Congratulations are in order to Holly Johnson and Stacey Vey, co-owners of Stir Lounge. The women just won the 2015 Independence Business Alliance annual LGBT Business Award—and this time, for the first time ever, the prize has been increased $5,000 to $10,000. Another first: Johnson and Vey are the first female-owned business to ever win the IBA’s prize, a momentous occasion indeed.
“We’re incredibly honored to be the first female business to receive this award and really want to thank PNC Bank and the IBA for this opportunity!” says Johnson. The bar owners plan to use the award to expand Stir’s kitchen “to one that is more spacious and well-equipped.” They also plan on offering a savory food menu in the future.
The award was announced at the IBA’s 5th Annual Business Leaders Luncheon at Center City’s Sofitel Hotel. Presented by West Laurel Hill, the awards ceremony’s keynote speaker was Justin Nelson of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
According to their website, the IBA “provides opportunities, access, and resources to LGBT professionals and allies in the Greater Philadelphia area. The organization promotes economic development, growth, diversity, and leadership throughout the region.” For more information about becoming an IBA member and having a chance to win next year’s prize, click here.