Crank & Boom named Commerce Lexington’s Small Business of the Year

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – At today’s Commerce Lexington Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon presented by Forcht Bank, Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream was named the 2021 Small Business of the Year.

The recipient of this year’s award in the Business Success Category, Crank & Boom was chosen for the honor from three different category winners. The week-long celebration featured webinars, Facebook Live segments, and videos of the category winners.

Crank and Boom Craft Ice Cream was born from an idea to offer coconut ice cream as a dessert option at Toa Green’s family restaurant, Thai Orchid Café.

As more ice cream flavors were added to the menu and people began coming to the restaurant just for the ice cream, Toa and her husband Mike realized they had something special and launched Crank and Boom in 2013. From there, Crank and Boom ice cream was served at 200-plus events across Central Kentucky, such as weddings, local festivals, and corporate outings, and by 2015, the Crank and Boom Ice Cream Lounge opened in the Distillery District.

That simple idea to create a new menu option has since grown to a multi-million-dollar business that includes two scoop shops, a 6,000 square-foot production facility, 40-plus employees, nationwide shipping, and recognition through national press including PEOPLE Magazine, the New York Times, and Cooking Channel.

With a mission to Create Joy, Ignite Laughter, and Inspire Compassion, Crank and Boom not only uses the highest-quality, local and all-natural ingredients to make its ice cream, but it has been committed to helping others in the community.

Commerce Lexington Board Chair Ray Daniels (Equity Solutions Group), said, “Commerce Lexington’s Salute to Small Business enables us to say thank you and recognize many hardworking businesses and organizations. This past year and a half have been difficult for all businesses, but even more so for our small businesses.  Despite the adversity, they have been innovative and adapted to the changing economic landscape, continuing to provide great products and services to the community.  Since 1986, Commerce Lexington has recognized 106 outstanding small businesses and nonprofit organizations, and we are very proud to honor these exceptional 2021 category award winners.”

Commerce Lexington Salute to Small Business 2021 Award Luncheon, Friday Sept. 24, 2021 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Mahan

Peer House, LLC won the Entrepreneur Award. Founded in 2016, Peer House is an accounting and consulting firm that currently serves clients in 55 cities across 29 states, according to Commerce Lexington. The business plans to move from a home office environment to a new office space later this year.

Commerce Lexington Salute to Small Business 2021 Award Luncheon, Friday Sept. 24, 2021 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Mahan

Lexington Rescue Mission won the Nonprofit Award. The ministry started in 2001, helping anyone in need of food, clothing and financial assistance. Now, Lexington Rescue Mission has further expanded to help people find jobs and support the rehabilitation of inmates. What started with a thanksgiving dinner at Broadway Baptist Church has grown into an organization with four facilities and hundreds of volunteers.

Guide Realty won the Minority Business Award. The

Commerce Lexington Salute to Small Business 2021 Award Luncheon, Friday Sept. 24, 2021 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Mahan

real estate office opened in January 2008 and faced many challenges early on, such as the market crash and the loss of co-founder Phyllis Alexander to cancer. Raquel Carter took on the role of principal broker in 2013, taking the business from a small, boutique-style real estate office to a company focused on clients and the community. Now, Guide Realty has a team of 25 realtors and has recently opened a newly-renovated, 5,000 square foot facility including a community engagement space called The Compass Center.


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