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Gig Harbor’s Java & Clay Café Receives “Excellence on Main Award”

Gig Harbor, WA - Java & Clay Café, a locally owned pottery painting studio and coffee lounge in Gig Harbor, and owners Randy and Kelly Blue have been recognized as a “Business Success Story” at Washington Main Street’s Excellence on Main Awards Ceremony, May 23 in Chelan. The ceremony was held in conjunction with RevitalizeWA, Washington State’s Preservation and Main Street Conference.

Randy and Kelly Blue bought Java & Clay Café in June of 2010 and immediately began work to stabilize and expand the well-recognized business. This included extending their hours until 8pm and expanding their offerings to include beer, wine and live music in the lounge. The Blues also purchased several electric bikes and began offering bike rentals in the downtown area.

Mary DesMarais, Executive Director of the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association, credits the success of Java & Clay Café to the Blues’ mantra of providing relevant products and excellent service. The Blues have focused on maintaining consistent hours, high quality staff and being relevant to their customers by increasing and expanding their offerings. This has paid off with a dramatic and impressive increase in sales over the past two years. “Randy and Kelly truly understand and support the concept of the ‘big picture’ by actively investing in the community and participating in local community events,” says DesMarais. “We are very excited to have one of our waterfront businesses receive this prestigious recognition from the Washington State Main Street Program.”

“We are delighted to recognize Java & Clay Café and owners Randy and Kelly Blue for their continued success and commitment to Gig Harbor,” said Sarah Hansen, Washington State Main Street Coordinator. “Randy and Kelly’s energy, attitude and business savvy are vital to the success of the Gig Harbor waterfront. Their commitment to being involved with the Main Street program, local schools and clubs illustrates their broad dedication to the success and vitality of Gig Harbor.”

The Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association (GHHWA), a Main StreetTM Organization, brings together community and waterfront stakeholders in order to encourage economic vitality and to preserve the historic character and quality of the area. For more information on the GHHWA, visit their website at www.gigharborhistoricwaterfront.org, or contact Executive Director Mary DesMarais at info@ghhwa.org or (253)514-0071.

The Excellence on Main Awards, organized by the Washington State Main Street Program, recognizes communities, organizations, and individuals who are helping to achieve economic vitality and build sustainable communities through downtown revitalization and preservation.

Washington’s Main Street Program is housed in the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and administered, under contract, by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information, contact Sarah Hansen, Washington Main Street Program Coordinator, at the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation shansen@preservewa.org or 206-624-9449.