downtown Eau Claire Awards is a chance for the whole community to come together and celebrate the amazing revitalization that is happening Downtown,” said Mike Schatz, Executive Director of Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. “Over 125 business and community leaders, Downtown enthusiasts and residents, will be on hand as we honor twenty-five finalists and present eight awards to Downtown’s best and brightest.”

The elegant evening includes a cocktail reception, plated dinner, dessert from Ramone’s Ice Cream Parlor, entertainment by Audacious A Cappella and a Jazz Combo from UW-Eau Claire, and the awards presentation. Registration is $35 and includes dinner. Registration is open through Sunday, February 11th at www.DowntownEauClaire.org.

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 are 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 are 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 are 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. This year’s finalists are:

  • 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. This year’s finalists are:

  • 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. This year’s finalists are:

  • 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. This year’s finalists are:

  • 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. This year’s finalists are:

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

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