The Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce hosted the 25th anniversary of their Business Excellence Awards gala with a sold-out venue at the Revelstoke Community Centre on Nov. 3. The packed event celebrated the best in Revelstoke business achievement. This year, a total of 13 awards were presented to deserving businesses and individuals that go above and beyond to serve Revelstoke. Following the list of winners below, check out more photos of the night in the gallery at the bottom.
There were 13 awards categories this year. Here are the 2018 winners from each:
Employee of the Year: Tammy Sutherland, Home Hardware Revelstoke
Tammy Sutherland is your helpful first stop on your new home project. She’s known for her warm and welcoming greetings and helpful tips tracking down the right tools for the job.
Tourism & Attractions Excellence: LUNA: Nocturnal Art & Wonder
The LUNA fest was a hit in its inaugural season, and returned for an even more successful second offering in 2018, attracting many thousands to downtown Revelstoke for an immersive art experience.
The team from the Grizzly Plaza restaurant, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dines when he’s in town, wasn’t at the awards. Check out our feature on the PM’s visit to Chubby’s last winter.
Accommodations Excellence: McCarty House Inn
The McCarty House is situated at the corner of Mackenzie Avenue and Third Street. Revelstoke’s first mayor Frank McCarty built and lived in the home. It was recently converted into an inn, hosting international guests. Check out our feature in Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine here of the new renovation.
Industrial & Manufacturing Excellence: Big Bend Fab Works
The team from Big Bend Fab Works were not present at the ceremony.
Retail & Service Excellence: Big Mountain Kitchen & Linen
If you’ve been to the farmers markets this year, you’ve noticed Nicole Cherlet and Jeff Shirray out recording live videos and kitchen demonstrations and tutorials. Congratulations?
Youth Employer Award: The Nomad
The Nomad was cited for their work employing local youth.
Best New or Renovated Building Design: Mountain View School Project
The Mountain View School project the decommissioned heritage elementary school building has been totally renovated, and now hosts several businesses including Mountain View Medical Clinic, Jones Distilling, Third Street Offices and the soon-to-open Old School Restaurant.
Chronometer is a health and lifestyle app that’s been expanding rapidly, taking on more and more employees at their Second Street West location near Mountain View school.
Home-Based Business Excellence: Milestones & Memories Childcare, Mandy McQuarrie
In her speech, Mandy McQuarrie highlighted the importance of child-services businesses to the many new young families in Revelstoke.
Community Support Excellence: Fred Beruschi & Steven Hui, Queen Victoria Helipad project
Queen Victoria Hospital serves a large backcountry jurisdiction. When accidents happen in the industrial sector, on the highway, or in backcountry adventure, helicopters are the go-to transport to get patients to the hospital. Previously, they’d be flown to the airport and then transported to the hospital, wasting precious time on critical incidents. The project to install a helipad at QVH was completed this fall.
Business Person of the Year: (tie) Nicole Cherlet, Big Mountain Kitchen & Linen; Sara Sansom, Birch & Lace/Feather & Stone
The Business Person of the Year award was split between Nicole Cherlet of Big Mountain Kitchen & Linen and Sara Sansom of Birch & Lace Salon/Feather & Stone salon. Nicole Cherlet is the owner of Big Mountain Kitchen & Linen on Mackenzie Avenue. If you’ve been to the farmers market on Saturdays, you’ve seen Nicole doing live video demonstrations of cooking tutorials. She’s been actively involved in the Local Food Initiative and on the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce board. Sara Sansom’s Birch & Lace Salon has relocated this year to a bright, newly-renovated First Street West location. The salon focuses on being environmentally friendly in all its offerings, from hairstyling to a line of package-free home products like dish and laundry soaps. Feather & Stone is their partner location at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, offering massage and a full range of personal services.
Business of the Year: The Taco Club, Mike Brown & Riley Geidt
Mike Brown and Riley Geidt started with the popular salmon-coloured food truck, then settled into their Mackenzie Avenue location, offering a unique variety of Mexican and South American flavours. It continues to be a hit, and is always amongst the busiest restaurants on the strip.
For photos of the winners and many more from the event, check out the big photo gallery below. Click for an expanded view.