AUBURN, Mass. – Businesses around town were named the “Best of Auburn” for several different categories at Wednesday's Auburn Chamber of Commerce’s awards breakfast at Pakachoag Church.
More than 1,300 residents nominated their favorite Auburn businesses throughout the summer in several categories, including best restaurant, bank, car dealer, fitness facility, gas station, family fun destination and more.
“The ‘Best of Auburn’ awards are done annually to acknowledge the wonderful job our businesses do each and every day and we thank them for their hospitality,” said Don Bourque, chamber president. “The contest proves that people notice the wonderful job they do in making Auburn the great community it is. We thank them for being a part of the Auburn business community.”
Here are the award recipients:
Restaurant: Chuck’s Steak House
Breakfast Location: The Coffee Mug
Lunch Location: Major League Roast Beef
Dinner Location: Chuck’s Steak House
Stand Alone Coffee Location: Dunkin Donuts (across from Auburn Mall)
Cultural Organization: Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
Family Fun Destination: Crystal Caves
Bank: Webster Five Cents Savings Bank
Credit Union: Webster First Federal Credit Union
Car Dealer – New: Lundgren Honda of Auburn
Car Dealer – Used: Lundgren Honda of Auburn
Gas Station: Cumberland Farms/ Shell on Route 20
Teaching Facility: Auburn Yoga & Pilates Center
Fitness Facility: Auburn Yoga & Pilates Center
Insurance Agency: Winchester Insurance Agency
Nursery/Garden Center/Florist: Bells Lawn & Garden
Retail Location: Auburn Mall
Salon/Day Spa: Untamed Salon & Spa
Travel Agency: AAA Southern New England
Real Estate Agency: Emerson Realtors
Hotel/Motel: Fairfield Inn & Suites
Shopping Plaza/Mall: Auburn Mall
Civic-Minded Business: Auburn/Webster Lodge of Elks
Dressed Retail Business: Auburn Mall
Dressed Manufacturing Business: Aimtek
Dressed Service/Professional Office: Akuity Technologies
Dressed Municipal/Civic Organization: Auburn/Webster Lodge of Elks
In addition, Ann Klein-Flynn was recognized for her 30 years of chamber involvement. She will be resigning from the board of directors at the end of the month to continue her winter retirement in Florida so the chamber thanked her with a plaque.
“I didn't expect anything like that. It was lovely,” Klein-Flynn said. “I've enjoyed my time tremendously with the chamber. I've met some wonderful people.”
Door prizes and gift certificates were donated by The Coffee Mug, Untamed Salon & Spa, Sheldon’s Harley Davidson and Webster First Federal Credit Union.
Also, Greenbriar Gift Baskets showed off its talents with several baskets at the breakfast. For more information on the chamber and Greenbriar, visit www.auburnchamberma.com and www.greenbriargiftbaskets.com.