Nolan’s personifies downtown spirit

A landmark business is showing a lot of spirit.

Nolan’s Pharmasave, which has been on 30th Avenue for 84 years, received the Downtown Vernon Association’s Spirit of Downtown award Wednesday.

“We are very excited about the honour,” said Tom Nolan, owner of the family business.

To be eligible for the award, a business must have been in operation in downtown Vernon for 20 years or more, reflect downtown’s historic character and have had a significant financial impact on downtown trade and commerce.

They must also have a record of participation in community activities and helped promote downtown’s image.

Among the community efforts supported by Nolan’s are Hospice House, the Vernon Vipers and  DVA events.

Nolan gives credit for the award to everyone involved at the business.

“We have excellent staff,” he said, adding that he is proud of the pharmacy’s role downtown.

“It’s a turn-of-the-century building and we love to embrace the history.”

A committee of DVA directors selected the winner from a field of five candidates.

“Nolan’s really does personify downtown,” said Ruth Hoyte, DVA president.

“It’s a friendly, family-owned business and I appreciate all of the work they do downtown. They are a fixture.”

The award was presented during the DVA’s annual general meeting.

Nine directors were elected to the board, including, Steve Brandner of Davidson Lawyers, Ed Buie of Vernon Travelodge, Lyle Doucette of the Electric Paper Company, Doug Fairweather of the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy, Brenda Gedaschke of Simply Baskets Home and Gift, Duane Grandbois of Kiss FM Radio, Ruth Hoyte of A.E. Berry Insurance, Murray Peart of Peart Engineering and Lorna Robb of Cheek to Cheek Dance Studio.