Jennifer Hoesing, Director of Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association, Beppie LeGrand, Main Street SC Manager and Kimberly Sanchez
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Main Street SC recognized Kimberly Sanchez of Rosalia's Mexican Restaurant in Orangeburg with the 2014 Main Street South Carolina Master Merchant Award at the Municipal Association's 74th Annual Meeting on July 12. Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association nominated Sanchez. Main Street South Carolina is a program of the Municipal Association of South Carolina.
The award recognizes excellence in the retail field and is awarded to a merchant who is a "mover and shaker" in downtown revitalization and exemplifies creativity and success in merchandising, inventory, display, and value-added retailing and services.
Sanchez is the co-owner of Rosalia's Mexican Restaurant, serving the Orangeburg area since 2003. In 2013, Rosalia's relocated to downtown Orangeburg and offers a patio garden, food and music.
Sanchez is an active participant in downtown promotions, including using social media to post events and happenings in real time from her business. She formed a relationship with her downtown neighbors and encourages them to participate in beautification and other downtown projects. In an additional show of her support of downtown, Sanchez lives in a second-story apartment above the restaurant.
Sanchez and her staff decorate Rosalia's seasonally, and the restaurant's new neon sign has brought a unique and period-appropriate look to the downtown area. From potted container gardens to glistening Christmas lights, the restaurant is among downtown Orangeburg's most visually welcoming businesses.
"Kimberly Sanchez is more than a downtown restaurant owner; she is a cheerleader and ambassador for Orangeburg and its downtown," said Beppie LeGrand, Main Street SC manager.
Main Street South Carolina empowers residents, business owners and local officials with the knowledge, skills, tools and organizational structure necessary to revitalize their downtowns, neighborhood commercial districts and cities/towns into vibrant centers of commerce and community.
Main Street South Carolina follows the National Main Street's Four Point Approach - Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Restructuring. Each year, Main Street South Carolina recognizes members" achievements and successes in downtown revitalization. A video showcasing the award is available here