Best of the South Okanagan award winners

The crowd was buzzing at the Best of the South Okanagan awards on June 25. (Mark Brett — Western News)
Leanne Nash (left), and Rene Mehrer of 4th Meridian Art, Vintage and Antiques with the president of Black Press B.C. Interior South Dave Hamilton. 4th Meridian won third place honours for Best Gift Shop and second place for Best Home Furniture/Home Decor Store. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Donna Faigaux (left) from the Penticton Wine Information Centre and Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Harpreet Sidhu (right). The centre won second place for Best Gift Shop. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Trevor Sparreboom of Andres Electronics giving his blue steel modelling face beside Karen Hill director of sales Black Press B.C. Interior South. Andres won the Best Place to Install Car Stereos category (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Hanging out at the bar during the Best of the South Okanagan awards held at Mile Zero Wine Bar. (Mark Brett — Western News)
Adele Dewar (right) manager of Banbury Green’s Scott. Banbury Green RV Park won first place in the Best Campground. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Harpreet Sidhu (left) with Boyd Autobody’s Kara. Boyd won Best Autobody Shop at the Penticton Western News Best Of the South Okanagan. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Harpreet Sidhu (left) with Canadian Tire’s Mitch MacMillan. The store won second place for Best Gardening Centre at the Best of awards. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Helene Vassilaki (left) and Jo from Carlson Hartford Cruise and Travel who took third place in Best Travel Agency. (Kristi Patton — Western News) Helene Vassilaki (left) and Jo (right) from Carlson Hartford Cruise and Travel who took third place in Best Travel Agency. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Harpreet Sidhu with Daniel Lo from Daniel K. Lo Mobile Legal and Notary Services, which took first place for Best Lawyer and Best Notary. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Sushi Kojo celebrating their first place win for best sushi with Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Liza Simpson (right). (Mark Brett — Western News)
Dr. Daniel Ng, who took second place for Best Dentist, with Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Liza Simpson. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Dr. Proudfoot (right) of Proudfoot Animal Medical Clinic won first place for Best Vet. He is standing with Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Harpreet Sidhu. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Chuck Thompson, owner of Penticton Fountain Tire, which took second place for Best Place to Buy Tires. He is standing with Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Liza Simpson. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
From left to right: Kathryn Robinson, Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Harpreet Sidhu, Kim Kelly and Angela Svetlichny. Interior Law was the second place winner in the Best Lawyer category. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies Group took first overall in the Best Place to Buy Insurance category. Representatives with Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Harpreet Sidhu (middle). (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Brian Marsden, owner of Leisureland RV Centre, which won Best Place to Buy and Service an RV with Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Liza Simpson. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Litwin Law came in second for Best Notary. Representatives standing with Karen Hill (right), director of sales Black Press B.C. Interior South. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
LocoLanding Adventure Park took third place for Best Adventure Tourism. Standing with them is the president of Black Press B.C. Interior South Dave Hamilton (right). (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Kim Cook, publisher of the Penticton Western News, was the emcee for the Best of the South Okanagan awards. (Mark Brett — Western News)
London Drugs took place second place for Best Place to Buy Home Entertainment. Its representative with Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Liza Simpson (right). (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Maureen Hayter from the Mortgage Centre (right) who accepts first place in Best Mortgage Brokers with Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Harpreet Sidhu. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Ryan Romanchuk of Michael Hill accepts second place for Best Jewelry Store with Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Liza Simpson. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Alex from Nature’s Fare accepts second place in Best Place To Buy Health Foods/Vitamins category. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Jaquie Carbajal of Nuvista Chiropractic and Wellness (right) placed second for Best Chiropractor. She is standing with Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Harpreet Sidhu. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Penticton Dental Centre took first place for Best Dentist. Represetatives standing with Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Liza Simpson (right). (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Assistant store manager Jennifer Jolly of PetSmart (left) accepts third place for Best Pet Store at the Best of the South Okanagan awards. She is with Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Liza Simpson (right). (Kristi Patton — Western News)
The Penticton Western News Best Of the South Okanagan awards were held on Tuesday at Mile Zero Winebar. (Mark Brett — Western News)
From left to right: director of sales Black Press B.C. Interior South Karen Hill, La Casa Ouzeria manager Eftalia Hunter-Portalaki, Jeff Hunter and Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Liza Simpson. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Sun Hills Riding Centre took second place in the Best Adventure Tourism category. Representatives pictured with Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Liza Simpson (right). (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Natalie from Total Restoration Services (right) accepted the first place award for Best Restoration Company. Pictured with Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Harpreet Sidhu. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Brenda Betz from Wish, Kwok & Associates (left) who won first place in the Best Accounting Firm category. She is standing with Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Liza Simpson. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Joe Cuzzocrea president of Peter’s Bros. Construction, the winner of the Business of the Year award with Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Harpreet Sidhu. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
Randall Bramford of Save On Foods won first place for Best Grocery store and third place for Best Wings. He is with Penticton Western News senior sales consultant Harpreet Sidhu. (Kristi Patton — Western News)
People mingling before the start of the Penticton Western News Best Of the South Okanagan awards on June 25 at Mile Zero Wine Bar. (Mark Brett - Western News)

It was a packed house for the Penticton Western News’ Best of the South Okanagan awards Tuesday night at Mile Zero Winery.

With new categories and the ability for readers to register their votes for their favourite businesses and activities in the South Okanagan both by dropping off ballots and voting online, it opened up the opportunity for more recognition for all the outstanding business and services in our region.

“What a fantastic evening it is when we can get our community out to an event to celebrate all the excellent companies, events and activities that we have in our region,” said Kim Cook, publisher at the Western News.

“The energy over the course of the awards show was invigorating and the awards themselves serve as a showpiece for each business to stress the importance shopping local.”

Taking top spot in the Best Of signature categories were Peters Bros. Construction (Business of the Year), La Casa Ouzeria (Best Overall Restaurant), Gratify (Best New Business) and Total Restoration Services (Best Service).

Peters Bros. president Joe Cuzzocrea said it is a small company that works hard to provide quality services and support the community.

”We just have the greatest employees anybody could have. Most of them have been with us for a very long time and it is just a great, great family,” said Cruzzocrea.

For the second year in a row, La Casa Ouzeria was recognized as the Best Overall Restaurant, the secret to success being its commitment to hard work and consistency.

“With so many great restaurants here, an award like this, voted on by the people who call Penticton home, shows us that the customers genuinely appreciate all our hard work every day,” said general manager Minas Portalaki.

The restaurant won best overall in 2008, 2013 and 2018.”

Connie and Ryan Oickle run the vegan, whole food snack business Gratify, and said they were honoured to be chosen by the public.

“We basically eat, sleep and breathe Gratify,” she said. “That’s why we’re so grateful to the community, not only for supporting the shop, but also nominating us in the Best of awards. Thank you.”

Total Restoration Services manager of marketing and community relations, Tracy Van Raes, said being chosen for the award by the public they serve means so much to those who work for the company.

“It is a huge success to be nominated by the public. Receiving a recognition like this always brings smiles to our faces and gives our staff the extra drive they need to continue that level of service or community support.”

To view the E-edition of the Best of the South Okanagan special section with all the award winners click here.

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