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Sip & Ship one of 10 top small businesses in Seattle

The Ballard & Greenwood Sip & Ship has just been chosen one of Mayor Nickels’ Top 10 Small Businesses for 2009.

The 25th annual Mayor’s Small Business Award honors service excellence, economic vitality and community involvement. Past winners include Starbucks, Macrina Bakery, Vain, Glassy Baby and Compendium.

Ballard/Greenwood Sip & Ship are honored to be added to the list of small business that make a big impact on the residents of Seattle.

As you can imagine, this a proud moment for Steve and I – which all of you have no small part in helping the Sip & Ship achieve this honor. Over the years, your support and encouragement has given us the strength and motivation to continue to work hard and stay focused on this small business that has become a big extension of our lives. Sincerely yours, Diana (& Steve)

Here’s what the awards press release has to say:

Many of the stores’ cards and gifts, as well as sandwiches, donuts, and other snacks, are sourced from other local businesses—another way that Sip & Ship invests in the Seattle business community. Exemplary, personalized customer service and community building are Sip & Ship’s core values. Dedicated patrons describe the business as “an old-time general store updated for the 21st century” and “what a neighborhood hang-out is all about.”

And congratulations to Phinney resident Annie Davis, whose Ballard-based Annie’s Nannies is also a Small Business Award winner. Here’s a small bit from the awards press release:

Employees and job-seekers at Annie’s Nannies are treated as a vital resource, where all are valued and rewarded. Annie’s Nannies is active in their community, contributing to schools and local fundraisers. With honesty and integrity as integral values, Annie’s Nannies strives to ensure that “every child under a nanny’s care is safe, happy, and constantly learning.” They are the industry experts!

They’ll be honored along with the other award winners at a ceremony on Oct. 13. The public is invited. Tickets are $20 through Brown Paper Tickets.

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