The State Farm Insurance office of Matthew Thomson and Bee Inspired at the corner of North Water Avenue and East Eastland Street were presented with the City Beautification Award by Mayor Paige Brown and Gallatin Beautiful committee members on Friday, Aug. 30.

Two Gallatin businesses were recognized by the city for work they have done to their properties.

State Farm Insurance – Matthew Thomson and Bee Inspired were named the sixth recipients of the City Beautification Award by Mayor Paige Brown and the Gallatin Beautiful committee on Aug. 30 for improvements that have been done to their properties at the corner of North Water Avenue and East Eastland Street.

“If you’ve driven by this corner for a lot of years like I have… there were a lot of years when it didn’t look so very good,” Brown said during the award presentation last month. “Now, I love driving by… because they have made this corner such a beautiful part of Gallatin again and we’re so grateful for that.”

Renovation work on the building where both businesses are located included painting, new light fixtures and new outdoor signage. Local contractors were also brought in to improve the landscaping and update the interior of the space that is now home to Bee Inspired, which opened in the summer of 2017.

“I like that it’s kind of a funky mid-century modern on the outside and I think the paint and the lighting have made a really big impact on this area,” Marilee Thomson with State Farm said in a prepared statement about the renovations. “We like the idea of being part of the historic downtown.”

In order to be eligible to receive a City Beautification Award, a business must be located inside the city limits of Gallatin. Nominations can be made based on a combination of elements including general maintenance, landscaping, building improvements, historical preservation and parking lot beautification.

Nominations can be made online at https://goo.gl/forms/Gg89QjPHHOJ8xZkw2 or by calling the mayor’s office at 615-451-5961.

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