Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union, has announced the winners of the 2018 Fan Choice Awards. Among them are three buzzing Salt Spring Island businesses: home décor and gift store Twang & Pearl, popular bistro Auntie Pestos, and fitness hub North End Fitness.
“We are so honoured to be recognized as a ‘fan favourite' this year,” says Teile McDonald, Store Manager & Assistant Buyer with Twang & Pearl. “We truly love what we do and every product we sell, and we're humbled and thrilled to know that our excitement is contagious as the customers walk through our door.”
Nestled in a heritage home in the heart of Ganges, Twang & Pearl offers stylish and unusual home décor and fashion items: clothing, artisan jewelry, handbags, candles, soaps, stationary and more. A retail experience that combines boutique shopping with warm country hospitality, Twang & Pearl is a go-to for gift-givers and delights both locals and visitors.
These Salt Spring Island businesses are three of several small and mid-sized businesses throughout Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands that have been recognized in the Fan Choice Awards.
“Small businesses are the cornerstone of our economy and in 2017, over one million B.C. residents were employed by a small business,” says Mark deMedeiros, AVP, commercial banking with Island Savings. “When we look at the engagement levels of our Fan Choice Awards, it’s encouraging to see that the ‘buy-local’ movement is alive and well with so many people in the community advocating for their favourite small businesses.”
About the Fan Choice Awards
Now in its third year, the Fan Choice Awards celebrate small- to medium-sized businesses located across Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. Hosted on the Island Savings Facebook page, the Awards invite social media users to vote for their favourite local and independent businesses that provide a product or service that is second to none.
This year, out of the hundreds of votes received between Sep. 10-30, four businesses were recognized with top honours in each of the three categories: Best Food & Drink, Best Retail Store, and Best Beauty & Wellness.
This year’s full list of winning businesses include:
Best Food & Drink:
Auntie Pestos, Salt Spring Island
Hearthstone Bakery, Nanaimo
Moo’s Pizza, Cobble Hill
The Very Good Butchers, Victoria
Best Retail Store:
Beyond the Usual, Chemainus
Russell Books, Victoria
The House of Leaves & Bamboozle, Coombs
Twang & Pearl, Salt Spring Island
Best Beauty & Wellness:
Hair at 60 Queens, Duncan
North End Fitness, Salt Spring Island
Oxygen Yoga & Fitness – Saanich, Victoria
Serenity Hair Studio, Nanaimo