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Gore Region Chamber hands out awards at annual dinner

Judy Brown Citizen of Year, Izzy’s Market Business of Year

The owners of Izzy’s Market & Deli, David and Kathy Waite, along with their daughter Isabelle, proudly display their Gore Region Chamber of Commerce award on June 20.

The owners of Izzy’s Market & Deli, David and Kathy Waite, along with their daughter Isabelle, proudly display their Gore Region Chamber of Commerce award on June 20. Photo by Phillip Sherotov.

— “It’s hard to believe they’ve only been open one year. What did we ever do without them? I can’t imagine them not being here,” said Chamber President Lisa Salamon while introducing the award. “They remember their customers and greet them by name. You can always count on a warm welcome. Where else can you find puttanesca sauce around here?”

Izzy’s offers a wide range of gourmet deli foods and market products, including fresh-baked breads, bagels, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, and craft beers. Kathy and David Waite, the owners of Izzy’s, named their business after their daughter, Isabelle. Kathy noted that they actually carry four varieties of the puttanesca sauce that Salamon mentioned.

“They keys to our success have been the overwhelming support from our amazing community, including second home owners, our great staff, a very successful ski season at Gore Mountain, and the Saratoga & North Creek Railway,” said Waite.

“We’re always looking for ways to keep it fresh and unique, to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. Our community is really about relationships and supporting each other. We’re excited and looking forward to another great year,” Waite said while accepting the award with her husband.

Judy Brown was awarded the Henry Hudson Barton Citizen of the Year Award. Brown, who had spent 25 years in Glens Falls with her husband and raised their family before deciding to return, has been extremely active in the community.

She voluntarily manages the gardens at the Ski Bowl and Gore Mountain, is head of the Outreach Center, volunteers as a ski patroller at Gore, is a wildlife rehabilitator and the invasive plant coordinator for the area, and runs Garnet Studio in North River. Salamon noted that the evening provided “a rare sighting of Judy sitting down.”

The North Creek Depot Museum received a Special Recognition Award. Salamon explained that since they are a non-profit business they had to create a special award, although next year they plan to add non-profits as an award category.

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