2017 Valley's Best & AGM

On Monday evening with an audience of over 200 Valley business people, Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce held its Annual General Meeting and presented 25 businesses with "Valley's Best" awards.

This contest described by Past President, Paul DesBarres as the chambers "People's Choice" is an on-line only voted competition. The business with the most votes, wine the award.

The votes have been tallied, and the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce has released the names of the 2017 Valley’s Best award recipients. Here’s a list of the winners that were honoured at the awards gala.

Award for Best Fitness Club/Spa - Kettlebell Krushers Fitness


 “It is really hard to express how exciting it was for Shawn & myself to win this award We are a small fitness business in Middleton that so many people still haven't heard of yet. We have only been in our own location for 2 years, but a lot of people don't know that we having been training people in communities across the Annapolis Valley for almost 8 years! Holding weekly classes from Hantsport to Middleton. We hope that this award gives us increased exposure for growing our Middleton location even further!

We may have Kettlebell in our name, but we are so much more! We teach TACFIT, Clubbell and our own UNLIMITED MOVEMENT classes. In addition, are teach programs to prepare people to compete in obstacle races such as Mud Hero.  We have poured our hearts and soul (and money)  into this business, growing it very slowly. This has always been our second job, we both have full-time careers on top of this business. 

We do private training, go into schools, community events, and train other trainers. We work with towns and are a part of some of their recreation programs and pride ourselves on bringing the Valley quality programming never seen before in the area! Our small classes are highly coached, and emphasize proper movement patterns, mobility, and increased strength. 

We train with some of the very best in the world to bring that knowledge back to Kettlebell Krushers Fitness. Currently, there are only 5 TACFIT instructors in Canada, with me being the only female. All our programs are co-ed and suitable for all fitness levels. We pride ourselves on an inclusive, welcoming space where everyone is working toward the common goal of increased health and fitness.”

Alison Ross, Kettlebell Krushers Fitness, Middleton

Award for Best Art/Custom Design - Carved In Stone Tattoo

Award for Best Automotive/Car Dealer - Greenwood Auto Sales

Award for Best Best Real Estate Company - Remax Advantage - Donna Conrad


Award for Best Best Pub/Lounge - Oaken Barrel Pub

“For the oaken barrel, this is a milestone achievement. Winning this award is our dreams come to reality. As a brand new business just celebrating our 1 year anniversary, this shows our community support, the dedication of our staff, and means the world of a difference to receive this kind of recognition.

The Oaken Barrel Pub is founded on a local platform, from the dining experience to the weekly events. We set out to create a relaxing environment by focusing on East Coast hospitality that Nova Scotians are known for. This is a place to meet new people, gather as a community, facilitate events, and enjoy delicious local food or beverages with friends and family.”

Jennifer Delorey, Oaken Barrel Pub, Greenwood

Award for Best Tourism Experience - Barrelling Tide Distillery

Award for Best Hotel/Motel/B&B - The Slumber Inn

Award for Best Clothing Store - The Swimwear Hut

Award for Best Farm Market - Dempsey Corner Orchard

Award for Best Coffee Shop - Green Elephant Cafe

Award for Best Tech/Computer Services - Datawave Computer and CATV Ltd

Award for Best Winery - Beavercreek Winery

Award for Best Financial/Insurance - Angela's Accounting Service

Award for Best Hardware Store - Berwick Home Hardware Building Centre

Award for Best Gift/Jewerly/Speciality Shop - Hello Handmade

“Winning Valley’s Best Gift Shop is such a huge honor as both the shop owner and a member of the Berwick community. Hello Handmade has been a long awaited dream of mine. I always love highlighting local entrepreneurs and keeping funds in our own economy as much as possible. That is why on the shelves of the shop, you will only find handcrafted items made with love by our very talented local artisans!”

Angie Dorey, Hello Handmade, Berwick

Award for Best Media - K-Rock

Award for Best Farm/Agriculture Business - Willowbank U-Pick Farm


Award for Best Best Garden Centre - Neily's Greenhouse and Gardens

Award for Best Restaurant - Kellocks Licensed Eatery-Restaurant

Award for Best Hair Salon/Barber - Hairiatge House

Award for Best Personal/Health Care/Pharmacy - Shoppers Drug Mart - Greenwood

Award for Best Contractor/Construction/Reno/Repair - Bentley Built Homes

Award for Best Non-profit Organization - Open Arms

Award for Best Craft Brewery - Bad Apple Brewhouse

Award for Best Convenience Store - Cambridge Convenience