Uptown Association honors Lucia Watson, Uptown YWCA, Urban Tails, Mary Trondson

Uptown Association Executive Director Maude Lovelle (l), Lifetime Achievement Award winner Lucia Watson, and Council Member Lisa Bender Credit: Submitted image

Local food pioneer Lucia Watson won the Uptown Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in January, earning the award as she steps back from her namesake restaurant at 31st & Hennepin. In her retirement, she continues working as a consultant to the restaurant and serving on the board of Women Winning, a group dedicated to electing pro-choice women to office.

The Uptown Association annually honors businesses and community members who emphasize community in their work.

The award for Large Business of the Year went to the Uptown YWCA at 2808 Hennepin Ave. S., which holds a lap pool, childcare, and indoor running track. Upcoming classes include log rolling, barbells and bands, boxing and hot yoga.

The Small Business of the Year was Urban Tails Pet Supply at 2106 Lyndale Ave. S., which offers natural pet food (with deliveries), vaccination clinics, free pet play dates and adoption events. On Feb. 15, the shop will host its first-ever Cat-a-Thon, which is a partnership with Pet Project Rescue and Twin City Pet Rescue to find homes for as many cats as possible in one day.

The award for Community Leader of the Year went to Mary Trondson, a volunteer at the Uptown Art Fair for more than a decade.

“She embodies the spirit of a true community leader — working to better the community without asking for anything in return,” stated a news release.

The Uptown Association works to promote the economic vitality of more than 500 businesses in Minneapolis.