Recognizing the People Who Put Downtown First: the Downtown First Awards


The community was invited to nominate companies and people deserving of recognition for these efforts. An independent selection committee reviewed all nominations and selected winners in each of eight categories. The winners will be announced at the event.


Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Large Business, presented by Susquehanna Real Estate

  • Outstanding Small Business, presented by Stock and Leader, Attorneys at Law

  • Outstanding Nonprofit Organization, presented by the York Revolution

  • Outstanding New Business/Merchant, presented by ROCK Commercial Real Estate

  • Better York Beautification Award

  • Outstanding Merchant, presented by CGA Law Firm

  • Outstanding Volunteer, presented by C.S. Davidson, Inc.

  • Outstanding Individual, presented by PeoplesBank

This year, to celebrate the 275th Anniversary of York, there will also be a special Downtown First Award for 2016, presented to The York Water Company as the oldest downtown business.

Tickets are $25 and include a pre-ceremony reception and the awards program. Tickets are available at The Downtown First Awards are made possible through support from Presenting Sponsor Glatfelter Insurance Group.

Downtown Inc works to facilitate leadership, collaboration, advocacy, and promotion of downtown initiatives in order to improve the overall physical appearance of downtown York, increase foot traffic throughout the downtown district, and communicate to the community at large the positive activities taking place in downtown York.

Please contact Downtown Inc at (717) 849-2331 or visit for information about what’s happening downtown or with questions about the nominations process.

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2016 Nominees:

Clay Path Studio
Dominic DelliCarpini, York College of Pennsylvania
Didi and Smiling John's Barber Shop and Salon
Antwoine Dorm, Stick N Move Boxing
Alexandra Dwyer, The Parliament Arts Organization
Judy Eby, Historic Newton Square Neighborhood, York, PA
Family First Health
Randy Flaum (York Storyman)
Nate Fochtman
Fosters Flower shop
Found Wanderer at Redeux
Fulton Bank
Annalisa Gojmerac
The Green Bean Roasting Co.
Jim Gross, York City Public Works
HIVE artspace
Jimmy Ilyes, Market and Penn Farmers Market
Joe Jefcoat
Junior League of York
Jack Kay, York County Industrial Authority
Lionfeather Studio at Redeux
Rob (Burrito) McGrath, Roburrito's
Richard F. Mula Architects
Joan Mummert, York County Heritage Trust
One Marketway West/ Yohn Property Management
Otto's Kitchen & Cocktails
Pedi Cabs of York
PeoplesBank, A Codorus Valley Company
Pepper's Grille at Central Market
Pippi's Pen Shoppe
Prime Art Supply Co.
Providence Engineering
Punks for Positivity
David Rudolph, York City Public Works
Debbie Rutter
Sapio Sciences LLC
Glenn J. Smith, Esquire, York County
Cindy Steele, Central Market York
Studio 117
Sunrise Soap Company
Vault Video Games
Weary Arts Group
White Rose Credit Union
Rita Whitney
David Yohn
York Academy
The York Emporium
York City Department of Public Works
York City Pretzel Company
York County Community Foundation
York Rescue Mission
York Symphony Orchestra
YRK Magazine