With seven thousand entrants, the Best Downtown Business in Texas Award is a coveted prize that is sought out by communities and businesses from across the state. The City of Forney and Crumbzz started the celebrations when they were notified in September by the Texas Downtown Association (TDA) that they were one of the final seven nominees to be considered for the award. To overcome such odds and make it to the final seven was an accomplishment in and of itself. To win the award is a major accomplishment of Crumbzz, The City of Forney, the Economic Development Corporation of Forney as well as The Forney Art Council (whose beautiful Hall of Art art gallery is housed in the Crumbzz Tasting Pavilion.)
Since 1998 the TDA has recognized over 150 projects, events and people that make a difference in Texas downtowns. The best Downtown Business award recognizes an exceptional downtown business that positively promotes the downtown or commercial district as a destination for locals and tourists alike, and actively participates in the revitalization efforts and supports downtown promotional events.
Winners were announced on November 8 at the Presidents Awards Gala held in conjunction with the 2012 Texas Downtown Development and Revitalization Conference in Wichita Falls. The event featured awards for; The Best Commercial Interior, The Best Renovation / Rehabilitation, The Best Restoration, The Best New Construction, The Best Public Improvement, The Best Marketing Program, The Best Promotional Event, The Best Downtown Partner and the most coveted The Best Downtown Business Award.
Judging for the awards took place on Thursday, September 6, in Austin. The distinguished jury panel included the following representatives: Martin Bevins, Texas Co-op Power Magazine; Diana Blank, Kyle Economic Development Corporation; Melissa Burnett, Downtown Alliance San Antonio; Julie Fitch, Downtown Austin Alliance; and Kevin Walker, Community Revitalization Strategies.
The Texas Downtown Association, established in 1985, is a statewide nonprofit organization comprised of almost 400 members involved in downtown revitalization projects. By fostering development and revitalization, TDA strives to enhance the economic vitality of Texas downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts by providing resources, networking opportunities, education and advocacy.
Crumbzz was presented with the award because of how the company, the City of Forney and the non-profit Forney Art Council (FAC) overcame the many challenges they faced as they joined together to create a truly unique experience in a small Texas Historic Downtown. By having an established base of worldwide clientele, joining with the City of Forney to build a world-class european bistro and partnering with the FAC to house the Forney Gallery of Arts, Crumbzz instantly created a destination business for visitors and locals alike. An accomplishment that often takes years to accomplish. The City of Forney now has the cornerstone in their effort to revitalize Historic Downtown Forney and make it THE destination for Texans AND out-of-state visitors.