Past Winners

2017: TrAils to ales brewery

Grand prize winner


1270 Liberty Street

Franklin, PA  16323

Owners: David Ballard, Berline Nerlich, Craig Smith, Jim Paulson, Logan Degroat, Jasen Fry

Winning Idea: TrAils to Ales Brewery developed a "From Our Trails to Our Screen" program which encouraged trail users to submit their trail photographs to be displayed for guests on televisions in the brewery.

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TrAils to Ales owners accepting grand prize award, courtesy Kim Harris

2017: Allegheny river rentals

second place winner

Kennerdell, PA  16374

Owner: Devin Gold

Winning Idea: Allegheny River Rentals proposed purchasing a sufficient number of kayaks, bicycles, and other necessary amenities for tourists who wish to use local trails.

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Allegheny River Rentals Logo.jpg

Allegheny River Rentals Logo, courtesy Allegheny River Rentals Facebook page

2016: karma coffee company

grand prize winner

237 Seneca Street / 238 Elm Street

Oil City, PA  16301

Owners: Shaun and Marie Alcorn

Winning Idea: Karma Coffee Co. anticipated creating expanded space for seating. They planned to overhaul the "back room" to create an environment favorable for holding community events. Karma also wanted to add an indoor space on Elm Street and outdoor rack on Seneca Street for bikers to house their bikes while visiting the restaurant. 

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Karma Coffee Co. storefront, courtesy Karma Coffee Co Facebook page

2016: outdoor allegheny river services (OARS)

second place winner

250 Elk Street

Franklin, PA  16323

Owner: Jeff Brunton

Winning Idea: OARS proposed to purchase a stand-alone building to house a bicycle repair shop, as well as buy shop parts inventory, add "specialty" rental items, and update their website. The goal was to increase awareness of trail-related services. 

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Kayaking on the Allegheny River, courtesy OARS Facebook page

2016: Little It Deli

third place winner


516 Main Street

Emlenton, PA  16373


Owners: Jeff and Julie Powell


Winning Idea: Little It Deli put forward a plan to build an L-shaped bar with working bar sink, refrigeration equipment, and furniture to aid in the expansion of their wine business. They aimed to create more foot traffic in Emlenton while attracting more customers including trail users.


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Little It Deli storefront, courtesy Little It Deli Facebook page