The Vinings Business Association Tuesday honored one of the community’s staples with its 2011 Vinings Business of the Year award.
The Vinings Jubilee, a shopping center which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, won the accolade for its positive impact on the area, the organization announced at its monthly meeting at Social Vinings restaurant.
It won over four other nominees: Cobb County Public Safety/Vinings, First Citizens Bank’s Cumberland Boulevard branch, Social Vinings and the Vinings Historic Preservation Society.
“I was not expecting this. This was really a great honor for us and we had a lot of competition [for the award],” said Terri Hilderhoff, property manager for Paces Holdings, the company that manages the jubilee.
The association’s board of directors, with input from the organization’s committee chairs, made the choice. The 2009 winner was SOHO restaurant and the last year’s honoree was the Courtyard by Marriott Vinings.
“I think longevity is a key,” association chair Glenn Christian said of the jubilee. “They promote businesses well to drive people to Vinings. They host a lot of events in Vinings that are family friendly. Also, it’s in recognition of its 25th anniversary.”
Hilderhoff said the jubilee, which celebrated its milestone with an event in October, hosted at least six events this year, more than normal, because of the anniversary. They included two Christmas ones, an improvisation comedy affair, a greyhound adoption and a magic show.
The shopping center also hosts the Rotary Club of Vinings’ Run for the Kids 5K post-race party and sponsors the event. It also hosts some Vinings Historic Preservation Society events, and a portion of proceeds from the anniversary event benefitted the Vinings Community Conservation Alliance.
“Plus this year we constructed a stage on the side of the Limetree building by the clock tower,” Hilderhoff said. “We plan to do a lot more community events. … Without the community, we might as well close our doors. It’s what keeps us alive here.”
Also, the association announced and installed its 2012 officers, in addition to Christian: Chris Heuser of PC Doc USA, president; Louis DeLuca of Marietta Signs, president-elect; Patrick Stafford of Cobb Youth Sports, vice president/treasurer; Bill Borden of CheckPoint Mortgage; advisor; and Michael Miller, membership director.