Leading EDGE Awards

The Leading EDGE Awards are an opportunity for the City of Avondale to recognize local businesses that have positively impacted both the community and the business environment. The Leading EDGE Awards honor Avondale businesses in two categories: Community Impact and the People’s Choice award.

About The Awards

The Community Impact Award for Business honors businesses going above and beyond their normal business operations, donating their time, talent and treasures to the community.

The People’s Choice Award is nominated, voted on and selected by YOU, the public! This is an opportunity to show love to your favorite Avondale restaurant, service or retail shop. Voting for the People’s Choice Award is done in two stages.

Round 1

The first round is an open call for nominations, allowing everyone to nominate their favorite Avondale business.

Round 2

The second round takes the 3 most-nominated businesses from the previous round and opens voting for the top 3 finalist to the public. The business that receives the most votes will be awarded the highly coveted People’s Choice Award!.

Award Timeline

January 8, 2024
Nominations for People’s Choice Award and Community Impact for Business open.
January 26, 2024
First round of nominations for People’s Choice Award close. Nominations for Community Impact for Business close.
February 5, 2024
Round 2 for People’s Choice Award opens, voting for the top 3 finalists.
February 23, 2024
Round 2 for People’s Choice Award voting closes.
April 11, 2024
Winners will be announced at the City of Avondale’s State of the City.

Leading Edge Award Winners

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Community Impact Award for Business 2023

The Flower Wrangler

The Flower Wrangler is a local Avondale flower shop ran by the one-woman powerhouse that is Mia Mazzochi. Through her regenerative farming practices, she not only produces beautiful bouquets, but is also passing along her passion and knowledge to the next generation.

Community Impact Award for Nonprofit 2023

Mission of Mercy

Mission of Mercy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the uninsured and underinsured populations. Since 2010, they have partnered with the Avondale Baptist Church to bring their services to the Avondale community, providing medical care to over 600 patients.

People’s Choice Award

Modern Grind Coffee

Modern Grind is a community driven coffee shop serving up everything from hot coffee to healthy beverages, eats, treats and some merch for good measure. Owner Daphnie Kelly’s coffee is for a good cause, often supporting groups like teachers, first responders, military heroes and youth programs through special discounts and fundraising opportunities. Modern Grind is a 3X Leading EDGE Award recipient and our first back-to-back People’s Choice Champion!

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Community Impact Award for Business 2022

C West Entertainment

C West Entertainment is an event production company and DJ located in Avondale, AZ. A staple at West Valley events and special occasions, they bring the fun wherever they go! As a small business themselves, they’ve been known to join in ribbon cutting celebrations, helping welcome their fellow business owners to the city.

Community Impact Award for Nonprofit 2022

A New Leaf

Since 1971, A New Leaf has provided assistance to those most in need in our community, helping families, children, and adults overcome the challenges they face. By offering these compassionate services, we help households move from crisis to stability, making our community a better place to live. A New Leaf offers regular services to the Avondale community at the Avondale Complete Health Resource Center.

People’s Choice Award

Modern Grind Coffee

Avondale’s first, two-time Leading EDGE Award winner, Modern Grind is a coffee shop dedicated to making a lasting difference within the community by providing delicious, high quality, innovative products that are delivered through exquisite customer service, one coffee cup at a time.

Community Impact Award 2020

Eric's Family Barbecue

Eric’s Family Barbecue is a family/veteran owned/operated barbecue restaurant that prides themselves in serving 100% fresh meat, Avondale style barbecue, and fresh handcrafted deserts.

Business Impact Award 2020

Phoenix Raceway

Phoenix Raceway has been the premier motorsports venue in the Southwest since 1964. In addition to hosting two NASCAR race weekends each year, including the Championship Race Series, Phoenix Raceway also hosts a variety of events throughout the year including corporate meetings, conferences, charity events, holiday parties and more!

Community Impact Award 2021

Modern Grind Coffee

More than just a coffee shop, Modern Grind was built with a community focus, from the coffee grounds up! Dedicated to serving great coffee and our great community, Modern Grind has made it their mission to pay it forward, championing local groups and causes around the valley.
People’s Choice Award 2021

Ed’s Fish & Chips

Founded nearly 40 years ago, Ed’s Fish & Chips is a family-owned business that has served generations of Avondale residents. Known for their classic fish & chips and old-fashioned arcade games, it’s fair to say Ed’s has won the heart of the city.

Winners Spotlight

Check out our previous Leading Edge Award Winners