Main Street Kent throws a lot of great parties in downtown Kent so you’ve got to figure when it comes time for their own annual awards party, they’d do it right — and judging by all the happy smiling faces, I’d say mission accomplished.
Main Street Kent has become the poster child for what Kent does best — eat a little, drink a little, and live a lot in the comforts of our favorite downtown.
Main Street hosts a dozen special events a year and each one is a chance to show off our hometown businesses, our quirky little selves, and our proficiency for finding reasons to enjoy the good life.
How’s that for a mission statement?
Thankfully Main Street accepted that mission and their legion of dedicated volunteers have transformed Kent into a place known around the region “where something is always happening.”
It takes a lot of “happening makers” to do what they do, and it’s great to see them get some well deserved recognition at this year’s annual Main Street awards celebration.
Congrats to one and all, and here’s to another great year!
Main Street Kent Awards Top Supporters at Annual Awards Celebration
Kent, Ohio – The Main Street Kent Board of Directors and staff held their annual awards celebration at the Kent Historical Society Museum on Thursday, June 7. “It’s a great opportunity to thank our people for all they do for our organization throughout the year,” stated Heather Malarcik, executive director for Main Street Kent. In a casual setting with lots of sunshine and good cheer, guests enjoyed complementary food and beverages donated by Hometown Bank, Acorn Alley, College Town Kent, Kent Cheesemonger, Erie Street Kitchen, Fresco Mexican Grill, Peace, Love & Little Donuts, MadCap Brew Co., Newdle Bar and InstantWhip Foods.
An awards presentation recounted some of the 2017 accomplishments for Main Street Kent, including record years for both the Art & Wine Festival and Oktoberfest, developing a historic façade program, receiving the “Best Placemaking Award” from Heritage Ohio for the collaborative effort involved in creating the Dan Smith Community Park; and utilizing a portion of some event proceeds to support local charities including Kent Social Services, Children’s Advantage, Miller House, and the Ben Curtis Family Foundation Birdie Bag Program.
Six special awards were given to these well-deserving recipients: Kelly Dietrick of Troppus Projects received “Small Business of the Year” for her exemplary first year in business and avid participation in Main Street Kent events and promotions; IdeaBase and Glyphix Studio received “Best Supporting Business” for their amazing contributions to the design and marketing committees; Leadership Portage County received “Non-Profit of the Year,” for having such a positive impact on so many individuals involved in the Main Street Kent organization; the “President’s Award” was given to Mike Finley, die-hard Main Street Kent board member and past president for Main Street Kent; “Volunteer of the Year” was given to Robin Spano, a key player in the Wizardly World of Kent event planning committee; and the “Ronald Burbick Award” was given to Popped! owner Gwen Rosenberg, for the value her business brings to our downtown, especially as a destination shop.
Main Street Kent is a non-profit organization focused on the revitalization of downtown Kent. It is an affiliate of the national Main Street program and the Heritage Ohio program.