Tillamook Chamber Annual Community Awards Banquet held Jan. 18, and the winners are …

Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate a person, business, project or program for the community awards. It is always so exciting to honor and recognize those who are making a difference in our community at the annual Community Awards Banquet.

Here is the list of nominees, and the winners are in bold with (*)asterisk:
Business of the Year:
• Les Schwab Tire Center
• Tillamook Coliseum Theater
• Tillamook Early Learning Center

• Zwald Transport, Inc.*

Small Business of the Year

• Salty Raven*
• SaraSotas
• Shear Bliss
• Tillamook Headlight Herald
• Tillamook Meat

Development Project of the Year
• Garibaldi Portside Bistro*

Here is the Bistro’s Facebook post about receiving this award:
“We’re still floating after a great night! What an honor and what a surprise!
And without preparing a speech last night, below is a much more eloquent way to say thank you.
In October 2018 we took the biggest risk we’ve ever taken by purchasing an older building that needed a lot of tender loving care.
But, Dennis and I believed in each other and our vision. And we spent one year, alongside faithful volunteers and patient employees, building what would become our new Bistro Home. In Sept 2019 we opened our doors to a resounding warm welcome.
We learned a lot, we saw a lot, we cried a lot and laughed a lot. But most of all we grew personally and professionally A LOT.
There really is no way to truly express our gratitude to everyone involved in this project. We will forever be grateful, forever be humbled and forever be in your debt. May we return the favor by always trying our best to be what our community expects and deserves.
Thank you”

• Lot 35 Homes
• Tillamook PUD Operations Center

Program of the Year
• Art Accelerated
• Food Roots Farmtable
• Ramps & Rails
• Tillamook Coast Derby Dames
Ultimook Running Camp Club*

Citizen on the Year:
• Cami Aufdermauer
• Erin Skaar
• Nan Devlin
• Ron Smith*