The D&R Theatre has in a few short years become the center of revitalization in Aberdeen. From its stunning rehabilitation to its shows, which attract people from all over the area, the theater and its sister businesses have given hope to the community.
Hanner Enterprises constantly supports the community with its ample outreach to schools and organizations, and bring the Harbor influence on the national scene – owner Julianne Hanner is part of McDonald’s national marketing board.
The Voss Acres produce stand and organic farm in Copalis Crossing has created community out of scratch, serving fresh produce and locally-laid eggs to its small town and restoring a historic building to its former glory.
Neighborworks of Grays Harbor has been the backbone of the “Paint the Corridor” project, which beautified a long stretch of Highway 101. But its day-to-day business is keeping people in safe, comfortable housing, which returns over $1 million each year in business to the community.
Cosmo Specialty Fibers
Cosmo Specially Fibers won New Business of the Year for 2011 at Greater Grays Harbor's Business Recognition Awards. They revitalized a mothballed mil, bringing about 200 jobs into the community, and have fully funded an officer for the town of Cosmopolis.
The Dennis Company is Greater Grays Harbor's Large Business of the Year for 2011. They have been in business in the Harbor for over 100 years. In an age where retail seems to be a race to the bottom, the Dennis Company has full medical benefits and advancement for their employees and has figured out the right mix of products and prices to keep Harborites Shopping the Harbor First. Their customer service is excellent.
Waugh's Mens and Women's Apparel is Greater Grays Harbor's 2011 Small Business of the Year. They have earned their title with their store, which has a diverse selection of clothes, wine, cigars, shoes and more at extremely reasonable prices, their dedication to customer service, and their excellent high standards of business and community service.
Grays Harbor Farmers Market
This Farmers Market won the Greater Grays Harbor's Non-Profit of the Year for 2011, thanks to its revitalization that has increased its products, upped its opening hours, building improvements and all-around dedication to buying and selling locally grown and locally made, high-quality products.
7th Street Theatre Wins Business Recognition Award
The 7th Street Theatre was the winner in the Nonprofit Category for Greater Grays Harbor's very first Business Recognition Awards. The Friends of the 7th Street Theatre were selected for their overhaul of the theater's seats, starlight ceiling, stage rigging and more. The rehabilitation of the theater is widely credited with spurring development in downtown Hoquiam as well as polishing a true historic gem.
Westport Winery Wins Business Recognition Award
Westport Winery was the winner in the New Business Category of Greater Grays Harbor's first Business Recognition Awards. The winery was recognized for its burnishing the image of the Harbor with its many awards for its wine, including a "Best of the Northwest" award for best winery, for their commitment to Grays Harbor both as a vineyard growing grapes here and as a leader in supporting local nonprofits (since 2008 they have donated over $100,000 to 32 local charities).
Grays Harbor Paper Wins Business Recognition Award
Grays Harbor Paper was the winner of the Greater Grays Harbor's Business Recognition Awards. They were selected for their innovative marketing strategies, their commitment to creating local jobs, their passion for reinvigorating the Harbor through Grays Harbor Vision 2020 and their commitment to preserving the environment.
Jodesha Broadcasting Wins Business Recognition Award
Jodesha Broadcasting was the winner in the Small Business Category in Greater Grays Harbor's first-ever Business Recognition awards. Owner Bill Wolfenbarger has expanded his radio empire in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties while maintaining local programming and giving back to the community.