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Covington names Business Excellence winners, KW Mechanical gets ‘Spirit of Progress’ award

A record crowd gathered this week to hear the City of Covington name the winners of its 2018 Business Excellence Awards.

KW Mechanical Inc. won the City of Covington’s “Spirit of Progress” award. From left, Mayor Joe Meyer, and, from KW, Marvin Wischer, Karen Wischer, Brian Wischer and Jim Eggemeier (provided photo).

The competition was stiff: This year also saw a record number of nominations, with 87 unique businesses receiving 137 nominations in eight categories.

“These businesses represent the creativity, resourcefulness and innovation that makes our business community so special,” said Mayor Joe Meyer during the awards ceremony at the Madison Event Center, the fourth year for the City’s business recognition program.

The eight category winners:

Wunderbar, 1132 Lee St., for “Significant Business Growth”

Klingenberg’s Hardware & Paint, 26 W. 7th St. and 3916 Winston Ave, for “Exceptional Customer Service”

Moonrise Doughnut Shop, 3718 Winston Ave., for “Innovation” (Unique or Innovative Product or Service)

Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, 717 Madison Ave., for “Community Champion”

Herb & Thelma’s Tavern, 718 W. Pike St., for “History/Longevity”

Hotel Covington, 638 Madison Ave., for “New Business” (Minimum 1 year, less than 3 years)

Renaissance Covington, 2 W. Pike St., for “Out of the Box” (Unique/Specialty Business)

Handzy Shop + Studio, 15 W. Pike St., for “Exceptional Aesthetics” (stewardship, beautification)

In addition, KW Mechanical Inc. of 25 E. 32nd St. was honored with the “Spirit of Progress” award for being a valued partner in furthering the City of Covington’s goals, interests and economy.

“The people at KW Mechanical are innovators, they have created a one-stop service system for all mechanical needs in the residential and commercial service industry,” Meyer said. “They are engaged in making our city and community a better place to live in many ways, large and small.”

These businesses were recognized as the top 25 employers and growth companies at the Covington Business Awards (click to enlarge).

Covington officials said they were thrilled by the enthusiasm of everyone who nominated their favorite businesses as well as by the high number, diversity and quality of the nominees.

“As you have seen tonight, Covington is blessed with incredible business talent,” Meyer said.

To choose the winners, the City sent the 137 nominations to a panel of local business association representatives, who ranked the nominees within each category.

The finalists in each category were also recognized, as were four lists of businesses in Covington: Those that have been around for 100 years or more, those that have been around for 50 years to 100 years, the Top 25 Employers and the Top 25 Growth Companies.

Here are the finalists in each category, as well as the businesses which have achieved milestones:

Significant Business Growth


Scooter Media

Blinkers Tavern

Exceptional Customer Service      

Klingenberg’s Hardware & Paint

Moonrise Doughnuts

Frank’s Men’s Shop

The Point Perk

Bean Haus

Innovation (Unique or Innovative Product or Service)

Moonrise Doughnut Shop

Chroma Vino Paint Bar + Gift Shop

Braxton Brewing Company

CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting

Grainwell Market Home & Gift

Community Champion

Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission

The Point Arc

Moonrise Doughnuts

ServPro of Kenton County

Renaissance Covington


Herb & Thelma’s Tavern

Klingenberg’s Hardware & Paint

Covington Ladies Home

The Sanders Law Firm

Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, Inc.

New Business (Minimum 1 year, less than 3 years)

Hotel Covington

Chroma Vino Paint Bar + Gift Shop

Lisse Steakhuis

Rooted Yoga

Handzy Shop + Studio

Out of the Box (Unique/Specialty Business)

Renaissance Covington

Gutierrez Deli

Papas Candies

Yankee Doodle Deli

Strange Stock Art Conservation

Exceptional Aesthetics (stewardship, beautification)

Handzy Shop + Studio

Lost Art Press

House of Orange

Left Bank Coffeehouse

The businesses on this lit were recognized for 50 to 100 years of service in Covington (click to enlarge).

100 years or more

Allison & Rose Funeral Home

Motch Jewelers

St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Rusk Heating & Cooling

Fedders Feed & Seed

Truitt Roofing

Linnemann Funeral Homes (Serenity Funeral Care)

Kentucky Federal Savings & Loan

Citizens Federal Savings & Loan

Covington Ladies Home

Adams Stepner Woltermann & Dusing Law Firm

D C Morrison Co.

Swindler & Currin Funeral Home

Riggs Hearing & Vision

Boeckley/Ruwe Pharmacy (Latonia)

Frank’s Men’s Shop

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One Comment

  1. Marshall Slagle says:

    Congratulations to KW Mechnical for “Spirit of Progress Award”.They are a great company and very deserving of this award.

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