NEW ALBANY —
The 15th annual Pillar Awards were bestowed to individuals and businesses deemed to have contributed to the restoration and continued revitalization of downtown or uptown New Albany.
During its annual meeting on Thursday, Develop New Albany recognized Steve Resch, Michelle Kristiansen, The Exchange pub + kitchen and Star Cleaners with Pillar Awards.
This award recognizes a new or emerging business that has been in existence for five years or less. The Exchange pub + kitchen, located in the historic Shrader Stables building at 118 W. Main St., received the 2013 Horizon Award.
The restaurant moved downtown in 2012 after previously being located off Grant Line Road. Co-owners Ian and Nikki Hall were recognized for bringing upscale dining and entertainment to downtown New Albany.
The developer who restored Shrader Stables, Steve Resch, garnered the 2013 Renaissance Award.
Resch and his wife, Donna, have refurbished several downtown buildings for commercial use, but their attention to the Circa-1875 Shrader Stables resulted in them receiving the Renaissance Award.
Develop New Albany recognized the restoration of the building’s mezzanine, the reuse of salvaged lumber for dining tables and the replica use of the old Shrader Stables’ signage for The Exchange’s storefront.
The couple have also refurbished the buildings that now hold the Bank Street Brewhouse, Wick’s Pizza Parlor and Dress & Dwell.
This award is given to a business or organization that has proven to be a foundation to the downtown or uptown areas of New Albany, and that has been in establishment for at least 10 years.
Star Cleaners received the 2013 Foundation Award, as the business was launched by the Tischnor family in 1925 at the foot of East Third Street.
In 1951, a cousin of the family, Elmer Ehalt, was hired as custodian. By 1951, he had become the owner of Star Cleaners.
His son, Roger, took over the business in 1977 and though he retired in 2001, Star Cleaners still remains in the family.
Terri Ehalt Summers, Beth Ehalt Bostock and Barbara Martin own and operate Star Cleaners at the same Third Street location.
The business provides dry cleaning and laundry service as well as tuxedo rentals, alterations and garment storage.
The Achievement Award recognizes a person who has made significant contributions to downtown or uptown, and the 2013 recipient is Michelle Kristiansen of Chase Bank.
Through her role with Develop New Albany, Kristiansen helped organize the inaugural First Tuesday event and Holiday Fest.
She serves as treasurer for Develop New Albany, and was the co-chair of the Bicentennial Ball last year.
Kristiansen previously worked as vice president of the downtown MainSource Bank.
News and notes
Develop New Albany will again be led by Stefanie Griffith, as she will serve her second year of a two-year term as president of the organization.
The Develop New Albany vice president for 2014 will be Teresa Baxter, and Councilwoman Shirley Baird will again be the New Albany City Council representative on the Develop New Albany board.
For more information, visit the website www.developna.org.