Dorky’s Arcade, Spaceworks among New Tacoma Award nominees

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber has named this year’s nominees for New Tacoma Awards, the annual honorific that recognizes business organizations and individuals making outstanding contributions to the revitalization of downtown Tacoma.

This year’s award categories and nominees are:

Popham Award | Recognizing the individual that has done the most to build community spirit

  • Alex Hays, AB Hayes
  • Benjii Bittle, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Patricia Lecy-Davis, Embellish Salon
  • Penny Dennewith, Lucky Penny Cafe
  • Rusty George, Rusty George Creative
  • Sue Schaeffer, Tacoma Waterfront Association

Schoenfeld Award | Recognizing exemplary performance and pizzazz as a retailer or restauranteur

  • Azarra Salon & Wine
  • Creative Forces Gifts & Sundries
  • Dorky’s Bar Arcade
  • Print NW
  • Savor Tacoma Creperie
  • The Office Bar & Grill

Ghilarducci Award | Recognizing new development, renovation or beautification

Union Station Award | Recognizing a leading organization, company or individual that has built or sustained momentum for revitalization

Public Places Award | Recognizing the best activation of a public park, open space or area in the public right-of-way

The New Tacoma Awards are presented by AmericanWest Bank and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber. Awards will be presented at the Chamber Luncheon on Fri., July 12 between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Pacific Grill Events Center, located at 1530 Pacific Ave., in downtown Tacoma. Click here for more information and to make your reservation for the event.

Past New Tacoma Award recipients include:

Ghilarducci Award
2012 – LeMay - America’s Car Museum
2011 – The Joy Building
2010 – Pacific Plaza
2009 – Hotel Murano
2008 – The Sirius Group
2007 – Prium Companies
2006 – Avanti Spa
2005 – Tacoma Art Museum
2004 – Thea’s Landing

Popham Award
2012 – Tim Waer
2011 – Tammy Blount
2010 – Derek Young
2009 – Benjii Bittle
2008 – Layne Alfanso
2007 – Lisa Fruichantie
2006 – Patricia Lecy-Davis
2005 – Marty Campbell
2004 – Sondra Purcell

Public Places Award
2012 – Wright Park Sprayground & Playground
2011 – Spaceworks Tacoma

Schoenfeld Award
2012 – The Swiss
2011 – Harmon Hub
2010 – Doyle’s Public House
2010 – Dragonfly
2009 – hello, cupcake
2008 – Grassi’s Flowers and Gifts
2007 – LeRoy Jewelers and The Art Stop
2006 – urbanXchange
2005 – Aroma Coffee
2004 – heel! Shoes

Union Station Award
2012 – First Night Tacoma-Pierce County
2011 – Theater District Association
2010 – Stan Selden
2010 – Tacoma Farmer’s Market
2009 – Gintz Group
2008 – Eric Cederstrand
2007 – Jim Merritt
2006 – Grand Cinema
2005 – Jon Tartaglia
2004 – University of Washington Tacoma