Thank you for voting in the 3rd Annual Best Of Chester Municipality Business Awards! A total of 1254 nominations were recorded with 238 businesses nominated. During the voting period, 11,109 eligible votes were counted – a record for the program!
Congratulations to the winners in each category:
Best Artisanal Retailer - The Village Emporium (runner up: Light My Fire)
Best Building Services - Chester Building Supplies (runner up: Chester Electrical, Plumbing & Heating)
Best Building Supplies Store - Chester Building Supplies (runner up: Lester D Collicutt Lumber and Building Supplies)
Best Community Space - Lordly Park (joint runners up: Lido Pool)
Best Farm/Forestry Business - Ross Farm Museum (runner up: Integrity's Haven Equine Rescue Centre)
Best Garden Services - Oceanview Garden Centre (runner up: Downey's Pitcher Plant Nursery)
Best Gas Station - Chester Basin Petro-Canada (runner up: Golden Nugget AFN)
Best Grocery/Convenience Store - Spidle's Your Independent Grocer (runner up: Foodland)
Best Health/Beauty Services - Luna Salon Spa & Boutique (runner up: Valerie's Hair Studio)
Best Health Care Provider - Dr. Natasha Zinck, Chester Family Dental Centre (runner up: Dr. Maureen Andrea, Chester Dental Clinic)
Best Manufacturing Business - South Shore Metalworks (runner up: Hawboldt Industries (1989) Ltd.)
Best Marine Services - South Shore Marina (runner up: Gold River Marina)
Best Mechanic/Auto Shop - NAPA Autopro - Chester Service Centre Ltd (runner up: Jeff's Old Volks Home)
Best Non-Profit Group - Lighthouse Foodbank (runner up: Integrity's Haven Equine Rescue Centre)
Best Pet Services - Your Friend and Mine Pet Supplies (runner up: Oceanmark K9 Resort)
Best Place to have Coffee - Kiwi Café (runner up: Tim Hortons)
Best Place to Stay - Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre (runner up: Mecklenburgh Inn)
Best Professional Services - Scotiabank Chester (runner up: New Ross Credit Union)
Best Real Estate Company - Tradewinds Realty (runner up: ViewPoint Realty)
Best Restaurant - The Fo’c’sle (runner up: Kiwi Café)
Best Spa/Fitness Facility - Luna Salon Spa & Boutique (runner up: NILU Gym & Fitness Centre)
Best Specialist Retailer - Flowers, Flowers, Flowers (joint runners up: Julien’s Bakery and Kiwi Café)
Best Vendor at a Farmer's Market - Julien's Bakery (runner up: Higbee's Berry Farm & Nursery)
A wonderful group of people turned out for the Best Of Chester Municipality Awards celebration on March 30 at Atlantica Oak Island Inn & Resort! First of all, congratulations to all of those who were nominated as well as the recipients of a "Best Of" Award!
Close to 1000 votes were recorded and it was a tight race in many of the 24 categories. This was the first year for these awards in MODC and with the overwhelming response, the event promises to increase in popularity in subsequent years.
Congratulations to the winners in each category:
Best Contractor/Renovator - B Redmond Design & Construction Ltd.
Best Convenience Store - Mohammed Sode's General Store
Best Farm/Forestry Business - M. Keddy Farm and Forest Ltd.
Best Food Establishment - Peasant's Pantry
Best Gallery/Studio/Artisan - The Village Emporium
Best Gas Station - Petro Canada Chester Basin
Best Grocery Store - Spidle's Independent
Best Hardware/Building Supply Store - New Ross Home Hardware Building Centre
Best Hotel/Motel/B&B - Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre
Best Legal/Accounting/Financial/Insurance Services - New Ross Credit Union Ltd (New Ross)
Best Marine Services - Blandford Auto & Marine
Best Mechanic/Auto Shop - Jeff's Old Volks Home
Best Non-profit Group - New Ross Regional Development Society
Best Place to Buy Meat - Peasant's Pantry
Best Place to Buy Vegetables - New Ross Country Farm Market
Best Place to Have Coffee - Kiwi Café
Best Place to Hold an Event - Forest Heights Community School
Best Real Estate Company - Tradewinds Realty
Best Hair Salon/Barber - Between Friends Hair Studio
Best Retail/Specialty Shop - Your Friend and Mine Pets Pet Supplies
Best Sport Club/Spa/Yoga/Fitness - Luna Salon Spa & Boutique
Best Vendor at a Farmer's Market - The Fish Store
Best Manufacturer - Muwin Estate Wines Limited
Best Healthcare Provider - Posture Perfect Massage Therapy
In the Municipality of the District of Chester, anyone living outside the Municipality wishing to sell merchandise on property not belonging to them must have a license to do so. This license is called a "Transient Trader's License" and an application can be found in the Trade & Licensing By-Law #11.
Licenses are usually valid until December 31 of the year they are issued, but renewals are available.
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We are ideally located in the South Shore of Nova Scotia, in the East Coast of Canada, which is ideally positioned halfway between Europe and North America's West Coast. With only sixty minutes to the Port of Halifax and the North American rail network, we have easy access to the world!
Time Zone - Optimizing Your Ability to Access International Markets
Here in MODC, you can easily do business with western Europe and all of North America all within the same day, thanks to the Atlantic Time Zone (EST + 1 hour), allowing you to save time and money.
We are an innovative community where leading edge technologies are embraced and welcomed.
For information about amenities that the Municipality offers, explore our website.
To see the vibrancy of the community, explore the community events calendar.
The Municipality of the District of Chester has an Economic Development Officer support and connect with businesses.
If you are starting a business or expanding your business location, please see "PERMITS Section" to determine if you require a permit or development agreement. You can also download our "How to Start a Business Checklist" for some helpful strategies.
MODC is served by the Chester Municipal Chamber of Commerce. This is Chester and areas' leading voice for business with 200+ members. It is a membership-based, volunteer-driven, not-for-profit and non-governmental organization whose mission is to support and promote business in the community. Chamber members represent all sectors of business, committed to building a thriving and economically healthy community.
For more information about the South Shore regions, visit www.WhyHere.ca