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Aljoya is the 2011 business of the year

Marketing representative Sylvia LeMier, left, and community relations director Molly Cole accepted the award for Aljoya. - Linda Ball/Staff Photo
Marketing representative Sylvia LeMier, left, and community relations director Molly Cole accepted the award for Aljoya.
— image credit: Linda Ball/Staff Photo

Aljoya Mercer Island has been awarded the Business of the Year award by the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce. The award was announced at the Chamber’s monthly business lunch last Thursday at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center.

The senior housing community was nominated by both a business and an individual for the honor, said Terry Moreman, the executive director of the Chamber.

A committee made up of a past winner, a Mercer Island resident, a board member and the chamber’s executive director choose the business to be honored.

Aljoya Mercer Island is a 112-unit residential community for seniors with services and amenities not found in traditional retirement communities.

“The criteria (for the award) is how has the business made a significant impact on the economic vitality and/or how the business brought value and benefit to the community,” Moreman said. “In this case, one of the nominators mentioned that it brought new people to the community who are out shopping and are involved in the community.”

The individual who nominated Aljoya credited the work it does for the community in terms of giving back.

Molly Cole, community relations director for Aljoya Mercer Island said the most successful businesses are those that give back to the community.

“We’ve really tried to make Aljoya part of the community,” Cole said. She said Aljoya has opened its doors to MIVAL, the Lion’s Club and other charitable organizations. Cole said she serves on the Giving from the Heart campaign, and Aljoya and Cole personally support Mercer Island Youth and Family Services.

“Supporting services that helps them, helps everybody,” Cole said.

Aljoya wraps around a garden courtyard with a fire pit, barbecue patio and access to Mercer Island’s art park and trail system. Amenities and services include a dining room, swimming pool and exercise room, salon and spa, various living and activity rooms, performing arts center, business center, and arts and crafts studio. A health and wellness center is available to provide assisted living services. Aljoya provides independent living, very basic assisted living services, full nursing care and end of life care.

Residents receive medical care in the privacy of their own apartment.

Aljoya Mercer Island is only three years old, and they are at 90 percent capacity, Cole said.

The Chamber solicits nominations in October and November, and announces the winner during the first lunch meeting in December.

This is the eighth year for the Business of the Year award.

Past winners are Island Books, Mercer Island Florist, Albertsons, Tatters, North Mercer QFC, The Auto Spa and Studio 904.

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