Every year at the annual Monroe Downtown sponsorship dinner, sponsors get an update on how local downtown businesses have done, what events were held with the assistance of sponsorship dollars, what new plans are on the horizon downtown and which business were recognized for contributions to the success of the downtown area.
Business of the Year is an award that celebrates innovative business concepts that attract customers and additional investment to downtown.
This award went to the combined businesses of Revolutionaries Market and Coffee Camper. Bonnie Getchell and Crystal Padilla were on hand to receive the award for their contributions to the downtown area. Getchell opened Revolutionaries Market in 2016 on East Washington in a smaller location, but at the end of 2017 it moved into 101 N. Broad, the location previously occupied by Rinse Bath and Body. At that time, the business was joined by Padilla with Coffee Camper and the concept of the joint coffee and shopping experience came to downtown Monroe.
The Golden Hammer Award recognizes excellence in renovation and remodeling of buildings in downtown. This year, this award went to Scoops, the ice cream shop that is the latest contribution by Melvin and Melissa Music, the downtown business owners who also brought the Story Shop to the area. Photos were shared by Monroe Downtown showing the renovations that changed the bookstore to what is now a popular ice cream shop. Even the outdoor parking area was renovated to include an attractive outdoor dining space.
The final award went to Nan O’Kelly. Charles Sanders presented this award to O’Kelly in recognition of her “selfless service to the betterment of downtown for citizens and visitors.”
Also shared at the dinner was the following new businesses to or businesses that expanded in the downtown area of Monroe.