Excellence on Main Archive

An Excellent Archive

Celebrating exceptional entrepreneurs, organizers, and preservationists in Washington State!

The Excellence on Main Awards, organized by the Washington State Main Street Program, recognizes communities, organizations, and individuals who are helping to achieve economic vitality and build sustainable communities through downtown revitalization and preservation.

This compilation of current and past winners was built as a source of inspiration and best practices for Washington leaders dedicated to building stronger local communities. The site currently holds profiles for all Excellence on Main winners from 2015 to present, but will eventually go back to 2012, which was the first year of the awards.

Interested in nominating a project, organization, or individual in your community? Click below to learn more.

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Justin Dennis

Inside Out: Love Where you Live

Kris Nelson

Paving the Way to a Brighter Future

Dia de los Muertos

Downtown Sounds

Mario Alfaro Lopez

Goodfellow Brothers

Downtown Planter Partnership

Sayers Building

Barb Smith

Heritage Distilling

Mari Mullen

Polson Building

Partnership for Historic Chelan

Port Townsend Going Green Initiative

Bunny Daze


Tree Top Park

Downtown Farmer’s Market

Frick Lane

Downtown Camas Video Series


Kleinberg Building

Día de Los Muertos Chalk Art Festival


Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance

Morning Jam

Greg Hafner

Wenatchee Downtown Association

Camas & Journey

Waterfront Walking Tours

Thai House Facade Project

Rain Garden

Buskers in the ‘Burg

Meet Me Downtown

Finholm’s Market

Town & Country

Port Townsend 30th Anniversary

Rory Turner

Langley Partnerships

The CoLab

Innovative Partnership Campaign

Airways Brewing Company

Claim Clothing

Orchard Corset

Sustainable Connections’ Community Energy Challenge

Ellensburg Downtown Association

Camas First Fridays


Monsters on Machines

Prosser Facade Improvement Program

Belmont Building

Waterfront Farmers Market

Woodin Avenue Landing Park

Colfax Mercantile

Colville Together

Northwest Maritime Center

Lighted Tractor Parade

Dobbs Building

Phoebe & Jonathan Carpenter Eells

John Baule

Mercantile Wenatchee

#StevensonStrong Campaign

Pandemic Economic Recovery Effort

Geddis Building

Rotary Marketplace

Main Street Through a Child’s Eyes

Ridgeline Lighting

Centralia Block Parties

Chesed Farms

Mary DesMarais

Moonraker Books

Linda Haglund

Whale of a Sale

City Block Program

Lido Collective

Key City Public Theatre

Rico’s Public House

Ghost Signs, Awnings, and Facades

Russell Carlson

Tabatha Wiggins

Great River Arts Festival

Walawála Plaza