BILLINGS — The Billings Chamber of Commerce gave its annual Legacy award to longtime community members Ziggy and Stella Ziegler at its annual meeting Tuesday afternoon.
Ziggy and Stella invested over 40 years into their downtown establishment Stella's Kitchen and Bakery, and retired in August.
The Legacy award recognizes individuals who consistently demonstrate success in improving the business and economic climate, in addition to the quality of life for residents of Billings, over their lifetime.
The Zieglers were known for hiring disadvantaged people and providing not only a job, but also mentorship.
The Chamber says, through their consistent advocacy for downtown, their habit of offering second chances and their determination to change lives, the Zieglers are deserving of the 2019 Billings Chamber Legacy Award.
It's really special, but we love Billings. Best thing, we moved here 45 years ago from California and that was the best thing we ever did. Billings has been so good to us and we really love the community," Stella said.
Receiving the award, the Zieglers say, is really humbling.
"We just do what we do because that is who we are and and I am just amazed at this honor and I am truly humble," Ziggy added.