MOUNT VERNON — Main Street Mount Vernon had its annual awards dinner and The Taste of Mount Vernon at The Knox County Memorial Building on April 18.
The business represented during the Taste of Mount Vernon were The Alcove Restaurant, Amato's Woodfired Pizza, Dave's Cosmic Subs, Great Point Kitchen & Events, Half Baked Café, Ichiban Sushi & Hibachi, Just Desserts, Moss Rose, and Whit's Frozen Custard of Mount Vernon.
This year's Taste of Mount Vernon winner went to the newly opened Half Baked Café located at 3 W. High St. in downtown Mount Vernon – they delighted all with their cookie dough cream puffs. The Taste of Mount Vernon sponsors were Sara Mankins and Brian Ball.
Paragraphs Bookstore took home the award for Small Business of the year. This award was sponsored by McDaniel CPA and the nominees included Paragraphs Bookstore, Happy Bean, and Heartland Promotional Products.
This year's Mid-Sized Business of the year is The Alcove Restaurant and the sponsor presenting the award was G.R. Smith Hardware with nominees including The Alcove Restaurant, McDaniel CPA, and The Mount Vernon Grand Hotel. Large Business of the year, sponsored by Herald's Appliances & Electronics, went to CES Credit Union; additional nominees were Brenneman Lumber and The City of Mount Vernon.
Nonprofit of the year was awarded to The Knox County Landmarks Foundation and this award was sponsored by Knox Community Hospital. In the running for the award were The Knox County Landmarks Foundation, New Directions Shelter, and WNZR 90.9 FM. The Community Pride award recipient was The Woodward Development Corporation for their work on The Woodward Opera House.
This award was sponsored by Giffin Insurance and goes to a business that has contributed to the overall beauty and aesthetic to the downtown area. Also, in the running for the Community Pride award were The Foundation Park Conservancy (Ariel-Foundation Park) and Tru Cut Landscaping.
This year's Spirit of Heritage award recipient was Lisa Lloyd, this award was sponsored by Ohio Rental and is given to the volunteer whose commitments of time and energy in 2018 made the success of downtown.
This year's Walter Rudin award was sponsored by First-Knox National Bank and was presented to Jan Reynolds with The Ariel Foundation. The Walter Rudin award is presented to the person who most exemplifies longtime commitment and dedication to downtown Mount Vernon and Main Street Mount Vernon.