Announcing the 2021 Downtown Spotlight Award Recipients

We are proud to announce the recipients of the inaugural Downtown Billings Spotlight Awards.

The nominations came in from downtown Billings businesses who belong to the membership arm of the DBA and from the general public. These awards allow our community a chance to celebrate and honor those who contribute to Downtown Billings’ growth, diversity, vitality and investment in our community. 

Billings Symphony Orchestra
Building Improvement Award:
 Awarded to a building/business owner with the most improved façade or strongest building development project in within the last year.

Julie Seedhouse
Community Builder Award:
 Awarded to an individual whose efforts positively affect how people feel about downtown Billings. The Community Builder Award recipient has facilitated the development of our downtown community, actively contributing to the growth, vitality, and overall appeal and betterment of downtown Billings. 

Mike Nelson & The Northern Hotel
Best Neighbor Award:
 Awarded to a downtown neighbor (business owner, property owner, employee, etc) who is always willing to offer a helping hand to fellow “downtowners”.

The Billings Depot & Toucan Gallery
Golden Broom Award:
 Awarded to a business that excels in maintaining an attractive and welcoming street presence.

The Marble Table
New Business Spotlight Award:
 Awarded to a downtown business that has been in operation for less than three years and has demonstrated strong potential via growth, innovation, and leadership. Additionally, the business has demonstrated a culture of risk-taking and trailblazing and has positioned itself to achieve similar success in the future through new or innovative product or service, quality of merchandise/customer service, job creation, growth, potential, and market served.

Montana Brewing Company 
Downtown Gem Award:
 Awarded to a business who has been in operation for more than 10 years who still shines as a staple in downtown Billings due to their consistent commitment to innovation, community leadership, quality of merchandise/customer service, and job creation.

The award recipients will be recognized at the Downtown Billings Spotlight Social, an event we are hosting for downtown allies & stakeholders, including: business owners, property owners, employees, and residents alike. The Spotlight Social is being held Thursday, June 17th from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the N. 29th Street Alley in downtown Billings, Montana.