Abigail's tapped as 'Business of the Year' in Aurora

Bob Gaetjens
Record-Courier
From left, Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin, Aurora Chamber of Commerce Board Prsident Laura Radcliff, Abigail's Owner Julie Lazor, her husband John Lazor, and sons Ben and Trevor were on hand when Abigail's was presented with the 2020 Business of the Year Award recently.

An active business participant in a variety of community activities, Abigail’s, owned by Julie Lazor, has received the 2020 Business of the Year Award from the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. 

“We were really surprised,” said Lazor, who recently received the award surrounded by family, chamber officials and city leaders. “Everyone around me knew for a couple weeks. I was very proud of them. No one blew it.”

The nomination notes Lazor’s community involvement and consistent dedication to Aurora’s business community. 

“In the past 10 years, Abigail’s has become a staple in the community,” states the nomination. “[Lazor] is always supportive of community and school events and is always making donations to fundraisers.”

Aurora Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karen Bosley said the chamber has chosen not to name the people who nominated the winners this year. 

She affirmed that Lazor has been a leader in the business community in recent years. 

“What we looked for with the businesses was, we asked how the business has made positive contributions to the community and if they’ve received any awards or been recognized for anything,” said Bosley. 

Usually, the Business of the Year is honored at the chamber’s holiday party, but that did not happen this year. The Person of the Year is also usually named at that event, as well, added Bosley.

According to the nomination, Lazor serves on the chamber’s AWin Committee. 

Abigail’s, a ladies boutique featuring a variety of clothing and accessories, is located at 178 South Chillicothe Road behind the 1815 Tavern. 

“We have some bigger lines and local jewelry,” said Lazor. “We have a couple gift items that are also made locally.”

She said the store, located at https://shopabigails.com online, is “blessed to have a wonderful following.”

The business closed for six weeks earlier this year during the COVID-19 shut down, but was ultimately able to rebound, she added.

She said she tries to support community as much as possible. 

“We always donate to all the sports teams, the after prom, anything to do with the chamber, the Aurora Scholarship Fund,” said Lazor. “I personally try to support as many local businesses as I can. It’s so easy for people to go right to Amazon.”

Abigail’s also supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund annually. 

“Every year on our anniversary, we have a sale, and a percentage of our sales goes to the JDRF,” she said. 

When making contributions, Lazor said she doesn’t bother calculating their potential benefit to Abigail’s.

“I don’t really think about that kind of thing,” said Lazor. “The community supports me, so I try to give back as much as I can.”

Hours at Abigail’s, where Lazor works with two part-time employees, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

“It’s just really nice people are realizing that you do a lot of things for the community,” she said.

Reporter Bob Gaetjens can be reached at bgaetjens@recordpub.com or @bobgaetjens_rc.