Three Astoria businesses received awards Wednesday at the Oregon Main Street conference in Albany.
Mo’s Chowder, a coastal seafood chain that opened in 2017 along the Astoria Riverwalk, won the award for best adaptive reuse.
The company converted a former location of Englund Marine & Industrial Supply into a large restaurant and commercial chowder kitchen. The $3 million renovation added 80 windows along the Columbia River, a 160-person dining area and windows for visitors to view the chowder production. The restaurant and production facility created 30 full-time and 40 part-time jobs.
Lunch counter Good to Go won the award for best new business. Owners Heidi and Dan Dlubac rehabilitated the former Danish Maid Bakery downtown into a takeout, snack and catering venue.
Gimre’s Shoes, the oldest family owned shoe store west of the Rockies, won the award for best retailer of the year. The store was founded in 1892 by Sven Gimre, grandfather of current owner Pete Gimre.
“The award winners reflect some of the highest achievements in downtown revitalization efforts across the state,” Sheri Stuart, state coordinator for Oregon Main Street, said in a release. “It is gratifying to see the progress being made to revitalize historic downtowns across the state. This is happening because of the dedicated staff and volunteers who share a commitment to their downtowns and a passion to make their communities a better place.”