by Gabby Landsverk, Sun Sailor Newspapers
The Hopkins City Council announced Nov. 1 that Driskill’s, Tuttles and Meadow Creek Condos are the three winners of the city’s 2016 Community Image awards. The honor recognizes properties within Hopkins that contribute to a positive impression of the city, and nominations are determined by residents.
Any nomination that earns at least four of the five judges’ votes is awarded the distinction.
This year’s judges were resident Diane Bangerter, City Community Development Coordinator Meg Beekman, City Visual Arts Manager Jim Clark, resident Gary Newhouse and business representative Amy Saldanha of Kiddywampus.
There is no limit to the number of award winners, according to city staff members, but the same business or property cannot win more than once in a 10-year period.
Driskill’s Downtown Market, 25 11th Ave. N., won an award in the commercial/business category.
“It looks like a hip grocery store in a hip town,” said a nominator.
The store was awarded in part for recognition of recent interior remodeling and updates.
“Driskill’s transformation has truly had an impact on a much broader area of Hopkins and raised the bar for the community,” said one of the judges.
Tuttles, also in the commercial/business category, was recognized for its “large, beautiful inviting patio” which includes a gas fireplace, games and an area for live music. The restaurant, bar and bowling alley, located at 107 Shady Oak Rd, hosted a grand opening for the new outdoor space in June.
“The patio adds great curb appeal to the neighborhood,” said the resident who nominated the business.
Last but not least, Meadow Creek Condominiums, at 823 Old Settlers Trail, received an award in the multi-family residence category.
A resident who nominated the property described a high degree of commitment to the quality of life in the condos.
“Meadow Creek has continually made improvements to the grounds and buildings … maintaining a very visually pleasing and comfortable living atmosphere,” the nominator said. “I constantly get compliments from visitors on the appearance of where I live.”
Mayor Molly Cummings said the annual awards are a great opportunity to highlight some of what Hopkins has to offer. Cummings added that the winners exemplify the welcoming, positive atmosphere of the community.
“I think that these awards show such a commitment not just to the property … but really to the community as a whole. It reflects so positively on our city,” she said. “Thanks to all three (of the winners) … you are such an example of what our city is and who we are.”
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