Six Local Businesses Honoured with Achievement Awards

Six downtown businesses have received Downtown BIZ Achievement Awards for their contribution to the local business community.

A shortlist of about 20 businesses was formed, but then narrowed down by a committee to the following six:

Most Innovative Small Business
Aqua Books & EAT! bistro — Kelly & Candace Hughes
274 Garry Street
For excellent, energetic entrepreneurship and bringing over 10,000 people downtown for 300 events every year—not to mention book sales and restaurant patrons.

Longstanding Lunch Meeting Place
The Wagon Wheel — Louis Mathez, late owner; accepted by daughter Jill Mathez
305 Hargrave Street
In honour of the late Louis Mathez, who ran the famous lunch restaurant for over 50 years. Louis passed away in Feburary 2010 and family members took over the ownership.

Outstanding Community Builders
Geoffrey Young & Louisa Chu, Kum-Koon Garden & Sun Wah Supermarket
257 King Street and 303 King Street
For their work within the Chinatown community and their excellent entrepreneurship.

Most Committed Downtown Icon
HBC, accepted by Desiree Blackmore, Bay Downtown Store Manager
450 Portage Avenue
For on-going commitment to downtown Winnipeg, bringing Zellers downtown and for reinvesting in renovations for the iconic Bay Downtown building.

Outstanding Visionary
Anders Swanson
For lobbying for active transportation in our city and downtown, and playing a critical role in making the Ciclovia event a reality.

Leadership in Downtown Growth & Development
CentreVenture Development Corporation, accepted by President & CEO Ross McGowan
For their work on new developments on Main Street and their commitment and vision for Portage Avenue and the Sports and Entertainment District.

Each business received a plaque and recognition at the BIZ’s Annual General Meeting on November 24.

— With files from the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ