Business of the Year: (1-5 employees) – 2015 Chamber Award Nominees

We would like to thank all of the nominees for participating in this year's Chamber Awards.

Honors a business that has demonstrated continual business excellence through positive business growth; exemplified customer service; and an outstanding commitment to quality and the community.

Sponsored by Glacierview Financial Services Ltd.




Above and Beyond Tree Service


I personally started this business 9 years ago. Through the years, we have built a tremendous amount of satisfied, loyal customers. Through relentless efforts to be the best value and provide the best results in the tree service market, we are continually betting ourselves. We continue to add newer and more advanced equipment that keeps us on the cutting edge of the industry advancements. This ensure safer and more efficient usage of time and maximizes production. We are all very well ticketed and accredited with ISA certified arborists, bc certified fallers, wildlife danger tree assessors, certified tree risk assessors, first aid etc. It’s the updating and re-certification in these courses that keeps our knowledge current and up to date. We are all local folks with familes from Campbell river and the comox valley. All of our dollars from gear, tools, fuel, taxes etc stays here and goes back into the local economies. That how small towns survive


BaBa Gannouj

When we first opened this authentic restaurant, we had one goal, is to show Campbell River the taste of homemade Syrian & Lebanese food. We were never believers of processed food. We spend hours of dedications to make sure our food is consistent and fresh on daily basis.


Balance Equestrian Centre

The seeds of Balance Equestrian Centre started decades ago, when owner/operators Wanda Gust and Susan Gosnell met in the Vancouver Pony Club as young girls. Our devotion and passion for riding and coaching developed quickly. Over the years we honed our skills, sometimes together, sometimes on opposite ends of the continent while showing, grooming and mentoring under members of the Canadian Equestrian Team.

Fast forward to 2013, when the opportunity to buy a 5.2 acre property in Campbell River arose. The property was perfectly set up for an equestrian facility, complete with an indoor arena. Although the idea seemed wild and almost unattainable, Wanda and Susan (and her husband!) gathered forces and funds, setting forth to open the doors of Balance Equestrian Centre in September 2013. Operations began, and included traditional and therapeutic riding lessons, children’s camps, horse boarding, birthday parties, pony rides, family fun days and class farm tours.


Bikram Yoga Campbell River

At Bikram Yoga Campbell River our mission is to offer barrier-free yoga to help our students lead a healthy, vibrant and joyful life. We are the only hot yoga studio in Campbell River, offering between 24 and 30 classes per week, depending on the season. We believe that through steady and concentrated practice, and with the support of science, yoga has a tremendous positive impact on our community and beyond. We have a wonderful and expanding group of teachers and students that helps us to carry out our mission.

Teachers at Bikram Yoga Campbell River are trained by some of the best and most renowned yoga teachers in the world. We strive to stay up-to-date in our certifications, and continue to expand our learnings through further training and courses both locally and internationally. At Bikram Yoga Campbell River, one can expect the highest quality of teaching, in a convenient location, with wonderful amenities. We are proud of what we have created together.


Boyd’s Funeral Services Ltd.

Our company started off as a way to provide families with an alternative to the traditional model of funeral services. We wanted to create a low pressure environment where the emphasis was on service, not pressure to up-sell merchandise. We also wanted to create a funeral home that utilized the existing facilities already in Campbell River. Rather than create a standalone chapel with in house catering, we wanted to be able to have the flexibility to commission outside locations and services in order to provide the most unique services possible. We have even attended private home gatherings, taking care of everything from the video tribute to washing the dishes. Our all-inclusive approach also includes free web casting for those who cannot travel to attend funeral services for loved ones.

It was important that we educate families on what is legally required and what they have the right to do under funeral service law. Many people were unaware of what they need to know before, during, or after a death, so Boyd’s regularly hosts workshops and seminars to assist with demystifying and empowering people about what they should have in place, well before they require the assistance of a funeral home.


C R Granite Works Inc.

C R Granite Works is Campbell River’s leading supplier of high-end, affordable granite. We do all of our own fabricating, supplying and installing of all of our granite. We do everything from countertops to backsplash and fireplaces. Our quality, craftsmanship and dedicated team is what sets us apart from the rest.


Campbell RIver Dog Grooming

Campbell River Dog Grooming is a small business run by the owner operator Brian Kruse. Brian prides himself on having a personal relationship with each client that comes through his door. Having grown up showing dogs, Brian has learned to groom from some of the best groomers North America has to offer including one of Canada’s most decorated Groomers and winner of Eurogroom Shaunna Bernardin. Brian’s love of dogs is why he opened Campbell River Dog Grooming. Grooming dogs is a pleasure, and getting to make people happy with his pleasure is a privilege.


Campbell River Pet Centre

Campbell River Pet Centre is the local family owned and operated place to go for quality small animals, bird, reptiles, fish and pond products. Our staff have a vast knowledge of every animal we sell and proper husbandry needs of each specific pet. We have maintained ourselves in the forefront of pet care for 33 years strong. We believe in educating the person purchasing their new friend before profit. A well cared for pet is a lifelong customer relationship.


Cap-it Campbell River

Cap-it Campbell River provides truck accessories and adventure equipment to make your truck or vehicle work for you. From hitches to canopies. Coolers and generators. We have what you need to start your adventures. We also install a lot of industrial products to turn your work vehicle in to a tool. Ladder racks, tool boxes and van shelving are just a few of the things we can do for you. That is just the tip of the ice berg of the things we can do at Cap-it. We are so much more then canopies.


Coho Books

Coho Books, located on Shoppers Row in the heart of downtown Campbell River, is the River City’s favourite independent bookstore. Established in August 2007, we carry a large selection of new books catering to a wide range of interests. Providing a warm and inviting environment, readers of all ages will enjoy browsing our shelves for the newest books by their favourite authors, as well as unforgettable classics. We also do special orders for the titles that we don’t have on our shelves.


Eagle Eye Adventures

Eagle Eye Adventures is an ecological tour company based in Campbell River. We have a highly trained and enthusiastic team who specialize in providing people with a great experience and long lasting memories.

We work closely with other businesses to improve the tourism experience. We can arrange accommodation for you, take you on a tour, and even set you up with an airplane/boat tour if that is your preference.

Our staff is service oriented and will go the extra mile to make sure you have the best adventure possible. We want your visit to Campbell River to be memorable for all the right reasons.


Garat Financial Group Ltd.

We hate debt and love to make dreams come true – that is basically our philosophy. Garat Financial Group Ltd. is a small financial services business that offers insurance and investment products and strategies. We are proud to be affiliated with a mutual fund dealer (IPC Investment Corp) as this allows us to use a vast array of products to build our solution focused plans for clients. With no proprietary boundaries, we can sell what is best for the client.

We work with cash flow and help people understand their spending. It is our goal to have all of our clients retire debt free and with their savings structured to allow a very tax efficient stream of income. And, you don’t have started, or understand, financial planning to see us. We consider it our job to help people embark on financial planning, and help keep them on the road to financial security.

Our clients are not just numbers. They are friends. To truly help someone achieve their dreams, the advisor must know what they are, not just numbers and balances. The success of our clients is integral to our success, and we never allow ourselves to forget that.


Glen Clark Sun Life Financial

Celebrating 150 years as a company founded in Montreal, Sun Life Financial offers financial planning, life insurance, disability insurance, personal health plans, critical illness and long term care insurance, annuities, investments including RRSP’s, TFSA’s, RRIF’s, & group insurance plans. Glen Clark is a financial advisor with Sun Life Financial. Glen employs 1 full time and 1 part time assistant. Glen strives to provide the absolute best personalized advice to his clients and takes great pride in being honest and transparent and always doing the right thing for the client.


GO Campbell is the first community internet directory of its kind. This easy to navigate, fully comprehensive website presents 3,200 business listings in the Campbell River region, in addition to hundreds of pages of facts on the Campbell River area including; hiking trails, scuba diving sites, water-wise or recycling, cruise ship schedules and Earthquake preparedness, the list goes on and on.

The key to the success of this local directory is in the clarity of our navigation, the information is set up in an easy to understand and consistent format, we do not send people to other sites where they have to relearn the navigation. This keeps the format consistent and creates an seamless and pleasant experience for our visitors.

The win for our advertisers is a focused, qualified audience with the internet offering the most prolific venue for advertising available today.

With a visitor growth rate exceeding 45% in this past year and a Kred score of 874/1,000, it is clear this is the venue not just for the advertisers but for anyone seeking clarification on any number of subjects concerning Campbell River. We are proud of our repeat visitor numbers and look forward to the initiatives that our future may hold.


Heart Strong Fitness

Heart Strong Fitness aims to provide professional, effective exercise programming to a broad range of clientele. We truly believe Exercise is Medicine. Not every mode of exercise works for every person, therefore Heart Strong Fitness provides individualized programming to meet the goals of all types of athletes. In order to facilitate self-management, we provide services within the clinic, at your home, at CR Fitness and at local facilities. Our services are guided by evidence based clinical practice guidelines and focus on functional, educational, sustainable, safe and effective lifestyle change. Good things take time. For this reason, we provide twice weekly and monthly sessions (and everything in between) depending on the needs of the client and their need for monitoring and follow-up. We expect clients to have a long term commitment to their health, and plan to help them keep on track along the way. 2015 has been a year of huge growth; we are now providing services out of own private clinic in Willow Point, sharing space with Active Living Physiotherapy. We also now have dedicated contractors to provide services along a broader continuum of care, including CSEP (Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology) Certified Exercise Physiologists, Practicing Kinesiologists, and CSEP Certified Personal Trainers.


Hummingbird Wellness & Bodywork

Hummingbird Wellness & Bodywork (HBW) opened it’s doors in August 2011 with it’s Registered Myo-mass-ology Practitioner “Barbara Gibson”. Myo-mass-ology is the holistic version of bodywork which combines Swedish massage with ancient healing arts including acupressure, reflexology, tuina (Chinese medical massage), paraffin therapy, movement therapy, contraction release therapy, etc. Contraction release therapy TM works on the attachment sites of the muscles to assist the belly of the muscle to relax.

HBW looks at the body as a whole to assist in returning balance into the body. The body is fascinating with its pressure points, reciprocals plus different places one can press that triggers other areas of the body to relax so the body can start healing.

Myomassology is preventative medicine as well. When one massages the attachment sites of the spine it works on the nerve endings to various organs of the body. In Myomassology, techniques are done prior to the treatment to assist the body to relax and the digestive system to shut down. Healing occurs when the body is relaxed. Myomassology has cleansing and detoxification recipes and supply’s clients with tools that they can take home with them for headaches, insomnia, clear sinuses, etc.


Johnson Locksmiths

Johnson Locksmiths has provided professional security locksmith services to the City of Campbell River and all areas North, for over a decade. We are the only locally-owned and operated, full-service locksmith facility, and we service and sell all makes and models of locks, doors and door hardware. Providing professional, expert locksmith services to the commercial, residential, automotive and marine sectors, we are centrically focused on the entire opening, and provide solutions and services in all applications. With the level of service we deliver it’s easy to understand how we built such a great reputation on Northern Vancouver Island. We offer services on the preconstruction, main-phase construction and post-construction phases of projects as well as fleet service services. We supply and install all types of residential, commercial, industrial and institutional lock hardware including, but not limited to, items such as high security access control, audit trail, remote programming, Abloy High security locks, panic exit devices, Handicap door operators, mortise case locks, electric strikes and custom master key systems. From open-ups, to the sales and programming of vehicle chipped keys & remotes and everything in between, our professionals take pride in providing you with high-quality workmanship.


La Tee Da Lingerie Boutique

At La Tee Da Lingerie Boutique, we pride ourselves on being able to provide quality lingerie for every woman no matter what age, shape or size. We have intimates for everyday or for that special day. Whether it be sleepwear, shape wear or bras and panties, we have the foundations to empower the women of Campbell River to feel good about themselves. Our team of lingerie experts is committed to an outstanding level of personalized service.


Northwest Independent Living Services

For seniors and those with disabilities I install, sell new or used and rent safety and mobility equipment and provide a variety of services to adapt or modify homes for safe independent living. I will complete the necessary modifications and or equipment installations where practical and affordable, to provide a safe, barrier free home or workplace.


Periscope Promotions Inc.

I served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 30 years. When I retired in 1992 I was not content to be an idle retiree. I tried a few different jobs before coming upon the specialty advertising business.  I worked with a print shop for a couple of years before starting my  own company.  Visits to  trade shows showed me that there were other products and services I could offer my customers.  When we moved to Campbell River in 2004 I brought my production equipment with me. Since  being here I have expanded to the point where I am able to offer a variety of products and services.  These include in house embroidery, trophies and awards,  imprinted personalized items such as photo mugs, t-shirts, buttons, plaques, name badges, mouse pads, coasters and many other items. I also do decorative sandblasting on glassware, tile, granite, metal and wood.  Every day brings in a new challenge. I also sell specialty advertising products for companies, organizations, sports teams, etc.  These products are imprinted with the client’s choice of logo and/or text.


Shadoe Intimates Inc.

Shadoe Intimates Inc. is Campbell River’s choice for Playthings for Your Plaything where we love to help you love: right now! Shadoe Intimates prides itself on our intuition in determining customer trends. We will make your shopping experience a unique and comfortable one. That is our guarantee. Whether it’s an intimate encounter for the timeless romantic or a walk on the wild side for the more adventurous at heart, Kim’s elegant and private store on 10th Avenue offers everything imaginable for that perfect paring.


She Works She Plays Active Wear Inc.

I have been driving commercially for the past decade. I started by running a snow plow for highways, spent time hauling fish up and down the island, ran the Mt. Washington ski busses, but my home in the trades was at Island Ready Mix where I drove concrete trucks for almost 8 years. I was always frustrated with not being able to find women’s work wear, and when an ongoing injury put me at a crossroads in life, I decided to take the challenge of finding women’s work wear into my own hands. Research and connections with other women taught me I was not alone in my struggle. I designed The Chick Truck, and my husband, Doug Rippingale, did the construction work from my graph paper. The truck/shop is packed with women’s high-viz, boots, coveralls, gloves and assorted work wear. I have a Kenworth, and I now haul the 32 foot semi-trailer to communities all over the province helping women working in industry and trades get the work wear they need, but that is so hard to find. It is more than my business, it is my destiny. I love truck driving and I am passionate about women in trades.


Tangles Hair Salon & Day Spa

Tangles Hair Salon is the oldest salon in Campbell River. It was called “The Glamour Centre”, and located in the Tyee Plaza. I had my hair done there the day of our wedding 48 years ago. The previous owners changed the name to Tangles Hairstyles. When we purchased it and moved the location to Shoppers Row, we changed the name to Tangles Hair Salon & Day Spa, which was a first for Campbell River. Our youngest daughter, Kendra Super who is a registered massage therapist joined her sister, Lesley, who is the Master Stylist, thereby creating a Spa. Jewellery and accessories were added to the business as the new location was at one time a jewellery store. In effect, it is a family business


TAP Bookkeeping

I know bookkeeping inside and out. A member of the IPBC (Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada) and a CPB (Certified Professional Bookkeeper), I have more than 30 years of bookkeeping experience. Why Should You Care?

Because it means I have all the tools and knowledge to provide you with peace of mind and put you firmly in control of your business’s finances. The business, originally known as Patricia’s Bookkeeping, began in May, 2010. Now with a new downtown office and a brand new name – TAP Bookkeeping – we are ready to help even more clients grow their business and increase their profitability by providing Timely, Accurate and Professional Bookkeeping Services. (TAP – get it) We serve small and mid-size enterprises from Campbell River and the surrounding area. Our goal is to help people who have entrusted us with their bookkeeping to understand their financial position. We also have great working relationships with many accountants in town. One of the ways I measure the quality of my work is by the number of yearend adjustments that accountants require of me: the fewer, the better.


Tara School of Irish Dancing

The Tara School of Irish Dancing opened its doors in Campbell River in January 2006, offering classes in traditional and contemporary Irish Dancing to boys and girls age five years to adult. Based on tradition, with a history tracing back to 1500’s, Irish Dancing is a constantly evolving art form. Combining artistry, grace and physical strength, the dance itself has become increasingly intricate and athletic and popular worldwide.

The Tara School of Irish Dancing has a community performance focus. Classes are conducted in an encouraging and supportive environment, while challenging dancers to work hard and progress to the best of their ability. Above all, dancers are encouraged to dance for the joy of dancing!

Director, Margaret Mullen trained and danced competitively in England and Ireland before starting her teaching career in Coventry, England. An experienced Adjudicator and Grade Examiner, Margaret was awarded the Gradam Award in 2007 and was honoured as a “Legend of Irish Dancing in Canada” at the 2015 World Championships of Irish Dancing held in Montreal.

The Tara School of Irish Dancing is registered with the Irish Dancing Commission, Dublin, Ireland. The Western Canada Irish Dance Teachers Association and The Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America.


Terry’s Power Equipment Sales & Service

Terry’s Power Equipment Sales & Service is a retail store and repair depot for landscaping and logging equipment that include TORO, Jonsered, Shindaiwa, Maruyama, Power Jet, Honda engines, Kawasaki engines, Briggs & Stratten engines, Tecumseh and more. Terry has been working in this industry for 34 years keeping landscapers and logging companies up and running. Not only do we repair the equipment we sell, we carry parts and do repairs on other makes as well. Terry’s Power Equipment strives to give great customer service with knowledgeable staff and superior product.


The Garden Party

We are primarily a Hanging Basket business. We also sell planters, bedding plants and trees and shrubs. We are open 7 days a week for the full month of May. If we still have Baskets left over then we stay open for 2 or 3 weekends in June.


Thong’s Jewellery & Repair

Thongs Jewellery has been providing Campbell River the highest standard of jewellery and service for the past 30 years. The family run business started as a small store that did mainly repairs and custom work and then grew the shop to what it is now. In 2007, Thong’s daughter Betty took over the business. They offer a variety of rings, wedding bands, pendants and earrings, bracelets, chains and watches. Their Canadian diamonds are 100% guaranteed mined, cut, and polished in Canada. Thong’s is known for their custom designed jewellery. Any piece can be hand crafted to meet your specific taste. What makes Thongs unique is that the repair work and custom design are done on-site. That allows customers to get their jewellery back in a timely fashion. Customer service is extremely important at Thongs as they want to ensure everyone leaves with their vision achieved.


Whiskey Point Resort

Whiskey Point Resort is a 20-room inn above the Quathiaski Cove harbor on Quadra Island. Nanci and Tracy, managers, recently owned a bed and breakfast on the island, so hope to bring B&B hospitality to the resort and a warm welcome. They invite guests to enjoy clean, well-appointed rooms that cover most guests’ needs during their stay, from well-equipped kitchenettes to barbeques on the deck and badminton in the back yard. Whiskey Point is also the site of the Wheelhouse Gallery, featuring island fine arts and craft. Many of the rooms now have paintings and prints by local artists and island made soap and shampoo in the rooms. Whiskey Point Resort has been awarded the Trip Advisor 2015 Award of Excellence.