Six Corners Association is a community economic development non-profit that fosters the development of a thriving commercial district and follows the National Main Street Approach to Community Revitalization. This centers around Transformation Strategies which are articulated, focused, deliberate paths to strengthening a commercial district's economy. These strategies are organized around the four points of Economic Vitality, Design, Promotion, and Organization.
For The Best of Six Corners Awards 2018, Six Corners Association recognized four businesses who were nominated by their peers for exhibiting excellence across these four points. Additionally, a Six Corners 'MVP' was chosen.
Design Award: Matt Saccaro, frunchroom
4042 N. Milwaukee Ave.
The 2018 Six Corners Design Award is presented to a business or property at Six Corners that exhibits excellence in facade design, visual merchandising, overall curb appeal, and/or a new and improved look.
From its clever name play on Chicago’s linguistic history to its cohesive design, color, and branding, this business transformed a long-empty storefront into a quaint yet modern take on a classic urban deli offering an expansive mix and match menu made from scratch. Walking through the front door feels like coming home.
Promotion Award: Marci Berner, Tatas Tacos
4929 W. Irving Park Rd.
The 2018 Six Corners Promotion Award is presented to a business or property at Six Corners that exhibits excellence and imagination in promotion, marketing, special events, social media, and elevating the profile of the Six Corners Shopping District.
To take a dark stretch of sidewalk and turn it into a vibrant, lively corridor is no small feat, but the owners of this business have spun every difficulty and challenge into a cheeky marketing opportunity making many “amigos” along the way.
Economic Vitality Award: Shanna and Gus Karamaniolas, Fischman Public House
4058 N. Milwaukee Ave.
The 2018 Six Corners Economic Vitality Award is presented to a business or property at Six Corners that exhibits excellence in the redevelopment of the commercial district through a successful build out or remodel, new opening or reopening of a business, rehab of a building or exceptional dedication by a property owner.
Fischman's deserves acknowledgment for their perseverance alone. The signing of their lease propelled an 8-storefront building with 7 vacancies to full capacity. They took on a project of epic proportions by rehabbing and redesigning four storefronts while completely redeveloping a family business. Their story is our story and speaks to the importance of keeping locally-owned businesses in our neighborhood and the efforts that we employ to ensure they will always have a place here.
Organization Award: Danny Ehle, Culver's, Six Corners
4939 W. Irving Park Rd.
The 2018 Six Corners Organization award is presented to a business or property at Six Corners that exhibits excellence in community character, has demonstrated a significant contribution to the Six Corners Shopping District, and goes above and beyond in their dedication and enthusiasm to helping better the neighborhood.
This business has been so connected and deeply involved that we can’t believe they opened just this year. With unwavering positivity, a selfless spirit of true generosity, and a strong understanding that businesses only thrive when they’re deeply connected to their community, Danny embodies a true leader. This recipient is someone who walked in to the community, rolled up his sleeves, and asked, “How can I help?”