Recognized for their ideas and efforts that managers, owners and staff put forward, downtown Vernon businesses have been announced as Okanagan Life Magazine winners in 29 different categories.
Okanagan Life Magazine conducts a survey each year asking for readers opinions on their favourite stores and services throughout the North, Central and South Okanagan. Categories include everything from Best Tire Shop to Best Chiropractor and the results from the 2018 survey were presented in the winter edition.
According to Okanagan Life Magazine the awards “highlight the courageous and innovative people whose efforts and dedication to our communities, towns and cities make the Okanagan the wonder it is.”
“It’s outstanding to see so many downtown businesses recognized for their efforts. To be nominated is a great achievement particularly when the kudos come from customers and clients,” said Dina Mostat, director of member services for the DVA. “We know how hard the businesses work to deliver high quality service and to offer unique products.”
The Room Collection, a home décor and furniture store located on the corner of 30th avenue and 34th street, was recognized in two categories: Best Furniture Store and Best Home Décor Store.
“It means so much to us to be nominated, let alone to win, when Vernon has so many great businesses to choose from. We appreciate it every single time someone opts to shop in a local, independent store like ours,” said owner Alison Ludditt.
Downtown is also home to many professional services including mortgage and investment firms, as well as banks and insurance companies, which were well represented in several winning categories. While some of the larger organizations were recognized including RBC and CIBC, smaller businesses also won. Okanagan Wealth Advisors, a HollisWealth branch located in the Nixon Wenger building, was identified as one of the Best Investment Firms.
“To see downtown businesses win in so many categories is exceptional and so well-deserved,” said Mostat. ‘They should be proud of themselves.”
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