WIFR: Seven Rockford Businesses Honored with Landscape Awards

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) — Local businesses were awarded Thursday for keeping storefronts beautified.

The Rockford Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau honored seven businesses with “Business is Blooming” awards.

RACVB organized a team of judges to check out storefronts for more than 40 local businesses. RACVB hopes the competition will strengthen pride in Rockford and encourage more businesses to improve their landscape.

“When you have a pleasing environment, that is a draw for customers whether it’s visitors or our community,” says Tana Vettore, RACVB director of destination development. “We know that its important in that it will be a fundamental gain for our community and that business.”

The winners get an assortment of prizes, including nearly $2,000 in online promotions and trophies.

Here is a list of winners:

Small Business – 5 Forks Market (6565 Lexus Dr, Rockford, IL 61108);

Big Business – Mercyhealth Javon Bea Hospital – Riverside (8201 E Riverside Blvd, Rockford, IL 61107);

Restaurant Outdoor Dining – Franchesco’s Ristorante (7128 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61114) AND The Olympic Tavern (2327 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103);

Best of State Street – The Standard (214 E State St, Rockford, IL 61104);

Returning Champion – UIC Health Sciences Campus – Rockford (1601 Parkview Ave, Rockford, IL 61107);

Hidden Gem – City Body Shop (301 N Madison St., Rockford, IL 61107).

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