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Celebrating Carson Valley’s best

by Tisa Coons
Special to The R-C

More than 200 people representing nearly 100 different businesses gathered on Wednesday to celebrate the best of Carson Valley.

This annual award recognizes local businesses and employees for their services to the community. The Best of award ceremony provides a platform for local businesses, owners and employees to be publicly acknowledged and honored for their sustained quality services by their peers and clients.

The mood at the award ceremony was engaging, vibrant, and congratulatory.

The general consensus by all the winners and attendees at the event was that the Best of award shines the spotlight on local businesses, and encourages them to thrive and serve their community needs better. Furthermore, it provides an opportunity for local businesses to engage and network with each other in an informal social setting.

"It is not often that businesses come together, in an opportunity to exchange business cards," Responded Patrick Steward, Marty's Appliance, when asked about the luncheon.

Adele Hoppe, owner of Coffee on Main, echoed similar sentiments.

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"It is wonderful to recognize all other great locally-owned businesses and get to know them, " she said.

Donal McRoberts, Board Chairman at Food Closet said he feels honored to be voted for the work they do, an emotion that was repeated by all the winners at the event.

"It is super cool to be acknowledged for doing your job well," said Erica Taylor, at Aurora Salon, which garnered multiple awards this year.

Megan Everette, Blank Slate Imagery, who won Best Photographer, said it is always nice to be recognized for your work.

Hannah Carey and Alyssa Spriggs at Great Basin Physical Therapy acknowledge that this award validates that all their hard work paid off.

First time winner, Chris Blaha, who won from Best Chiropractor, said this award was quite honoring, and confirmed his hard work and his new practice. Similarly, Corinne Bergman, Pulse Fitness, said this award confirms how much her business has come in a short time, and that she felt very privileged to be recognized by the community.

Many of the winners this year happened to be past winners as well.

This recognition from the community year after year bolsters their confidence in their provided services. Dan and Debbie Griep, from Cowboy's Cafe, a multiple-year winner exclaimed their happiness in being nominated and winning several years in a row as proof of their customer's appreciation.

Barbara Marchand, owner of Buckaroos Saloon, which won several awards this year, said. " I am very grateful to our patrons for sticking by us and voting for us…especially on our 10 year anniversary."

"This event is great for around the holidays, as it keeps small businesses thriving by encouraging people to shop local" said Joy M. Philips, A Robert Half Company.

She further stated that this form of award honors and acknowledges business employees which is always beneficial for retention rates.

Jan Kris, Grand Prix Car Wash, said that this award shows their employees that they are being appreciated for their consistent hard work.

As Pat Bridges, publisher of The Record Courier, noted this annual award season was "phenomenal", with 100 categories this year, 131,000 collected votes, with 121,000 collated from online ballots. It gets bigger and bigger, and people are happy,