Magers & Quinn, the owner of Salon Levante, and The Ackerberg Group were among this year’s Business of Community award winners bestowed by the Uptown Association.
The small business award went to Magers & Quinn Booksellers at 3038 Hennepin Ave., an Uptown staple for 20 years. The Association lauded the shop’s window displays, events and its blog (magersandquinn.wordpress.com). Recent blog posts feature book recommendations by songwriter Dessa, playwright Kevin Kling, recent Newbery Medal winner Kate DiCamillo, and former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe.
The large business award went to The Ackerberg Group, based in the West Calhoun neighborhood. In early February, the company finished leasing the entire 10-story MoZaic tower at Lagoon & Girard. The developer’s next major project is the neighboring MoZaic East, an eight-story office building at Lagoon & Fremont.
“Not only do they focus their business in Uptown, but their commitment to create a thriving, vibrant urban neighborhood is one of the great motivators of their work,” said an Uptown Association statement on the awards.
Dwight Carlson, owner of Salon Levante at 3040 Hennepin Ave., earned the award for community leader. Carlson has served as a member of the Association for 12 years.
The Association presented its first-ever Lifetime Achievement award to Ray Harris, the developer of Calhoun Square and an “urban problem solver for five decades.” About two years ago, he published the book “Welcome to Wynott” about a mythical utopia where people live in sustainable ways — they bike or walk to work, receive more schooling, and spend more time together.
The Uptown Association produces the Uptown Art Fair and works to improve the economic vitality of Uptown.