The Bellefonte economic development group awards prizes


Emily Boon shows off a blouse at By A Thread, a women’s clothing store on the High Street in Bellefonte, in November 2020. The store won Downtown Bellefonte Inc’s Business of the Year award.

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Downtown Bellefonte Inc. recently presented awards recognizing the recipients’ contributions to the community.

The Resilience Award was presented to Shawn Thompson of the Bellefonte YMCA. The award recognizes a company that has stood out in the face of the challenges posed by the pandemic. Winner “successfully maintained operations during this time of unprecedented uncertainty, while stepping up efforts to meet the needs of the wider community,” DBI said in a statement Tuesday.

The Business of the Year award went to By A Thread. The boutique, which recently moved to a larger space in the borough, was recognized “for an exemplary year”.

The #LoveBFT prize was awarded to the Bellefonte Community Kindergarten. The winner of this award played a major role in a project that improved the community.

The Renaissance Prize went to The Gamble Mill. This award recognizes a project that has contributed to the revitalization of Bellefonte in at least one of the following ways: historic preservation, economic development, innovation, art or culture.

The Volunteer of the Year award went to Nancy Perkins. The award honors a person or group “for outstanding volunteer service to the organization”.

The winners were chosen by members of the Downtown Bellefonte Board of Directors and members of the community. They were recognized last week during Fridays in the ‘Cast. “The downtown Bellefonte business community is exploding with talent, passion and dedication,” said Main Street Manager Jennilyn Schuster.

Downtown Bellefonte Inc. on Friday presented five awards to businesses and individuals for their contributions to the community. all nice things Photo provided

Sara H. Byrd