What is the Plowshare Award?

The Plowshare award exemplifies a restaurant, retail, cafe, business and/or individual that has been working like a true mule and plow to push boundaries, break ground and influence our city to be better in 2016. Winners chosen by popular vote. Voters were required to explain their reasons for their nomination. Winners and a select few quotes from voters are below!

2016 Plowshare Award Winner

Marcus Malone of Marco's @ 822 South

What Everyone Is Saying about Marcus

"He believes in our community supports local artists and musicians. He would do anything to help a friend and stranger alike. Our community needs business owners and citizens like Marcus."

"With his hip 822south he has worked to change the landscape of music and the music scene in Columbia."

"He has overcome some major challenges to create a culture of good food and live music in downtown Columbia."

"He brings live music and arts to downtown Columbia 4 nights a week. Features lots of local acts plus many from out of town. He's also a great cook, teaching us some of his tricks on Maury County Now. Marcus knows how to bring people together. All around great guy!"

"Runs a great music venue for live music and great food . Southern Hospitality at its best."

2016 Plowshare Business Award

Muletown Coffee

What Everyone Is Saying about Muletown

"Bringing in new events, cultivating a new culture of community."

"Muletown put Columbia back on the map. Their branding has started a positive chain reaction. Their locations are anchors in both the Main Street area and near Columbia State's campus. Their efforts to bring the community together!"

"Branching out, expanding their business, and providing another arts outlet in Columbia."

"They bring a lot of people to the area and are always innovating with events!"

"They've opened a new roasting facility, revamped their main location, and hosted live concerts just to get the community involved all in one place. They've helped countless people (myself included) fall in love with Columbia."

"Not only have they been steadily expanding their influence but also have done much to work alongside new businesses encouraging success by association. They are so much more than just coffee now. They have helped add to the live music culture in Columbia and have become a driving force in the downtown environment, always promoting unity amongst the businesses and a true team spirit that pulls people together."