Downtown Bozeman Partnership Presents Annual Awards
Posted: May 12, 2017

The Downtown Bozeman Partnership presented three awards at the 12th Annual Downtown Breakfast held Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Baxter Hotel.

The awards included the Downtown Cornerstone Award, the Downtown Community Award and the “Life is Downtown” Award.  The nominees and recipient for each award were selected by the Downtown Partnership boards.


The Downtown Cornerstone Award recognizes a business that serves as an anchor to the downtown community not only economically, but socially, culturally and civically.  The business has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to downtown by sponsoring downtown events, supporting the member organizations of the Downtown Bozeman Partnership, while being an exemplary business leader.

Previous recipients include: Baxter Hotel (2016), Schnees (2015), Country Bookshelf (2014), Rockin’ R Bar (2013), The Leaf & Bean (2012), Insty-Prints (2011), Heeb’s Grocery (2010), Owenhouse Ace Hardware (2009) and First Security Bank (2008).

The 2017 Downtown Cornerstone nominees were the Heyday, MacKenzie River Pizza, and Nova Café. The 2017 recipient of the Downtown Cornerstone Award is Heyday. Lisa Rickenbaugh accepted the award as the owner of Heyday.

Babs Noelle, Downtown Bozeman Association Board member, presented the award saying, “Heyday first opened its doors in November of 2007. Lisa’s business motto is ‘to create a happy and cheerful soul-shopping experience while also building community’. With that mission, Lisa and her cheerful and hard-working team have made Heyday a household name in our local and regional and communities and it’s truly an anchor business for retail in Downtown Bozeman.”


The Downtown Community Award acknowledges a business or organization that has provided exemplary support of downtown Bozeman.  This entity recognizes that the city of Bozeman and the entire Gallatin Valley benefits from a thriving downtown, and therefore, they have assisted the Downtown Bozeman Partnership in its efforts to promote and enhance the community’s historic core. 

Previous recipients include: Gallatin Art Crossing (2016), First Security Bank (2015), First Interstate Bank (2014), Town Square Media (2013), Bozeman Daily Chronicle (2012), Bozeman Food Co-op (2011), City of Bozeman (2010), Montana State University (2009) and Kenyon Noble (2008).

The 2017 Downtown Community nominees were Bridger Bowl, Cancer Support Community, and Sweet Pea Festival. The 2017 recipient of the Downtown Community Award is the Sweet Pea Festival.  Kris Olenicki, Sweet Pea Director, accepted the award.

Susan Neubauer, Downtown Business Improvement District board member, presented the award and said, “People travel from near and far to listen to music, watch dance, enjoy theater, eat a Tatter Pig, and weather a thunderstorm or two. And each year Sweet Pea Festival attendees also experience Downtown Bozeman. As the Sweet Pea Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary, it is appropriate that we celebrate Sweet Pea by awarding it the Downtown Cornerstone Award.”


The “Life is Downtown” Award honors a person who has given a veritable lifetime of service to downtown Bozeman.  The recipient has exceeded the expectations of the community in their generous support downtown.  This person has devoted considerable time and effort to the betterment of the downtown community by volunteering for special events, serving as a downtown board member, and playing a leadership role in downtown initiatives. 

Previous recipients include: Babs Noelle (2016), Rob Pertzborn (2015), Ileana Indreland (2014), Bobby Bear (2013), Larry Bowman (2012), Bert Hopeman (2011), Chris Pope (2010), Steve Schnee (2009) and Bob Paynich (2008).

The 2017 “Life is Downtown” nominees were Coco Douma, Mike Hope, and Bob Lashaway. The 2017 recipient of the “Life is Downtown” Award is Bob Lashaway.

Chris Naumann, Downtown Partnership Director, presented the award and said, “During his 15 years of service, Bob brought his extensive knowledge of complex planning and construction projects at Montana State University to the downtown urban renewal board. Over the years, the board and I benefited tremendously from Bob’s analytical approach and attention to important details.”

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