Downtown Toccoa honors businesses, property owners, and volunteers at its annual Main Street Awards.
The annual awards were handed out Thursday night at the Schaefer Center in downtown Toccoa.
Main Street Toccoa Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said the awards give the city a chance to recognize those who have gone above and beyond on behalf of downtown and the Main Street program over the last year.
“Many of these businesses have done a lot to their buildings,” said Crosby. “Some of the others we recognized were organizations who have helped with the downtown. It is a time of really being able to thank them for all of their hard work.”
This year’s award winners were:
Best Interior Project — Victoria’s Sweet Treats
Best Adaptive Reuse — Feral Outfitters
Outstanding Community Service — Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful
Best Historic Renovation — 20 Doyle Street (formerly Frames and Things)
Dedicated Downtowner — Deborah Hartley
Downtown Champion — David Austin
Downtown Anchor — Whistlestop Antique Market
Special Recognition — Acree Family Partnership
Main Street Toccoa also took time during the awards ceremony to recognize the new businesses who have opened this year in the Main Street District and recognize all of the volunteers that help with downtown events.
The Downtown Development Authority notes that volunteers spent a total of more than 3,000 hours assisting the Main Street program.
Crosby says that the Main Street program appreciates all of the businesses who have chosen to locate and do business downtown, as well as all of the organizations and volunteers who help out in downtown and with the various events that take place downtown throughout the year.