Lori Mason Curran, real estate investment strategy director at Vulcan, accepted the Large Business Award for the company at the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce's luncheon on Friday, Sept. 13.
Lori Mason Curran, real estate investment strategy director at Vulcan, accepted the Large Business Award for the company at the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce's luncheon on Friday, Sept. 13.
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The Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce honored its business members — large and small — for their contributions to bettering the community and support of the chamber during the organization’s 13th annual awards luncheon on Friday.

This year’s new award category recognizes young professionals who embrace the chamber’s initiative to get involved with the organization and individuals in Queen Anne to boost professional development.

Chamber member Nick Etscheid was the first recipient. An Amazon Web Services employee, Etscheid also chairs the chamber’s Holiday Tree Lighting Committee, which finds donors to support wrapping trees along Queen Anne Avenue in holiday lights from November through February. The chamber lit 105 trees last year with its sponsorships. An early sponsorship cost is $200 before Sept. 21, and then $225 for a tree. More information is available here.

Etscheid said he’s lived in Queen Anne for four years now, and he enjoys his neighbors and all of the shops along the avenue.

Wag N’Wash co-owner Bill Wolfe accepted this year’s Small Business Award. Wolfe opened the pet retail and grooming market near Trader Joe’s with his partner Andrew Held in 2017, and said they so appreciated the friendly welcome they received in the community. Wag N’ Wash is the title sponsor for the Kids ’n K-9 Parade, which is part of the annual Queen Anne Days Festival.

Queen Anne Book Company co-owner Krijn de Jonge was this year’s recipient of the Community Service Award for his volunteerism and work with the chamber, including chairing the Queen Anne Helpline’s Run for Home fundraiser that takes place during Queen Anne Days. He also spearheaded the pennants for the sidewalk sale during the festival.

de Jonge thanked his wife and co-owner Judy de Jonge for volunteering him, adding he began working with the chamber on various endeavors because of the promise of beer after every meeting.

“That’s the only shortcoming so far,” he said.

The de Jonges and Janis Segress opened Queen Anne Book Company in 2013, after the community lost Queen Anne Books in 2012.

HomeStreet Bank manager Hossein Soleyamni announced the Queen Anne Farmers Market as this year’s President’s Award recipient. Soleyamni said the farmers market was born from the Queen Anne Neighbors for Responsible Growth group that started in 2006. The group saw the need to better promote small businesses in the neighborhood and drive more people up to Queen Anne, he said. The farmers market started a year later.

Market manager Matt Kelly said there’s a month left in the market. While there’s always issues in a neighborhood, he said, the farmers market is a great way to bring people together every week to celebrate community.

“The Queen Anne Farmers Market is quite a unicorn in terms of farmers markets in the city of Seattle,” said QAFM co-founder Maria College, due to it being run independently of the Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets. “It’s going to take a village to keep this thing going.”

Vulcan Inc., which was the sponsor for the awards luncheon, received this year’s Large Business Award. Lori Mason Curran, real estate investment strategy director, talked about the impact from the loss of its founder Paul Allen, and then pledged Vulcan’s continuing support of the chamber.

Learn more about the chamber at queenannechamber.org.