Over the past year we’ve had the pleasure of working with some incredible business people in the Corydon area and there are a few things we found that they all seem to have in common. These people are incredibly passionate, dedicated and extremely committed. They work long hours and make many personal sacrifices in order to spur their businesses towards success.
Still, despite the stressful days and long list of obstacles, the vast majority of these small businesses are committed to the communities they call home. As we step into a new year we wanted to recognize a few of our favourites that have really stood out.
Best New Business – Caked With Love Co
Caked With Love Co has come into the neighbourhood with a bang and are really getting noticed for what they do. Marvic Abarra and Eileen Manalo opened Caked with Love Co at 1459 Corydon Ave this past June. They are both passionate about coffee, cake and people. In a few short months, Marvic and Eileen have turned their venture into a cornerstone café and cakery that serves carefully handcrafted espresso drinks, yummy, cakey treats made with extra love, and a daily dose of encouragement.
Best Enterprising Business – Gravity Lingerie
This award will go to the business that has shown outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination. Judi and Sherry both worked in various lingerie shops before opening Gravity Lingerie and have over twenty-five years combined experience. They felt the time was right for something new and fresh and together they are committed to providing customers with a unique, beyond-compare shopping experience that’s fun and easy.
Best Service Excellence – The Diamond Gallery
The winner of this category, The Diamond Gallery has given outstanding assistance and advice to all those who walk through their doors. Allan and Anita’s eldest daughter Lisa now shares her considerable design talent and gemmological knowledge with The Diamond Gallery clients as well, ensuring that the family business will continue for yet another generation. To this day, the Malbrancks continue to be on the cutting edge of jewellery design while remaining committed to the community that has supported them for over six decades.
The heirloom quality and integrity of their products, their personalized client service, as well as support of local charities and the arts have helped the Malbrancks earn the respect and recognition of the entire community.
Entrepreneur of the Year – The Pennyloaf Bakery
An entrepreneur is more than just a business person; they turn their ideas and passions into business opportunities and Suzanne Gessler has done just that. As the key baker and owner of The Pennyloaf Bakery, Suzanne set up this unique bakery which serves old-world style bread and bakery products baked fresh daily in a wood-fired brick oven.
If the line-ups are any indication, Suzanne and The Pennyloaf Bakery will become a Corydon hotspot in no time.
Best Green Award – Hollow Reed Holistic
A green business embraces many aspects of sustainability, including being environmentally friendly in their business approach as well as their concept. Chad Cornell and Nancy Reed of Hollow Reed Holistic Centre provide access to herbal consultations, postpartum care, and classes in holistic practices such as Yoga, Meditation and others. Their natural supplement line is the result of years of research, trial and error, and feedback from clients and customers. They embrace modern medical and scientific research and highly value the wisdom found in ancient systems of medicine such as Ayurveda and other forms of Indigenous healing. Chad and Nancy seeks local, sustainable and Canadian products whenever available and believe that in order to have healthy bodies we require a healthy planet.
Most Creative Award – The Roost Social House
The Roost Social House defines creativity with their location, their menu and the atmosphere inside this little gem. Located (and hidden) on the second floor of 651 Corydon Ave, The Roost’s success is based on innovation and creative thinking in their strategy and every day operation. From craft cocktails and shareable plates The Roost is a must see spot along Corydon Ave.
The Extra Mile – Radiance Gifts
This award is for the business that has gone the ‘extra mile’ in supporting their clients and local community. Lisa Tjaden from Radiance Gifts at 875 Corydon is constantly looking for ways to give back to the community. The Never Alone Foundation, the CEO Sleepout, and The Heart & Stroke Foundation have all benefitted from her little shop that specializes in bringing people towards love and light. Offering over a hundred events and classes in well-being spiritual growth and development over the last year, Radiance Gifts is definitely the light along Corydon.
Team Development – One Salon & Spa
The winner in this category has proven they have a clear strategy in attract and developing their team to best serve their clients. Linda Gershman from One Salon & Spa has built one of the most outstanding teams in the city and still strives to become better. From the moment a client walks through the door of One Salon & Spa and long after they have leave, they’ll likely leave happy and give Linda credit for all her additions.
One Salon & Spa has a commitment to work with local organizations to provide their time and services to others wellness, compassion and a sense of feeling pampered if only for a few hours. The One Salon and Spa Team have proudly provided their services to organizations such as Osborne House, Villa Rosa and Clothes Closet.