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#YQG 2019 They are the Best of #YQG DQGWKH\¡YHODQGHGKHUH Late last year, Windsor Star readers voted for their favourite retailers, restaurants, tourist attractions and local services in an online Best of #YQG survey. The survey covered almost 200 categories ranging from most-loved pizza to real FTUBUFPGmDFUPGVSOJUVSFTUPSF Readers responded and the winners and runners-up are revealed here. #YQG is the official hashtag for social

postings in Windsor-Essex. It stands for Your Quick Getaway which is the International Air Transport Association airport code for the region’s international airport in Windsor. Because it’s a completely exclusive local hashtag and represents the entire region, #YQG has been used on Twitter and across multiple platforms on social media whenever a message goes out about Windsor-Essex.

To ensure fairness in this survey, only one vote was allowed per person and any attempts at using multiple forms were restricted by the use of IP addresses and other forms of electronic tracking. The survey was unbiased so there was no menu of selections to choose from – just categories that readers voted on by telling us their favourites, without any suggestions from the Star. Congratulations to the winners and runnersup, and thanks to everyone who voted.

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Winner: BEST 3FBM&TUBUF0GmDF - Team Goran-RE/MAX T ODD SHEARON POSTMEDIA CONTENT WORKS

“We are always available to take your call, day or night.” If there is anything Team Goran RE/MAX Broker Goran Todorovic has learned over his 30 years in business, it is to be “always ready to provide excellent customer service.”

Goran even offers his own mobile phone number for clients to call him any time. “It’s 519-919-9999.” Team Goran is the #1 team in the Windsor area. Ranked Top 40th RE/MAX Team in Canada and Top 103rd RE/MAX Team in the World, Team Goran offers an extraordinary sales and marketing service for their clients.

“We sell more because we do more,” says Goran. “More marketing, more customer service and more experience mean more real estate sold,” says Goran. He is so confident that his cutting-edge marketing and team of professionals will sell your home that he will guarantee it. “Or I’ll buy it (your home),” he

adds. Team Goran’s marketing department includes in-house graphic design, a photographer and videographer who help bring every property listing to life with a 360-degree virtual tour. At the end of the day Goran and his team want to get your home sold, “for the most amount of money in the least amount of

time with the least amount of headaches.” Call Team Goran & Start Packing! Team Goran RE/MAX, located at 12122 Tecumseh Rd. E. in Windsor, are available to take your call 24 hours a day. For more information on Team Goran RE/MAX visit TeamGoran. com, email info@teamgoran.com or call 519-979-9949.

Winner: BEST Used Car Dealership - AutoMAXX Pre-Owned Car Center When the Taylor family opened AutoMAXX Pre-Owned Super Center 12 years ago, they envisioned a different kind of car-buying environment: one that was free from pressure and stress, a place where people would feel comfortable, relaxed and welcomed. They have worked diligently to assemble a group of passionate team players, now 25-members strong,

who would share their values of respect, professionalism, integrity, excellence and accountability. AutoMAXX offers a vast selection of more than 200 pre-owned domestic and foreign cars, vans, SUVs and trucks, ranging from practical to luxury to sports. There’s something for every budget and any lifestyle. Each vehicle is handpicked and

purchased by president Chris Taylor and goes through rigorous inspection and reconditioning procedures to make sure it is in like-new condition. The team believes in full disclosure and transparency when selling each vehicle so there are no surprises or hidden histories. The entire AutoMAXX team works hard to earn their customers’ loyalty by providing them with ex-

ceptional service and high-quality products so they can achieve their goal of being the best in their business. The team is happy to be winning this award again. “We are greatly honoured to win the Best of Windsor-Essex award, two years in a row! We are very appreciative and thank our customers for choosing AutoMAXX for all their sales and service needs! We are

very proud of the business we have grown and will continue to strive to exceed each and every customer’s expectations,” state owners Chris and Doris Taylor. Drop by one of their three locations and experience the AutoMAXX way for yourself. For more information, visit 4200 Tecumseh Road East or online at automaxxwindsor.com, or call (519) 974-9358.

Winner: BEST Furniture Store&RXOWHU·V)XUQLWXUH Coulter’s Furniture – the largest furniture store in Ontario – has been based in Windsor and remained a community institution for 60 years. Coulter’s opened in the early 1960s and has grown to an entire city block with its 85,000-sq.-ft. showroom. It has earned a highly respected reputation for offering top level personal service, along with the largest

selection – guaranteed – of products, with the best prices and quality in southwestern Ontario. Coulter’s offers a personal design service for your home or office to make your space uniquely your own. On-hand staff will coordinate your room with their vast selection of furniture. It covers everything from bedroom and living room furniture, to dining room sets and office

furniture, in every style and fabric under one roof. Coulter’s collections include quality name brands like: Brentwood, Barrymore, Durham, Decor-Rest, Canadel, Kingsdown and Palliser. The atmosphere inside Coulter’s is no-pressure selling that’s warm and friendly, with some of the best interior design ideas available today. “We are humbled by being voted

Best in Windsor-Essex County,” manager Tim Finlay says. “We have always considered Coulter’s a hidden treasure and (are) pleased to be discovered.” Coulter’s Furniture has a long list of local groups that it supports. They include Habitat for Humanity, Hospice, the Bob Probert Run and Bibles for Missions. Coulter’s is located at 1324 Wind-

sor Ave. It is open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 519-253-7422 or visit www. coulters.com for more information. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.


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Winner: BEST Thai Restaurant7KDL3DODFH Thai Palace knows how to serve local diners. Its mission – to provide excellent service and give Windsor the best authentic Thai cuisine in the city – seems to have found a sweet spot in town given its Best of #YQG nomination and previous awards, like Best Asian Spot in 2019 and 2016, and nomination for a Windsor-Essex Regional Cham-

ber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Award in 2012. Under the ownership of Renu and Charles Anderson and management of Richard Pask, Thai Palace offers fresh, flavourful dishes, exceptional service and an ambient atmosphere. Its main restaurant at 1140 Lauzon Road, opened since 2007, is conveniently located just off Te-

cumseh Rd. E. and a sister restaurant, Thai Time, is at 3395 Howard Ave. Thai Palace serves a wide selection of Thai dishes, with full lunches and dinners, as well as a kids’ menu and unique seasonal and weekly specials. It also offers takeout and catering services, and bottled sauces. Thai Palace makes annual char-

ity donations to different agencies and foundations. Among the organizations to receive donations and proceeds were: the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Kidney Foundation, The Downtown Mission, Cancer Centre, Good Deed Divas, Pink Door, Cystic Fibrosis Windsor and the Salvation Army. The restaurant owners also support other smaller charities across

Windsor and are grateful for all the support they get from the Windsor-Essex community. Thai Palace is open Mondays to Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 12 noon to 10 p.m. and Sundays, 12 noon to 8 p.m. For more information, call 519948-6161 or visit the website thaipalace.ca.

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Elegant. Timeless. Inspiring. These three words can describe your space, a place you love. The Room at Coulter’s website describes interior design as a marriage between fantasy and imagination, of what a space can be and of possible challenges to the design concept.

“People call us when they know what they want,” say the team of Robby Lynn Young, Paulette Nicodemo and Cindy Catton. “People also call us when they don’t know what they want.” The Room works to figure out the client’s needs and begins to orchestrate things from start to finish. “Every project is different and unique,” they add.

Offering full interior design ser vices from one room to complete home renovations, The Room can handle projects of every scope and solve problems to avoid any expensive mistakes. At the end of the day The Room wants their clients to “love where they live.” The Room brings you great ideas and options to fit your taste, your

project and your budget. “Experience means everything” is the motto The Room lives by. The Room at Coulter’s has been comfortably situated upstairs at Coulter’s Furniture for the last 30 years. Several of its home renovations have been recognized and published in various local magazines. The Room at Coulter’s is located

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at 1324 Windsor Ave. in Windsor with hours of operation on Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with evening and Saturday by appointments available upon request. For more information on The Room at Coulter’s visit theroomatcoulters.com, email theroom@ mnsi.net or call 519-977-9998.

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Winner: BEST Barber Shop /RPEDUGL·V&ODVVLF%DUEHU6KRS T ODD SHEARON POSTMEDIA CONTENT WORKS

Have you ever wanted to go somewhere to just chill out, enjoy an espresso, read a paper or book, listen to some music, watch a game…and get a haircut? Lombardi’s Classic Barbershop is that place. It lets you leave the worries of the world behind.

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Owner and operator Mark Lombardi wants his clients to “feel at home” and his mission is to “provide the best barbershop experience and highest level of customer service.” The Lombardi experience is more than a barbershop, it’s an atmosphere. “It’s nostalgic,” says Lombardi. “While sitting in the waiting area,

our man cave vibe is perfect for the polished gentleman to the lumberjack.” The “hardworking” and “loyal” staff are “very important” to Lombardi, who also credits his employees for being the reason why people come back. And Lombardi loves being around people. “The customers are the people

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who energize the barbershop,” says Lombardi. “They are the reason I get up and go to work every day.” Regular services include classic and modern haircuts, Chicagostyle hot shave, buzz cuts, scissor cuts, beard trims, men’s hair colouring and they always finish with a hot lather neck shave. Lombardi’s Classic Barbershop is located at 25 Amy Croft Drive

in Lakeshore with hours of operation on Mondays (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.), Tuesdays (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.), Wednesdays (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.), Thursday (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.), Fridays (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Saturdays (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). For more information on Lombardi’s Classic Barbershop visit lombardis.ca, email info@lombardis.ca or call 519-739-2887.


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Winner: BEST Day Care 7KH7R\%R[(DUO\(GXFDWLRQ&HQWUH T ODD SHEARON POSTMEDIA CONTENT WORKS

Your children should be able to enjoy themselves and have fun in a home-like environment, even when they are not at home. Anna Raymond laid the foundation and built that home-awayfrom home, opening the doors to an environment in which she says “children feel comfortable explor-

ing freely while developing the social, emotional and cognitive abilities of the children in their care.” Over the last 17 years The Toy Box Early Education Centre has grown into a multi-location, fully licensed, state-of-the-art childcare facility with 90 certified employees. Committed to developing partnerships with parents and children’s educators based on respect

and trust, The Toy Box is able to provide exceptional care and educational opportunities in safe and nurturing surroundings. Raymond instills a philosophy that “each child is uniquely individual and deserving of an environment that promotes the growth of the whole child, physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually.” She adds: “Maintaining an envi-

ronment that is safe, warm, loving, challenging and stimulating is conducive to this growth.” The Toy Box offers four programs of exceptional childcare for children from 0 to 12 years old, including Infant (0-18 months), Toddler (18-30 months), Preschool (2.5-5 years) and School Age (5-12 years). In addition to three main locations at Howard and Walker (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and McDougall (7 a.m.

to 6 p.m.) from Monday through Friday, The Toy Box also offers Before and After School Programs at Malden Central (Amherstburg), Giles Campus, W.J. Langlois and Herman Academy. For more information on The Toy Box Early Education Centre visit www.thetoyboxece.com or call 519-966-9660 (Walker), 519-9662727 (McDougall) or 519-250-0379 (Howard).

Winner: BEST Foot-Care Specialist 'U0LFKHOOH*LOO Dr. Michelle Gill received her doctorate in podiatric medicine in 2001 from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, followed by a twoyear surgical residency in Detroit. She is on staff at Detroit Medical Center and St. John Providence. She is board-certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Sur-

gery. Gill practiced for several years solely in Ferndale, Mich. In 2008 she became a registered chiropodist in Ontario and opened her own office in Windsor, Gill Family Footcare and Orthotics. Today she practises at both her Windsor and Ferndale offices. Gill is committed to provide her

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patients with the highest standards of footcare. Her extensive education and years of experience put her patients in good hands. In 2012 she was winner of the Windsor BizX Award “The Podiatrist/Chiropodist Who Puts Your Best Foot Forward”. She is also on the board of directors for the Ontario Podiatric Medical Asso-

ciation. Some services at her Windsor office include: custom orthotics and braces, diabetic footcare, wound care, basic nail and callus care, foot and heel pain treatment, nail surgery, wart care and soft tissue surgery. Gill employs three staff members who are positive and professional

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creating a welcoming, knowledgeable office environment. Gill Family Footcare & Orthotics is located in South Windsor at 2990 Curry Avenue. No referral is necessary for an appointment. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The office is handicap-accessible and offers free parking. Call 519-969-1200 to schedule.

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Winner: BEST Hair Salon 6DORQ'HÀQHG Since opening its doors in 2009, Salon Defined has been devoted to providing the latest trends and techniques in the hair industry, as well as striving to deliver a memorable experience, to clients in LaSalle and surrounding areas. Relocating to Front Road this spring, Salon Defined will con-

tinue to serve women, men and children. Walk-ins are always welcomed. “When designing our newest salon, I envisioned a place where our clients could feel a sense of elegance, in a fresh modern atmosphere” says Therese O’Keefe, owner and stylist of Salon Defined. “After 10 years in business,

I wanted something different, a breath of fresh air, a place where clients could leave with that ‘feel great, look great’ attitude.” She adds: “We are all honoured and flattered to be nominated and awarded Best Hair Salon 2019. I work along some of most talented stylists in our industry.” Salon Defined is able to cre-

ate the style of clients’ dreams. The salon uses a wide selection of products and their featured lines include Redken and Moroccanoil. The staff at Salon Defined always strive to provide a personalized and friendly atmosphere that ensures clients are always number one. Whether a client is

looking for a change or would like to try something new and exciting, the staff can make it happen. Salon Defined is relocating this spring to 301 Front Road (formally corner of Sprucewood Ave. and Malden Rd.). For more information on their grand opening, call 519-962-5219. Visit SalonDefined on Facebook.

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Winner: BEST Senior Care Provider +RPH,QVWHDG6HQLRU&DUH T ODD SHEARON POSTMEDIA CONTENT WORKS

“There’s something special about being able to give back to someone who gave their whole life to take care of you,” says Colleen Jershy. Colleen and husband Ryan changed their career paths after both losing their fathers in a 10-month span, finding the “perfect fit” for themselves when they started their company Home In-

stead Senior Care in 2009. Home Instead provides dependable, compassionate care at all levels, including specialty care for those with Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s or other dementias. From brief check-in visits to round-the-clock care, they have their clients covered. In addition to non-medical and nursing care services, Home Instead provides compassionate personal care, meals and nutri-

tion, transportation, household duties, respite care, hospice care support services, nursing care, foot care and much more. “We adapt to what the family needs,” says Jershy. “We want to understand the entire picture and learn how we can fit into their life.” “It’s about the things that you do above and beyond for your customers.” Home Instead connect clients with other resources and commu-

nity services they may not have been aware of and utilizes social media to teach people how to take care of other people. With their 24/7 support system it can provide care within hours of new client sign-up. Jershy says her company’s success is a “testament to the amazing quality care our caregivers provide to our clients and the hard work and dedication our office staff have to our clients and CAREgivers.”

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Home Instead Senior Care is located at 1033 Lesperance Rd. in Tecumseh and is open for business 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information on Home Instead Senior Care visit homeinstead.com/3026, email colleen. jershy@homeinstead.com or call 519-739-1500. You can also find Home Instead Senior Care on Facebook (homeinsteadwindsor.on) and Twitter (@homeinsteadwind).


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Winner: BEST Beer/Wine-Making Store -DNH·V:LQGVRU%UHZ T ODD SHEARON POSTMEDIA CONTENT WORKS

When you see an interesting opportunity filled with fun and room for potential, but you have no experience, would you take it? Dave Smith, owner of Jake’s Windsor Brew, certainly did. “It’s one of the best decisions we ever made,” he says.

Trained by the original owners, Dave and his wife Laura have now owned Jake’s for the last 17 of its 27 years. “We have always seen growth every year,” he says. Jake’s Windsor Brew aims to provide customers with a facility in which they can produce beer and wine at a fraction of the retail price in a clean, modern environment with exceptional customer

service. “People want to drink more and pay less,” says Smith. “We offer good quality products in a fun environment where they learn.” Jake’s offers a variety of onpremises beer and wine-making along with a full supply store for people who want to “do it at home.” “We teach free beer and wine-

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making classes a couple times a year.” Jake’s also has a wine tasting once a year, complete with food pairings and the wines they make in-store. At this point, Jake’s has a lot of repeat customers with whom they have become friends. Smith says, “We have created a comfortable and happy environ-

ment.” Jake’s Windsor Brew is located at 2785 Howard Ave.in Windsor. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday, from 9 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on Jake’s Windsor Brew visit jakeswindsorbrew.com, email dave@jakeswindsorbrew.com or call 519-250-8602.

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Winner: BEST New-Home Builder - Nor-Built Construction T ODD SHEARON POSTMEDIA CONTENT WORKS

The New York Yankees had the “House That Ruth Built.” YQG has the houses that NorBuilt. As a 20-year-old working in the trade, Norbert Bolger started by doing trim, framing, roofing, siding and other sub parts to houses. “I did

everything except the mechanical stuff,” says the owner of Nor-Built Construction in Amherstburg, who opened the business in 1988 and built his first house in 1991. Bolger started the business by building his own house. “In trade you meet a lot of people and wordof-mouth got things rolling,” says Bolger. “Even today word-ofmouth is still our best asset.”

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Nor-Built’s mission is to give customers the opportunity of choice through a wide range of policies and services that are understandable and valued by our community. Specializing in new home builds, home renovations and commercial development, Bolger’s company is an Energy Star builder specializing in building accessible housing for people with disabilities.

Bolger made modifications to his own home for his daughter who needed accessibility and realized it could be an important facet to his business. “There are lots of people with special needs in their homes. If they don’t have accessibility they can’t continue to live there,” says Bolger. “We always go above and beyond

industry standards to make our clients happy.” Nor-Built Construction is located at 1000 Alma in Amherstburg with hours of operation Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment. For more information on NorBuilt Construction visit norbuilt. com, email admin@norbuilt.com or call 519-736-1892.


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Winner: BEST Internet Service Provider 016L For the last 24 years MNSi Telecom has always believed in faster speeds and lower prices. It’s a tradition the company will carry on as they continue to build the only locally owned fibre network in the Windsor-Essex area. MNSi Telecom is one of the few independent fibre-optic providers in the country, currently offering

cutting-edge technology to more than 50,000 homes from Belle River to LaSalle. The company is currently building its network throughout the area, with more than 20 construction crews working constantly throughout the year. It’s a $35-million private infrastructure investment that’s expected to continue through 2021, when the majority

of the city will be fibre-ready. The gradual roll-out of fibre services began in Walkerville, Oldcastle and East Windsor in 2015 and will continue across MNSi’s service area in the coming months, including new work throughout the core of LaSalle. Along with faster speeds, MNSi also loves when it can reduce pric-

es. Just in the last two years alone, MNSi’s fibre prices have dropped by as much as $70 per month with the high-end 1Gbps package now priced at only $80 per month plus tax. Another great tradition being upheld is MNSi’s commitment to keeping everything local to Windsor-Essex. All the customer service and tech support teams are located

right here in Windsor and you can be assured all your calls are being answered by your friends and neighbours who know the streets, buildings and landmarks all around us. MNSi will continue to invest in Windsor. It’s where we work, live and play. For more about MNSi Telecom, visit mnsi.net or call 519258-2333.

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WINNER Spago’s Vito’s Pizzeria Dairy Freeze Pat & Hanks Red Lobster Antonino’s Original Pizza Spago’s Acapulco Delight Thai Palace Pho Xic Lo Swiss Chalet Pomegranate Koi Sushi Thanasi’s Olympus Greek Restaurant Mazaar Tandoori The Keg Toast Penalty Box Twisted Apron Mandarian John Max Mamo Burger Frenchy’s Poutinery Subway The Bull & Barrel Urban Saloon The Cook’s Shop KITCHN Anchor Coffee House Walkerville Brewery Oxley Estate Winery Koolini’s Italian Eatery Blak’s Bakery O’Maggio’s Kildare House John Max Sports & Wings The Keg Essex Golf and Country Club Capitol Theatre Sky Zone Trampoline Park Overseas Motors Overseas Motors Thunder Road Harley-Davidson AutoMAXX Pre-Owned Car Center F & J Collision Service Demario’s Auto Clinic Canadian Tire Mihoren’s Quick Lube & Automotive Centre Precision Car Care Enterprise

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WINNER Limos by Mr. J’s Aldo Shoes Precision Jewellers Cindy’s Home & Garden EYES - Dr. Abby Jakob Coulter’s Furniture Bluewater Pools & Spas Essex Appliance Best Buy Hogan’s Printing Long & McQuade Mastermind Toys Sport Chek KELCOM Windsor Jake’s Windsor Brew Remark Fresh Markets Remark Fresh Markets Ted Farron’s Gourmet Butcher Shop Dusty Loft Downtown Windsor Farmers Market Home Hardware Home Depot Janette Florist Inc. Bluewater Pools & Spas Bluewater Pools & Spas Forest Glade Fireplaces Fabricland It’s Your Day Bridal Boutique Inc. Freeds Indigo The Lighting Boutique The Floor Store Anna’s Flowers Hudson Bay Freeds Dynamite Carter’s Value Village Devonshire Mall Henry’s HomeSense Counter Effects Bedroom Depot TSC Essex Hungry Pooch Sentry Windows and Doors Windsor Crossings Provincial Pharmacy Dr. Ashley Waggott

RUNNER UP VIP Chauffeured Services Globo G&G Jewellery And Coins Urban Art Market FYI Doctors Tepperman’s Patio Palace Ernie’s TV Furniture & Appliance Tepperman’s Generator Design Inc Dalbello Guitars Toys R Us National Sports Telus Just Cork It Real Canadian Super Store Cortina Gourmet Market M.R. Meat Holland Consignment Shoppe & Auction House Willow Tree Home Depot Economy Rental Centre I and F Design Relax Pools & Spa Relax Pools & Spa The Fire Box Stich in Time Bridal Couture Moores Juniper Books RE-Lighting Inc Colautti Brothers Blooming Gardener Winners 67 Richmond Ricki’s Children’s Place Goodwill Tecumseh Mall JYSK Granite Design Works Tepperman’s Jacob’s PetSmart Kehl Windows and Doors Winners Shoppers Drug Mart Dr. Joseph Mondoux

CATEGORY OPTOMETRIST DENTAL OFFICE FOOT CARE SPECIALIST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST LASER VISION CENTRE LASER HAIR REMOVAL BUSINESS WEIGHT LOSS CLINIC/SERVICES FITNESS/HEALTH CLUB TANNING SALON SPA TREATMENT COMPANY HAIR SALON BARBER SHOP FUNERAL HOME LAW FIRM INSURANCE COMPANY INVESTMENT COMPANY INCOME TAX SERVICE ACCOUNTING COMPANY BANK/CREDIT UNION/ TRUST COMPANY & BRANCH LOCATION REAL ESTATE OFFICE NEW HOME BUILDER APARTMENT RENTAL/ PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY RETIREMENT LIVING RESIDENCE SENIOR CARE PROVIDER NURSING HOME HEATING/AIR CONDITIONING BUSINESS RENOVATOR/GENERAL CONTRACTOR ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR PLUMBING CONTRACTOR INTERIOR DECORATOR PAINTING CONTRACTOR LANDSCAPE/LAWN CARE SERVICE INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER VETERINARY CLINIC CLEANING SERVICE EMPLOYMENT AGENCY DAY CARE DANCE STUDIO ART SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO DRY CLEANER TRAVEL AGENT HOTEL RESORT AND COTTAGE B&B LOCAL FESTIVAL AND EVENT

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WINNER EYES - Dr. Abby Jakob Trifonpoulos Dental Dr. Michelle Gill Kelly Upcott Gina Bernardo-Coral Medical Health Spa Windsor Laser Eye Institute Enlightenment Day Spa Lose Weight with Tina Howe Fit BeachBum Organic Spray Tanning Coral Medical Health Spa Salon Defined Lombardi’s Classic Barber Shop Families First Beluli Giannotti Law Firm Bondy Insurance Breadth Consulting Collins Barrow LLP Collins Barrow LLP

RUNNER UP FYI Doctors -Dr. John Mastronardi Dionne Orthodontics Dr. Julie Fraser Valero Wellness Melissa VanBuskirk

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Marda Management Amica Riverside Home Instead Senior Care Huron Lodge Syles Mechanical Mario Duri Tesla Electric Northstar Plumbing The Room @Coulters Windsor DCD Painter Landscape Effects MNSi South Howard Animal Hospital Master Cleaners The Job Shoppe The Toy Box Ardan Academy of Irish Dance Artist Julia Conlon Art Studio, Gallery & School Nicole Valance Photography Master Cleaners LaSalle Travel Services Caesars Windsor Stones Throw Cottage Cedar Circle Bluesfest Windsor

Skyline Seasons Royal Oak Village The Village of Aspen Lake Seasons Royal Oak Village Bryant Heating & Cooling Dan Norman Greater Essex Electrical Allsop HouseWears by Jill Straky MMP painting Mr. Goodlawn Kelcom Forest Glade Animal Hospital Mister Maid MEDA Engineering Serendipity Dance Barre University of Windsor Sooters

Coral Medical Health Spa Howe Fit JS Fitness Brightside Tanning Enlightenment Day Spa The Hair Mechanix Gaffana’s Windsor Chapel Miller Canfield Allstate Insurance Investor’s Group Wealth Management T & L Tax Doher & Co.

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Winner: BEST Oil & Lube Shop - Mihoren’s Quick Lube & Automotive Centre The road can be an unforgiving place for you and your family if your car is unsafe or unreliable. Mihoren’s Quick Lube & Automotive Centre understands that, which is why their mission is to provide the best full-service automotive maintenance and repair experience with the highest level of customer service guaranteed. Whether on your day-to-day travels or long road trips, you can trust

their service and count on their quality. Mihoren’s, which has been in business for more than 50 years, is honoured and thankful for being chosen Best Oil & Lube Shop in Best of #YQG and Best Auto Repair Shop in last year’s Best of WindsorEssex. They promise to continue to demonstrate their gratitude by exceeding your expectations. Mihoren’s offers complete au-

tomotive service including: brake service, oil changes, complete electrical system troubleshooting, exhaust repair, air conditioning repair, computerized tune up, fuel injection, general  repairs and maintenance, check engine light diagnostics, safety inspection, fluid changes, tire sales and service, batteries, seasonal checks, ABS and airbag service, shocks and struts and

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all suspension systems. They are members of the Windsor Professional Automotive Repair Association and TechNet Professionals and their service includes a complimentary brewed coffee and daily read of the Windsor Star followed by a shuttle to start your day. Mihoren’s is active in its support of Home for Hospice, Walkerville Marathon, St. Marks Community Golf Tournament and Windsor

Professional Automotive Repair Association Golf Tournament. They are a team of eight but give special thanks to John Girard and Marco Mantovan for pouring their hard work and excellent work ethic into Mihoren’s Automotive. The shop, located at 1760 Walker Road in Windsor, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. Call 519-256-2194 or visit mihorens.com for more information.

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Winner: BEST Gift Shop &LQG\·V Cindy’s? I love that place! That’s the comment most heard by the Martins when they talk about their award-winning business. Celebrating 30 years this summer, Cindy’s began as a small flower shop and over the years founder Ken Martin and wife Christine grew the business into a full-blown retail destination.

Joined in 2014 by Ken’s nephew Jason and his wife Tisha, Cindy’s once again was expanded and became a true family business. Cindy’s features a huge selection of gifts, home and seasonal décor, spa, baby gifts, Lug bags, Maison Berger and so much more. Cindy’s Boutique is loaded with today’s hottest fashions, footwear,

jewelry, handbags and accessories. Cindy’s Too country store offers kitchen accessories, décor, unique gifts, specialty coffee bar and premium ice cream. Opened in 2017, Cindy’s Olive Oil Company is an Artisan Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Bar that features free tastings of over 60 flavours. Shoppers can also find a

huge selection of gourmet foods. Cindy’s Garden Centre is open three seasons and is well known for its large selection of beautiful flowers, annual and perennial plants, garden décor and concrete statuary. Late fall brings cedar garland, fresh-cut Christmas trees, winter greens, grave blankets and a huge selection of

seasonal décor. What is the secret to Cindy’s award-winning success? The Martins say it’s a simple formula of customer service, unique products offered at a fair price, and all this in a clean, comfortable atmosphere. Cindy’s is located at 585 Seacliff Drive in Kingsville or online at cindysgarden.com.

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Demarse recalls when an early model 37-inch flat screen television would retail for around $7,000. “But those days are gone,” he says. “Today a similar model would cost

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about $350.” In addition to televisions, Ernie’s TV also carries a wide range of household appliances and offers free delivery from Windsor to Tilbury will remove, at no charge, old freestanding appliances. Ernie’s TV can also arrange with local trusted skilled tradespeople installation of TV wall brackets, dishwashers, microwaves, wall ovens, cooktops and natural gas appliances at reasonable fees. Demarse is most thankful for all the great employees who have come and gone over the years and helped maintain the courteous and commission-free sales environment their customers have grown to expect. He calls it an “honour to be selected amongst my worthy fellow competitors in the area” adding, “We will continue to strive to earn the public’s trust and approval.” Ernie’s TV is located 29 Main St. E. in Kingsville with hours of operation on Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Sundays. For more information on Ernie’s TV visit erniestv.net, email erniestv@ cogeco.ca or call 519-733-5262.


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Winner: BEST Auto Body Shop - F&J Collision T ODD SHEARON POSTMEDIA CONTENT WORKS

To say something is worth its weight in gold is to emphasize that it is useful, helpful and valuable. Currently celebrating its golden anniversary of business, it is safe to say that about F+J Collision. A name known for its trust and reputation for high quality re-

pairs, F+J Collision is a familyowned and -operated collision repair and automotive centre. “It’s all that I’ve known my whole life,” says owner Rico Lopez. “It’s part of the family.” Lopez, with his wife Lidia, has been running the family business for the last 12 years and five years ago bought it from his father Frank who opened the doors in

1969. Lopez says his dad is the “‘F’ in F+J” and every Saturday morning the shop is “where we would be.” “I’d be washing cars and doing whatever I could to help,” adds Lopez. F+J Collision’s motto is “Where friends meet by accident” and their services include collision repair and paint, mechanical re-

pairs, glass replacement and auto detailing. Customer service is a priority at F&J Collision whose highly qualified staff of collision, mechanical, refinish and appraisal professionals do anything they can do to aid in the convenience of the customer. F+J handles all major insurance companies and all work is done in-

house, so they can guarantee the quality of all repairs. Every repair comes with a lifetime warranty. F+J Collision is located 4350 Tecumseh Rd. E. with hours of operation on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on F+J Collision visit FJCollision.com, email lidia@fjcollision.com or call 519-945-2363.

Runner Up: BEST Retail Shopping Centre/Mall - Tecumseh Mall Windsor’s east end is growing – and so is the Tecumseh Mall. The dominant shopping centre on the city’s east side offers lifestyle stores and services, as well as an impressive roster of new retail outlets including Marshall’s, HomeSense, Pet Smart, Giant Tiger and SkyZone. The mall’s new owners, Europro, are highly invested in the property and look forward to extensive interior and exterior renovations and continued redevelopment to complete the exciting, ongoing transformation of Tecumseh Mall. Keeping shoppers in mind, they continue to work toward offering

a convenient, comfortable and enjoyable shopping experience. Tecumseh Mall is thrilled to be a Best of #YQG runner-up in the Retail Shopping Centre/Mall category. Among the other awards and honours it has received: numerous International Council of Shopping Centers’ marketing awards, Recycling Council of Ontario Platinum Award and BOMA Best Level 3 Certification. A partner with numerous charity organizations, Tecumseh Mall in the last year fundraised and donated more than $24,000 in support of registered local charities and non-profit organizations. It

is a proud sponsor of the Windsor Spitfires Adopt-A-School Program, Easter Seals Ontario, Ronald McDonald House, Sparky’s Toy Drive and Windsor Essex Companionate Care Community in association with Hospice Windsor. Tecumseh Mall has been open for 45 years. It is located at 7654 Tecumseh Rd. E. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 519-944-7760 or visit tecumsehmall.com.

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Winner: BEST Alternative Medicine Practitioner - Dr. Kelly Upcott T O D D S H E A RO N POSTMEDIA CONTENT WORKS

Imagine a type of medicine that works with your body, not against it. Now ask yourself these questions: - Would you like to experience a unique and comprehensive approach to improving health and treating illness? - Would you like to find the root cause of your health concerns in-

stead of only treating the branches? If you answered yes to either of these questions Dr. Kelly Upcott could help you. A naturopathic doctor for more than 15 years, Upcott says her goal is to, “address the root cause of your health concerns rather than simply treating or suppressing your symptoms.” Upcott says that only when you find the root cause can you “fully achieve wellness.”

The owner of Origins Naturopathic Retreat located at 1211 County Rd 20 in Kingsville also operates out of the Lifetime Wellness Center at 401-3090 Dougall Ave. in Windsor. Upcott says she views her role as a teacher “as important as her role as a doctor.” She adds: “Every patient who walks through my door represents a new challenge.” And she never shies away from a

challenge. Regular services include nutritional counselling, herbal medicine and acupuncture in addition to hormonal and food sensitivity testing. Upcott also has a special interest in chronic inflammatory conditions, digestive disorders and women’s health issues. Origins Naturopathic Retreat hours are Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

and Saturdays by appointment. Lifetime Wellness Center hours are Mondays from 11:15 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on Origins Naturopathic Retreat call 226-7742106, visit kellyupcottnd.com or email info@kellyupcottnd.com. To reach the Lifetime Wellness Center call 519-250-6288 or visit lifetimewellnesscentre.com.

Winner: BEST Jewellery Store - Precision Jewellers Precision Jewellers is now the winner two years in a row for Best Jewellery Store in Windsor Essex. For more than 50 years, Precision Jewellers has been creating

moments to remember for many Windsor-Essex area residents. It provides customers with memorable experiences while offering diamond jewelry, engagement rings,

wedding bands, and the finest selection of his-and-her timepieces. Owner Dan Thomas specializes in taking your dream design and vision for a piece of jewelry and skillfully

works it precisely until it becomes a reality. “Over the past five decades, we have been fortunate and blessed to have been included in the special

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Since 1966 Precision Jewellers has been proud to create beautiful custom jewellery for life’s special moments. Our Master Goldsmiths start with your dream design or vision, and work skillfully until it becomes a reality. Let us Create Your Next Moment to Remember.

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moments of our customers’ lives. We are honoured each time they trust us to create, design and complete a special piece to mark one of these brilliant, significant moments. Like our customers, we cherish them forever,” says Thomas. In 1966, it would have been difficult to foresee one little jewelry store transcending its humble beginnings to become an Essex County retail institution with full-service brick-andmortar locations in Windsor and Amherstburg. The longevity speaks to Precision Jewellers’ position to create a positive customer experience and the quality of the products it offers. Ultimately, Precision Jewellers has built its sterling reputation by exceeding customer expectations for more than 50 years. Precision Jewellers were winners of the Windsor Star’s Best of Windsor-Essex 2018 Best Jewellery store and won the category again in this year’s Best of #YQG. Thomas thanks his staff, customers, suppliers and partners, and the entire WindsorEssex community for helping them win the awards. “Precision Jewellers thanks you for this accolade and we remain constantly mindful that our success would not have been possible without our faithful clients. Your loyalty has made our dream a reality.” For more information, call or visit Precision Jewellers locations at 58 Richmond St., Amherstburg (519-7362587) or 2755 Howard Avenue, Windsor (519-253-6084) or look them up online at precisionjewellers.com.


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Winner: BEST Auto Parts Accessories Store &DQDGLDQ7LUH Canadian Tire has been in business for 97 years and is happy to have over 250 local employees. Since its inception in 1922, Canadian Tire has grown into one of the most iconic brands in the country. Abiding to their strong mission statement, Canadian Tire strives to be the best for customers and their expectations. Canadian Tire offers full automotive service and is

a major supplier of sporting goods, seasonal hardware, outdoor living, spring essentials, and more. “For almost a century, we’ve proudly offered products and services to help Canadians with the jobs and joys of life in Canada. Today, our network of 1,700 retail locations couldn’t be stronger, and our staff, more connected to the community they serve. The retail

landscape is changing and we are all ready to sever you better than ever before,” states general manager Phil Giacalone. Thrilled to win this award, he adds, “ We are really excited the community loves Canadian Tire.” Recently, Canadian Tire evolved its iconic loyalty program, Canadian Tire Money, with the introduction of Triangle Rewards.

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The Triangle Rewards program enables members to earn Canadian Tire Money online and in-store at Canadian Tire, Sport Chek, Mark’s and Atmosphere locations and on fuel purchases at any Canadian Tire gas bar. Members can redeem Canadian Tire Money at Canadian Tire, Sport Chek and Mark’s stores. Triangle Rewards members will benefit from no receipt returns, personal-

ized offers and content, as well as the ability to track transactions and Canadian Tire Money balances. Online ordering and in-store pickup and home delivery are available. For more information, please visit or call: 8505 Tecumseh Road East (519) 948-8111 www.canadiantire.ca

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Winner: BEST Pool Supply Store %OXHZDWHU3RROV Winner: BEST Hot Tub/Hot Tub Supply Store %OXHZDWHU3RROV Winner: BEST Patio Furniture Store %OXHZDWHU3RROV Bluewater is proud to be voted best in Windsor for Pool Supply Store, Hot Tub and Hot Tub Supply Store and Patio Furniture Store. Bluewater takes pride in making your backyard dreams become a reality. The Bluewater lifestyle store of 53 years has everything from swimming pools, hot tubs, swim spas, outdoor fire pits, indoor/ outdoor décor and patio furniture for any set up that you need

to host your family and friends. Owners Mike Shanahan and Margaret Ketler thank the community for trusting Bluewater with your backyard. Bluewater Pools and Spas is excited to announce the partnership with The Great Outdoors Company. Chris from The Great Outdoors, an expert installer since 1997, puts attention to detail: creating the pool design, building the pool and executing

the customer’s vision in every single backyard aligns perfectly with Bluewater. Together, they are installing swimming pools across Windsor and Essex County. “I chose to sell my company, The Great Outdoors, and bring my team of 10 years along with me to work directly for Bluewater. I want to go back to building high quality swimming pools to perfection,” says Chris. “Our team is known for seamless installs, and

we promise you will hear laughter while we transform your backyard, as we get through the hot summer days by having fun while making your backyard goals come to life.” Bluewater is growing to better serve each and every one of you. Take a drive down Dougall Ave. to check out the massive new 18,000-sq.-ft. building building beside its current location and stop in to take a test dip in the

brand new Michael Phelps swim spa. Bluewater has new daily arrivals of patio furniture, smokeless fire pits, indoor and outdoor décor, hot tubs, swim spas and the 2019 swimming pool designs. Also have a chance at winning $5,000 at Bluewater while supporting the Raffle 4 Respite with Family Respite Services. Make your backyard vision come alive with the Bluewater Dream Team.

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Winner: BEST Insurance Company (UQHVW5-%RQG\,QVXUDQFH Erne Ernest nest st R. R. J. Bondy Bon ondy dy Insurance, Ins nsur uran ance ce,, as a third-generation family business that’s local, can relate to their clients. “We know the area and the potential risks associated with the locations,” they say. “If you say Malden Rd., we all know the road. We aren’t in Toronto. We see you at the grocery store, the arena, etc.” The firm represents various in-

suranc surance sura ncee co comp companies, mpan anie ies, s, hel helping elpi ping ng cclients lien ents ts with their home, automobile, commercial, farm, marine and liability coverage needs. “We don’t use voicemail so someone will answer the phones during office hours,” they promise. “Always.” The firm’s approach to business is simple and straightforward: Treat everyone with respect and honesty,

and try and try to educate edu duca cate te clients clien ents ts so so they they better understand their policies.” They add if a customer has water damage from a heavy flood or windstorm “we can relate and empathize.” Ernest R. J. Bondy Insurance is actively involved in community. It has supported the LaSalle Minor Hockey Association (LMHA) for more than 25 years and the Turtle

Club LaSalle Stompers for Cl ub aand nd tthe he LaS aSal alle le S tomp to mper erss fo years. Marc and Matthew Bondy, who represent the second and third generation in running the family business, are past presidents of the Windsor-Essex County Insurance Brokers Association. Two current staff members serve as volunteers on the board as well. Marshall Bondy, who’s also in the third generation of family,

and Matthew and Matt Ma tthe hew w are are coaches coac co ache hess for fo the the LMHA. There are employees who are passionate about the Windsor/ Essex County Humane Society and the LaSalle Rowing Club. Ernest R.J. Bondy Insurance is located at 1301 Front Rd., LaSalle. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 519-7348001 or visit bondyinsurance.com for information.

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It’s showtime! And Joe Montaleone is always ready to perform. On April 1, 2019, he opened the curtain on Team Monty – Century 21 Showtime Realty Ltd. An innovative member of Windsor’s real estate industry for the past 30 years, Montaleone uses his unique vision to pave the way for

experienced and up-and-coming real estate professionals alike to come together and create flawless experiences for their clients. The broker of record lives by his company’s mission statement: “Own the future, and lead with creativity and empathy.” Someone who is “always staying ahead of the curve,” Montaleone adds, “The marketing is fun today.” Team Monty strives to defy me-

diocrity and deliver extraordinary experiences to clients. Using social media, video and virtual reality/augmented reality materials, Team Monty takes marketing to the next level to elevate every home and ensure they attract qualified buyers. “We’re not afraid to grab the tools and run with them,” says Montaleone. “Tech has made our industry very interactive beyond

the scope of Windsor.” Their follow-up services aim to take the stress out of the moving process and will also supply helpful resources to make the transition easier. With Team Monty’s experienced sales representatives and support staff working in a team structure, Montaleone says “you can be assured we always have your back.” Regular services include work-

ing with buyer clients to find the home that is the perfect fit for them and assisting seller clients in the swift, successful sale of their home. Team Monty – Century 21 Showtime Realty Ltd. is located at 2055 Sandwich W. Pkwy. in LaSalle. For more information on Team Monty – Century 21 Showtime Realty Ltd. visit c21showtime.ca, email admin@C21showtime.ca or call 519-970-0221.

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Winner: BEST Accounting Company - Baker Tilly Windsor LLP Winner: BEST Income Tax Service - Baker Tilly Windsor LLP

Boasting 72 years of service, 45 staff and seven partners, Baker Tilly Windsor LLP isn’t content to look back on its successful history. Its motto is, “Now, for tomorrow.” Its mission is to understand clients’ needs today and provide insights that shape their tomorrow. The firm offers audit, tax and advisory solutions. In addition to be-

ing named Best Accounting Firm in Best of #YQG, Baker Tilly Windsor LLP was named 2018 Best of Windsor-Essex Accounting Firm and received the 2018 Co-op & Internship Employer Recognition Award, presented by the University of Windsor. The firm is proud at receiving its latest accolade in Best of #YQG adding, “We couldn’t have achieved this

without the support of our clients and the dedication of our hardworking team. Thank you to everyone who voted!” Baker Tilly Windsor LLP’s services include scientific research and experimental development, government incentives, indirect tax, international tax, accounting services and CFO outsourcing.

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participated in Windsor Corporate Challenge, contributing funds to the $190,000 raised for the event’s charity of choice, the “Fight Like Mason” foundation. Baker Tilly Windsor LLP is located at 3260 Devon Dr. in Windsor. For more information, phone 519-2585800, visit the website bakertilly.ca or email windsor@bakertilly.ca.

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It’s also active in the community. Among its activities: an annual free tax clinic to Community Living Windsor in 2018, it raised more than $4,300 towards the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation’s ‘Grow On’ challenge to support cancer awareness, research and treatment also in 2018, Baker Tilly Windsor LLP

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Winner: BEST Greek Restaurant 7KDQDVL·V2O\PSXV*UHHN5HVWDXUDQW Your ffavourite Your aavvou vouri rit ite te G Greek reek re ek rest restaurant, taurantt, Than Thanasi’s anas asi’ss Ol Olym Olympus, ympu pus, s, has as b been een se ee serv servrving great Greek food to the Windsor/Detroit area since 1981. Their awardwinning cuisine offers over 75 authentic and home-cooked Grecian and Canadian dishes, served in gorgeous surroundings that will transport you back to ancient Greece! Thanasi’s offers you an unparalleled dining experience. “Most of our food is based on

tradi diti itionall Greek Greek Gree k Island Isla Isl land d recipes, rec ecip ipes ip es,, es traditional pass pa ssed ed down dow own over over many man anyy generagene ge nera rapassed tions,” explains owner Nick Pontikis. “Besides classic Grecian dishes such as Mousaka, Roast Lamb, Spanakopita, Stuffed Grape Leaves or Pastitsio, we are proud to offer what our customers have named “The Perfect Lunch,” a healthy and delicious chicken shiskabob served with saute rice and Greek salad. The Atlantic Salmon has been dubbed

“B t S allmon E ver!” !” an nd th thee Sa S Saga aga g “Best Salmon Ever!” and Saganaki Flaming na Fla laming ng C Cheese hees he esee appetizer appe ap peti tize zer is legendary in Windsor.” What sets Thanasi’s apart is the excellent food quality and the high level of friendly and professional service. “Greeks are famous for their warm hospitality,” says Pontikis, “And having you as valued guests in our restaurant is like having you as visitors to our home. You will dine in arguably Windsor’s most beauti-

fful fu ul di dining ning ni ingg rrooms ooms oo ms aand nd d ssample ampl ple cu ccuiisine si ne that tha hatt only only mom om can can make!” mak ake! e!” Besides catering to regular diners, Thanasi’s has been Windsor’s headquarters for Showers, Baptisms, Birthday Parties, Anniversaries, Retirements and all other Special Events. They would like to thank all those who have patronized the family restaurant for over 38 years, and to all of their loyal customers who voted them Best Greek Restaurant in

Essex E Esse Es sse sexx Co C Coun County. ountty. Much Much h gratitude grati tit itud de also ggoes also oess to Tom oe om and and Maria Mar aria ia PonPon ontikis, who have been an integral part of Thanasi’s over the last four decades. For more information on reserving a table or booking a banquet, please visit our website or call us at: Thanasi’s Olympus Greek Restaurant 1204 Tecumseh Road East 519-977-6650 www.thanasis.com

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active so why not have fun doing it?” Whether it is doing flips into an airbag in the Drop Zone, chal-

lenging yourself on the Warrior Course, dunking on the highest net in Sky Slam or playing Ultimate Dodgeball, “the possibilities are

endless,” says Skyzone Windsor general manager Kayla Lumley. “It’s a guaranteed good time.” Open jumps are available daily

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The Pontikis family would like to extend our gratitude to all our valued friends and customers who have supported us over 38 years. A special thank you to all who took the time to vote for us as Windsor-Essex’s Best Greek Restaurant!

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in addition to birthday parties, corporate and group events and Sky Fit classes. An instructor-led, actionpacked hour, Sky Fit offers a mixture of cardio and high-intensity workouts. Lumley says, “jumpers can burn up to 1,000 calories in a single hour.” Test your strength and speed on the Warrior Course. “It’s just like you would see on TV.” Junior Warrior and Ultimate Warrior courses are both available. Skyzone Windsor’s ‘Jump to Support’ program gives organizations the ability to raise money and have fun doing it. Out of every $20 jump pass sold, Skyzone Windsor donates $5 back to the organization. Lumley says the best thing about her job is, “being able to be a part of what makes kids smile every day and helping adults remember what it’s like to be a kid again.” Skyzone Windsor is located at 7654 Tecumseh Rd E. in Windsor with hours of operation Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays from 3-11 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Toddler Time is Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. For more information on Skyzone Windsor visit skyzone.com/Windsor, email events.windsor@skyzone.com or call 519-916-9663.


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Winner: BEST Pet Supply Store 7KH+XQJU\3RRFK It’s It’ It ’s hard har ard d to to believe bel eli lie ieve a J ieve Jellybean ell llybean could could coul d inspire insp spiree a husband husb hu sban and d and and wife wife to open a raw food pet store. But that is exactly what their Portuguese water dog named Jellybean did. When Windsor native Alina Sherman and her husband Attila moved back to Windsor from Ottawa five years ago there was nowhere to buy raw pet food to maintain the healthy diet their dog was accustomed to. What started as a

pi p ickup k p ser vice ice o utt of of their thei th eir ir home, home ho me,, me pickup service out grew gr ew into int nto o Thee Hungry Hung Hu ngry ry Pooch, Poo ooch ch,, a two-location retail pet health store in Windsor and Tecumseh. Alina says their main objective was to “provide an outlet but also to help dogs in Windsor-Essex thrive.” The Hungry Pooch’s philosophy is rooted in treating pets like family to help them live the happiest and healthiest lives possible. Windsor’s first and only dedi-

cca ted d raw pe p ood d st tore o tore ffers ffe ff rs cated pett ffood store offers thee la th larg rges estt selection sele se lect ctio ion of raw aw p et largest pet food brands, natural supplements, treats, toys, accessories as well as in-store nutritional guidance, seminars, online ordering and home delivery across WindsorEssex. “It’s incredible what a raw food diet can do for your pet’s health,” Alina says. “It is the foundation of wellness and healing.”

Thee Hu T Th H Hung Hungry unggry y P Pooch ooch h provides provid viide des des unique holistic supplements un uniq ique ue hol olis isti ticc su supp pple leme ment ntss to help with common pet health issues such as allergies, urinary problems, liver/kidney issues and diabetes. The Hungry Pooch offers Canadian made raw pet food and treats, freeze-dried raw food, a large selection of bones, an extensive line of supplements, unique toys, household items, accessories and locally made products.

Thee Hu Th H Hung Hungry unggryy Pooch Pooch h is is located locatted d att 1243 43G Grand Gra rand nd Marais Mar arai aiss Rd. Rd. W. in WindWind Wi ndsor and 110-486 Advance Blvd. in Tecumseh. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. For more information on The Hungry Pooch visit thehungrypooch.com, email info@thehungrypooch.com or call 519-9159933 (Windsor) and 519-977-1120 (Tecumseh).

Winner: BEST Employment Agency 7KH-RE6KRSSH The Job Shoppe’s mission is to provide the best service to clients and candidates alike while making our community a great place to live and work. The industry-leading agency provides recruitment and human resource solutions and expertise to help position companies for growth, execute strategy and improve business agility. For job seekers, The Job Shoppe takes pride in working with candidates across all experience levels, from temporary staffing to executive placement. They represent many of the most exciting organizations and individuals in Canada and U.S. “We are proud to be a local business that helps other businesses with their most valuable assets, their people. We are honoured to be voted as Best of #YQG Staffing Agency” says owner Meighen Nehme, whose honours include Profit W100 Canada’s Top Women Entrepreneurs, St. Clair College Alumni of Distinction and University of Windsor Odyssey award. “The Job Shoppe team delivers the wow, works with integrity and makes a difference.” Among The Job Shoppe’s recognitions and awards: A member of ACSESS and the American Staffing Association Growth 500 – Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies Certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by WEConnect International Best of Staffing – Client Satisfaction Best of #YQG 2019 and Best of Windsor-Essex 2018 BizX Elite Staffing Agency Named Business of the Year by

Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce As the power behind Windsor Corporate Challenge, which has raised

more than $900,000 for Windsorbased charities, The Job Shoppe supports and participates in a wide variety of community events and

fundraising initiatives within the community. Located at 12137 Tecumseh Rd. E. in Windsor, The Job Shoppe is open

Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit their website at thejobshoppe.com or call 519-979-4400.


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