The annual Heritage Ohio conference and°awards ceremony took place last week at the Hilton Netherland hotel in Cincinnati.

The Hall of Mirrors°was filled with Main Street professionals, preservationists and others passionate about°the revitalization of downtowns across Ohio.

Main Street Kent was well represented and received three awards.

Main street business of the year°-- Michelle Sahr, owner of°Off the Wagon, accepted the award. Being one of the first new businesses to open°at the start of the revitalization movement in Kent, she has been°an integral part of the Main Street Kent organization for many years.

"She is always looking out for the well-being of our downtown as a whole, not just her own business," explained Heather Malarcik, executive director of Main Street Kent.

Best main street committee event°-- Malarcik and Lesley Sickle took the stage to receive this award for°Main Street Kent's°Art and Wine Festival.

Over the past°decade, the event has become a community favorite, featuring art, local food, wine and°entertainment.°Now a staple fundraiser for the organization, the event has evolved into a destination attraction for the city.

Main street manager of the year°--Malarcik received a°standing ovation when announced as the winner of this award.

An excerpt from her nomination reads: "Heather is certainly fortunate to have community-oriented business leaders and residents on her board, but she maximizes that benefit by leading her organization in such a professional and efficient manner.

"Because of how she inspires and motivates, Main Street Kent has an engaged and active board, which is exactly what Heritage Ohio calls one of the most important keys to success for any main street program. Heather's vision, enthusiasm, and love for Kent are demonstrated every day."