Last month, the Oklahoma Main Street Center recognized communities across the state for their contributions to their downtown areas.
Among those honored at the 25th annual Main Street Awards Banquet in May was Bartlesville resident Andrea Mann.
Owner of Andrea Mann Photography, Mann received an award in the category of Best Window Display.
Mann says her love for photography came from a high school science fair. She needed a camera and found an old manual 35mm camera.
"I learned how to use it and fell in love with it," she said.
But photography took the back burner while she studied biology in college. It was not until she had her first child that she returned to her passion.
She began taking portraits of her child and then her friends, and soon, she had a price list and was being hired to shoot sporting events and weddings. In 2002, she started operating Andrea Mann Photography from her home.
"It's a home-grown business."
It was the window display that originally drew Mann to her current location in downtown Bartlesville at 222 SE Frank Phillips Blvd.
"We rented the windows first," Mann said. "People thought we were located in the building."
She moved downtown in December 2011 when the landlord of the building offered to help her remodel the space. She willingly accepted and joined the many businesses that are now calling the area home.
"I love our downtown. It's being revitalized and it is coming to life. Being a part of the downtown community is an honor. You feel like you are part of something."
Mann received the Best Window Display award and was in the top 3 for Best Interior Design Project.
"It's really exciting, because I am not an interior designer. For me to win in a category with such high quality designers gives me a lot of confidence."
Bartlesville was also among the top 10 Main Street communities in Oklahoma.