We are happy to present the winners of the 2019 Merrimack Valley Magazine Awards. This spring, the top picks in all categories were chosen by our readers via our online voting platform. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote and congratulations to all the winners.
Milestone — 5 Years
Did you know children are the largest age group living in poverty in the United States? Since 2010, Catie’s Closet has been helping these children by providing in-school resources for clothing. Schools equipped with a Catie’s Closet give students living in poverty the ability to discreetly pick and choose the clothing and basic necessities they need. Catie’s Closet also provides additional items that students need to be successful, including toiletries, shoes, backpacks, undergarments, bus passes and grocery cards.
19 School St. | Dracut, Mass.
Milestone — 10 Years
Nothing says New England like chowder, and this Lowell company produces some of the best in the nation. Their clam chowder, lobster bisque and seafood appetizers have won the hearts of devoted locals. Stop by and check out their new line of Herban Fresh soups.
101 Phoenix Ave. | Lowell, Mass.
Milestone — 20 Years
Borrelli’s Italian Deli
Borrelli’s is famed throughout the region for its fine Italian products. Stop in for a specialty sandwich such as the Sicilian or Neapolitan or go for a sub or club sandwich. In a rush but want a homemade meal? Borrelli’s offers lasagna, chicken parmesan, stuffed shells, shepherd’s pie and more.
322 Merrimack St. | Methuen, Mass.
Milestone — 30 Years
Since opening its doors as an emergency homeless shelter in 1983, Lazarus House has been breaking the cycle of poverty in the Merrimack Valley region. Their food and clothing programs assist families stretch their dollars so they can afford rent, heat and utilities. Additional services include transitional housing for individuals, families and at-risk and homeless women; a culinary arts program; and three thrift stores.
412 Hampshire St. | Lawrence, Mass.
Milestone — 40 Years
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley are a private nonprofit agency serving elders and disabled adults who reside in Northeast Massachusetts. Established in 1974, their mission is to support an individual’s desire to make their own decisions, secure their independence and remain living in the community safely. Elder Services Care contracts with over 70 different care providers to ensure services delivered meet a variety of individual needs.
280 Merrimack St. | Lowell, Mass.
Milestone — 50 Years
The Andover Bookstore is a gathering place for storytelling, authors, book groups and poetry readings. Authors such as Robert Pinsky, Donald Hall, Mary McGarry Morris, Jay O’Callahan, Marie Howe, David Ferry, Liz Michalski, Julia Alvarez, Tomie Depoala, Jan Brett, Brian Jacques, Lois Lowry and Andrew Dubus III do more than grace the shelves. They have also visited the store.
74 Main St. | Andover, Mass.
Milestone — 75 Years
Readers of this publication should be no strangers to The ‘Shoe. Their mouthwatering barbecue ribs were developed by a Memphis rib master and the southern twang in their barbecue sauce makes it the most authentic in the Valley. If you’d rather keep your hands clean, Horseshoe Grille serves steak, meatloaf and chicken.
226 Main St. l North Reading, Mass.
Milestone — 100 Years
Lowell Humane Society
Founded in 1873, the Lowell Humane Society is one of the oldest humane organizations in the state of Massachusetts. The purpose of the Lowell Humane Society is to prevent cruelty to animals, provide care for homeless and distressed animals and educate the public about responsible pet ownership. Operations are supported through the support of individuals, businesses and foundations.
951 Broadway St. | Lowell, Mass.
The 2019 MVMAs are sponsored by: