Pickin’ Palace, Bitter Creek Brewing and Pretty in Pink Salon among the winners of the first Downtown First Awards

Pickin’ Palace, Bitter Creek Brewing and Pretty in Pink Salon among the winners of the first Downtown First Awards
The winners of the first Downtown First Awards were announced. They included, left to right, Pretty in Pink, Pickin’ Palace, Trina Dennis Brittain, Broadway Bargains, Alice Paul, Bitter Creek Brewing (2) and High Country Hearing Cent

ROCK SPRINGS- The Economic Restructuring committee of the Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency (URA) is pleased announce the recipients of the Downtown First Awards.

The Downtown First Awards recognize businesses, organizations and individuals who put downtown first through their commitments of time, advocacy and resources. The community was invited to nominate businesses, organizations, and individuals deserving of recognition. An independent selection committee then reviewed all of the nominations, selecting one winner in each category. There were 28 total nominations so narrowing in on one winner per category was no easy task. Winners were announced and the awards presented at the Rock Springs Main Street/URA’s annual volunteer recognition on April 14.

Winners included:

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• Outstanding Large Business – Bitter Creek Brewing (604 Broadway)
(with 10+ employees)
• Outstanding Small Business – Pickin’ Palace (553 North Front Street)
(with fewer than 10 employees)
• Outstanding New Business/Merchant – Pretty in Pink Salon (20 Elk Street)
(opened in 2014)
This award is presented to a business or merchant located within the Downtown Rock Springs focus area that has opened or relocated to the district in 2014.
• Outstanding Nonprofit Organization – Broadway Bargains (429 Broadway)
This award is presented to a 501(c)(3) organization within the Downtown Rock Springs focus area.
• Better Rock Springs Beautification Award – High Country Hearing Center (514 Broadway)
This award is presented to a business or property owner within the Downtown Rock Springs focus area that has made improvements to his/her property or who has otherwise contributed to the beautification of Downtown Rock Springs
• Outstanding Individual – Trina Dennis Brittain (Bi-Rite)
(within a Company or Organization)
This award is presented to an individual who, as a representative of his/her company or organization, serves to enhance the downtown experience.
• Outstanding Volunteer – Alice Paul
This award is presented to an individual or group whose volunteerism within the Downtown Rock Springs focus area enhances the downtown experience

The Rock Springs Main Street/URA is charged with the redevelopment of Downtown Rock Springs. As part of their mission, there are four standing committees – Economic Restructuring, Organization, Promotions and Design. For more information visit DowntownRS.com or call 307-352-1434.