The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce has named Deborah Ann Backes, owner of Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe on Main Street, its 2019 Woman of the Year.
Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, draws fans from near and far.
The Chamber selected Backes for her dedication to the downtown Ridgefield business community and the towns many residents. 
Chamber Executive Director Kim Bova told Backes the news inside the Main Street store. First Selectman Rudy Marconi joined Bova, making an official proclamation in Backes’ honor to the cheers and applause of the crowd.
Backes will receive her official award at the Chamber’s 2019 Women’s Forum on Thursday, May 16 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Le Chateau in South Salem. The event will include special keynote speaker Stacy Martin, shopping, a pop-up nightclub, Mediterranean food stations and wine, and exciting auction items. This event is a fundraiser for the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce’s Business Incubator Initiative. 
Tickets are $65 through May 1, $80 after at destinationridgefield.com