Mayor Francis Slay. Photo: AP/file.
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The annual business awards were given Friday by Mayor Francis Slay and the St. Louis Development Corporation at the 2013 Mayor's Business Celebration Luncheon.
Mayor Slay and Otis Williams, executive director of the SLDC, presented the awards.
Eight businesses were honored with the distinction of Businesses of the Year: Akstrakt Marketing Group, FUSION Marketing, Grice Group Architects, Henkel Consumer Goods, Mechanical Solutions Inc., TD4 Electrical, John Volpi & Company Inc., and Wells Fargo Advisiors.
Twenty-eight city businesses, one per city ward, were honored as Neighborhood Businesses of the Year:
Ward 1: Albert Arno, Inc.
Ward 2: Gregg's bar & Grill
Ward 3: Butch's Lock & Key
Ward 4: Harry's Barber Shop
Ward 5: La Mancha Coffeehouse
Ward 6: J. Justin Meehan Law Office
Ward 7: Edele & Mertz Hardware Co.
Ward 8: Botanicals Design Studio
Ward 9: El Torito Restaurant
Ward 10: Paperkeet
Ward 11: Loughborough Auto Body
Ward 12: Gravois Glass
Ward 13: Café Nova
Ward 14: Taft Street Restaurant & Bar
Ward 15: Gustine Market
Ward 16: The Green Goose
Ward 17: The Gramophone
Ward 18: Bowood Farms & Café Osage
Ward 19: Guarantee Interiors
Ward 20: Nebula Coworking
Ward 21: M-1 Food Market
Ward 22: Eye Fashion Factory
Ward 23: Mom's Deli
Ward 24: St. Louis Strings Violin Shop
Ward 25: Schmidt Equipment & Supply
Ward 26: B&B Supermarket
Ward 27: The Kutt Factory Barber and Beauty Salon
Ward 28: Sub Zero Vodka Bar
The following were named Developers/Developments of the Year: Barnes-Jewish Hospital Center for Outpatient Health, CORTEX/St. Louis Innovation Center Phase II, Cupples 9, Jefferson Commons, Saint Louis University School of Law, and The MX.
The Quality of Life Award went to four institutions: Kipp Inspire Academy, Saint Louis Art Museum, Sheld Arts Foundation, and the St. Louis Public Safety Partnership.
Fr. Lawrence Biondi, S.J., president emeritus of Saint Louis University, received the Mayor's Award, which is given to an individual, company, or organization that acted as a special catalyst for economic development in the city.
Maggie Crane, a spokesperson for Mayor Slay, says the City of St. Louis Business Celebration Luncheon started in 2002 as a way to thank the business community. This year's luncheon was held at the Renaissance Grand Hotel.