Posted: March 13, 2014 DECI Gives Honors
At the Annual Awards Dinner on Feb. 26, 2014 Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. honored many businesses, people, and organizations.
More than 550 people voted in our Awards survey in several categories. Downtown Eau Claire selected a few people and merchants to honor as well.
This is how we bestowed our awards on February 26, 2014.
This year’s Development of the year Award went to JAMF Software. JAMF is scheduled to open later this year with all of its works stations having views of a beautiful park. There will be water bottle filters, LED light fixtures, locally sourced materials, and even waterless urinals. Accepting the award from JAMF Software is Chief Culutural Officer: Jason Wudi.
The renovation of the year award went to Children’s Museum of Eau Claire. located on South Barstow. The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire added on a second level which has a John Deere tractor and a cow you can milk. Kids can also explore the Northwoods and live out some real Wisconsin dreams. Kids can pack their Jeep for a pretend camping trip, then pitch a tent when they arrive, and go fishing.Accepting the award for the Children's Museum of Eau Claire is Michelle Harris.
Best New Business & Best in Customer Service- Downtown Retail awards went to A Fun Dye Factory located on E. Madison St. She opened shop on October 24 of this past year. Not only can you go to A Fun Dye Factory to tie dye things for yourself, but you can also plan a birthday party! Every party held at A Fun Dye Factory comes with homemade cupcakes. Bobbi Potter and her employee accepted the awards for both Best New Business and Best in Customer Service- Downtown Retail.
For the fourth year in a row the award for Best in Customer Service- Downtown Restaurants went to Houligans Steak and Seafood Pub. This past year Houligans celebrated their 12th year of business. With their energetic staff they served anywhere between 300 to 500 people a week; and their most popular item being fresh fish. Co-Owners Jon Seyold and Guy Logan accepted the award for Houligans.
The award for Best Annual Event went to DECI’s International Fall Festival. This year is the 38th year the International Fall Festival will be taking place. DECI is very proud to put together such an event for the community. Every year there is a downtown parade, local entertainment, a variety of food, one hundred vendors that line S. Barstow St, a show by the Blugold Marching Band, and flags from across the globe!
Best in Customer Service – Downtown Service Industry went to Nicole’s Salon & Spa. They have been in the downtown area since 2011 when they moved from off of Clairemont Ave. during Labor Day weekend to the downtown area.
The award for Volunteer of the Year went to John Hegenbart. In the spring of 2011, John was asked to help load 400 hot dogs, 400 buns, 400 bottles of water, 400 cookies, dozens of bags of chips, hundreds of trash bags, disposable gloves, and some petunias, for good measure, for the Our City Spring Clean-Up. Since 2011, John has helped with every event including: three Our City’s Spring Clean-Ups, three Summer Fests, three International Fall Festivals, and three Christmastime in the Citys. John Hegenbart accepted his award for Volunteer of the Year.
The Above and Beyond awards was awarded to Zach Halmstad from JAMF Software. Zach has been a visionary in our community and shows commitment like no one else. Zach is a 35-year-old entrepreneur that has a vistion of revitalization for Downtown Eau Claire. His first choice to build a brand new office of JAMF Software near RCU, while being excited to have proximity to the services, businesses, housing and outdoor activities within walking distance of the workplace, and also be a part of a thriving downtown.
While being in the Eau Claire area, John has pledged $500- thousand to the Confluence Project and challenged others to get behind the project as well. In January, the Eau Claire North grad and UW- Eau Claire alum announced that the Pablo Properties he leads, brought the former Ramada Convention Center and had plans to remodel it and reopen it by the end of 2014. Not only has he done all that but along with musician Justin Vernon, Volume One publisher Nick Meyer, Ben Richgruber, and Stuart Sandler, have purchased the Green Tree Inn and Suites, and will refurbish the rooms, turning it into a boutique hotel. And of course he expects his own company of JAMF Software of up to 300 employees.