• Annual Business Awards

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  • The Details The Details

    Register Today!

    • When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
    • Time: 4:30 - 6:30 PM
    • Location: 415 Westlake


    Early Bird Pricing: Members - $45 | Non-Members - $55 (until December 1st)

    Regular Pricing: Members - $55 | Non-Members $65

  • Changemaker of the Year Nominees Changemaker of the Year Nominees

    Elise Vincentini - Helping to create a sense of doggy community, Elise Veincentini, owner and founder of Downtown Dog Lounge, goes above and beyond your regular doggy daycare. She has hosted events in South Lake Union such as the Corgi Bowl in February, Dog Fest in May and most recently Barktoberfest, a Halloween dog costume contest and gathering at Amazon's Van Vorst Plaza. 

    John Pehrson - John Pehrson heads the Market to MOHAI project and committee, which aims to create a pedestrian-friendly corridor linking the Pike Place Market and the waterfront to South Lake Union & MOHAI. 

    Josh Epstein - In an effort to create a Giving Garden for the South Lake Union community, Josh Epstein of the Y at Cascade People's Center, heads weekly garden work parties in partnership with Alleycat Acres. He also hosts an annual Halloween fundraiser for the Cascade People's Center and helped to create the Cascade Park Activation Committee to bring music, games, movies and more to Cascade Playground

    Laura Robinson - Laura Robinson of 5focus is the founder of the Lake Union 10k which has been supporting Girls on the Run of Puget Sound for over 9 years and partners with Portage Bay bringing hundreds of people to South Lake Union each year!

    Monty Holmes - Monty Holmes, founder & owner of Athletic Awards Company, has supported the Queen Anne Food Bank with his Fill the Cup food drive raising over 45,000 pounds of food in the past two years to serve Queen Anne, South Lake Union, and surrounding areas.

    Sarah Worley - Sarah Worley of Amazon chairs Connect@Amazon, a volunteer-led employee resource group that organizes and executes personal and professional development events and builds community for Amazonians both internally and externally. She is active in the SLU community and participated in the SLU Community Council SLUx Workforce Civic Engagement event. 

    Tim Gaydos - In addition to his role as Pastor of A Seattle Church, Tim Gaydos is the founder of Friends of Denny Park, a group dedicated to improving and activating Denny Park for the benefit of the community. The group was successful at bringing lights to the pathways and is looking forward to brining holiday lights to the park. They continue to work on more improvements and events such as the Winter Coat Drive.  

  • 2016 SLU Awards Winners 2016 SLU Awards Winners

    SLU Restaurant of the Year: Portage Bay Cafe

    SLU Retailer of the Year: Shine 

    SLU Nonprofit of the Year: Fred Hutch

    SLU Small Business of the Year: Kenmore Air

    SLU New Business of the Year: Facebook

    SLU Good Neighbor of the Year: PEMCO

    SLU Changemaker of the Year: Seattle Police Department Officer, Sam Cook

  • 2015 Award Winners 2015 Award Winners

    2015 Restaurant of the Year - Row House Cafe

    2015 Retailer of the Year - REI

    2015 Non Profit of the Year - Immanuel Community Services

    2015 Small Business of the Year - Nollie's Cafe

    2015 New Business of the Year - Flow Fitness

    2015 Changemaker of the Year - Patty Turnberg

  • Past Annual Award Winners

    CHANGE MAKER OF THE YEAR (Formerly Volunteer of the Year) An individual who donates time, talent or money to non-work related endeavors that expressly support the spirit and growth of the South Lake Union neighborhood.

    2008: Betsy Davis, Center for Wooden Boats

    2009: Lloyd Douglas, Cascade Neighorhood

    2010: Dan McGrady, Vulcan

    2011: Tay McCutchan, Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle

    2012: Noelle Smithhart, Vulcan

    2013: John Carrico, Excellence Health & Fitness

    2014: Dena Lee, Resident, SLU Art Walk 

    2015: Patty Turnberg, Immanuel Community Services


    SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (less than 50 employees) A business that demonstrates an excellent reputation, is a leader in their respective field and is involved in South Lake Union community programs, activities or services.

    2008: Realtime Productions

    2009: City Hardware

    2010: Tutta Bella

    2011: Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle

    2012: Spinghill Suites Downtown/South Lake Union

    2013: Athletic Awards

    2014: Caffe Torino

    2015: Nollie's Cafe


    RETAILER OF THE YEAR:.Awarded to a retailer in our neighborhood that shows excellence in one or more of the following – exemplary service, exceptional products, substantial growth and community involvement.

    2008: Whole Foods

    2009: Portage Bay Café

    2010: Flying Fish

    2011: Nollie's Café

    2012: Seattle Goodwill

    2013: Shine

    2014: Whole Foods - SLU

    2015: REI

    NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR. Offers outstanding benefit and contributions to the community, providing a much-needed service with measurable outcome of results.

    2008: Center for Wooden Boats

    2009: Cascade People’s Center

    2010: Morningside Academy

    2011: PacMed

    2012: SightLife

    2013: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

    2014: Seattle Children's Research Institute

    2015: Immanuel Community Services

    NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (**New Category in 2015) Recognizing an outstanding business that is new to the South Lake Union neighborhood (within the calendar year) which demonstrates a commitment to community support and growth.

    2015: Flow Fitness

    RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR (**New Category in 2015) Awarded to a restaurant in our neighborhood that shows excellence in one or more of the following – exemplary service, exceptional food, substantial growth and community involvement.

    2015: Row House Cafe

    GOOD NEIGHBOR OF THE YEAR (Formerly Large Business of the Year) A business that demonstrates an excellent reputation, is a leader in their field and is involved in South Lake Union community programs, activities or services.

    2008: large, Vulcan Real Estate

    2009: large, Seattle BioMed

    2010: large, CB Richard Ellis

    2011: large, PEMCO

    2012: large, REI

    2013: large, Fred Hutch

    2014: large, Amazon



    EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY Goes to an organization that provides products or services that promote the sustainability of our greatest resources – people and planet – while promoting the sustainability of the South Lake Union neighborhood.

    2008: Goods for the Planet

    2009:  REI

    2010: As You Like It Catering

    2011: Aspira

    2012: CleanScapes

    2013: Sellen Construction

    2014: Zipcar