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Photos: City of Covington Honors Businesses at Annual Awards

The City of Covington honored businesses old and new on Wednesday night during its Business Excellence Awards at the Madison Event Center downtown.

Mayor Joe Meyer and the city commissioners served as host and presenters, recognizing those companies that have been in Covington for 100 years or more, 50 years or more, and then in a string of categories related to strong growth, innovation, aesthetics, and ultimately the top prize, the Spirit of Progress, which was awarded to Corporex Companies. Chairman Bill Butler accepted the award and spoke at the event. 

Finalists were given a wooden plaque, and winners in each category took home a special wood piece that included a design of the building they occupy. The awards were created by Covington-based Grainwell.

The finalists in each category are listed below with the winners in bold.

Significant Business Growth

  • Braxton Brewing Company
  • Grainwell
  • Legacy Financial Advisors, Inc.
  • STEP CG, LLC

Exceptional Customer Service

  • Amerasia
  • Inspirado
  • Klingenberg's Hardware
  • Left Bank Coffeehouse
  • Old Town Cafe

Innovation (Unique or Innovative Product or Service)*

  • Chroma Vino
  • Hotel Covington
  • Life Learning Center
  • St. Charles Community

Community Champion

  • Children, Inc.
  • Left Bank Coffeehouse
  • Point Perk
  • Roebling Point Coffee and Books
  • The River City News

History/Longevity

  • Dee Felice Cafe
  • Klingenberg's Hardware
  • Motch Jewelers
  • Mother of God Catholic Church
  • Victory Battery

New Business (Minimum 1 yr, less than 3 yrs)

  • Bard's Burgers and Chili
  • Body by Bree
  • Braxton Brewing Company
  • Dogs-N-Style
  • Lisse Steakhuis

Out of the Box (Unique/Specialty Business)

  • Amerasia
  • Gutierrez Deli
  • Hotel Covington
  • Keep Your Shirt on Covington
  • The Globe

Exceptional Aesthetics (Stewardship, Beautification)*

  • Commonwealth Bistro
  • Left Bank Coffeehouse
  • Molly Malone's Irish Pub
  • The Village Pub

The Spirit of Progress Award: Corporex Companies


Businesses with 100 or more years in Covington:

  • Allison & Rose Funeral Home
  • Motch Jewelers
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare
  • Rusk Heating & Cooling
  • Fedders Feed & Seed
  • Truitt Roofing
  • Linnemann Funeral Homes (Serenity Funeral Care)
  • Kentucky Federal Savings & Loan
  • Citizens Federal Savings & Loan
  • Covington Ladies Home
  • Adams, Stepner, Woltermann & Dusing Law Firm
  • D.C. Morrison Co.
  • Anthe Machine Works
  • Swindler & Currin Funeral Home
  • Riggs Hearing & Vision
  • Boeckley/Ruwe Pharmacy

Businesses with 50 or more (but fewer than 100) years in Covington:

  • Frank's Men's Shop
  • Heringer Meats
  • T&W Printing
  • Klingenberg's Hardware
  • Ashland Inc.
  • Smith Muffler
  • A.F. Riedinger & Sons/Reliable Cleaners
  • Bressler & Co. CPAs
  • Twin Oaks Golf & Plantation Club
  • Dixie Chili & Deli
  • Middendorf Supply
  • Middendorf-Bullock Funeral Home
  • Blank's Pharmacy
  • Herb & Thelma's
  • Covington Chili
  • Bilz Insurance
  • Connley Brothers Funeral Home
  • Landwehr Hardware
  • B&E Decorating Center/B&E Paints
  • Egelston Maynard Sports
  • American Sound & Electronics
  • CTS Packaging Inc.
  • Gliers Meats
  • Ken/API Builders Supply
  • Walther Auto Body
  • Ziegler Dance Studio
  • Steffen's Rental
  • John R. Green Co.
  • Kelly Bros. Home Center/Lumber Co.
  • White Castle
  • S&W Tire & Car
  • Crone's Auto Body
  • Baptist Towers (Baptist Life Communities)
  • Firestone Co.
  • B.J. Novelty
  • Corken Steel
  • D'Amico Tailor Shop
  • Papas Candies
  • Swilly's Auto Sales
  • Taylor Brothers Inc.
  • Victory Battery
  • Economy Market
  • Batson & Associates
  • St. Charles Care Center
  • Richard G. Kemper Inc.
  • Theatre House Inc.
  • ACB American Inc./United Recovery
  • Gateway Glass & Glazing
  • Rosedale Manor/Rosedale Green
  • Taliaferro, Carran & Cowherd, PLLC
  • Latonia Bait & Tackle
  • Corbin Auto Body
  • Cork-N-Bottle
  • Northkey
  • Pediatric Care of KY PSC
  • Regional Reps Corp.
  • Restoration Society
  • Corporex Companies Inc.
  • Panorama Apts.
  • Blau Mechanical, Inc.

-Staff report

Photos by Brian Frey

Slideshow Images & Captions: 
Latonia Business Association President Pat McDonald