Mid Town District recognizes annual accomplishments

The Mid Town District Association presented three awards during its annual holiday mixer Dec. 14 at Benson Stone Company.

The Ekstrom Building, 628 7th St., was awarded “Most Improved Building of the Year”; Phoenix Traders, 215 7th St., was awarded “New Business of the Year”; and the Patriots’ Gateway Center was awarded the “2005 Community Impact Award.”

More than 250 supporters and friends of the Mid Town District attended the mixer. Awards were presented by William C. Mohr, CEO and president of Mid Town District Association.

“I am very thankful to Bill Mohr and the Mid Town District Association for this recognition,” said Jim Phelps, who co-owns Phoenix Traders with his wife, Janet.

Phoenix Traders was the first-ever recipient of the “New Business of the Year” award. The fair-trade store is an imaginatively spirited importer of fine handicrafts from planet Earth. The company directly supports both local and international artisans with the belief that trade is a two-way street.

Phoenix Traders practices fair trade and returns a portion of earnings to the international communities to make their business possible. They consistently seek out products that enrich and improve the quality of life for both the artisans and purchasers of their offerings. This Mid Town District store also provides an outlet for local musicians and recorded performance artists to sell their CDs, with no commission cut.

Items that can be found at the store include hand-knit sweaters and gloves made from sheep and alpaca wool, mittens, jewelry, incense, scented oils, T-shirts, and hemp wares.

Phoenix Traders, 215 7th St., is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon-4 p.m., Sundays. More info: 962-4212.

From the Dec. 21-27, 2005, issue

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