Fruita chamber awards businesses and individuals

Two businesses and three individuals were recognized for their community efforts in Fruita.

The Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce presented five awards during its annual banquet.

The Fruita chamber welcomed 138 new businesses as members in 2022. That brings to 500 the number of businesses the chamber serves.

The chamber presented its Member Business of the Year Award to Rhema Music and Clothing Co. Operated by James and Samantha Williams, the business offers musical instruments, albums and guitar lessons on one side and women’s boutique clothing on the other side.

Rhema Music and Clothing Co brings musical talent to Fruita and also joins in partnerships to stage such popular community events as the Fruita Fall Festival, Mike the Headless Chicken Festival and a Thursday night concert series.

Base Camp Provisions was named New Business of the Year. The business serves a variety of food, craft beers and other beverages as well as provides a welcoming atmosphere with an oversized patio.

Tom Griffith was selected as Citizen of the Year. The owner of Bestslope Coffee, Griffith was praised for his servant leadership and compassionate management of his staff.

Kimberly Fuoco was named Volunteer of the Year, honoring in part her efforts at the Fruita Fall Festival.

Gretchen Blackwelder was honored as Ambassador of the Year. The community development and event coordinator for Family Health West, Blackwelder helps plan the Fruita Fall Festival and Fruita Farmer’s Market as well as a silent auction conducted at the annual banquet.