Corning is a hotbed of winners this year! This small county is making mighty big strides! Multiple area businesses have won state and national honors.
The historic restored Corning Opera House Cultural Center won SCORE’s National Outstanding Community Impact Award. Executive Director, De Heaton entered the competition by submitting a one-minute video and essay on how the opera house makes an impact. The video highlighted eight different areas from our community partnerships, our educational experiences, a variety of entertainment, rental opportunities, historical backstage tours, and most importantly, people. From over a 1,000 entries, eleven winners were chosen from all across the country. The winners were among folks who had the courage and determination to make their dreams a reality. The opera house was honored for demonstrating unique vision, for innovation, and for achievement at the 2018 SCORE Award ceremony in Washington D.C.
Carver’s Ridge, a Corning original, won the 2018 Iowa Open 4 Business award, which showcases the best of the small business community among the heart of Iowa’s small towns. More than twenty businesses entered the competition and competed through video and Skype interviews. Anne and Tyson Greenwalt started Carver’s Ridge in 2008 and their business continues to grow. Carver’s Ridge specializes in custom, handcrafted engraving on stone, glass, wood, metal, and more. Bring them your ideas and the dedicated designers will create a unique heirloom gift for you.
Three C’s won the Iowa Pork Producers Association Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin contest out of 1,584 nominations. Owners Steve & Missy Sanson set a goal when they opened their restaurant in 2012 to win this award. In 2015, they came close with a second place finish. Tenderloins are cut at the restaurant each day before they go through the tenderizer. They are then egg-dipped and hand-breaded with secret spices before being fried and served.
Sweet Desires Bakery proved it’s a favorite bakery via KCCI’s Best Bakery in Central Iowa Contest on Facebook. Owners Jolene and Rick Bissell were pleasantly surprised because several people nominated them and eventually they won third place! The Bissells are in their 16th year of running Sweet Desires Bakery.
People are driving miles to the new Primrose restaurant. Our Iowa Magazine is featuring this Mom and Pop restaurant. A Facebook reviewer, Sheryl, heralds Primrose's upscale dining at small town prices and reviewer John says he drove through the rolling hills of Iowa just to dine at this Midwest treasure!
Fun fact: All of these businesses are within walking distance from each other! Adams County and the Corning Community have determined that by putting their whole hearts into their businesses, it will help them to overcome obstacles together and put their small town on the path to success! This is for sure: these individual business success stories have led to a community of mighty big champions!
Image credit: SCORE Foundation