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Berry's awarded for preserving heritage

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Berry's Restaurant has been named the "Main Street Business of the Year" by Heritage Ohio.

Owner Doug Berry accepted the award today at a special ceremony at Heritage Ohio's statewide conference at Bowling Green State University.

Berry's, which has been a downtown icon since 1946, in located in a historic building dating back to 1867. Formerly part of the St. Charles Hotel, it features three main rooms and some of the areas still showcasing the original tin ceilings and ornate stained glass. Berry has been a strong supporter of Main Street Norwalk's effort to revitalize downtown.

More than 20 communities, organizations and individuals submitted nominations for consideration. The award recognizes the numerous preservation and revitalization accomplishments of downtowns and neighborhoods across the state. The selection committee reported an increased level of quality in this year's nominations and awards were given in nine categories.

Heritage Ohio is statewide, not-for-profit preservation organization dedicated to encouraging and assisting people and organizations to protect, preserve and revitalize Ohio's heritage. Formed in 1989, it has more than 500 members ranging from individuals and households to organizations and local governments. In 2002. Heritage Ohio was designated as the statewide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The group's Web site iswww.heritageohio.org.

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