Last night, February 18, 2009, the Eastern Kings Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Best of Kings awards celebration. For these awards local businesses are nominated and then voted on in a wide range of categories.
In total there are 25 categories and the top three nominations from each are chosen to be voted on. This year there were over 13000 votes placed.
The award winner for Best Media was a newcomer to the Valley. K-Rock 89.3 beat out Magic 94.9 and Transcontinental. This helps strengthen a belief I have had for some time, that us Valley residence were wanting a fresh new option to choose from.
In 2006 when The Valley Today started publishing local evening paper just for the Annapolis Valley, I thought we were going to get that new voice. However, with newspapers everywhere having a hard time staying viable, it only took a quick few months before this paper had to stop production.
K-Rock 89.3 certainly seems to be that new voice, and although some people speculated that satellite radio was going to do away with the traditional radio stations, Newcap seems to be very strong, and I think people will always want to get their local news and forecast, so local radio stations will be around for a while yet.
Listed below are the other winners in their categories from the 2009 Best of Kings Awards.
|Best Family Dining||Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill|
|Best Place for Lunch||Rosie's Restaurant & Paddy's Brewpub - Kentville|
|Best Fast Food||Wendy's|
|Best Place for Breakfast||Irving Oil New Minas Big Stop|
|Best Coffee Shop||Just Us Cafe - Wolfville|
|Best Bar/Lounge||Rosie's Restaurant & Paddy’s Brewpub - Kentville|
|Best Clothing Store||Phinney's Men's & Ladies Wear Ltd|
|Best Book Store||Coles|
|Best Jewellery Store||D M Reid Jewellers Ltd|
|Best Home Decor/Furniture Store||Leon's Furniture & Appliances|
|Best Gift Store||The Tin Candle|
|Best Florist||Pulsifers Flowers & Foliage|
|Best Fitness Club/Spa||Absolute Health Club|
|Best Hair Salon/Barber||Beleaf Aveda Concept Salon & Spa - Kentville|
|Best Hotel/Inn/Bed & Breakfast||Old Orchard Inn & Spa|
|Best Shoe Store||Maxwell's Quality Footwear Ltd.- New Minas|
|Best Car Dealer||Auto Corral|
|Best Hardware Store||Rafuse Home Hardware Building Centre - Wolfville|
|Best Garden Centre||Blomidon Nurseries|
|Best Grocery Store||Atlantic Superstore - New Minas|
|Best Pharmacy||Lawtons Drugs - Kentville|
|Best Winery||Domaine de Grand Pre|
|Best Entertainment Venue||CentreStage Theatre|
|Best Farm Market||Wolfville Farmers Market|
|Best Media||K-ROCK 89.3|
Congrats to all the winners.