Downtown Lexington Corp.'s excellence awards honor Bread Box, restaurant week

The Downtown Lexington Corp. announced winners of the 2013 DLC Awards of Excellence, which recognize Lexington businesses and leaders for contributions to the community.

Winners include:

Urban Innovation Award: The Bread Box owners, "for their out-of-the-box thinking and investment in transforming a vacant property into a commercial, retail and non-profit hub in an up-and-coming downtown corridor."

Leadership Achievement Award: Leadership Lexington project team "Vision Lex" "for their enthusiastic efforts to lay the groundwork for a pedestrian wayfinding program in downtown Lexington."

Perfect Partner Award: WLEX (Channel 18) and president and general manager Pat Dalbey, "for their ongoing support in promoting DLC events and for their effort in helping create new events for downtown Lexington."

Outstanding Individual Award: Don Webb, awarded posthumously "for his decades of service and commitment to improving downtown Lexington and for his vision and leadership 25 years ago in helping found the DLC."

Smiley Pete Award: Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau's Beyond Grits: Restaurant Week, "for driving business to many downtown restaurants and raising awareness about all that downtown Lexington has to offer."

The awards will be handed out Dec. 2 during the group's annual meeting and awards luncheon at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown hotel. Tickets to the event are available; contact Rob Bright at or (859) 425-2594.