Dave Petroelje, left, and Edwin Collazo are the co-founders of City Built Brewing Company in downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy City Built Brewing Company
A Grand Rapids business association has honored a number of companies for their work in renewing business districts in the city.
The Neighborhood Business Alliance, or NBA, hosted its 28th-annual Neighborhood Business Awards last week at Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids to honor the "best" neighborhood businesses.
The event included a Taste of Our Neighborhoods reception, featuring samples from Creston Brewery, Furniture City Creamery, San Chez, SpeakEZ Lounge and Two Scotts BBQ.
Each year, the awards celebrate the “constant renewal of the business districts in Grand Rapids through the work of many neighborhood businesses and organizations,” according to the NBA.
“This long-standing celebration is the only event in the city that continually recognizes the hard work and dedication of our neighborhood business owners and other community stakeholders,” said Tim Syzmanski, president, Neighborhood Business Alliance. “We are proud to recognize the nearly 100 nominees who continually work to invest in their businesses and our city’s neighborhoods.”
The awards were presented by Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and members of the Grand Rapids City Commission.
Neighborhood Business Alliance
The NBA is an information and advocacy organization made up of representatives from all 20 neighborhood associations in the city.
The nonprofit meets quarterly to share best practices surrounding issues affecting neighborhood businesses and districts.
Neighborhood Business Award winners
Best Business Exterior: The Sovengard
Best Exterior Renovation: Special Occasions West
Best Interior Renovation: Green Giftz
Best Longstanding Business: Stonesthrow
Best Neighborhood Restaurrant: El Granjero
Best New Construction: Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center
Best Re-use of a Building: The Kinglsey Building
Outstanding New Business: Adored Boutique
Good Neighbor Award: Flat Landers BarStillery
Best Business Promotion: Urban Exchange for its “Epic Sale”
Best Business District Promotion: Eastern/Alger Pop-Up Market
John H. Logie Neighborhood Business Champion Award: Grand Rapids Fire Department
Gerald R. Helmholdt Grand Award: City Built Brewing Company
P. Michael Wanroy Volunteer in Business Award: Synia Jordan