GENESEO - It was a night to celebrate as the Livingston County Area Chamber of Commerce recognized businesses across the county in a variety of categories.

On Thursday Feb. 25 everything from local mom and pop stores to retailers that sell national brands were honored. Chamber leaders say it is important every year to take time to recognize storefronts that call Livingston County home.

Walking the main streets of the county and engaging with the owners, they say, is now more important than ever. It’s also a blessing, they say, to not only have the wide selection of stores in Livingston County but also to have the friendly faces that are willing to help customers in any way.

From farms to the manufacturers, Chamber leaders says it is important for people to not only visit these business but to also have parents point them to out their children for the next generation to get to know them.

What’s more, they say, is that many of the businesses in Livingston County not only offer a great selection of merchandise but also contribute to the area in other ways, like giving back to the community and providing jobs for many residents in the area. That is what they say makes the area so unique.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s awards ceremony was held virtually.

Nominations were made in 20 categories. For each category, a business needed to be a Chamber member and exemplify some of the following: have a business or industrial investment in Livingston County, exhibit outstanding community service, be a role model for business development, market expansion and community development; or demonstrate outstanding efforts to promote business development and quality of life in Livingston County.

It's important to celebrate the businesses in our community!

A complete list of winners is below.

Most promising new enterprise: Johnny B’s Custom BBQ

Small business of the year: The Wedding Dress and Tux Shop

Photographer of the year: Tetamore Photographic

Retailer of the year: Nunda Lumber & Hardware

Tourism business of the year: Letchworth State Park

Downtown business of the year: The Not Dot Shop

Manufacturer of the year: Barilla America

Non-profit organization of the year: Camp Stella Maris

Commitment to education: Wadsworth Library

Restaurant of the year: Angry Rooster Deli

Wine and craft brewery: Deer Run Winery

Sweet treat business: Suzea’s Gluten Free Cafe & Bakery

Recreation, entertainment and family fun business of the year: Genesee Valley Hunt

Florist of the year: Dogwood Floral Company

Large business of the year: Lattimore Physical Therapy

Artwork and craft business of the year: Studio Sales Pottery

Service business of the year: Ferrel Lawn Service

Salon/spa business of the year: Envy Salon

Longevity award: American Hotel of Lima

George Traber Award: The employees of Coast Professional Inc.

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