Business of the Year for 2017
This Westie will be 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.
Hat Creek Burger Company
First, Hat Creek Burger Co. feels they are very blessed to be recognized as a nominee for Business of the Year in Westlake for the 2nd year in a row! This is an award that brings great honor to our company in so many ways and it reminds us all at Hat Creek on where we started, how much we’ve grown along the way as an organization and the unlimited amount of opportunities that lie ahead for store growth as well as employment growth.
Hat Creek is growing like no other and our vision is to become the best fast casual family friendly restaurant concept in the United States. Our Hat Creek store in Westlake is considered our Flagship store, essentially a role model to all our 8 locations in terms of Training, Community Involvement and exemplifying our mission to the T, which is to provide fellowship and fresh cheeseburgers to all who come in contact with Hat Creek!
Our involvement in the community is something we value so much to us. We have had such an amazing partnership with Mobile Loaves and Fishes and Austin Ridge Bible Church for several years, making 100 burgers 6 days/week to feed hungry people who need it the most. We believe a hot meal speaks love, so that’s why we do it. We have also partnered up with the Austin Police Department in Operation Blue Santa over the next several years that helps gather toys for kiddos in need.
One of the things that we have continued to do so much of is sponsor or donate food to several Eanes ISD schools at various events or functions throughout the year.
We consider the community of Westlake to be a big part of our Hat Creek family and our business wouldn’t be where it is today without the love and loyalty of our customers. We will continue to support, serve and be involved in the community not only in Westlake but wherever we are because that’s what matters most.
Elisa and Kurt Pederson took a chance on Westlake and fell in love with it. In 2011 they brought their family and then Pinkberry to town. Opening first in Westbank Market and then Barton Creek Square Mall, they now offer a full range of frozen treats to health and fun conscious residents. Elisa and Kurt have not stopped to look back, embracing their new home, community, and customers.
They've created more than 35 jobs for team members and trained them to surprise and delight every customer with new seasonal flavors, fresh fruits, and local toppings– equally enjoyable for the gourmet or the nutritionally conscious. Naturally gluten free, their treats can easily accommodate dietary allergies with dairy-free, no sugar added or vegan flavors available.
The Pedersons and Pinkberry participate in the true spirit of Westlake, by donating thousands of in-kind dollars every year to nonprofit community events and also partner weekly with EISD for lunchtime sales, providing all the labor and a percentage back to the school’s PTO. They are proud to have supported numerous local booster clubs and organizations via spirit nights, where 20% of sales are donated. Pinkberry was a Gold Sponsor for 2017 Westlake Relay for Life. As Chairman of the WCC Humanitarian Services Committee, Elisa spearheads the teams responsible for all of Chamber’s humanitarian efforts throughout Austin. Kurt and Elisa have loved introducing so many people to Pinkberry, getting to know this amazing city and are excited about continuing the adventure in the future.
The Texas Honey Ham Company
Texas Honey Ham Company is on a quest to make a fun experience out of the owner’s lives and hopefully of those people we feed and employ. We love to make people happy, and we have noticed that this is easy to do with a warm smile and really, really good food. We started in November of 2004 in West Lake Hills, Texas. The company is owned and operated by Trent Hunt, Kelly Weiss and Robert Siller. We came from wildly varying backgrounds to create a perfect team to establish this very special place. Trent has managed restaurants for more than 20 years and has a mind full of great recipes; Robert has the boundless energy of a young man with the strange wisdom of a sage; and Kelly, a semi-retired lawyer, really likes to talk to people.
A foundation of their business philosophy is the give back to their community. This year they have supported:
- Mobile Loaves & Fishes
- Helping Hand Home
- Eanes Education Foundation and their teachers
- Life Works
- Safe Place
- Westlake Chamber of Commerce via freshly prepared tacos and other food for over 3000 Westlake area residents at the July 4th Parade and Wonderfest.
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