Penticton business excellence winners announced at Starry Night gala

Total Restoration celebrates winning 2021 Best Business of the Year at the Penticton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards Friday night. (Monique Tamminga Western News)Total Restoration celebrates winning 2021 Best Business of the Year at the Penticton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards Friday night. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Staff at Bad Tattoo Brewing accept the Business Leader of the Year award on behalf of Bad Tattoo owner Lee Agur. (Monique Tamminga Western News)Staff at Bad Tattoo Brewing accept the Business Leader of the Year award on behalf of Bad Tattoo owner Lee Agur. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
The David Kampe Legacy award went to the late LeAnne Jakubeit. Husband Andrew Jakubeit and daughter Ronni Carlson accepted the award. (Monique Tamminga Western News)The David Kampe Legacy award went to the late LeAnne Jakubeit. Husband Andrew Jakubeit and daughter Ronni Carlson accepted the award. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Young business leader went to Hollie Tayah of Pure Air.Young business leader went to Hollie Tayah of Pure Air.
Service excellence went to Tin Whistle Brewing with co-owner Alexis Esseltine.Service excellence went to Tin Whistle Brewing with co-owner Alexis Esseltine.
Penticton Western News publisher Warren Smith and editor Monique Tamminga provided the award of Customer Support Excellence to Barry Beecroft of Barry Beecroft Fuel Distributors. (Brennan Phillips)Penticton Western News publisher Warren Smith and editor Monique Tamminga provided the award of Customer Support Excellence to Barry Beecroft of Barry Beecroft Fuel Distributors. (Brennan Phillips)
Best new business 2 years or less goes to Loki’s Garage restaurant with co-owners Luke Walsh along with chef and business partner Alethea Sutherland.Best new business 2 years or less goes to Loki’s Garage restaurant with co-owners Luke Walsh along with chef and business partner Alethea Sutherland.
Hospitality Excellence went to Slackwater Brewing with the award accepted by Doug Guerard of Guerard’s Furniture, who is dad of Slackwater co-owner Kelsey Peyton.Hospitality Excellence went to Slackwater Brewing with the award accepted by Doug Guerard of Guerard’s Furniture, who is dad of Slackwater co-owner Kelsey Peyton.
Not for Profit excellence award went to One Sky. (Monique Tamminga Western News)Not for Profit excellence award went to One Sky. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton’s Total Restoration was named business of the year at the 34th Penticton Chamber of Commerce business excellence gala Friday night, Nov. 19.

Over 200 people gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the city’s businesses community with what was the first indoor event in two years held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

“This is a time to recognize the strength and endurance of businesses in Penticton,” said emcee Kyle Anderson, retired Penticton radio DJ.

The evening recognized flood victims across B.C. with people being asked to donate funds to help out.

Chamber president Jonathan ‘Tug’ McGraw said judges take five months to determine the finalists and winners of the business excellence awards.

The late LeAnne Jakubeit won the David Kampe legacy award.

Vickie Kampe, niece of the late David Kampe, presented the award to Jakubeit’s husband (and former mayor) Andrew Jakubeit, and LeAnne’s daughter Ronni Carlson.

LeAnne died of cancer one year ago this month.

A moving video on LeAnne’s life was shown to the audience, showing how the founder of the Grooveyard Records was a champion of young people, the arts and her community.

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Starting up the record business located in the 300 block of Main Street, LeAnne took the leap as a single mom. She ‘adopted’ a homeless man Tony and hired young people who were socially shy, helping them build confidence and working skills through her kindness to all. She held grad fashion shows and concerts in her store and was a former Chamber director, connecting to the community in many ways.

HERE ARE THE WINNERS OF THE 2021 BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Business of the Year:

Total Restoration

Business Leader of the Year:

Lee Agur of Bad Tattoo Brewery

Young Professional of the Year:

Hollie Tayah of Pure Air

Adaptation and Resilience:

Brodo Kitchen

Hospitality:

Slackwater Brewing

Not for Profit:

One Sky

New business 2 Years or Less:

Loki’s Garage

Workplace Culture:

Co-Work

Service Excellence:

Tin Whistle Brewing

Community Support Excellence:

Barry Beecroft Fuel Distributors

David Kampe Legacy Award:

LeAnne Jackubeit

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