Multiple community leaders received awards Thursday at the Mississippi Main Street Association Awards Thursday.
Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill was honored with the Main Street Hero Award. This award recognizes one outstanding community leader or public figure who has displayed an involved commitment to downtown and his or her Main Street program.
Spruill said she is thankful the rest of the state can see Starkville’s focus on Main Street and the positive impact it plays on the community.
“I’m very flattered and certainly honored that they thought the things that we’re doing in downtown were significant enough to be submitted as an applicant as a possible selection,” Spruill said. “I’m very proud of the things we’ve done on Main Street as well as many other areas of town.”
The late Dan Camp, the designer of Starkville’s Cotton District, was posthumously awarded the Sam Kaye Excellence in Design award. This award is given to a design professional who exemplifies Main Street, Historic Preservation and/or high quality design in their work with Mississippi’s Main Street communities and programs.
Camp’s son, Robert Camp, accepted the award on his behalf.
Park Place Boutique and Salon received the Outstanding Merchant of the Year award from Mississippi Main Street.
This award recognizes one outstanding local business owner who has a flourishing and innovative business and displayed an involved commitment to downtown and his or her Main Street program.
Accepting the award were owners of Park Place, Dean and Gail Stevens.
Barbara Bigelow, director for Main Street Columbus, said she is so grateful to have Park Place as part of Columbus’ downtown family.
“We are so very proud to have this fabulous business and family as part of our downtown community,” Bigelow said. “They showed their true commitment to downtown when they turned down a chance for a prime location at our local mall.”