Business Awards of Excellence Nominees


Apple Hill Towing

Apple Hill is the ONLY tow truck company we trust. Brent and his crew go the extra mile and takes such good care of our customers cars.

The Beckwith Butcher

No matter how busy or how bad his day is going you always get a smile and ‘how can I help you?’. The business is doing well because you always have a friendly and helpful person to rely on. And Rob does a lot for our community with fund raising. He truly cares.

The Beckwith Butcher has been involved with many worthwhile charities this year. They are always willing to donate or be involved in one way or another. We at the Legion use them for most of our purchases for BBQ’s, Dinners etc. Their meat is top of the line and always enjoyed by all. They have supported our veterans with PTSD.

Jeff Julian State Farm Insurance

This business has been involved in the community for several years. They donate to many charities & non-profit organizations in the area and participate in town events such as the Bridge Street Bazaar and the Dragon Boat Festival. Jeff has also donated his music services for cancer fundraisers and for youth groups in the area. Thank you for considering this business for Business of the year

St. James Gate

Their staff is beyond accommodating, the food is outstanding! We have never had a bad experience here!

Carleton Place Winery

They have an amazing business and are so friendly.

Your Independant Grocer

I nominate Jeff & Joyce Mitchell of Mitchell’s Independent for their huge investment in our community. Last year they totally renovated the inside of the store investing $4,000,000, Jeff, Joyce and their teem are very customer oriented. Jeff is on the floor interacting with his customers most of his day. I have never seen an owner or store manager spend that much time with there customers providing personal service. They are also very involved in supporting local charities such as the Food Bank, Museum, Salvation Army and many others. In my opinion they could be nominated to fill all of your categories.


Bean Chevrolet

Keith is a giver. He is always there. He quickly sizes up the situation, enables first. Then looks to how to sustain second. Extraordinary community contributor.

Open Doors

As a former client of Open Doors, I would like to nominate them for the Community Involvement Award. It is great to see them so active in their communities (not just Carleton Place) with everything from fundraisers to events. I know firsthand how important they are to our community.


The RBC Branch in Carleton Place is a very friendly yet professional environment equipped with qualified, helpful employees. In addition to the staffs dedication to their clients, they are also active fundraisers for the Carleton Place & District Hospital and therefore deserve recognition for doing their part in supporting our growing community!

Hollywood Fit Studio

My sister works extremely hard! She provides a space where women can be empowered mentally, emotionally, and physically; all while being able to bring their children. Other’s have tried to duplicate her without success. Putting her heart and soul into everything she does is one of her greatest attributes. I believe winning this award would be a wonderful way to pay tribute to her hard work and dedication to the new moms in our community.

Holly is a wonderful person. She brings a smile to my face every time I see her. She is ready and willing to help with any type of community event. She brings her energy and spirit to CP events.

Holly Bogaerts has been very involved with her community helping out with many events and fundraisers. She is a member of the Hometown Hearts community group and had dedicated longs hours of her own time to help raise funds to help the community. She has a heart of gold and is always there when there is a call for help.

Thorbjornsson Group Ltd

I, Veronica Savage, would like to nominate a person for the community award. A man who works wholeheartedly to better his community and support those in it who need it the most. Wally Thorbjornsson of the Thorbjornsson Group Ltd. is a true community leader. His ongoing events and participations like the Wally’s Classic Strongman competition, the Home Town Hearts Group of which he was a founder, his involvement with Downtown Carleton Place and countless volunteer hours for multiple community programs speaks for itself. Lesser known and perhaps more importantly, is his ongoing support to local entrepreneurs and start-up companies; Wally has been for years a solid supporter of many start-ups and dozens of local companies would not be here without his support. Even local agencies that are here to support start-ups refer their clients to Wally for guidance and support to get established in our community. Wally and his family have generously donated to countless charities in the area and some of them are supported every month by the family. Wally’s newest development at South Shore Landing is an undertaking full of vision and determination that shows how one man can take his dreams and hopes and bring them forward to combine successful development with historical preservation, support seniors through affordable housing, stimulate economic development by creating more high end commercial space and take a giant leap forward to elevate the face of Carleton Place by what I consider to be the most forward thinking development that has ever been proposed in this town.


All Purpose Towing

They go above and beyond to ensure that customers purchase the right vehicle that suits their needs. They also show excellent customer service for tow calls and mechanical work.

The Floral Boutique

Erica customers service is amazing, she is so sweet and friendly and will do anything to help a customer!

Lakeside Shawarma

We go to Lakeside weekly for dinner, Moe makes every customer feel special and welcomed in his store. He is especially awesome with our daughter, she loves his delicious food, but every time she goes in he gives her big hugs and asks about her, plus he gives her a container of pickled cabbage and turnip to eat in the car on the way home. I can’t say enough good things about Moe and Lakeside!

Regional Plumbing & Water Treatment

Professional service. Fair and reasonable rates. Good quality workmanship.

Regional Plumbing has proven to be exceptional with their customer service. I would highly recommend them to anyone!

Regional Plumbing provides exceptional customer service at very reasonable rates!

They come over as soon as they can. Never leave a mess. Work quickly. Solve simple and difficult problems. I have recommended them to friend.

These two amazing men work tirelessly for their families and their community. They are dedicated to their trade and clients. Large or small, quality is always at the forefront of every project. I’m always beyond pleased with the service I receive.

Rob Bradley and his staff have worked with our company for over five years. Their knowledge, commitment to customer satisfaction and professionalism is exceptional. I would not hesitate in recommending this company to any homeowner or business.

Seamless Auto Care

Seamless has exceptional customer service, honesty and attention to detail. Prices are always fair, staff is knowledgable and friendly.

Seamless has exceptional customer service, honesty and attention to detail. Prices are always fair, staff is knowledgable and friendly.

Valley Paint & Coatings

John is very knowledgeable of his products, he offers practical advice, his product pricing is very reasonable and his service delivery is timely. Above all he is just a very friendly and courteous Valley Boy.


Renewed With Love

When my friend was in need of a wedding dress (on very short notice), these ladies provided her with everything she needed to successfully find a gorgeous dress and have a memorable experience with her friends and family. It is clear that the entire staff is dedicated to the women they assist and I am thankful for my amazing experience at this beautiful, local, welcoming location.

Kirk Orthodontics

I nominate ‘Team Kirk’ at Kirk Orthodontics for the Team of the Year Award. Working together as a cohesive group focused on communication with patients and parents, their primary objective is to deliver exceptional orthodontic care in a fun and friendly environment. Together they have developed and implemented systems and routines to facilitate efficient treatment, ensure that details are not overlooked, and work together as cheerleaders to motivate and encourage patients.

Carleton Refrigeration – Roger Holmes

Great Business .. Exceptional People Products & Service

Staples – Julie Hunter

Julie Hunter has been a fantastic addition to the Staples copy and print centre. Her knowledge of design and layout is a great asset to the team. Her enthusiasm and energy is contagious. Julie is polite, efficient, helpful and extremely dedicated to providing excellent customer service. She goes above and beyond to get jobs done quickly and efficiently, she suggests products and is able to quote competitive prices all while maintaining a smile. Her customer service style is very personal, making the customer feel important. The copy team at Staples has always been great but Julie has elevated it to the next level.


NextGen Sign Specialists

Myself and other staff in the building have had excellent customer service and overall experience from this business. Delivery is quick, quality is great and you cant beat the customer service here!

The Good Food Tour

The Good Food Tour offers visitors and residents a unique way of learning about the area and an overall memorable experience. I cannot think of a more innovative and fun way to promote tourism in our community.

Giardino Lifestyle & Salon

Giardino Lifestyle Salon and Academy celebrated their first anniversary as a Carleton Place business on June 01, 2017. The six months leading up to his opening day in 2016 were filled with daily challenges. Many people would have questioned their mission. Not Nick. He kept going with a smile. His salon is beautiful! It was planned down to the finest detail, despite being in such an old building. His services, techniques and knowledge in all aspects are incredible. I have met many stylists over the years in Canada and Europe. Nick, staff and setting are top notch. Nick supports many causes in Carleton Place. Always willing to help a charity. During the summer, his ” Italian Café ” with delicious refreshments is truly a refreshing and colourful feature on the main street. While starting from scratch, Nick’s business has become a true success. Giardino Lifestyle Salon and Academy is a wonderful addition to Carleton Place.

Black Tartan Kitchen

Black Tartan Kitchen, Chef Ian Carswell Wicharuk, and team have gained an amazing reputation in a short amount of time since they opened last year. They are consistently praised for their quality of food and amazing customer service. They have collaborated many times with other businesses and Downtown Carleton Place, to bring a sense of unity. Chef Ian is also community-minded and gives to organizations and groups that will benefit our town.


Black Tartan Kitchen

Carleton Refrigeration

Great Business .. Exceptional People Products & Service

Hollywood Fit Studio

This fitness establishment is the best I have ever come across. The owner and her instructors are the absolute non judge mental in their approach to fitness. It is like having your best friend become your coach and motivator. I drive all the way from Ottawa just to participate in their zumba and drumming classes.

Holly has a heart of gold and a heart of giving. She has a real desire to help people in the community of CP, especially women. I believe she should recieve the peoples choice award as everyone who enters her studio can feel the amazing familial, no judgment atmosphere that she has created. She is an amazing person.

Kirk Orthodontics

I nominate Kirk Orthodontics for the ‘People’s Choice’ Award. Kirk Orthodontics takes great care to ensure that the patient experience is exceptional. They believe excellent communication is the foundation of a positive experience, and the entire team strives to deliver this principle on every level of interaction with their patients. Their detail-oriented clinical care and fun patient atmosphere make orthodontic treatment a comfortable and enjoyable experience for both children and adults.

Marked Paintball and Laser Tag

It has brought a top notch, family friendly and safe environment that helps get people off of the sofa and outside playing. Spanning a large age group, breaking down barriers and making outdoor adventures accessible for all. This isn’t a backyard paintball park, there is a real focus on customer service and the overall experience.

This business has added something different to our community that was needed. A new choice for birthday parties, end of year hockey parties , bachelor parties and just a different choice to get out and do something new and get some exercise. A fun and exciting atmosphere with amazing friendly staff. Absolutely my choice of business of 2017 in Carleton Place.