Every year the Downtown Association pools all the known “stand-out” projects or developments that occurred in the roughly 12 months prior, then recognizes those achievements in the story of downtown’s revitalization.
Much happened recently downtown to merit special recognition. To name a few: exterior face lifts at the Fairbanks Native Association and Garden Island Party Store; the paint jobs at Denali State Bank; Tanana Valley Clinic, the 7th Avenue Office Building, and Brice, Inc.; the excellent murals at Lavelle’s Taphouse and the Crepery; the awesome deck at the Midnite Mine; new businesses opened like the Midnite Mine Brewpub, Goldie’s, Salty’s on 2nd, Northern Whimsy Art Studio, and the Library; and major new business re-locations downtown, like Willow Physical Therapy. But the achievements that earned an award were:
Bridgewater Hotel earned the BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD for exterior and interior renovations so fine it will stay open year-round. Pictured L-R: Evelyn Griffin, Chris Miller, David van den Berg
Fairbanks Rings and Things earned the EXPANSION OF THE YEAR AWARD for adding what downtown needs most – scoop ice cream. Pictured L-R: Sandra Harley, Chris Miller, David van den Berg
Zöe Rabjohns earned the REVITALIZATION OF THE YEAR AWARD for making an east wall of the Lathrop Building pop with a massive revitalizing mural promoting the art of quilting. Pictured from L-R: Amy Logan, Zoe Rabjohns, Chris Miller, David van den Berg
That Old Sew and Sew earned the IDEA OF THE YEAR AWARD for commissioning Zoe Rabjohns’ revitalizing mural to promote its downtown quilting business. Pictured from L-R: Amy Logan, Chris Miller, David van den Berg