The SBB unveils nominees for Local Business Awards

The Small Business Beanstalk yesterday announced the nominees for its first-ever Local Business Awards.

Sixty-nine businesses throughout Central Ohio have been nominated in 13 categories. Award winners will be determined by votes cast at and the SBB’s Facebook page at through Sept. 17. Also, a live voting booth will be set up at the Independents’ Day festival on Sept. 17.

“Central Ohio is home to dedicated entrepreneurs and incredible local businesses that keep our economies and communities strong,” says Wolf Starr, CEO of the SBB. “The SBB Local Business Awards are a way to recognize the accomplishments of local business leaders who are doing great things, even during tough economic times, and to showcase the wide-range of local business options available to consumers in our area.”

Starr says dozens of community leaders will be on hand to present the awards, and the ceremony will include performances from local bands, including Andy Shaw, The Spruce Campbells, Phantods, G.Finesse and The N.S., The Town Monster, Wet Darlings, and Karate Coyote.

The finalists for the awards are:

Best Local Arts Organization
Wexner Center for the Arts
Wild Goose Creative
Wonderland Columbus

Best Local Gallery
83 Gallery
Junctionview Studios/CouchFire
OSU Urban Arts Space
Roy G Biv Gallery
Sherrie Gallerie

Best Local Bar
Hudson Street Hooligans
Ravari Room
Surly Girl Saloon
Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktail

Best Local Retailer
Clintonville Outfitters
The Candle Lab
What The Rock?!
Wholly Craft

Best Music Venue
Newport Music Hall
Rumba Café
Skully’s Music Diner
The LC Pavilion

Best Local Grocery or Market
Clintonville Community Market
North Market
Rife’s Market
The Hills Market
Weiland’s Gourmet Market

Best Local Spa or Salon
Nurtur the Salon
Open Sky Day Spa
Phia Salon
Rendezvous Hair Salon
Studio Posh
Virtue the Salon

Best Local Gym
Aspire Women’s Weight Loss & Fitness
Columbus Sports Connection
CORE Fitness Studios
Oxygen Health & Fitness
Yun Fitness Bootcamps

Best Local Tattoo Parlor
Evolved Body Art
Fate Tattoo
Momento Tattoo and Gallery
Short North Tattoo
Thrill Vulture Tattooing

Best Local Food Truck
Junior’s Tacos
Leslie’s Creperie
Mikey’s Late Night Slice
Mojo TaGo
The Cheesy Truck

Best New Local Business
Burn Fitness
Make Believe Monsters
Short North Bagel Deli
Traxler Tees

Best Restaurant
Basi Italia
Betty’s Fine Food and Spirits
Katalina’s Café Corner
Mozart’s Bakery

Business of the Year
B1 Bicycles
Brother’s Drake Mead
Milk Bar
Pistacia Vera
Seagull Bags

“For several weeks we accepted write in nominations online for all the categories,” Starr says.

Hundreds of businesses were nominated; the finalists are the ones with the most nominations. The award categories were suggested by SBB members and Facebook fans.

Winners will be announced during the SBB Awards Gala on Sept. 21 at the Bluestone in downtown Columbus. Don’t let the word “gala” fool you, though.

“We are in no way going to take this event too seriously,” Starr says. “This is a big party. We want everyone to have fun and we will drive a lot of business to our members when distributing the 1,800 [gala] tickets in many different ways.”

To date, the SBB has partnered with more than 400 companies (that employ more than 3,500 Central Ohio residents) to grow small businesses and connect consumers with local goods and services through the use of its free neighborhood discount card.

To learn more about the Small Business Beanstalk, read our Metropreneur story about it here.