Businesses, organizations with Amherstburg ties named “Best of Windsor-Essex”

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Six businesses or organizations with a connection to Amherstburg have been named as one of the “Best in Windsor-Essex.”

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI) announced the winners of the first-ever “Best of Windsor-Essex” contest. TWEPI described the “Best of Windsor-Essex” as a new campaign that ran in November and December last year “with the ambitious goal of putting together the most comprehensive list of the ‘Best Of’ things to see and do in the region.”

Smashed Apple won the award for best food truck while Armando’s was named best pizza place, according to TWEPI’s voters.

Precision Jewellers was named best jewellery store while Holiday Beach Conservation Area was named the best campground.

Best of Windsor-Essex award winners (TWEPI photo)

Best of Windsor-Essex award winners (TWEPI photo)

The Windsor Parade Corporation’s Amherstburg Santa Claus Parade was dubbed best parade in the region while the Gibson Gallery was named best art gallery.

Amherstburg’s tourism department was thrilled with the results and how local nominees did.

“The Best of Windsor Essex was Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island’s first social media campaign for our region.  Several Amherstburg businesses and events were nominated,” said tourism co-ordinator Jennifer Ibrahim. “Because it is those in our region that were encouraged to participate, being nominated in itself is a great honour. Amherstburg did a great job in winning their share of awards. These awards showcase the talent and business savvy of our community and highlight even more reasons why visitors should come to Amherstburg. “

The campaign appealed to the public through two different phases with the first phase seeing residents and visitors invited to nominate their favourite business, organization or attraction through a 61-question survey. TWEPI stated over 1,000 people filled out that survey.

Phase 2 saw choices narrowed down to the top five in each of the 62 categories.

Winners received commemorative plaques and a letter of congratulations at an awards ceremony held last Wednesday. TWEPI states that winners will also be listed in its 2016/17 official visitor guide and TWEPI’s micro-site, www.bestofwindsoressex.ca.

“The level of engagement generated by this campaign exceeded our expectations,” stated TWEPI CEO Gordon Orr. “Locals are justifiably proud of our area and we anticipate that this list will inspire locals and visitors alike to explore our region’s iconic experiences, hidden gems and everything in between.”

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