Photo gallery: Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce 25th Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala

2018 Revelstoke Business Excellence Awards gala. We've got the award winners, and lots of photos of the Revelstoke business community dressed in their finest here.

The 2018 winners of Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards. Back row from left: Aaron Davidson of Chronometer, Entrepreneurial Excellence award; Rob Buchanan from Luna Fest, Tourism & Attractions Excellence award; Victoria Strange from Luna Fest, Tourism & Attractions Excellence award; Sara Sansom from Birch & Lace, Business Person of the Year (tie); Jeff Shirray from Big Mountain Kitchen, Retail & Service Excellence; Gareth Jones from Jones Distilling, Best New or Renovated Building Design; Tammy Sutherland from Home Hardware, Employee of the Year; Mandy McQuarrie from Milestones & Memories Childcare, Home Based Business Excellence award; Steven Hui from the QVH Helipad project, Community Support Excellence. Front row from left: Miriam Manley from Luna Fest, Tourism & Attractions Excellence award; Jana Thompson from Luna Fest, Tourism & Attractions Excellence award, Nicole Cherlet from Big Mountain Kitchen, Business Person of the Year (tie) & Retail and Service Excellence Award; Mike Brown from Taco Club, Business of the Year; Riley Geidt from Taco Club, Business of the Year. Not pictured: Chubby Funsters, Food Service Excellence award; McCarty House Inn, Accommodations Excellence; Big Bend Fab Works, Industrial & Manufacturing Excellence; The Nomad, Youth Employer Award. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

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

If you shop at Home Hardware, you probably know the friendly face of Tammy Sutherland, who won the Employee of the Year award. Karen Ball of RBC presents the award. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

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 took home the Tourism & Attractions Excellence Award. From left are team members Jana Thompson, Rob Buchanan, Victoria Strange and Miriam Manley. The award was presented by Mayor-elect Gary Sulz. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

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.

Rob Buchanan, Jessica Leahey, Greg Hoffart converted the Grizzly Plaza bandshell into a plastic and wood tetrahedron fish bowl complete with fishes, coral, a submarine, and other ocean inhabitants. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Food Service Excellence: Chubby Funsters

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and family dine at Revelstoke’s Chubby Funsters

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

Bob and Terry Deyl own McCarty house. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

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

Nicole Cherley and Jeff Shirray of Big Mountain Kitchen took home the Retail & Service Excellence Award. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

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?

Big Mountain Kitchen & Linen owner Nicole Cherlet. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

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

Glen O’Reilly of Selkirk Design Works presents Gareth Jones with the Best New or Renovated Building Design award for his work on the Mountain View School Project. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

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.

Jones Distilling is located in the old Mountain View School building. Photo: Katie Langmuir/Revelstoke Mountaineer
Inside the distillery. Photo: Katie Langmuir/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Entrepreneurial Excellence: Aaron Davidson, Chronometer

Tyler Maki of Revelstoke Credit Union presents Aaron Davidson of Chronometer with the Entrepreneurial Excellence award. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

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

Mandy McQuarrie of Milestones & Memories Childcare accepts the Home Based Business Excellence award from Kevin Dorrius of Community Futures Revelstoke. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

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

Lynda Lafleur from the Columbia Basin Trust presents Steven Hui with the Community Support Excellence Award for his work on the Queen Victoria Hospital helipad project. Fred Beruschi shared the award with Steven but was not present at the event. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

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.

After years of fundraising, community members gathered to celebrate the opening of the Queen Victoria Helipad on Saturday, Oct. 27. Photo: Melissa Jameson/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Business Person of the Year: (tie) Nicole Cherlet, Big Mountain Kitchen & Linen; Sara Sansom, Birch & Lace/Feather & Stone

Clark Traverse from BDO presents the Business Person of the Year award. The award was a tie between Nicole Cherlet of Big Mountain Kitchen and Sara Sansom of Birch & Lace. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

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

Taco Club took home the Business of the Year award. From left: Winners Riley Geidt and Mike Brown with presenter Justin Sundholm of Business Development Bank of Canada. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

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.

Taco Club co-owners Mike Brown and Riley Geidt with Mike’s daughter Asha. Photo: Laura Szanto

For photos of the winners and many more from the event, check out the big photo gallery below. Click for an expanded view.