Jamestown Chamber Salutes Its Finest

Representatives from the honored businesses and organizations during the Jamestown Community Chamber Salute to the Finest held March 4 at Shawbucks.

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Sheila Webster
Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce

With an overflow crowd in attendance, the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce paid tribute to a number of local businesses, organizations, and individuals Monday in its annual Salute to the Finest, presenting its awards for the 2018 year.
Honored as Business of the Year was Lake Shore Paving. While paving is part of their name, the company does much more, including excavation, site work, utility work, concrete, asphalt, and maintenance. A family owned business formed in 1998, Lake Shore Paving is now co-owned by the second generation of the Lindstrom family and has expanded from a small asphalt paving company into a fully integrated civil contractor.
The Pride of Jamestown Award was presented to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. After a recent upgrade of its entire physical space, the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is a complete center for performing arts, visual arts, a low power radio station, and offers numerous spaces for community collaboration.
The Retailer of the Year Award went to Wegmans. Serving the Jamestown Community for 24 years, Wegmans is consistently ranked as one of the top ten Best Companies to Work For in the Fortune 100. With over 300 employees, some of whom are second and third generation, Wegmans prides itself on treating its staff well so that they will treat customers well.
Manufacturer of the Year is Cummins. Currently with more than 1,600 employees, Cummins is the largest private employer in Chautauqua County.
Lena’s Pizza was named Restaurant of the Year. In business since 1980, Lena’s makes high quality pizza. Owners Jami and Don Olson accepted the award.
New Business of the Year was the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel which opened last fall to high acclaim and has been serving the region ever since. Their recent sold-out Fire and Ice celebration was a tremendous success. The $38-million grand hotel on Chautauqua Lake features top of the line accommodations and service.
The Service to Humanity Award was presented to UCAN (United Christian Advocacy Network) Ministry for restoring an important service to Jamestown. The UCAN City Mission offers much more than a place to stay for adult men. It also offers recovery services, health care, life skills training, and a local church connection.
Named Young Business Leaders of the Year were Joe and Alyvia Town. The couple not only got married in 2018, they also bought a business. Joe Town had worked in the food and wine industries for several years when he and his wife decided to purchase Pace’s Pizza.
Jamestown Community Chamber Board President Vicki McGraw was master of ceremonies for the event, which was held at Shawbucks. Sponsors were Ahlstrom Schaeffer Electric Corporation, Elegant Edibles Catering, Shawbucks, Summit Wealth Management, OBSERVER, and The Post-Journal.
The next Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce event will be held on Saturday, March 16, when a leprechaun will Turn the River Green for St. Patrick’s Day. All are welcome to attend at the Riverwalk in Brooklyn Square as the Chadakoin River magically turns green at 11am. Businesses are invited to participate in the Leprechaun Crossing event. To learn more call the Chamber at 484-1101 or email Coordinator Joanna Dahlbeck at jdahlbeck@chautauquachamber.org.