The Best Of Chester Municipality Awards will soon begin for the third year! Start thinking about the businesses you would like to be declared "The best of Chester Municipality" for 2018.
Winners of the second annual “Best of Chester Municipality Awards” were announced at a celebration event held on April 27, 2017 at Atlantica Oak Island Resort in Western Shore.
The Municipality of the District of Chester (MODC) organized the initiative to celebrate local businesses and give the public a chance to express their appreciation by choosing their favorites. Online voters could nominate one business in each of 26 categories once per day. A total of 1329 entries were recorded with a total of 3979 votes and 222 businesses nominated.
Congratulations to the winners in each category:
Best Artisanal Retailer – Scotian Ironworks (runner up: Mel-Lo Treasures)
Best Building Services - Toadz Odd Jobs (runner up: ABLE Engineering)
Best Building Supplies Store – New Ross Home Hardware (runner up: Castle Building Supplies)
Best Community Space – Forties Community Centre (joint runners up: Our Health Centre and Lordly Park)
Best Farm/Forestry Business – Spruce Top Farm (runner up: Higbee’s Berry Farm & Nursery)
Best Garden Services – Oceanview Garden Centre (runner up: Elaine Collicuttt & Sons)
Best Gas Station – Russell’s Service Station (runner up: Petro-Canada)
Best Grocery/Convenience Store – Foodland (runner up: Spidle's Your Independent Grocer)
Best Health/Beauty Services – Between Friends Hair Studio (runner up: Luna Salon & Spa)
Best Health Care Provider – Edwina’s Foot Care Services (runner up: Posture Perfect Massage Therapy)
Best Manufacturing Business – GN Thermoforming Equipment (runner up: Hawboldt Industries (1989) Ltd.)
Best Marine Services – Gold River Marina Ltd. (runner up: South Shore Marine)
Best Mechanic/Auto Shop - Jeff's Old Volks Home (runner up: Stone Crest Automotive)
Best Non-Profit Group – Integrity’s Haven Equine (Animal) Rescue Centre (runner up: New Ross Regional Development Society)
Best Pet Services – Your Friend and Mine Pet Supplies (runner up: Oceanmark K9 Resort)
Best Place to have Breakfast – Vittles Café (runner up: Kiwi Café)
Best Place to have Coffee – Vittles Café (runner up: Kiwi Café)
Best Place to have Supper - Peasant's Pantry (runner up: The Fo’c’sle)
Best Place to Stay – Mecklenburgh Inn (runner up: Atlantica Oak Island)
Best Professional Services – New Ross Credit Union Ltd. (runner up: Scotiabank)
Best Real Estate Company – Tradewinds Realty (runner up: Duckworth Real Estate)
Best Restaurant/Pub – The Fo’c’sle (runner up: Kiwi Café)
Best Spa/Fitness Facility – Aqua Spa (runner up: Luna Salon & Spa)
Best Specialist/(Food) Retailer – Peasant’s Pantry (runner up: Julien’s Bakery)
Best Take-Out – Peasant’s Pantry (runner up: 4 Way Stop Restaurant)
Best Vendor at a Farmer's Market – Joint winners: Higbee’s Berry Farm & Nursery and Mel-Lo Treasures
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!
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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.
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