GENESEO – Local businesses and non profits will be honored Thursday at the Livingston County Chamber of Commerce annual business excellence awards.
The event, Chamber officials said, is a way to recognize deserving businesses that make Livingston County a great place to live.
Nominations were made in 20 categories. For each category, a business needed to be a Chamber member and exemplify some or all 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
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the ceremony will be different this year, with a virtual mixer kicking off the event from 6:30 to 7 p.m. The awards will be handed out from 7:05 to 8 p.m.
Joe Yantachka, owner of Partyman Catering, will be the guest mixer teaching people how to make signature drinks.
People can also purchase a Partyman Mixer Kit for $10 that will include all of the ingredients need for one to two cocktails, minus the alcohol. People who take a picture and tag Partyman Catering when posting it and you will be entered to win a Partyman Craft Cocktail Kit.
This year’s finalists include:
RETAILER OF THE YEAR: All Seasons Wine & Spirits, Livonia-Lakeville Pharmacy, Nunda Lumber & Hardware.
TOURISM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Genesee Country Village & Museum, Letchworth State Park, Trail Otter.
MOST PROMISING NEW ENTERPRISE: Boriken Restaurant, Jonny B’s Custom BBQ, Sunrise Bouldering.
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Market on Main, Mill Creek Optical, The Wedding Dress & Tux Shop.
LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Lattimore Physical Therapy, Walmart Super Center Geneseo, Wegmans Market Geneseo.
DOWNTOWN BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Geek Chic Floral Boutique, Not Dot Shop, Sweet Arts Bakery.
MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR: Barilla America, Inc., KraftHeinz Avon, Once Again Nut Butter.
NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR: Camp Stella Maris. Hemlock Fair, Sully & the Ladies in Pink.
COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION: Avon Central School District, Genesee Valley BOCES, Wadsworth Library.
RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR: Angry Rooster Deli, Euro Café, Leisure’s Restaurant & Banquet Facility.
WINE/CRAFT BREWERY OF THE YEAR: Battle Street Brewery, Deer Run Winery, Original Stump Blower Ciderworks.
SWEET TREAT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Kish-a-wa Creamery, Sunset Scoops, Suzea’s Gluten Free Cafe & Bakery.
RECREATION, ENTERTAINMENT & FAMILY FUN BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Genesee Valley Hunt Inc., Minnehan’s Restaurant GoKarts & Fun Center, The Ridge Campground.
FLORIST OF THE YEAR: Avon Floral World & Gift Shop, Dogwood Floral Company, Genesee Valley Florist.
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: Dick Thomas Photography, Tetamore Photographic, Kniley Photography Inc.
ARTS, ARTWORK, CRAFT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Dansville Artworks Inc., Simply Positive Studio Sales Pottery.
SERVICE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Farrell’s Lawn Service Inc., Steed Energy LLC, White Horse Automotive
SALON/SPA BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Elle Kay’s, Body & Face by Kristin, Envy Salon.
LONGEVITY AWARD: Gigglin’ Pig, American Hotel of Lima, Touch of Grayce.
GEORGE TRABER AWARD: Coast Professional Inc., Jeanne Gridley & Susan DeMuth, Salome Farraro.