Awards given to community leaders

By Nancy Black

The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business of the Year Awards ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 9. Business owners and community members gathered at the Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Center on the Roger Perry Campus of Lakehill Preparatory School for the luncheon. 

The winners, pictured above, are: Back Row: Chamber Chairman Brad Grist; Dominic Harwood, Minuteman Press-East Dallas; Kyle Flowers, Mariano’s Hacienda; Michael Huscheck, Well Grounded Coffee Community; Z. Zsohar, For the Love of the Lake. Front Row: John Leake, Flatbread Company; Renee Roozen, Dickey’s Barbeque Pit; Charlie Kobdish, Charlie’s Treats – Kid Made, Kid Owned; Jane DeNike, Curiosities & Curious Garden. Not pictured: Thierry Plumettaz, Le Caveau Vinotheque.
Photo courtesy of the GEDCC

After a family-style, three-course meal, engraved crystal awards were handed out in seven different categories: Business of the Year, Dickey’s Barbeque Pit; Chairman’s Award, Flatbread Company; Entrepreneur of the Year, La Caveau Vinotheque and Minuteman Press; Live Local Award, Curiosities and Curious Garden, For the Love of the Lake and Well Grounded Coffee Community; R.S. Munger Business Pioneer, Mariano’s Hacienda; and the People’s Choice Award, Charlie’s Treats — Kid Made, Kid Owned, with runners up MoMo Italian Kitchen and Texas Telcom Credit Union. According to its website, the purpose of the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce is “to promote the cultural, educational and industrial interests of the East Dallas Area so that its businesses, neighborhoods and citizens shall prosper.” 

For more information about the Chamber, visit