Award of Excellence—RUBiS Energy Bermuda
RUBiS Energy Bermuda Ltd is an enormous presence in Bermuda life, and has demonstrated its commitment to our island through significant long term capital investment, active community outreach and philanthropic giving. Since 2006 it’s been Bermuda’s leading automobile and marine fuel distribution network, with 12 service stations throughout our 21 square miles that cater to drivers and boaters alike.
Run by Bermudians, the company is dedicated to responsible corporate citizenry and makes a regular habit of supporting a wide range of charities that address causes and needs across the spectrum. They provide free fuel for worthy causes such as the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo, St. John’s Ambulance and Meals on Wheels, amongst others, and always support local contractors whenever possible. There’s a reason Rubis has been recognised by the Best of Bermuda Awards in some form every year since 2011!
Art Gallery—Bermuda Society of Arts
Regarded as “The People’s Gallery,” the Bermuda Society of Arts offers free admission and showcases a notably wide array of exhibits across all artistic mediums. Their exhibitions change frequently and there are always pieces for sale, so those looking to support the scene are given ample opportunities to do so. You can also rent out the space for private events, giving your affair an air of sophistication amongst a charming backdrop of paintings, sculptures, photography or whatever else they may have going on at the time.
Barber—Five Star Barbershop
Five Star Barbershop is known for their sleek, stylish cuts and always keeping up with the latest trends. Courteous and professional, they are also philanthropic, offering free back-to-school haircuts, braiding and giveaways to families who need help paying the bills. The theme for their 2018 event was “Success Never Sleeps,” with a spokesperson adding, “The message that we are trying to convey to the students is that in order to be the best you can be, you must be focused, dedicated and committed to your future, and that starts now!”
Bermuda-Made Product—Ase Naturals
Ase Naturals is a self-described “high-vibe vegan skincare and wellness brand,” offering all-natural body oils, herbal teas and herbal baths for those seeking holistic beauty products. Though a local Bermudian company, their offerings are in such demand that they offer worldwide on-line shipping, and if you sign up for their e-mail list, you’ll get 10 percent off your first order. Their offerings can also be found in local retailers such as Naked Zero and Urban Cottage.
Bike Mechanic—Ambrosio Cycles
Ambrosio Cycles is a small, family-owned business that strikes the perfect balance between quality service and affordability. Specialising in maintenance and repairs, they boast overwhelmingly positive reviews on social media, coming highly recommended to those seeking a new mechanic after having had a negative experience elsewhere. They also sell high quality bikes from trusted brands such as Yamaha and Honda, as well as accessories such as helmets and top boxes.
Boat Repair—A&P Marine
Summer is in full swing, and the Yamaha-trained and certified technicians at A&P Marine are there to make sure that your boat is in shipshape before hitting the water! A&P prides itself on a high standard of customer care, having developed close relationships with consumers in the pleasure market over its nearly 30 years in business. Technicians update their skill sets on an annual basis to keep up with the rapid pace of engine technology, ensuring that your craft is in professional, capable hands when it’s time to get some work done.
Book Store—Bermuda Bookstore
A boutique family-owned business, Bermuda Bookstore believes in personalising their service and truly getting to know their customers, resulting in a loyal following of bookworms who can always count on them for their next good read. If they don’t have a certain item you’re looking for, they are happy to order it in for you with an average turnaround time of around one week. An active social media presence also helps keep their customers abreast of the arrival of new and popular items.
Car Mechanic—Bermuda Custom Mechanical
Bermuda Custom Mechanical started in 2005 as a small two-man business, and has since grown into one of the most trusted mechanics on the island. Personable and efficient, their staff will never put pressure on you and will give helpful advice as how best to preserve the life span of your car. They also come highly recommended in emergency towing situations, with satisfied on-line reviewers noting the speed at which they got their vehicles back.
Much more than just a cafe, Salty Lime is one of the only places in Bermuda to offer truly authentic Mexican cuisine, and their catering customers appreciate the regional Cabo San Lucas recipes that Chef Teresa Humphrey offers with passion and enthusiasm. Helping set them apart is their commitment to using fresh ingredients; locally grown produce is prioritised whenever possible. They’ve even garnered international attention, having received a mention in Condé Nast Traveller’s “Women Who Travel” feature in April 2019.
Cleaning Service—Bermuda Cleaning Limited
Bermuda Cleaning Limited offers the full gamut of high quality cleaning services, catering to customers both residential and commercial while priding themselves on professionalism and a commitment to green initiatives. Offering weekly home cleanings, emergency call-outs, a range of deep carpet cleaning services and everything in between, it’s no wonder their website cheekily exclaims “Been there, cleaned that!”.
Computer and/or Digital Device Repair—Prime Consultants
Prime Consultants knows that in 2019, our gadgets are an integral part of our day-to-day experience, and that when something goes wrong with them, professional, competent service is key. Founder Sean Whiting has garnered a dedicated client base in a very short time period through highly personal service, industry-leading experience and a commitment to customer follow-up. Laptops, tablets and iPhones; they can repair it all!
Computer and/or Digital Device Sales—Red Laser
Red Laser is Bermuda’s one-stop shop for computers, digital devices and accessories, having partnered with some of the world’s most trusted hardware brands to offer an impressive range of products out of their Bakery Lane storefront. They also have a robust e-commerce platform, allowing you to conveniently order items on-line. Need toner or ink cartridges? They’ve got you covered with the island’s largest selection covering most brands and models.
Custom Detailing—Ziebart (formerly Executive Auto Detailing)
The professionals at Ziebart (formerly Executive Auto Detailing) understand that Bermuda’s climate can be taxing on your vehicle, which is why their team is expertly trained in rustproofing to help extend its life span and retain its value. They also offer aesthetic services such as headlight restoration, window tinting, exterior cleaning and more. Ziebart is the island’s exclusive agent for Ziebart rustproofing tools, demonstrating their commitment to quality and customer service.
When it comes to event planning, the creatives at Dasfete deliver painstaking attention to detail to ensure that your event is totally customised to your liking. Truly addressing every single aspect of the planning process, nothing is overlooked, guaranteeing that you receive an experience that reflects exactly what you were looking for. From weddings and corporate functions to parties and fund-raisers, there’s no manner of occasion that Dasfete can’t turn into something truly special.
Fishing Charter—Attitude Adjustment (Mike Jones)
Captain Mike Jones has over 30 years of experience navigating the waters of Bermuda, and knows the best deep sea spots for hunting down local favourites such as tuna, wahoo and snapper. He also uses his trusty vessel Attitude Adjustment for other fun activities such as reef fishing, party cruises and whale watching. Beloved by locals and tourists alike, he delivers a wholly authentic Bermudian experience to help customers see the island from a different perspective.
Fresh Flowers—Flowers by GiMi
Flowers by GiMi is a Bermudian institution when it comes to dazzling floral arrangements for weddings, corporate events or any occasion that requires professional decorative expertise. They are the exclusive local distributors of NEST gift products, and have a convenient on-line ordering platform to complement their Front Street retail location. Specialising in weddings, they’ve even gained international acclaim in publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings and Huffington Post Brides.
Fresh Flowers (Honourable Mention)—Local Farmers
This year we thought it appropriate to give a shout-out to all of the local farmers who offer fresh, Bermuda-grown flowers in addition to their produce offerings. There’s just something special about knowing that your bouquet or arrangement was sourced on-island.
Great Gifts—Brown & Co
Looking for a gift for that difficult-to-buy-for person in your life? Brown & Co carries everything under the sun, so you’re sure to find something to suit their discerning taste. Retailers of top international brand names as well as unique locally focused gifts, you can find everything from clothing and trinkets to designer fragrances and body lotions. Their super-friendly staff make gift-buying a breeze, and they’ll gladly help recommend something in the event that you can’t decide.
For Pool/Patio—Island Trading
Island Trading carries everything you need to make your pool and patio area both fun and functional. In addition to supplying leading brands of high quality outdoor furniture, they also retail essentials such as pumps, filters, pool lights and chemicals, lending to their stellar reputation as one of Bermuda’s premier pool and patio suppliers for over three decades. Their 20,000-plus-square-foot showroom has exactly what you need to make your outdoor area summer-ready.
Customer Service—Naked Zero
Naked Zero describes themselves as more than a store, but a “lifestyle,” which likely helps explain why their customer service stands out so much. Their focus is on people just as much as products, and environmental sustainability is at the forefront of their agenda as they retail products that are reusable and multi-purpose whenever possible. Their website puts it more bluntly: “Vibes are what we live off. Energy is our currency.”
Gas Station—RUBiS Warwick Gas Station
Frequent customers of RUBiS Warwick keep coming back for the friendly service, delicious take-out food and proximity to our beautiful south shore beaches. Hungry? Grab some Indian, Chinese or classic Bermudian cuisine from Gold Coast Express. Thirsty? Pick up some ice cold beer from their walk-in freezer. They make fueling up an enjoyable experience!
Government Service—Vector Control
In adjusting to the newish once-per-week garbage pickup schedule over the past year or so, the government’s Vector Control Department has done a competent job of adapting to the change with a sustained campaign of both action and awareness-building. In light of increased rat sightings, they’ve deployed a team of people to lay poison in high-risk areas, and have publicly given their support to the idea of mandatory wheelie bins in the City of Hamilton.
Grocery Store—Lindo’s Warwick
Everyone has their go-to grocery store, and Lindo’s Family Foods in Warwick was the clear choice for this year’s award due to quality, convenience, selection and superior customer service. They also make a point to bring in a wide range of nutritious foods for health-conscious customers; a welcome gesture as Bermuda makes an islandwide push to promote healthier living.
Hair Salon—Blueprint Hair Studio
Blueprint Hair Studio prides itself on efficient service and a mature, sophisticated vibe, catering primarily to business clientele out of their convenient Par-La-Ville Road location. They are the sole Bermuda distributors for PRAVANA, a leading line of professional salon products with a focus on natural, chemical-free hair care. Tying the knot? They also specialise in wedding hair to take one less thing off your and your bridesmaids’ plate on the big day.
Gorham’s is your one-stop savings spot, with a massive selection of high quality tools, supplies and accessories to help you get started on any project large or small. Open seven days per week, they consistently offer incentives such as monthly coupons and weekly sale ads—which are regularly updated on their website—to help you save money. Take advantage of their on-line express order service, too!
Health & Fitness Club—Aries Sports Center
Aries Sports Center focuses on alternative style group fitness classes for those seeking a different kind of workout, and their membership enjoys how they use sport specific training to help them attain their workout goals. With a special focus on boxing and martial arts, they also offer classes for children during school breaks and the summer holiday, encouraging Bermuda’s youth and their parents alike as to the importance of physical activity from an early age.
Health Care Professional—Dr. Kyjuan Brown (North Shore Medical)
Dr. Kyjuan Brown of North Shore Medical & Aesthetics Center understands the importance of mental and physical wellbeing in harmony, which is why his highly popular clinic assumes the role of both general practice and aesthetic services provider. In addition to traditional services such as annual physicals and blood tests, he also offers medical weight loss, hair restoration, anti-ageing treatments, sexual health solutions and much more.
Holistic Health Care—My Sereni-Tea
My Sereni-Tea is a full service holistic health centre which covers all the bases for those seeking all-natural wellness solutions. The sheer number of services offered is impressive, including massage, reiki, holistic therapies, energy balancing and more. Their passion is making the world a better place by improving the quality of people’s lives through community building, mindfulness and embracing nature’s gifts. They also have their own line of Bermuda-themed herbal teas!
Home Furnishings & Decor—Furniture Walk
When it comes to sheer variety, it’s hard to beat Furniture Walk. Their massive Harvey Road showroom represents only a fraction of the number of pieces they are able to order in from overseas, giving you a world of options to help make your house a home. They offer financing plans, customisation options and reasonably priced delivery, and supply loads of different internationally recognised furniture brands.
Interior Designer/Decorator—By Design
The experts at By Design Ltd know that interior design is an immensely personal undertaking, which is why part of their mission is to establish trust and rapport with each and every client they take on. This commitment to delivering an experience fully tailored to you is reflected in their line of services, which includes conceptual design, budgeting, product selection, purchasing and everything else you need to alleviate the stress and hassle of transforming your house into a home.
Kitchen Tools & Accessories—International Imports
International Imports (aka The Chef’s Shop) carries everything under the sun when it comes to high quality kitchen tools and accessories. Whether you’re a casual cook, a professional chef or a restaurant manager in need of supplies, they have exactly what you need to keep your kitchen running efficiently. They are extremely helpful when it comes to recommending products, and even offer cooking classes for those looking to sharpen their culinary skills.
Landscaping Service—JL Landscaping
JL Landscaping offers a full range of gardening and landscaping services to both commercial and residential clients, and are known for their reliability and dedication to customer service. Lawn care, hedge trimming, garden extensions and much more. No project is too large or too small, and they also sell soil by the yard for those looking to do their own planting.
Massage Therapy—Ashlan Clinic
Ashlan Clinic is Bermuda’s premier neuromuscular therapy clinic and sets the industry standard on-island with their team of highly experienced massage professionals. In their safe, comfortable and relaxing environment, they spend each day relieving stress and pain alike, as well as helping clients recover from physical injuries. With an extensive list of treatment options to address all manner of afflictions, they’re an ideal choice when you need some “me” time.
Personal Trainer—Jasmine Desilva
As the Wellness Strategist/Fitness Director at the Bermuda Wellness and Outreach Centre, Jasmine Desilva takes a holistic approach to healthy living. While group fitness has always been her passion, she knows that many people work best with a trainer one-on-one. Through exercise consults and personal training sessions, she helps clients reach their defined goals and motivates them throughout their healthy living journey. While she caters to everyone, her focus at BWOC is working with Bermuda’s special populations to incorporate resistance training into their everyday lives.
Pet Services—Ettrick Animal Hospital
Ettrick Animal Hospital has been serving Bermuda’s animal lovers with high quality pet care since 1971 and is always up-to-date with the most recent advancements in veterinary technology. The staff are committed to treating your pet with kindness and empathy, and always aim to educate you as to how best to treat your pet at home to avoid future complications. Outside of their traditional medical offerings, the clinic also conveniently provides auxiliary services such as boarding and grooming.
Pet Supplies—Noah’s Ark
Need a one-stop shop for all of your animal supply needs? Look no further than Noah’s Ark Feed & Supply, Bermuda’s premier retailer of pet food, toys, grooming products and general pet inventory. Whether you need supplies for small domestic pets or larger animals, they’ve got you covered with their extensive inventory. You can also follow the regularly updated blog on their website for useful pet care tips!
Par-La-Ville Pharmacy is an independent, owner-operated drugstore that sets itself apart from the competition through friendly neighbourhood services and an ethos of getting to know their customers on a personal basis. They’ll help explain your medication to you in detail, as well as provide special monitored dosage systems for those who have trouble keeping track of their various prescriptions. Check out their cosmetics, too!
Mani/Pedi—Orchid Nail Spa
Orchid Nail Spa believes that everybody has beauty inside of them, and aims to bring that beauty out while providing you with an unforgettable experience in a relaxing environment. Services provided include manicures, pedicures, acrylic services and eyebrow threading. Want to make it a group thing? They also host parties, giving you a unique option for your next private event, girls’ night out or bachelor party.
Place to Satisfy a Sweet Tooth—The Tuck Shop
The Tuck Shop has exploded onto the scene as a go-to venue for some of the finest baked goods available in Bermuda. Their Facebook page is peppered with highly positive reviews about their cakes, cookies, pastries and various delectable treats. They were even featured in the May/June 2019 issue of international publication Bake from Scratch, representing our island in their “Tropical Treats” issue.
Batson Swan has been in business for over 50 years and offers 24/7 emergency call-out service 365 days per year. In addition to covering all of your plumbing, heating and water treatment needs, they also offer energy reduction products and services to help you conserve electricity and save money. Fast, friendly and efficient, all of their work is guaranteed and their mobile engineers are trained to the very highest standard.
Private Party Boat Charter—UberVida
The UberVida is synonymous with Bermuda’s busy summer season, departing from Front Street dock each Friday evening for their famous sunset Happy Hour cruises. The ideal venue for a private event, this ornate 70-foot yacht plays host to weddings, cocktail parties and various other celebrations. With a capacity of 150 people and two functional bars, you’re sure to have a blast as you cruise around our beautiful azure waters.
Realtor—Sharika Tucci (Masterkey Management)
Sharika Tucci of Masterkey Management has over 15 years of experience in real estate, and has provided valuations for upwards of 2,200 properties throughout her career. As managing director and lead broker, her mission is to provide exceptional property management services that are customised, cost-effective and client-focused. In 2018 she was awarded “Woman of the Year” at BlackBook Promotions’ Women Empowerment Summit.
Shipping Services—BEST Shipping
At BEST Shipping, no order is too large or too small and their experienced personnel ensure that your shipment arrives at its destination safely and quickly. Business customers love their Track & Trace service, which allows them to see exactly where their orders are and when they will arrive, offering peace of mind for important cargo. They also offer free delivery for their BEST Direct service in the Hamilton area.
Shipping (Honourable Mention)—Conspec
Conspec takes the hassle out of on-line ordering, handling every aspect of the import process and purchasing from any on-line retailer. Their family-run business aims to bring in the highest quality products at the fairest price points.
Willowstream Spa sets the standard for a patently Bermudian relaxation experience, offering a full service retreat that will truly help you unwind. A frequent winner of this award, their lavish 31,000-square-foot facility features 15 treatment rooms, a fitness facility, multiple relaxation lounges, an indoor pool and other amenities to ensure that you are sufficiently pampered during your visit.
Sports Store—Sports ‘R’ Us
Sports ‘R’ Us is Bermuda’s sports superstore, providing local athletes with an enormous selection of equipment out of their Church Street storefront. Their courteous, helpful staff will help you find what you’re looking for, and they always bring in the latest equipment to keep up with international standards. Walkers and runners will appreciate their range of high quality athletic shoes, too!
Toy Store—Little People’s
Little People’s carries everything a parent could want when it comes to fun for children of all ages. In addition to toys, they carry educational merchandise, baby gear, party supplies and more, offering a centrally located one-stop shop for busy mums and dads. Count on them for friendly service and their commitment to bringing in the latest products to keep up with popular kids’ trends.
Warehouse-style Shopping—Price Rite
With two locations and the backing and experience of The MarketPlace Group, Price Rite knows exactly how to deliver value and reasonable pricing to Bermuda’s bargain hunters. Their wide range of bulk food and drink products saves you money, and you can even find select electronics, toys, beach gear and more. If you’re in Warwick, pop into their Middle Road location for a delicious lunch at their hot buffet!
Water Trucking Service—iNeedWater
Bermudians know that when summer hits and drought season kicks into high gear, having a reliable water trucking service can quickly become priority number one when the taps run dry. iNeedWater’s slogan of “the smallest things make the biggest difference” speaks to this sentiment, and they walk the walk when it comes to speed, reliability and friendly service. Check out their website for convenient on-line ordering, and call them for tank cleaning and repairs, too.
Kinetix Natural Movement Studio sets itself apart from other yoga studios by focusing primarily on young people, families and special needs clients. With an assortment of yoga, aerial arts and gymnastic offerings, founder Kallie Marcus teaches movement as a tool to help her clientele better understand how yoga can genuinely improve the mind/body connection and lead to a healthier, more fulfilling life.