On Wednesday evening, Oct. 17, Island business members gathered at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort for the presentation of the 2018 Martha’s Business Awards given by the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s our 10th year,” said Nancy Gardella, executive director of the Chamber, “and it’s a very special year. What’s great about the award is that Chamber members vote for other Chamber members … I’m always excited by the number of people who vote, and how interesting the selections are.
“This year we’ve made it easier for people to vote; we used to have eight awards, this year we have five, and there’ve been more votes than ever before. It’s a fun way to recognize the 15 businesses that are being honored here tonight.” There are three awards in each category.
The winner of the “Marketing Guru” category was Shored Up Digital, a business that started less than a year ago. “I want to thank the Martha’s Vineyard small business community for entrusting us with being the voice of their business,” said Shored Up co-owner Angela Prout.
J.B. Blau, owner of Copper Wok, Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Co., the Loft, and Sharky’s Cantinas, won the “A Business that Gives Back to the Community” award. “Our No. 1 give-back to people,” Blau said, “is to be open year-round in all five locations. We give back to staff and to the community … it’s a challenge, but it’s been our desire since day one, so we’re not going to change it.”
Kristen Gosselin, owner and creative director of KG Events & Design, a boutique planning and design firm specializing in private, corporate, and destination events, won the “Turns the Ordinary into the Extraordinary” award. “This award means a lot,” said Gosselin, “because it’s voted on by Island businesses.”
Kelly Feirtag, general manager of the Ritz, won the “Favorite Go-To Place” award. “It’s everybody’s favorite,” said Feirtag, “because everybody knows your name there. I’m really excited about the award because we’re a dive bar, so it’s pretty cool to win something for being a dive bar.”
Below is a complete list of all the winning businesses:
A Business that Gives Back to the Community
Winner: Sharky’s Cantina
Honorable Mention: Vineyard Vines
Honorable Mention: Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank
A Business You Can Count On
Winner: Leslie’s Pharmacy
Honorable Mention: ResortMan
Honorable Mention: Rockland Trust
Favorite Go-To Place
Winner: The Ritz
Honorable Mention: The Barn, Bowl and Bistro
Honorable Mention: Edgartown Meat & Fish
Turns the Ordinary into the Extraordinary
Winner: KG Events & Design
Honorable Mention: Winnetu Oceanside Resort
Honorable Mention: Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank
Winner: Shored Up Digital
Honorable Mention: Nobnocket Boutique Inn
Honorable Mention: Hob Knob Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa