Six Finalists Announced for 2019 Heart of Del Ray Award
Every February, the Del Ray Business Association presents the Heart of Del Ray Award to the business that serves as the heart and soul of Del Ray. The winner is determined by a votes cast by you: the neighbors, clients and customers. Finalists all demonstrate warm and welcoming attitudes as well as commitment, contribution and generosity to the Del Ray community.
The nominees for the 2019 Heart of Del Ray are:
Evening Star Cafe
The restaurant is a favorite in the region, recently making the Washington Post food critic’s list of favorite restaurants. The Cafe offers a patio, bar and restaurant with a great menu. They often sponsor community events, support local schools and non-profits, and offer their space for community events, such as free monthly film screenings with Del Ray Films.
Four Direction Wellness
Four Directions Wellness has emerged as a leader in Del Ray’s health and wellness community. They offer health and wellness coaching for your body, mind and spirit. In addition to working with local non-profits, Four Directions Wellness offers “Mindfulness Mondays,” a free community meditation every other Monday that is open to all.
Pet owners know where to go for their furry friends’ all nature diet. In addition to hosting adoption events for local rescue centers, the recent government shutdown was a reminder of how interconnected the Nature’s Nibbles community is; not only did the retailer provide discounts to furloughed pet parents, but a network of customers also provided a wall of gift cards for those impacted.
ROAM — Rock of Ages Music
ROAM was created to provide the area’s young people with all of its musical needs. They teach up-and-coming musicians how to rock, build a safe community for Del Ray’s kids, all while embracing the arts! Kids are challenged and given a sense of accomplishment all while having fun performing around the city.
Biscuits, biscuits, biscuits and so much more! Stomping Ground is a great neighborhood restaurant with amazing food, friendly staff, and locals! They also have special events, like post-Halloween Parade porch parties and pig roasts, that bring the community together. They often buy local from the Del Ray Farmers’ Market, and provide coffee and biscuits for the farmers on Saturday mornings.
Taqueria Poblano is known for the area’s best margaritas, a welcoming atmosphere and dedication to the community. The restaurant also supports community of events providing gift cards and donations to nonprofits.
Click here to vote but hurry, voting closes at noon on Thursday February 7. A large heart-shaped award will be displayed on the winning business on Friday February 8 to greet them for the Valentine’s Day weekend.