The first full-service grocery store in downtown Lincoln in decades has been honored with a new award from the Downtown Lincoln Association.

Canopy Market, owned by Jill and Brad Moline and Mark Whitehead, was presented Wednesday with the Downtown Trailblazer award.

The store, at 140 S. Canopy St., opened in August after more than two years of planning.

The DLA said the award was created specifically this year to recognize the Molines and Whitehead for bringing a grocery store to downtown, "which previous surveys revealed was the most coveted addition for the area."

The Significant Public Development award went to Hudl for its new $35 million headquarters at 600 P St.

The seven-story, 170,000-square-foot building, one of the largest built in downtown in the past few years, opened in December. In addition to housing the software company's corporate offices, the building houses employees from Nelnet and is home to the local office of California-based company Glint.

The building "changed the landscape of the West Haymarket and is encouraging even more growth in that direction," the DLA said in a news release.

The DLA also handed out two other new awards this year.

The city's BikeLNK bike-share program was given the Community Leadership award, which the DLA said "recognizes an organization's commitment to improving downtown Lincoln, while also working as a successful public/private partnership."

With its other new award, the Urban Champion award, the DLA recognized an entire block of businesses on 14th Street between O and P streets.

The businesses — Jake’s Cigars, Stella Collective, Lincoln Jewelry, 1867 Bar, Jimmy Johns, Zoo Bar, Honest Abe’s, Gomez Art Supply, A Novel Idea, Tsuru, Ali Baba’s, Gourmet Grill and the entire Parrish Project — help contribute to "a thriving and cohesive downtown," the DLA said in its news release.

The other Downtown Impact awards presented Wednesday night at the Rococo Theatre at the DLA's annual meeting were:

* The Residential Development award, which went to the Schwarz Condos, a 14-unit redevelopment project at the former Schwarz Paper Co. Warehouse at Eighth and O streets.

* The Young Entrepreneur award, which was given to Matt Taylor, who owns two Haymarket bars, Tavern on the Square and The Other Room.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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