Riot Brewing, Coco Café tops at Vancouver Island business awards

Riot Brewing and Coco Café were the local award winners at last week’s 18th annual Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards in Victoria.

The Chemainus brewery won in the Food & Food Production category while the Cedar coffee shop was tops among Entrepreneur nominees.

“It’s pretty rad to win an award for the best in business for the year when we have only been opened for 14 months,” said Aly Tomlin of Riot Brewing. “It kinda makes me feel like we must be on the right path.”

Naniamo award winners include Harris Mazda (Automotive), Alair Homes (Construction/Development & Real Estate), VMAC (Industrial Manufacturer), Mazzei Electric (Trades).

Fresh off the heels of celebrating over 40 years in business, 49th Parallel Grocery was nominated in the Business of the Year (Over 50 Employees) category. However, Dodd’s Furniture & Mattress was the award winner.

April’s Tack Boutique, located on First Avenue in Ladysmith, was also nominated in the Retail category. The award went to Close to You Ltd from Parksville.

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