Valley First

Local businesses recognized in Valley First Fan Choice Awards

December 9, 2016

PENTICTON, B.C. — Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, has announced the winners in their 2016 Fan Choice Awards. The month-long awards, in recognition of Small Business Month, triggered an outpouring of support for local small businesses, as hundreds of votes were cast in four categories via social media. From Oct. 4 – Nov. 7, voters rallied behind their favourite restaurants, retail stores, hair salons and more.  

“It’s so satisfying to see the overwhelming number of positive nominations from members of the community,” says Heather O’Coin, a Business Banking Advisor at Valley First. “Local businesses are the backbone of our economy. In fact, local business accounts for more than 93 per cent of jobs in B.C’s private sector. I’m proud to be part of recognizing and supporting these business owners for their accomplishments.”

In its second year, the Fan Choice Awards applaud small- to medium-sized businesses located in the regions where Valley First operates that provide a product or service that is second-to-none. Winning businesses are determined based on popular vote by community members. This year’s winners will receive a plaque and decal for their storefront―and major bragging rights.

Winning businesses include:

Best Restaurant, Café or Coffee Shop:
Bliss Bakery + Bistro (Peachland)
Blue Hills Lavender (Armstrong)
Front St. Brasserie (Penticton)
The Bench Market (Penticton)
Little City Merchant (Enderby)

Best Retail Store, Brewery or Winery:
Dirty Laundry Vineyard (Summerland)
Doug’s Homestead (Hedley)
Monte Creek Ranch Winery (Kamloops)
The Painted Chair (Oliver)

Best Auto Repair Shop, Auto Body Shop, or Dealership:
Boyd Autobody & Glass (West Kelowna)
Dan’s Tire Service (Kelowna)
Neighbourhood Auto Body Ltd. (Penticton)
N & L Automobile Service (Princeton)
Enderby Auto Body (Enderby)

Best Wellness Clinic or Studio:
Affinity Family Wellness (Kelowna)
Moksha Yoga Kelowna (Kelowna)
NuVista Chiropractic and Wellness (Penticton)
Prime Physiotherapy & Performance (Kelowna)
PRO-Active Pilates (Penticton)

Nominations took place on Valley First’s Facebook page. Participants were invited to comment on weekly posts to nominate their favourite businesses.

About Valley First

Valley First is a premier provider of banking, investment and insurance services for residents and businesses in the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys. As a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.'s third-largest credit union with 54 branches and 38 insurance offices throughout the province, Valley First brings innovative products, an extensive branch network and local decision making to the banking experience. For more information on Valley First, visit

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