Future Downtown Flower Shop Wins Jump Start Award

GET A JUMP ON SUCCESS. The winners of the Jump Start Downtown 2022 contest. (photo sent)

A luxury floral and gift short that plans to open in downtown Eau Claire is the big winner of the latest Jump Start Downtown contest sponsored by Downtown Eau Claire Inc.

Lily Beez, who will be at 303 Main Street, won the Jim Mishefske Grand Prize, which includes a $5,000 cash prize sponsored by Royal Credit Union, a six-month DECI Professional Membership and a three-month Flex Membership. months with CoLab.

The honorable mention award, worth $2,500, went to The Crazy Buzzard, a restaurant that recently moved from Banbury Place to 409 Galloway St., the former home of Galloway Grille. The price also includes a six-month DECI membership and a three-month CoLab flex membership.

Additionally, additional sponsorship funds enabled DECI to award two $1,000 Innovative Ideas Prizes. The first winner was The Eau Claire Refillery, an eco-friendly store at 207 N. Barstow St. that focuses on reducing packaging waste by allowing customers to buy or bring refillable containers and refill them. shampoo, soap, cleaning products and Suite. The other winner was Laser Fix, 130 S. Barstow St., which offers laser hair reduction treatments.

“We had a particularly strong list of candidates this year,” said Aaron White, executive director of DECI. “With seven applicants, it was also the second highest number of participants in the program’s 17-year history, and we think that’s very good news. Interest in establishing a business downtown remains high, and a thriving business center truly benefits our entire community. »

The Jump Start Downtown contest is sponsored by Royal Credit Union, Banbury Place, CoLab, Mayo Clinic Health System, Ruder Ware, Xcel Energy, Bakke Normal Law Offices, Cigan Properties, Market & Johnson, Pablo Foundation and Westconsin Credit Union. DECI is a city-affiliated non-profit organization that promotes the development of business, housing, culture and activities in downtown Eau Claire. Learn more at DowntownEauClaire.org.

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