Westminster Business

Businesses recognized through awards program

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Beginning in 1990, the city of Westminster sponsored the annual Business Appreciation event, honoring local businesses. For 2013, the city made a change and started the Business Legacy Awards Program, recognizing businesses who have reached longevity milestones starting with 25 years.

This year 53 Westminster businesses were honored throughout the year at city council meetings ranging from 25 years to 60 years of business. Ryan Johnson, economic development specialist, said the Business Legacy Awards Program was introduced to continue to provide an opportunity for council to personally say thank-you to business owners for their commitment in doing business in Westminster for a long period of time.

“Business owners and employees are able to receive formal recognition by council through this program,” he said. “Businesses that have been here for a long time are really part of the fabric of the city’s history, and they deserve to be honored.”

Accomplishing 60 years of business this year was Valente’s Deli Bakery and Italian Market at 7250 Meade St. Owned and operated by three generations of the Valente family, now run by Larry and his son Dino, the business staple provides not only homemade Italian sausage and cannolis to the community, but also a place for residents to feel at home.

“The number one thing is the friendliness to the customers and the relationships we have with the customers,” Larry said. “The guys and girls who work here know many customers by their names and people love that, and they come back.”

In business for 55 years in 2013 is Bea & Herb’s Old Town Auto Care at 3791 W. 72nd Ave. Owned by Herb and Bea Waltemeyer, began their journey by first opening a Phillips 66 Station. Years later a car wash was added. In 2011, after both Bea and Herb passed away, their daughter Jody took over management and now the building is rented to auto care businesses.

The 2013 50-year honorary is The Greg Mastriona Golf Courses at Hyland Hills at 9650 Sheridan Blvd. Named after the former Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District director Greg Mastriona, the facility offers four courses to patrons ranging from beginner to expert, a recently renovated club house and food from Ciancio’s Restaurant.

“It is truly an honor to have fifty years behind us and to continue to grow and maintain the golf courses in a way that honors the original vision and meets the needs of new golf enthusiasts,” said Joann Cortez, communications director for Hyland Hills.

Below is a list of the 50 other businesses honored by the Business Legacy Awards Program:

40 years: Camp’s Rocky Mountain Cut Stone

35 years: Hodgson Enterprises, Inc., Klein Plumbing and U-Haul Center North Federal

30 years: The Augustin Companies Inc., Colorado Sound Recording LTD , Continental Cleaners , DRH Builders Inc., Hair Styles by Jacque , Lee Chiropractic Center , Standley Shores Dental Group , Tri-State Generation and Transmission , Village Inn restaurant #238, 7 Eleven Store #24165 , Cleasby Manufacturing of Denver , Coenen Construction Inc. , Magic Man Car Wash , Mark Platek Agency Inc. , Serpentix Corp , TJ Maxx/Home Goods #253 and Westminster Dental Association.

25 years: Accident & Diagnostic Clinic, Ad Pro Marketing, Aronson Law Office, Arrowhead Animal Hospital, All Pest Control/Exterminating , Brewgenes Consulting Co., Colorado Tan, Derie R. Trujillo DD, Northview Dental Office, Onofrey & Hirschfeld PC, Sheri’s Hallmark, Spa Brokers II Inc., Straight-Cut Wire, Wadsworth Parkway Apartments, Westminster Newsland, Bee Happy Licensed Daycare, Blair Drywall Repair, Church Ranch Companies, Great Western Park LLC, Smart Reservoir & Irrigation, Clear Creek Care Center, Coet 2 CPA’s PC, Dr. David Trumbo Optometrist, Interior Design Concepts , McDonald’s #10525, Radiant Lighting Services Inc., S&L Floorcovering Inc., Sprinkler Doctor and Westminster Historical Society.

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