The Downtown Bozeman Partnership presented an award at the 13th Annual Downtown Breakfast held Friday, May 18, 2018 at the historic Baxter Hotel.

Approximately 90 downtown business and property owners attend the event. Chris Naumann and Ellie Staley provided updates from the Business Improvement District, Downtown Bozeman Association, and the Urban Renewal District. Andrea Surratt, City of Bozeman City Manager, gave the keynote address titled “Downtown or Bust”. Surratt advocated that a community is only as strong and vibrant as its downtown district.

At the event, the Partnership presented the Downtown Cornerstone 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: Heyday, Baxter Hotel, Schnees Boots & Shoes, Country Bookshelf, Rockin’ R Bar, The Leaf & Bean, Insty-Prints, Heeb’s Grocery, Owenhouse Ace Hardware and First Security Bank.

The 2018 Downtown Cornerstone nominees were the First Interstate Bank, MacKenzie River Pizza, and Nova Café. The 2018 recipient of the Downtown Cornerstone Award is Nova Cafe which was accepted by owner Serena Rundberg.

Babs Noelle, Downtown Bozeman Association Board member, presented the award saying, “Nova Cafe, like its owner, is known for its strong sense of style, as well as its unique menu of locally-sourced food served by an outgoing and much-loved staff. Nova Café, which has earned “Best Breakfast in Bozeman” for the fifth consecutive year, is continuing to thrive and contribute to the vitality of downtown Bozeman as one of its cornerstone business.”