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2017 Business Awards
The Village of Algonquin’s Economic Development Commission, as part of the Business Retention program, is proud to present the 2017 Business Awards. This is the 17th year of the program to recognize the efforts local businesses make to support the community.
The award presentation for the 2017 Business Awards will be Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., at the Ganek Municipal Center Board Room (2200 Harnish Drive, Algonquin). The award presentation will include a brief overview of the Business Award Program and introduction of the award winners, and Village President John Schmitt will present the winners with individual plaques. There will be opportunities for pictures and interviews with President John Schmitt and the award recipients.
2017 Award Recipients:
- New Development Architectural Award—Buona Restaurant, 501 South Main Street. Keystone Ventures and the Buonavolanto family have added the highly anticipated Buona Restaurant to Algonquin. The new building is modern, with a touch of an industrial feel, and yet warm with high quality materials and colors.
- Community Service Award—The Dog Waggin’, 1400 South Main Street. Owners, Lisa and Mark Harvey, have committed to people and animal community service since opening in 2010. Working with special needs students from Jacobs High School providing them real work experience to sponsoring the local Howl-O-Ween dog parade and Founders Days dog and cat show. The Dog Waggin’ also works with animal shelters and provides fostering, training and socialization for dogs to help them find a forever home.
- New Development Architectural Award—Thorntons, 2095 East Algonquin Road. The investment by Thorntons, Inc. sets the stage for redevelopment along the East Algonquin Road corridor. The high quality architectural design of the all brick and stone store welcomes guests to try Thorntons’ new “Real Kitchen. Real Food.” concept. The store is Thorntons corporate architecture slightly modified to fit into Algonquin. For example, it features a uniquely screened outdoor display area to showcase seasonal items and promotions.
- Rehabilitation Award—Next Door Storage, 1910 East Algonquin Road. A long standing business in town is seeing physical and service improvements with new owners. The new climate controlled building, landscaping and permeable paver parking lot is a tremendous improvement to the appearance and function of the site. In addition, the ability to provide climate controlled storage space expands the services provided by the business.
- Community Economic Impact Award—Art Van Furniture, 1500 South Randall Road. The Michigan based retailer renovated and filled a vacant store in the Algonquin Commons Lifestyle Center. Drawing in customers from a larger region, creating 36 full time positions, and generating sales tax, plus providing quality furniture options for people are all reasons Art Van was welcomed to Algonquin.
- Community Economic Impact Award—Nordstrom Rack, 1808 South Randall Road. Shoppers rejoice now that Nordstrom Rack has finally come to Algonquin. This retailer is a huge draw bringing shoppers from Lake Geneva, Rockford and the surrounding areas to Algonquin. About 60% of the employees are from the immediate area and Nordstrom has about 75% full-time and 25%-part time positions. Nordstrom Rack is providing employment opportunities, an increase in sales tax revenue, and drawing in shoppers to Algonquin’s local economy; all reasons why the Village is pleased to have Nordstrom Rack.
- Community Economic Impact Award—Clarendale of Algonquin, 2001 West Algonquin Road. Ryan Companies and Life Care Services have partnered to build and operate the new 186-unit senior living facility. The project was over a $40-million-dollar investment in Algonquin, provided over 500 construction jobs and now employs over 40 people plus provides options for senior housing at various care levels.