Boehm’s candy maker receives tourism award

May 19, 2009

By Staff

Tyson Garbusjuk (left) and his father Bernard, of Boehm’s Candies, hold the 2009 Tourism Excellence Award. By Greg Farrar

Tyson Garbusjuk (left) and his father Bernard, of Boehm’s Candies, hold the 2009 Tourism Excellence Award. By Greg Farrar

Bernard Garbusjuk, of Boehm’s Candies, was honored last week as the first recipient of the Boehm’s Award for Issaquah Tourism Excellence.

The Boehm’s Award, presented by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, is named after longtime Issaquah business partner Boehm’s Candies Inc. in recognition of the company’s foresight in creatively developing and marketing experience-based tourism.

Since 1980, Garbusjuk has devoted his time and talents to protect the legacy of this landmark business in Issaquah, originally established by Julius Boehm in 1956.

“By maintaining the old-world charm and ambiance of the unique buildings and landscape, and expanding the well-known line of confections, Boehm’s continues to be a favorite attraction and destination for thousands of visitors arriving to, or passing through, from near and far,” said Suzanne Suther, former CEO of the chamber.

“By hosting the seasonal opportunities for the ever-expanding variety of requests for guided group tours, and providing the playground for special events, Boehm’s exemplifies best practices and benefits for promoting tourism,” she said. “Boehm’s was an early pioneer in attracting visitors to Issaquah and the chamber felt that it was fitting to recognize this important contribution to our community.”

In future years, the Boehm’s Award will be presented to other local business leaders who demonstrate excellence in the area of tourism promotion.

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