Toccoa Holds Main Street Awards

Winners of this year’s Main Street Awards

Toccoa celebrates another year on Main Street.

The Toccoa Main Street Program held its annual Main Street Awards Reception on Thursday in the Schaefer Center.

Main Street officials honored a number of businesses and individuals with awards.

Toccoa Main Street Director Connie Tabor said it was a great night to honor these businesses and people who have helped downtown Toccoa over the past year.

“We are thrilled with the turnout and glad to have it in the Schaefer Center for the first time,” said Tabor. “Everybody seemed to enjoy the event and to be able to experience the Schaefer Center, as far as the renovations go. We are just real thrilled that the historic district and downtown continues with building renovations and with new businesses we have had open in 2012.”

This year’s award winners were as follows:

Downtown Awareness Award – Chris Irvin
Outstanding Volunteer – Rucia Adams
Most Original Newcomer – Swap Shop Bakery
Best Adaptive Reuse – Downtown Flowers
Best Historic Rehabilitation – Bob White
Best Historic Renovation – Threads at 11 Foreacre St
Dedicated Downtowner – Stewarts Drugs
Downtown Champion Award – Jay Green
Downtown Anchor Award – Hayes Motor Company
Special Recognition Awards – Chuck Taylor, Kelly Vickers, and Angie Ramage

Main Street officials also recognized members of the New Harmonies Exhibit Committee, along with the volunteers who helped with other Main Street events throughout the year.

Tabor said a lot of people contribute to the Main Street Program each year.

“Over 3,000 hours on volunteerism have occurred this past year,” said Tabor. “We are very thankful for our volunteers and we want to let them know how much we appreciate the work they do for downtown Toccoa.”

In addition to the awards, Toccoa Mayor David Austin and members of the city’s Downtown Development Authority also looked ahead to 2013.

Austin said that in the city’s 23rd year as a Georgia Main Street, Toccoa intends to continue to make historic downtown Toccoa a place where people will want to come to live, shop, eat, and be entertained.