October 5, 2012
Main Street Delaware hosted its annual version of “Design Stars” Wednesday when the nonprofit downtown preservation and revitalization group handed out Design Awards.
The awards recognize people responsible for noteworthy projects undertaken in 2010 that have enhanced the Historic Downtown Delaware area. Seven projects were recognized at this year’s ceremony, held at the City Art Center — a new gallery and studio that received one of the awards.
Earning 2011 Main Street Delaware Design Awards were:
• Amato’s Woodfired Pizza, 8 S. Sandusky St., for its interior renovation project. Honored were Craig Johnson, Casey King and Brad Hampu, the partners in the business which features a stone oven and new windows overlooking …
• The William Street Plaza, William and Sandusky streets, improved last year with brick walls, a permanent floor and downtown Delaware’s first fountain. Developer Scott Blackwell was honored for this transformational public space renovation which serves as a downtown centerpiece for the whole community as well as adjoining businesses Amato’s and Hoggy’s.
• Choffey’s Coffee and Confections, 17 W. Winter St., for its sweet and savory interior renovation project. Honored for creating this “town hall” gathering spot were owners Al and Shelly Myers.
• The Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce office, 32 S. Sandusky St., and building owner Jim Manos for the building’s eye-catching interior and exterior renovation.
• Oakland Nursery and Lynette Higginbotham, the nursery’s director of sales and operations, for downtown revitalization. Oakland supplied the spectacular flower power in the 22 sidewalk planters added throughout the downtown last year, and Higginbotham designed the seasonal plantings.
• Ohio Wesleyan University, 61 S. Sandusky St., for the JAYwalk improvements made to enhance the west side of campus. Honored was OWU President Rock Jones.
• City Art Center, 22 E. Winter St., for its smarty-arty interior renovation. Honored were owners Phyllis Catania and Jessi Walker for creating a space for artists to display and create works and teach others their skills.
• Del Comp Ltd., 75 N. Sandusky St., for the sign adorning its storefront. Owner John Wallace was honored.
“Main Street Delaware is honored to recognize these members of our downtown community and their wonderful projects,” said Jesse Carter, board president, in a written release. “Delaware is fortunate to have such a vibrant downtown where we can come together as a community to live, work and play. And thanks to these enterprising businesspeople and renovators, and many others like them, our city’s historic downtown is getting better and better. I hope to see everyone downtown.”