By Carlie Kollath Wells/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – His Hers Antiques and Collectible was named downtown Tupelo’s business of year Tuesday.
The store, along with its Tea for T’Arts tea room, won the honor at the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association’s annual meeting. The event was held at the BancorpSouth Conference Center.
Virginia Chambers and her daughter, Ashley, opened the store in August 2011.
“While only just over a year old, the owners have demonstrated what it takes to be a vital part of downtown,” said Main Street Association board president Duke Loden. He commended them for their employee training, their social media usage, their dedication to fundraising for the arts and their incorporation of the downtown logo into their ads.
• Best facade rehabilitation: Renasant Bank for its work on the former Coca-Cola building.
• Best downtown public improvement: the Tupelo Farmers’ Market wall mural – Kit Stafford, Anna Lindsey Garner & Tupelo High School art students.
• Best public-private partnership: the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Tupelo Elvis Presley Fan Club for the Elvis statue in Fairpark.
• Best special event: the Link Center for its “Don’t Be Cruel Bar-B-Que Duel.”
• Special service awards: Jon Milstead for his involvement with the Main Street enhancement project; Darrell Smith for his constant willingness to help and to make sure the Main Street staff had everything they needed at events; Vicky Vance for her efforts filling in at the office and running the Feast for the Farmers event.
• Best business promotion: Devilish Mary’s & His Hers Antiques/Tea for T’Arts for “Spring on Green” & “Alice in Wonderland Tea.”
• Elvis Festival Can to Can’t: volunteers Bobby and Maria Geno and Gerald and Dianne Powell.
• Volunteer of the year: Marianna Coffey.
• Board member of the year: Greg Bost, who volunteered more than 125 hours this year.
• Spirit of Main Street: Randy Burchfield.