The following article (and photo), written by Monique Chaisson, was featured in the Truro Daily News on Friday, June 17th, 2011:
Anne and D'Arcy McDonah are co-owners of the Belgravia Bed and Breakfast in Truro. They took home the best bed and breakfast award during the Best of Colchester awards ceremony last night. Monique Chiasson - Truro Daily News
TRURO – A number of Colchester County businesses were honoured last night for being the best in their speciality.
The second annual Best of Colchester awards were handed out in Truro. Taking home the bed and breakfast award was Belgravia Bed and Breakfast. It was the second consecutive win for the business.
“I’m happy and excited,” said co-owner Anne McDonah. “I think it’s because people enjoy our hospitality. We are committed to giving people an authentic Maritime experience with food, directing them to sites … we do it all.”
The business, in its ninth year, is expecting a healthy tourism season if early-season visitors are an indication.
“Tourism looks fantastic. We have a full house and only had one day without anyone and that’s because I was away,” said McDonah, estimating business is up about 20 per cent from last year.
Best entertainment venue and festival honours went to the Marigold Cultural Centre for the second time.
“It means a lot,” said the Marigold’s executive director Donald Ferguson.
“It’s nice to get your peers and customers (feedback) and it keeps you motivated.”
Ferguson said the Best of Colchester awards are a benefit to all local businesses.
“The community starts to take notice and visitors will want to check it out.”
Taking home the computer sales/repair award was first-time winner G&G Computers.
Anna Feltmate, employee, and Cory MacDonald, manager, accepted the award.
“It’s amazing,” said Feltmate of the business that was also nominated last year and will celebrate its 10th anniversary in Truro in the fall.
“It gives a little boost to the shop and it gives a voice to people” by voting for their favourite businesses, she said.
The winners were voted on by the community. There were 2,000 more votes this year compared to last year. Online voting took place for two weeks in May. The three nominees with the most votes in each of the 25 categories became the finalists and all awards were handed out last night at the Best Western Glengarry. The awards were hosted by the Truro and District Chamber of Commerce.
Here are the winners of this year’s Best of Colchester awards.
Best bar/lounge/pub: The Engine Room
Best bed and breakfast: Belgravia Bed and Breakfast
Best Clothing store: Margolians
Best coffee shop/café: The Wooden Hog
Best computer sales/repair/service: G & G Computers
Best contractor/building/renovations/repairs: Cameron’s Paint Centre
Best dining/restaurant: Murphy’s Fish and Chips
Best entertainment venue/festival: Marigold Cultural Centre
Best fast food: Subway on Elm Street
Best financial institution: RBC
Best fitness centre: Joyful Yoga
Best golf course: Truro Golf Club
Best grocery store: Sobey’s on Prince Street
Best hair salon/barber/day spa: Jennifer’s & Company
Best hardware store: AJ Walker and Sons
Best home décor/furniture store: Berry’s Furniture Plus
Best hotel/motel/inn: Best Western Plus Glengarry
Best insurance provider: Caldwell Roach
Best jewellery store: Inglis Jewellers
Best media: Big Dog 100.9
Best non-profit organization: Big Brothers/Big Sisters Colchester
Best pet care/groomers/vet/supplier: Central Nova Animal Hospital
Best print/copy centre: Sid Sells Signs
Best real estate agency: Remax Fairlane Realty
Best pharmacy: MacQuarries Pharmacy, Esplanade
We were thrilled to get to spend the evening with our friends, Ann & Larry MacCormack from Tulips & Thistle Bed & Breakfast and Maarten Schurmans from Baker’s Chest. We are fortunate to have B&B’s of such high quality in the Truro area.
Maarten, Anne, D'Arcy, Ann & Larry
Before the evening was over, I was able to go back up onto the stage to put in a plug for the Bay of Fundy as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. The Bay of Fundy is Canada’s only entry in this contest and I was trying to stress that as a room full of people doing business in this area, it is our responsibility to make sure we “Vote Fundy!! (To do this, you can go to: VotemyFundy.com or text Fundy to 77077)