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Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Oklahoma Main Street Announces Award Finalists

The Oklahoma Main Street Center has announced the finalists of the program’s annual statewide awards competition. All finalists will be honored and the winners announced at the 30th annual Main Street Awards Banquet, May 7, at the Embassy Suites OKC Downtown/Medical Center Hotel in Oklahoma City.

“For 30 years now, we have come together to celebrate our valuable volunteers, business and building owners, program directors and board members throughout the state of Oklahoma,” said Buffy Hughes, Oklahoma Main Street Center Director. “It is our opportunity to recognize these outstanding people, places, businesses and events. These award entries, sent in by local Main Street programs, highlight the enthusiasm, creativity and responsibility toward increasing revenue and creating jobs for the local historic business districts. This is our way to show our appreciation for all of their hard work.”

Programs compete in 21 award categories representing the “four points” of the Main Street Approach – Organization, Promotion, Economic Vitality and Design. Panels of outside judges for each point review the entries and determine the winners.

The Main Street Program of the Year award recognizes the top program in the state. The programs earning the most quality assurance points during the 2018 calendar year are invited to submit a short essay in support of their selection as Main Street Program of the Year. A panel of outsides judges review the essays to determine the winner. The programs for 2018 (in alphabetical order) include: Altus, Claremore, El Reno, Enid, Guymon, Idabel, Newkirk, Ponca City, Stockyards City, Tulsa Route 66, and Wilburton. The program of the year will be announced at the banquet.

In addition, the Watonga Bob Shoemaker Award, given to the outstanding program director, will be awarded at the banquet. A local program director must first be nominated by their own board of directors. Attending required trainings, on-time statistical reporting, as well as state staff and peer ratings determine the top program directors. Those making the top of the list this year include: Stephanie Gardner, Durant Main Street; Melyn Johnson, Main Street Guymon Inc.; Chelsea McConnell, Ponca City Main Street; and Tamra Bell, Wilburton Main Street.

The award finalists are:


Premier Partner

  • Enid – Enid Regional Development Alliance
  • Kendall Whittier – Ziegler Art & Frame
  • Newkirk – City of Newkirk

Best Community Education/Public Awareness

  • Enid – Trolley Tours
  • Newkirk – Public Planning Meeting/SCOT Analysis
  • Okmulgee – Talk Local @ The Lokal with Green Country Technology Center

Best Volunteer Development Program

  • Duncan – Team Up to Clean Up
  • Hobart – Main Street Design Committee
  • Newkirk – Children’s Christmas Shop

Main Street Hero

  • Perry – Michelle Taylor
  • Ponca City – Terron Liles
  • Tulsa Route 66 – Jeannie Cue

Best Creative Fundraising Effort

  • Claremore – Music on Main
  • Enid – History Makers Campaign
  • Wilburton – Relics and Rods Car Show, Swap Meet, Cruise Night and Fireworks


Premier Special Event Under 1,000 Attendees

  • Ponca City – 125th Birthday Celebration for Ponca City
  • Wilburton – Relics and Rods Car Show, Swap Meet, Cruise Night and Fireworks
  • Wilburton – Twenty Men Who Cook

Premier Special Event Over 1,000 Attendees

  • Ada – Ada Fest
  • Duncan – Wine’n on the Chisolm Trail Festival
  • El Reno – The Burger Day Festival

Best Retail Event

  • Duncan – Holiday Stroll
  • Durant – Santa’s Very Merry Main Street
  • Enid – Trolley Tours

Outstanding Image Promotion

  • Enid – Pedestrian Kiosks
  • Ponca City – Rebranding Ponca City Main Street
  • Tulsa Route 66 – Main Street Image Promotion

Creative New Event

  • Cherokee – Touch a Community
  • Guymon – Pangea: An International Evening
  • Kendall Whittier – Kendall Whittier Ale Trail


Best Placemaking Project

  • Claremore – Alley Activation 2025 Mural
  • Enid – Safer Street Simulation
  • Okmulgee – Outdoor Fitness Court

Best Sustainable Design Project

  • Claremore – Studio B Artworks
  • Duncan – Downtown Bench Restoration
  • Okmulgee – OSUIT “GOPO” (Grand Old Post Office)

Best Interior Design Project

  • Ardmore – Blake Bush Family Eye Care Clinic
  • Kendall Whittier – The Bobby Pin
  • McAlester – The Venue

Best Façade Rehabilitation Under $10,000

  • Altus – Lady Austin’s
  • Claremore – Back in the Day
  • Tulsa Route 66 – Downtown Red Fork/Tulsa Stove Hospital Mural

Best Façade Rehabilitation Over $10,000

  • Ardmore – Chapman Building
  • Kendall Whittier – The Taproom at Marshall Brewing
  • Okmulgee – OSUIT “GOPO” (Grand Old Post Office)

Best Visual Merchandising

  • Ada – Rustic Ridge
  • Duncan – Distinctive-Dé
  • Perry – Yankee Dime Mercantile

Best Building/Business Branding

  • Claremore – Claremore Museum of History (MoH)
  • Durant – Bliss Boutique
  • Tahlequah – The Spring Street Hideaway


Best Adaptive Reuse Project

  • Kendall Whittier – Flash Flood Print Studios
  • Tahlequah – The Spring Street Hideaway
  • Tulsa Route 66 – Red Fork Distillery

Best Business Practices

  • Ada – Serendipity on Main
  • Cherokee – NAPA/Ace Hardware
  • Claremore – The Horse of Course
  • Ponca City – Whimsy

Best New Business

  • Altus – Just Brew It Coffee House
  • Kendall Whittier – Heirloom Rustic Ales
  • Ponca City – Vortex Alley Brewing

Business of the Year

  • Ada – McSwain Theatre
  • Ada – Serendipity on Main
  • Kendall Whittier – Marshall Brewing Company

The reception will begin at 5:30 and the dinner and program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from your local Main Street Program representative for $45.

For a listing of Main Street programs in the state, or for more information about the Oklahoma Main Street Program, please call (405) 815-6552 or visit


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