THORNTON, CO… Winners of the city of Thornton’s 2018 Business Recognition Awards were announced recently at the 31st Annual Business Appreciation Event, hosted by Thornton’s Office of Economic Development. At this event Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams gave a State of the City Address, former Broncos running back Reggie Rivers gave the keynote, and Metro North Chamber of Commerce and Thornton Chamber of Commerce President Gregg Moss guest emceed.
The awards and their recipients are:
Entrepreneurial Innovation Award - Frolic Play Space
This award recognizes a small Thornton business that brings a unique business concept with ingenuity and determination to the Thornton community while practicing positive workplace values. Frolic, 136th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, is a unique play and party space for kids under seven, and offers open play, parties, and classes such as dance and yoga.
Community Spirit Award - Center for People with Disabilities (CFPWD)
This award recognizes a Thornton business that demonstrates strong involvement in the community and/or who has made a significant impact on the community. CFPWD, 10317 Washington St., provides independent living services in independent living skills, advocacy, information and referral, and peer support.
Company on the Move Award - Hearthside Dentistry
This award recognizes a Thornton business that demonstrates a solid success pattern and/or tremendous growth potential, expanding lines of business through innovation and improved processes. Since opening, Hearthside Dentistry, a privately owned practice at Hwy 7 and I-25, has steadily increased in size and service offerings.
Retailer of the Year Award – Total Beverage
Retailer of the Year recognizes a Thornton retail business who has shown excellent customer service, unique product/service offerings, and has improved the retail experience for consumers. Total Beverage at 104th Avenue and Washington Street, carries over 2,000 craft beers, 5,000 wines and 3,500 spirits. They offer in-store tastings, weekly events, contests, same-day delivery, shipping, in-store and curbside pickup.
Industrial/Office Company of the Year - Hensel Phelps Construction Company
Selected by the Thornton Office of Economic Development, this award recognizes a Thornton primary business that demonstrates growth, innovation and/or significant potential for the community. Hensel Phelps, at 120th Avenue and Grant Street, plans with ingenuity, builds with integrity, and manages with assurance. Projects developed by Hensel Phelps include the History Colorado Center, Denver Justice Center, and the Ameristar Casino Black Hawk Hotel and Resort.
People’s Choice Award - Mother Tucker Brewery
This award is chosen by popular vote. After decades in corporate America, Scott and Deb Tucker realized their dream of opening a brewery. Mother Tucker’s, near 120th Avenue and Irma Street, has 12 beers on rotation, offers a gathering space, and hosts events such as Trivia Night.
Program Partner of the Year - FirstBank
This award recognizes a local business or organization that’s pivotal in the administration of a city of Thornton business program or project. FirstBank is Colorado’s largest locally-owned holding company with over 115 locations in Colorado, California, and Arizona. FirstBank of Thornton helped Thornton’s Economic Development Office implement the South Thornton Attraction & Revitalization (STAR) Grant to enhance and revitalize commercial areas in the South Thornton Development Area.