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Recognition & Awards

This page has been "archived" - we've stopped adding new items because...well, there are just so many hours in a day & it began feeling a but self-serving.  We've been fortunate and flattered to have received recognition and peer support over the years. Here are a few highlights:

Grand Blanc Schools Business Partner Award April 20, 2010
Grand Blanc Schools 2010 Outstanding Partner: JJ Cardinals

Making a difference every day. Grand Blanc Community Schools recognized leaders in various Youth Volunteer and Business Partner programs over the past year.

For decades the business and school communities have worked together to ensure positive development of area students and our future work force. The Outstanding Partner Award is presented annually those who have demonstrated a continued commitment to the success of local schools and student achievement.

Louise Dawson accepted a lovely plaque along with other local business leaders from the GB Arts Council, Royal Gardens Flowers, and Buffalo Wild Wings.


Delta Kappa Gamma Society certificate April 13, 2010
Delta Kappa Gamma Society has recognized Louise Dawson of J.J. Cardinal's as a Friend of Education

Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is honored to present the Friend of Education Award to Louise Dawson, owner of J.J. Cardinal's Wild Bird & Nature Store of Grand Blanc.

In indulging her passion for nature, Louise has opened the door to the natural world for many others...she has generously donated goods and materials. The Grand Blanc community and schools have taken notice of her efforts and recognized her accordingly (see above). Not only does Louise hold classes for nature crafts and learning, she also goes to classrooms, senior centers, leads nature hikes and mentors young people thus creating a new generation of citizens sensitive to environmental concerns, filled with love of nature.


Niche magazine 2007 award April 2007
NICHE Magazine has recognized J.J. Cardinal's once again in their 2007 Top Retailer Awards. Independent artists have nominated J.J. Cardinal's Notebook (available in print and online) for having the Best Customer Newsletter.

NICHE Magazine is national publication with a focus on fine American crafts. Publisher Wendy Rosen was delighted to recognize J.J. Cardinal's, a multi-year nominee for it's excellence and focus in presenting new and creative American crafts and works of art. "The American crafts and artistic community help keep our merchandise selection fresh and unique," says owner Louise Dawson.


Finalist in 4 categories - how special! May 2006
J.J. Cardinal's Wild Bird & Nature Store
has been recognized by NICHE Magazine for their 2006 Top Retailer Awards. Nominated earlier this year for several awards, J.J. Cardinal's was recently selected as a finalist for "Top Retailer" as well as "Best Merchandising", "Best Customer Newsletter" and "Best Local Community Outreach" categories.

NICHE magazine, the exclusive trade publication for retailers of fine American craft, will announce the winners at a ceremony in July during the Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft. "I am honored to recognize this year's nominees," noted Wendy Rosen, publisher of NICHE magazine.  "J.J. Cardinal's commitment to the American craft movement ensures the strength and growth of the arts and small businesses in communities throughout the country."

J.J. Cardinal's was also nominated in 2003. "We're thrilled and delighted with this honor again this year," says Louise Dawson, J.J. Cardinal's founder and owner. "We have made a point to expand our collection of American crafted goods and consciously have reduced the amount of imported items in our store; there's more than enough of that available in the marketplace. Our customers have responded to the delightful and creative work by a host of crafts people who's goods and work are now proudly displayed at J.J. Cardinal's."

[NICHE magazine is part of the Rosen Group - specialists in promoting fine American craft.]

GBCofC logo a nice note from our State Senator: Deborah CherryMarch 2005
J.J. Cardinal's was nominated for the Hometown Hero Award sponsored by the Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce. The award is part of the Chairman's Award Dinner celebration hosted at Warwick Hills Country Club. The event highlights the contributions of 25 people and organizations "who have given much of their time, effort, and heart to be an advocate for many in the Grand Blanc and surrounding areas". In addition to the Hometown Hero, individual Awards are presented to: Citizen of the Year, Athena, Children's Hero Award, Educator of the Year, and Health Professional Hero.

[Appropriately, Al Serra Auto Plaza was selected for "Hometown Hero" award. More info: www.grandblancchamber.org]

certificate of recognition

J.J. Cardinal's has received a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Landscaping from the Woman's National Farm & Garden Association, Michigan Division, Grand Blanc Branch (August 29, 2003). Branch President, Jane Wagner presented the certificate and complimented the store for presenting and maintaining a positive appearance for the community.

Wagner explained the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association is one of the oldest women's organizations in the United States. Founded nationally in 1914, the organization has several chapters in virtually every state. It's objectives have always been to encourage women to cooperate in furthering a closer bond between rural and urban women and help in the development of international understanding and good will everywhere. "Much of the credit for the handsome appearance of our shop is due to Bruce Pollock & Associates, the original developers of this shopping center," said Mike Dawson of J.J. Cardinal's. "We like to think our products help bring the community a little closer to nature, and our staff does a great job maintaining our pond, plants, and seasonal displays."
[for more information about the organization: http://www.wnfga.org/]

Nominee - Top 100 Retailers of American Craft

We are quite pleased to learn we have been nominated for the 2003 Top 100 Retailers of American Craft awards sponsored by the Rosen Group and NICHE Magazine. The organization represents over 18,000 artists in North America. Nominees were selected based on feedback from artists many of whom market their work through boutique shops and galleries. "Congratulations on this honor!" says Wendy Rosen, Publisher of NICHE Magazine (August 20, 2003).

"To maintain the fresh edge we seek at J. J. Cardinal's - always having new and interesting works depicting nature - it's so very essential to our success," says Louise Dawson, owner. "We respect the contributions the art community makes, and enjoy doing all we can to support emerging artists."

Recognition from Michigan Audubon

We're delighted J.J.Cardinal's was recognized by the Michigan Audubon Society with their 1999 Outstanding Business Award for our civic contributions and community involvement.

Athena nominee

Louise Dawson of J.J. Cardinal's was nominated for the 1996 Athena Award sponsored by the Grand Blanc (MI) Chamber of Commerce and local businesses. Nominees for the Athena Award have demonstrated excellence in their profession, and valuable service to the community including assistance in advancing opportunities for working women.

recognition for web design and community service

Casey's Celtic Charm web design award. Hello...Our evaluators have now completed the review of your site...we are extremely proud to present your site with the Casey's Celtic Charm Bronze Award. Thank-you for giving us the opportunity to review your work, the visit was most inspiring. Your effort and dedication shine throughout your pages. You are truly deserving of our highest accolades, and for making the World Wide Web a much better and nicer place for us all to visit. Thank-you for your interest in our Awards Program and Congratulations on such a fine web site.
Best Regards: Casey's Celtic Charm
27 November 2005

Award sites Rated 5.0
L.E.D. Award of Excellence in Animal Sciences! How nice is that?. Dear Mike: what an excellent website to review, and what a pleasure it has been to do so! So much informative, useful content, so much support, the whole site is uniquely visitor-friendly and so easy to navigate. Anyone can notice immediately the great care that has been (and is being) put into this InterNetian effort of yours by yourself and your staff. Neat, straightforward, pleasant, crystal-clear throughout... what more can I say? Well, that I am truly glad to present you with the most sought after and difficult Award to obtain in the L.E.D.'s selection, that your site is its very first 2006 listed Winner and that it is an honor for me to bestow the 2006 Light Emitting Diode Award of Excellence in Animal Sciences (top Award) to your website 'J.J. Cardinal's', together with my sincerest congratulations!
My very best regards, G.S.C.K. Regal Realm
23 November 2005

The Light Emitting Diode Awards AS! Rated 3.5 Select Award
Invision Graphics award. Hello Mike Dawson: After careful consideration and evaluation of your site, we are honored to present you with the Web Design Award! The site evaluation determined JJCardinal's site was very pleasant on the eyes and very well structured out and categorized into specific sections this was a job well done and worthy of our award! Congratulations once again on a job well done!
Invision-Graphics Inc CEO Mr. Shawn DesRochers
20 November 2005

Awards level 3.0
Stamp of Excellence from www.wm8c.com. ...Congratulations! Your site has qualified for the WM8C's Ham Links Stamp of Excellence Award. Your site is extremely well done, very easy to navigate and a great addition to the world wide web. I can see you have spent a lot of time perfecting your site. Once again, Congratulations! I really enjoyed my visit and I also loved the clean layout and versatility in your design! Thanks for sharing some interesting information on wildlife and so much more with all of us through your website. Well done!
Sincerely, Todd, WM8C's Ham Links, www.wm8c.com
17 November 2005
AS! Rated 4.0 MSATC Rated Level 4
visit the home of Barrettsnet Gold Award - 2005 Hi Michael:
have finished viewing your site and have award your site the Barrettsnet Gold Award. Your site offers top content and is of a good design.
Kind Regards: 
David Barrett, Barrettsnet.co.uk
09 November 2005

2004 web design award from artspace2000.com

Congratulations from all the staff at Art Space 2000.com. You have won the [2004] "World Web Award of Excellence" for originality, overall design and appearance, ease of navigation, and content. Keep up the good work.
Regards, Robert E. Lattel
Art Space 2000.com
02 January 2004

Deco Award: Gold....now "retired"

GOLD DECO AWARD WINNER Congratulations On A Job Well Done On having your site selected to received the 2002-2003 Gold Deco Award.
Deco Website Awards (retired)
04 February 2003
recognition from BTDesigns Congratulations Michael, your website has been thoroughly evaluated and I'm glad to announce it was selected to win one of the most coveted awards in the world, the BTDesign APPROVED Award, a sign of recognition for websites which make surfing a different experience. Congratulations and keep up with your important work!
Sincerely, Barbara Tampieri,
BTDesign Art Gallery

15 January 2003
BTDesign Awards are rated Elite Level 5.0 by Award Sites!
The Lone Star Silver Award We enjoyed our visit to your site and have completed our review.  It is
my great pleasure to award you with a Silver Lone Star Design Award.
Helen Bruce, Lone Star Site Design
12 January 2003
Lone Star Awards are rated Select Member Level 4.5 by Award Sites!
Orbit Studio's web awards Congratulations on winning our bronze OSPD award. Your site J.J. Cardinal's is definitely a great site to view. I really like the design and the content is really interesting and complete. Please accept our bronze award...congratulations on a job well done.
Kindest regards, Wim Mertens
5 January 2003
OSPD Awards are rated Level 3.0 by Award Sites!
ArtSpace2000 Award Congratulations from all the staff at Art Space 2000.com. You have won the "World Web Award of Excellence" for originality, overall design and appearance, ease of navigation, and content. Keep up the good work.
Sincerely, Robert E. Lattel
3 January 2003

Mesweet Award
Mesweet's Bronze Award

For the month of December there were 62 applications for Mesweet's Awards. Four wonderful sites have been chosen to receive Mesweet's Awards. I am happy to say your site "J.J. Cardinal's" was one of the 4 sites chosen and has won Mesweet's Bronze Award for December 2002. I found your site "J.J. Cardinal's" an informative site. I feel that nature lovers and people who might want to learn more about nature could benefit from your site with the information about birds, seeds, and nature that you have at your site. I always appreciate finding business Websites that offer more then their products or services to the Web community.
Congratulations & Kindest Regards, Debbie  -   Mesweet's Award Site
1 January 2003
Mesweet's Awards are rated Level 5.0 by Award Sites!
bronze award from neovizion.com Bronze Award received from neovizion.com on 12/9/02 for web site design.

"You have won the Bronze Award! I enjoyed surfing your site," says Eric Nielsen from Neovizion, "and I am sure everybody else will too."

2002-2003 Golden Web Award from I.A.W.M. Golden Web Award 2002-2003 Presented by The International Association of Web Masters and Designers 11-26-02. This site is designed and maintained by Mike & Louise, founders & owners of J.J. Cardinal's.

JJ Cardinal In The News

Flint Journal photo: the Bird Lady!

Louise Dawson as she appeared in the
Flint Journal July 31, 1993.

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A Nickname Is Born: "Bird Lady of Grand Blanc"

A Flint Journal article in July of 1993 made it official: Louise is "The Bird Lady of Grand Blanc." Prior to that publication, friends and customers jokingly referred to her as such. The newspaper article ensured the title would stick. Today, children in the grocery store or local restaurants loudly exclaim: "Look! There's the Bird Lady!" 

The complete article, along with a virtual time capsule of printed news accounts appear at "J.J. Cardinal In The News".

"...Louise is timeless," says an avid fan. "She looks younger today and
has more energy now than she had when she first opened her store."

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