Jim and Merrianne Door, owners of JD's Time Center, were recognized Wednesday for their efforts to promote downtown Kennewick.
They received the Downtowner of the Year award during the annual banquet at the Clover Island Inn. The Doors are the 25th recipients of the honor, given by the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership.
The award recognizes people instrumental in promoting the downtown area's improvement over a number of years.
The Doors moved their business from Marineland Village to downtown about eight years ago.
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"But in that time they have definitively made a splash within the downtown," Tim Dalton, the partnership's executive director, said in a news release.
He said they've been instrumental in the success of most of the major events, from the annual Classy Chassy Show 'n' Shine to Grapefest and a basketball tournament.
Merrianne Door chaired the promotion committee and inspired a successful business promotion called Discover the Charms of Historic Downtown Kennewick. She also served on the board for six years, including two as president.
Jim Door serves on the group's economic restructuring committee.
As merchants, they keep their store clean, charming and inviting, Dalton said. And they even help with maintenance, such as putting up the Christmas lights.
Also honored Wednesday:
-- Red Apple Market as the Business of the Year. Owners, Tom and Edwina Duzan, have been strong supporters of downtown for years. Last year they sponsored the car show and a downtown ice skating rink. Tom Duzan and his general manager even helped rent skates for the event.
-- Trigg Bell, owner of Percy's Salon, as the Ralph and Jo Benton Volunteer of the Year, for Bell's service and dedication by volunteering her time and helping sponsor events. Trigg serves on the partnership's board and is the secretary.
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