Announcing the 2023 Downtown Spotlight Award Recipients

Award recipients will be recognized Thursday, June 8th at Alive After 5 at The Pub Station. We hope you join us as we honor them on stage around 6:30pm.  

Nominations for the 3rd Annual Downtown Spotlight Awards came from the general public and downtown Billings businesses who belong to the membership arm of the DBA. We created these awards in 2021 as a way to come together before the busy event season and celebrate those who contribute to downtown Billings’ growth, diversity, vitality and investment in our community. 

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.

Toad N Willow
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.

Brockles Chocolates
Golden Broom Award:
 Awarded to a business that excels in maintaining an attractive and welcoming street presence.

Sue Powell – Barjon’s Books
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”.

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

Matt Blakeslee – Art House Cinema
Ziggy Ziegler 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. 

Tina Parsons
Volunteer of the Year: Awarded to the individual who generously committed their time at the most downtown events in the last 12 months.


Tina Parsons – 11 events
Cody Floyd
– 10 events
Jennifer Webber – 6 events
Sharon Dickhaut
– 6 events

We thank these volunteers and all our volunteers for the support they provide out team at various downtown events throughout the year.