2018 Business of the Year
This Westie is given to a business that has been in operation for more than 2 years and has consistently offered outstanding service and/or product to its customers and displays a strong commitment to community involvement in the greater Westlake area.
Finalist: Marye’s Gourmet Pizza
Marye's has been a Westlake institution since it opened in 1994, and a restaurant that current owners, the Wilsey family, visited frequently as patrons. In 2012, Marye’s founder, Nolan Marye, announced he would soon be retiring and Stuart believed it was time to make his aspirations a reality. The Wilseys have lived and raised their family in Westlake for the last 15 years where their kids attended Forest Trail Elementary, West Ridge Middle School, and Westlake High School. Stuart Wilsey spent the better part of his career in insurance but always had a passion for cooking and a dream of opening his own restaurant. With a desire to build on the great quality that had already been established and infuse local, organic and gourmet options, Stuart and Julie Wilsey purchased Marye’s in September of 2012 and began their journey in the restaurant industry. It was a huge leap of faith, but Julie and Stuart have succeeded in preserving the nature of Westlake tradition and Marye's neighborhood roots while taking the beloved establishment to the next level.
Between Stuart's determination to serve the freshest foods made by hand with the most natural ingredients possible and his drive to serve wonderful gluten-free alternatives, Marye's is appreciated by thousands in the Westlake community and beyond. Since Stuart and Julie took over in 2012, Marye's has grown their involvement with the community by becoming a frequent sponsor of events for Eanes ISD, EEF, St. Stephen's, Trinity, as well as many local charity organizations and events such as Relay for Life. Every year Marye's donates thousands of dollars in monetary and in-kind contributions to the Westlake community. Owning and managing Marye’s has been everything the Wilsey family hoped it would, but the best part for them is getting to know their patrons and supporting the community that made their family's dream a success.
Randalls Food Market has proudly served the Westlake Community for 30 years. Randalls has been a very part of the fabric of Westlake, providing a clean, neat well-stocked store with quality products, excellence in customer service and providing the very best shopping experience possible. During those thirty years, Randalls has provided countless jobs for residents of the community with a big focus on hiring high school and college students, as well as star employees with special needs.
Through the years, Randalls has done a number of remodels of the store to stay updated and provide the citizens of Westlake the best store possible. The most recent was in August of 2018, with a number of new amenities added including a Rustic Farmer’s Produce department, fresh squeezed orange juice, Wing Bar, Fresh Bread and Bagels, Full-Service Butcher-Block Showcase, and expansion of Craft and Domestic Beers, to name a few.
Randalls was founded on being a good corporate citizen and giving back to the communities they serve. Randalls is an avid supporter of Westlake and their civic pride was showcased at the recent Ribbon Cutting of the newly remodeled store as Murray Collins, Store Director honored the city’s first responders with a $500 gift card each to the Police and Fire Departments. In addition, Mobile Loaves and Fishes was presented a $500 gift card. Throughout the year other organizations supported by Randalls include the Young Men’s Service League, the Westlake Football team, the girls’ basketball team and the girls’ soccer team. Additionally, Randalls sponsors Westlake Chap band events, Westlake Greek Golf Day and the Cub Scout annual dinner. Westlake high school cross country team, Rollingwood Women's club, JDRF, and also help with the Christmas Affair. Through Randalls Good Neighbor Program, we are the largest sponsor of Westlake High School PTO's Project Graduation event each year- a little over $6,000 each year. This store even sells sports apparel for the Westlake Chaparrals.
In addition, Randalls supports and partners with the Central Texas Food Bank, Austin Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Austin Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Junior League Christmas Affair, and countless other organizations through the Randalls Good Neighbor program.
Randalls Westlake Store Director, Murray Collins is known as “Mr. Randalls” in the community, as he has been at the helm in Westlake for 9 years. His leadership inside the store is evidenced by the culture of his employees and his involvement in the community is service from his heart.
Finalist: Texas Honey Ham
Since they opened in November 2014, Texas Honey Ham has had year over year growth by focusing on a consistent commitment to quality and service.
A foundation of their business philosophy is the give back to their community. Among all of the organizations they support, 70% of their giving is dedicated to EISD and the various booster clubs throughout the school district. This also includes the lovely dinners they provide at all of the Chap home games in the press box. Other organizations they happily support are Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Helping Hand Home, Eanes Education Foundation, Life Works, Safe Place, and the Westlake Chamber of Commerce via freshly prepared tacos and other food for over 3000 Westlake area residents at the July 4th Parade and Wonderfest.
In March of 2014, Texas Honey Ham experienced first-hand the meaning of the phrase, “Give, and you will receive”, when the restaurant caught fire and they had to shut their doors for six months. The Westlake community rallied around their business to the extent that the owners, Trent Hunt and Rob Siller, were able to expand into additional space. The owners feel blessed to have made such great relationships in the community. Grandparents, parents, their children and now their children’s children all come in to enjoy the “ham shop”.
Texas Honey Ham pledges to continue to “feed the people” and to support the schools, churches and organizations with food, gift cards, financial and moral support.
Last Year's Winner: Pinkberry
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