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York's Downtown Inc honors top helpersAwards event recognizes top people, businesses and nonprofits

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During January's historic snowfall, the York City Pretzel Co. stayed open to offer free pretzels, coffee and hot chocolate to city workers, police, firefighters and other emergency responders.

And the two-year-old pretzel business “has become a real downtown destination, helping to put West Market Street on the map,” officials with York’s Downtown Inc said.

The pretzel business was one of the winners in this past week’s “Downtown First Awards,” hosted by Downtown Inc, the York economic revitalization and improvement organization.

Several awards were given to businesses, organizations and individuals working to improve and revitalize York’s central business district in Thursday’s 16th annual Downtown Inc event, held at York’s LSC Design.

Winners were:

- The York Water Company, as York’s oldest downtown business.

- Fulton Bank, for outstanding large business.

- DiDi & Smiling John’s traditional barber shop and salon, for outstanding small business.

- Pedi Cabs of York, outstanding new business.

- York Rescue Mission, outstanding nonprofit.

Volunteers from the mission regularly beautify sidewalks, tree wells and windows along York’s West Market Street, according to the organization’s award description, and the organization also has partnered with downtown York leaders to help with event promotion, cleanup before and after events and in other areas.

- Punks for Positivity, Better York Appell Beautification Award.

“What started as a group of self-proclaimed punks cleaning up the streets of York City has grown into a volunteer organization working to create and inspire positive changes in our city,” stated a description of the award.

- Glenn Smith, outstanding individual in an organization.

Smith, an attorney with CGA Law Firm, has “shared his vision for building a strong and vibrant downtown by focusing his practice on working with and assisting a multitude of young and talented entrepreneurs” in York, according to his award description, and he has been an active downtown volunteer.

- Joe Jefcoat, outstanding volunteer.

Jefcoat “has been a staple in downtown revitalization in both downtown and Olde Town East, spearheading beautification efforts and creating a sense of neighborhood among residents” by helping with a variety of organizations, according to his award description.

The winners were chosen by an anonymous selection committee, comprised of downtown professionals and leaders, Downtown Inc officials said.

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David O'Connor

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