Winners of the third annual St. Paul Business Awards announced

The St. Paul City Council announced March 29 the winners of the third annual St. Paul Business Awards and will recognize the four winners and celebrate the efforts of all the nominees and other businesses who chose to operate in St. Paul at the City Council meeting on April 10 at 3:30 p.m. with a reception following. The St. Paul Business Awards this year honor businesses in four categories based on nominations from the community. The award categories are Traditions, New Kid on the Block, Good Neighbor and People’s Choice.

A. Johnson & Sons Florist is “a neighborhood staple, and an innovative, forward-thinking, locally-owned business, and we are lucky to have them in our neighborhood,” said Ward 3 Council member Chris Tolbert. The floral business is the winner in the Traditions category which honors a business that has been active in St. Paul for at least 20 years.

In the New Kid on the Block category, Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery won that honor for a business that has opened in St. Paul within the last five years.  Ward 2 Council member Rebecca Noecker said, “I’m thrilled to be recognizing this great new business in the West Seventh neighborhood. They’ve shown a huge commitment to preserving St. Paul’s rich history, by restoring the oldest commercial building in the Twin Cities, while providing a great place for neighbors and visitors alike to enjoy a great meal and a beer.”

Brake Bread is the winner of the Good Neighbor Award which honors a business that shows a dedication to improving the community. “Brake Bread not only sells delicious baked goods but has a model of sustainability that demonstrates their deep commitment to community — from their bike delivery subscription service to their use of local ingredients,” said Noecker.

Lastly, the winner of the People’s Choice category is being awarded to the East Side’s SIR Boxing Club which is recognized for its excellence with the largest number of nominations from St. Paul residents. “SIR Boxing owners, Ceresso and Georgia Fort, are dedicated to our community,” said Ward 6 Council member Kassim Busuri. “They do not merely run a gym or teach boxing - they teach life skills such as dedication, commitment, hard work, and persistence, which will benefit the individual boxers and our community for years to come.”

Winners of the 2019 Business Awards were determined by a panel made up of past winners and business advisors from the St. Paul community. The selection committee that reviewed the applications and selected the winners are as follows: 

• Roxanny Armendariz, Neighborhood Development Alliance

• Scott Fares, Wet Paint

• Teri Focht, Eyes All Over

• Brianne Hamm, Securian Financial

• Ryan Huseby, Tongue and Cheek

• Kao Ly Her, Hmong Elders Center

• Kari Tierney, Highland Business Association

Also, read about past award winners and learn more about the categories and criteria for submitting a nomination at

All four businesses will be recognized on Wednesday, April 10 at St. Paul City Hall, 15 W. Kellogg Boulevard, in the council chambers — room 300. Please join neighbors in recognizing these excellent local businesses. This event is open to the public.

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