The City of Wheat Ridge, the Wheat Ridge Business Association (WRBA), and the Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce recognized outstanding businesses in the community at the 14th Annual Business Appreciation Awards Breakfast, Sept. 28, emceed by Wheat Ridge Mayor Pro-Tempore George Pond.
Citizens and local businesses nominated their choice for the Business of the Year and the Reinvestment Award. Nominations were reviewed and winners selected by a team of Jefferson County business professionals. The individual or organization sponsoring the other awards selected their winners.
Seyfer Automotive and Wheat Ridge Poultry & Meats were selected as Business of the Year. Other nominees included AAA Propane, Applejack Wine and Spirits, McDonald’s of Wheat Ridge, Mighty Joe’s Kitchen, Morningstar Senior Living, Personal Achievement Martial Arts, Salsa’s Mexican Restaurant and Wheat Ridge Liquors.
The Reinvestment Award went to Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital for its redevelopment of an old office building and demolition of a blighted older business to house the new facility and accommodate for parking. The owners fully rehabilitated the building to accommodate the re-use. Other nominees included McDonald’s Restaurant and the 7-Eleven Store, both located on Wadsworth near 38th Avenue.
Four Seasons Farmers & Artisans Market was named the Cultural Commission Award Winner for promoting and encouraging culture and the arts, promoting awareness of our cultural activities, diversity, or heritage, supporting opportunities in art education for all ages or incorporating art into the architecture and design of its building. Other nominees included Clancy’s Irish Pub, evb Studios and Sweet Ridge Studios.
The City Council Partnership Award Winner was Mike Stites, unanimously selected by council for his lifelong commitment to Wheat Ridge. Stites served as a city council member from 2003 to 2013, and recently closed his successful B&F Tire Store on 38th Avenue where he and his father ran the shop until Stites retired in early 2017.
Tim Rogers received the Mayor’s Partnership Award for his continued support of Wheat Ridge. A commercial real estate broker for Genesee Commercial Group and five-year resident of Wheat Ridge, Rogers is the chair of Renewal Wheat Ridge, the City’s Urban Renewal Authority. Under his guidance, the city has seen growth and development of new housing and retail opportunities. Rogers also guided the successful 2E Ballot initiative, a sales-tax increase that provided an opportunity for the city to bond for more than $33 million that will be used on four separate projects in Wheat Ridge. He is a board member of the Wheat Ridge Business Association and Wheat Ridge Localworks, a member of the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Commission and serves on the Board of the Jefferson County Library Foundation.
WRBA presented its Rising Star Award and Member of the Year to Emily Green and TM Seyfer, respectively.
The Wheat Ridge Chamber bestowed its Business of the Year Award to DLA & Company, a financial planning firm in business founded by Dale Anderson in 1985.