Wednesday , January 11, 2017 - 5:30 AM2 comments
Dozens of local businesses and organizations will be recognized at the Fifth Indie Ogden Awards being held on Friday, Jan. 13.
When Mikaela Shafer-Platter moved here from Portland in 2010, she fell in love with Ogden instantly and started the blog Indie Ogden Utah to document her adventures around town.
“When I first moved here, I wanted to keep my family updated on what I was doing,” she said as she held a warm cup of coffee at Kaffe Mercantile. “I started the blog as a mommy blog, and the more I learned about Ogden, the more I wanted to share it.”
The mother of two began blogging about local businesses and events, which led to the creation of the Indie Ogden Awards.
“The first one was just the one-year anniversary for Indie Ogden, and I had this big party at a cafe that use to be downtown,” she said.
There were 150 people in attendance, which is small compared to the 500 that will be attending this year.
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“It was really well-attended, and we just gave out these funny little awards to people,” she said. “That same year the City Weekly awards came out, which I do love, but a lot of local businesses that I thought were credible and doing amazing things for our community didn’t get any recognition.”
So that next year, Shafer-Platter gave Ogden its own awards night.
“It was really, really fun, so I was like I guess I’m going to keep doing this,” she said.
Each year Shafer-Platter comes up with a creative theme, and with the help of many volunteers and sponsors, she pulls off a black tie event like no other. This year’s theme is “freak show.”
Stilt walkers and freak show performers will be part of this year’s vintage circus/freak show at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, along with aerial performances by Kairos Fitness and entertainment by Two Bit Babes Burlesque. The hosts for the evening will be ring mistress Jessica McCowin and strong man Zachary Leroy.
Though there will be a lot of glitz and glamour at the sold-out event, the main purpose of the evening is to recognize those in the community who have been nominated and voted on by their fans.
“We got around 9,500 votes this year, so that’s exciting,” she said. “I don’t vote or nominate because I want to stay completely out of it, it’s all up to the community.”
And while there can only be one winner in each of the 42 categories, there were hundreds of nominations. The top three nominees in each category are listed below in no particular order.
Best Bar/Place to grab a brew
Best Italian Restaurant
Best Bakery or Dessert
Best Pizza in Town
Best Coffee Shop or Cup o’ Joe
Best Family-Friendly Restaurant
Best Asian Food (tie for third)
Best Date Night Spot
Best Latin American Restaurant
Best Breakfast or Brunch (tie for 3rd)
Best Place to get a Burger
Volunteer of the Year
Politician of the Year
Musician of the Year
Artist of the Year
Best Local Artisan-Craftsman
Best Art Gallery
Best Dance Studio/Classes
Best Local Media/Place to learn about Ogden
Best Place for Family Fun
Best Stage Theater or Playhouse
Best Local Venue (movies, music or events)
Best Yoga Studio/Class
Best Local Gym/Place to Exercise
Best Local Team
Best Sports/Gear/Outdoor Shop
Best Local Service Provider
Best Local Motorcycle-Car Shop
Best Tattoo Shop/Artist
Best Hotel - B&B
Best Health/Wellness Business
Best Barber Shop or Barber
Best Salon/Hair Stylist
Best Gifts/Gift Shop
Best Clothing Boutique
Best Local Non-Profit/Charity/Community Support Organization
Best Local Community Group-Organization - Non-sports team
Teacher of the Year (tie for third)
Best Project, Event or Accomplishment of 2016
Best Non-Local Community Supporter
Best Community Spirit
Best New Business
For more information on the Indie Ogden Awards visit indieogdenutah.com.
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