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Bel Air honors two businesses with town's annual awards

The Aegis

Two Bel Air businesses — Independent Brewing Company and Spartan Surfaces — were recently honored for their contributions to the town’s economic development.

The awards are presented by the Town of Bel Air and the Bel Air Economic & Community Development Commission during a banquet Thursday at Rockfield Manor.

Independent Brewing Company, at 418 N. Main St., took home top honors as the 2017 Business of the Year. Owners Phil and Beth Rhudy were on hand to receive the coveted award, given by the Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners. The award is bestowed upon the business and individuals that make the most significant contributions over time and during the year, in terms of volunteer service and community development in Bel Air.

The craft brewery, which celebrated its second anniversary over the weekend, won the Archer-Bull Award last year.

It has about two dozen taps and brews a little bit of everything, Phil Rhudy said when Independent opened. His goal was to make it a community hub and a “farm to glass” operation.

The ECDC presented the “Archer-Bull Award,” named after prominent 19th century Bel Air architect George Archer and master builder Jacob Bull, to Spartan Surfaces, a sales and consulting company specializing in commercial flooring alternatives.

Owned by Kevin Jablon at 10 S. Hays St., the company received the award for overall design excellence for their building rehabilitation.

Jabon transformed the building that was home to The Aegis for nearly 50 years. The $1.6 million renovation included exterior paint and remodeling and inside was renovated with skylights and a bright visitors area.

The architectural firm of Frederick Ward and Associates was also acknowledged for the architectural design of the building.

For more information, contact the Department of Economic Development at 410-838- 0584 or 410-879-2012.

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