Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Announces Business Award Winners

White Rock YMCA

White Rock YMCA. Photo by Danny Fulgencio.

The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of its Business of the Year awards ahead of its recognition ceremony in December.

Winners have been announced for six categories.

White Rock YMCA is the activity of the year.

This location is on the former site of Trinity Lutheran Church at Gaston Avenue and Loving. Demolition of the church began in October 2013, and the YMCA held its official ribbon cutting in June 2015.

Caddo Office Reimagined will receive the Chairman’s Award.

Caddo Holdings LLC was founded in 2009 by Justin Engler, Dustin Schilling and Tim Slaughter. The firm began renovating 1980s office buildings in North Texas and now operates eight locations, including one in Lakewood.

Entrepreneur of the year goes to two local pastry shops: Botolino Gelato Artigianale and Humble: Simply Good Pies.

Botolino Gelato Artigianale serves authentic Italian gelato in two Dallas locations, with the original in Lower Greenville. It was founded by Carlo “Botolo” Gattini; he learned to cook from his grandmother, who owns an ice cream parlor in Italy.

Humble: Simply Good Pies had a difficult year, with the fire destroying the Garland Road store leading to a major eight month rebuilding process. But the business, owned by husband-and-wife couple Sean and Erin Jett, is open again.

Three companies receive the Live Local award. They are Brown Mountain Art Restoration, Maggie Riba Marathon Training and Talulah & Hess.

Brown Mountain Art Restoration is one of the longest running businesses on N. Henderson Avenue. Current owner Laura Pate graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and grew up in Lakewood.

Lifelong runner Maggie Riba has been a personal trainer for decades and has completed more than 30 marathons. She is also married to former Channel 8 sports presenter George Riba.

Talulah & Hess, founded by Swiss Avenue neighbor Elizabeth Mast, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. The gift shop prides itself on its diverse product lines and price ranges.

RS Munger’s business pioneer is Hari Mari.

Hari Mari was started by Lakewood neighbors Lila and Jeremy Stewart. The company, which is a new member of the chamber, is known for its flip flops.

People’s Choice goes to East Dallas’ Fastsigns, with Yard Card Queen and White Rock Alehouse & Brewery as runners up.

Fastsigns of East Dallas creates custom signs, banners, graphics and vehicle wraps.

Yard Card Queen offers yard sign hire for celebrations of all kinds, including birthdays, weddings and anniversaries.

White Rock Alehouse & Brewery, located at the Arboretum Village Mall near the Gaston-Garland-Grand intersection, offers food and a wide selection of home-brewed craft beers and from breweries around the country.

The awards luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 on December 8 at CC Young. Tickets can be purchased here.

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