Old Town Cape Recognizes Award-Winners


Old Town Cape held its Annual Dinner on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau Event Center. Six awards were presented recognizing the outstanding volunteers, projects, business owners, and residents who make the Old Town Cape district an increasingly attractive place to live, work, and play.


Volunteer of the Year: Bo Kleman, Realty Executive of Cape County, was awarded Volunteer of the Year Award. This award acknowledges an individual who has contributed significant time and effort to Old Town Cape by going beyond their duties to make an impact in fulfilling the mission of the organization. Bo has volunteered for a number of Old Town Cape events since she moved to Cape Girardeau in 2014. She was the lead volunteer on the Margie Johnson project, partnered with another realtor to coordinate Old Town Cape’s Commercial Open House, and helped with both last year’s Annual Dinner and Auction. Currently, Bo is the Chair of Old Town Cape’s Economic Restructuring Committee where she serves on a subcommittee for one project and co-chairs for another.

Business Excellence: Sherry Yaeger’s Renaissance at 139 N Main St. was awarded Business Excellence. This award recognizes a strong Downtown Cape Girardeau business that demonstrates good business practices, concepts of community involvement and/or strong long-term support of downtown and the mission of Old Town Cape. Sherry Yaeger’s Renaissance has been in the Old Town Cape district for 15 years offering specialty and locally exclusive items. Owners Mike and Sherry Yaeger have continually reinvented the business to meet both market demand and their own personal mission and expression.

Adaptive Use Recognition: Shiloh Rental Properties was recognized for the creative revitalization of a space in the Old Town Cape district. Jay Meystedt with Shiloh Property Management turned the former service station at 915 Broadway into a new office space and studio apartment. This transformation presents a new purpose for the building while maintaining some of its original features such as the garage doors.

John Boardman Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation: Rocky and Laurie Everett were awarded the John Boardman Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation Award for their revival of 605 Broadway, constructed in 1891. This award recognizes the efforts of individuals, organizations, institutions, and businesses in the preservation of historic commercial structures and enhancement of the city’s built environment through the successful rehabilitation or restoration. 605 Broadway, also known as The Indie House, required repairs of the roof and original windows, refinishing the floors and replacing wiring and plumbing. Today, the building’s three stories are home to five separate businesses and one residential space.

Judith Ann Crow Residential Historic Rehabilitation: Mike and Paula Haas received the Judith Ann Crow Residential Historic Rehabilitation Award for their work on 401 Themis. This award recognizes the efforts of individuals in the preservation of historic residential structures and enhancement of the city’s built environment through the successful rehabilitation or restoration of residential properties within the Old Town Cape District. 401 Themis is a nearly 130 year-old Queen Anne style home with a wrap-around porch, Palladian windows and fish scale shingles which has been lovingly restored by the Hass’ over the last five years.

Charles L. Hutson Visionary: Jayne Ervin of Jayson Jewelers received the Charles L. Hutson Visionary Award. This award honors a person or persons who have demonstrated an outstanding and thorough commitment to the revitalization and future development of Old Town Cape. They have developed opportunities, events or a business that significantly improves the quality of life in the district and demonstrates the perseverance to make dreams a reality. Jayne has always been a member and active with Old Town Cape since its inception and its predecessor, the Downtown Merchants Association. She has been instrumental in planning and participating in Riverfest, downtown Christmas decorating and much more. She lived downtown for 25 years and opened Jayson Jewelers in 1984.

Incoming Board Members: Kyleigh Baliva, Pastimes Antiques; Bill Cole, Realty Executives of Cape County; Danny Essner, Capaha Bank.

Outgoing Board Members: Dr. Lisa Bertrand, Spanish Street Mercantile and Southeast Missouri State University; Cory Daniel, Montgomery Bank.

Old Town Cape is a community driven, nonprofit organization that utilizes the Four-Point Main Street Approach™ to preserve, promote, revitalize, and enrich the historic, cultural, and economic landscapes of downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Old town is your town - be a part of it!


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