2016 Downtown Revitalization Awards
On Friday evening, April 15, 60 community members and downtown business owners gathered at the Community Arts Center for the Heart of Danville’s Annual Meeting and Downtown Revitalization Awards.
The evening began with music from Centre College’s Kentucky Music Ensemble led by Dr. Nathan Link and an art activity created by local high school student, Delaney Simpson. Downtown restaurants: Cerci on Main, Captain Frank’s Hotdog Emporium, Burke’s Bakery, Melton’s Deli, Cue on Main Jane Barleycorn’s Bistro & Bar, The Hub Coffee House and Café, and Elmwood Inn Fine Teas donated a delicious spread of food and drink that was enjoyed by all.
Love Local Award
Heart of Danville Interns: Nate Byerly, Ivan Talley, Wesey Wei and Taylor Whitsell were awarded the first ever Love Local Award for their passion, dedication and hard work, working with downtown merchants gathering photos and content for two new publications by the Heart.
Heart and Soul Award
Barbara Hulette, the former president of Boyle Landmark Trust, won the heart’s Heart and Soul Award for her work in historical preservation. Hulette has devoted her life to preservation, noted by her impressive list of accomplishments, including: advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, receiving the John Wesley Hunt award by the Bluegrass Trust and having an award named after her by Preservation Kentucky. Her work, alongside, Boyle Landmark Trust, has created programming highlighting local African-American history, which has ignited efforts to research local African-American history.
“Sometimes God puts special people in special places, and I think he outdid himself this time,” said Michael Hughes, president of the Danville Boyle Co. African-American Historical Society on Hulette, as he presented her the award.
Big Heart Award
The Big Heart Award was presented by Maple Tree Gallery owner, Julie Nelson, to City of Danville Fire Chief Ken Pflug for “his involvement in and contributions to the Heart as a volunteer and City of Danville employee. “
As a volunteer for the Heart, Pflug used his love of movies to help create the annual Lawn Chair Theatre movie series, even sponsoring a film last summer. He also led the popular “Upstairs/Downstairs” walking tour, showcasing the spaces and stories of a more hidden side of our downtown.
King and Queen of Hearts Award
The King and Queen of Hearts Award was presented by local real estate agent, Logan Germann, to the owners of McDaniel Wealth Management, Tim and Micki McDaniel for their outstanding rehabilitation project at 213 W. Main St.
“Mindful of the history and significance of the building, the McDaniels took great care as they restored and fitted the building for their use, including a historically relevant logo on the North side of the building that was painted by Kirby Signs,” said Germann.
Heart of Gold Award
Heart of Danville Treasurer and President of the Community Arts Center, Mary Beth Touchstone, presented the Heart of Gold Award to the City of Danville for their numerous projects that helped make our downtown in 2015.
The City directly invested over $1.5 million in improvements to the downtown Danville area, including such projects as installing an extended fitness trail and disc golf course at Jackson Park, paving and repairing downtown roads, installing a handicapped-accessible ramp entry at the Arts Center, and burying utilities and improving the sidewalks on Third Street between Main and Broadway.
Thanking City staff, Touchstone recognized: Mayor Mike Perros and Commissioners Atkins, Caudill, Serress, and Terry, City Manager Ron Scott, City Engineer Earl Coffey, and City Chief Financial Officer Michele Gosser, for their development of “a space fitting to our charming and historic downtown that will also allow us to offer new and improved programming for the whole community.”
Megan Noltemeyer, Heart of Danville Board Member, presented the Heartbeat Award to Elmwood Inn Fine Tea’s Bruce, Shelly, and Ben Richardson for their visual and multisensory shopping experience and “for the spirit and beauty they put into their unique business and their downtown storefront.”
Elmwood Inn’s incredible pedigree and national and international recognition makes them deserving on many levels. However, it is their storefront located on 2nd Street that “is a special retail addition to our downtown and it offers the shopper a truly appealing and sensorial experience,” said Noltemeyer.
Heart on Fire Award
Heart of Danville Project Manager, Nick Wade, presented the Heart on Fire Award to Grace Café’s Rochelle Bayless.
The unique business model is aimed at ending hunger and food insecurity in Boyle County by giving patrons the opportunity to pay what they can afford or volunteer for an hour to receive a healthy, locally sourced meal.
As the creative force behind Kentucky’s first “pay what you can” restaurant, Bayless helped bring the community together and “taught us to care for our neighbors in a respectful, dignified manner,” said Wade.
The final award of the evening was presented by Heart of Danville Board President, Tom Poland, to Danville Bike and Footwear. The main street mainstay has been the main stop for local fitness gurus for 23 years.
“For years, they have helped organized and promote local road races and biking events, such as the Constitution Run for the Arts 5K, the Brass Band 5K, and the Smokin’ Butt Bike Ride as part of the Kentucky BBQ Fest,” said Poland.