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Award of Excellence: Yo Cherry
The island is abuzz with rave reviews for the frozen yogurt store known as Yo Cherry. A clean, bright interior beckons passersby, as do cheerful signs and welcoming employees. Mix and match fresh and exciting flavours to your heart’s content using the handy self-serve machines; once you’ve filled your cup, choose from dozens upon dozens of toppings to customise your creation: gooey, salty, gummy, fruity—we bet you can’t pick just one!
This year’s judges praised Yo Cherry not only for their selection of creamy frozen goods but also for their innovative marketing style and incredible customer engagement. The frequent prize give-aways and entertaining contests provide even more incentive to pop in for a quick lunchtime snack. If you’re lucky, you might just walk away with a free yogurt.
Yo Cherry is conveniently situated on Bermudian Road, just a short distance from Front Street and the Hamilton Ferry Terminal. Relax with your treat in their colourful outdoor seating area or head to one of the three parks nearby (Par-La-Ville, Barr’s Bay or Point Pleasant) if you fancy a stroll. In addition, their extended nighttime hours make this a great place for a post-dinner splurge or fun first date. Be sure to check their Facebook page for the latest opening times and daily flavour lineup.
8 Bermudiana Road, Hamilton, 292-2020
Book Store: Bermuda Bookstore
Maybe it’s the smiling staff, the comforting worn wooden floors or the stacks upon stacks of thick titles longing to be opened. Or maybe it’s their unbeatable service and speedy delivery of special-order books. Whatever the case, the Bermuda Bookstore has once again scored top marks with the island’s avid readers. Looking for a specific book? Visit www.bdabooks.bm to submit a request for an individual title; if it’s not in stock they’ll bring it in and call you when it arrives!
3 Queen Street, Hamilton, 295-3698
Fresh Flowers: Demco
The perfect bouquet demands a delicate touch and a passion for colour, shape, texture and scent. Judging by their rave reviews and extensive collection of stunning arrangements, it’s clear that the creative professionals at Demco have mastered the art. The freshest of flowers are nestled lovingly into position and accented with bright tissue paper, ribbons, shells or even balloons. Planning a wedding or special client gathering? Their exotic event creations can be customised to complement the décor and make a lasting impression on your guests.
14 South Road, Devonshire, 234-7777
Art Gallery: Bermuda Arts Centre
Set against the backdrop of the historic Royal Naval Dockyard, the Bermuda Arts Centre paints a unique and compelling picture of the island’s creative culture. With exhibits that rotate every six weeks, the gallery invariably boasts an eclectic lineup of textiles, paintings, sculptures and more. Be sure to inquire about upcoming workshops; classes are taught by experts in a variety of fields and are open to participants of all ages. The Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard is also a great place to mingle with and support local talent including the four resident artists Jonah Jones, Chesley Trott, Christopher Marson and Christopher Grimes. Admission to the gallery is free.
4 Maritime Lane, Dockyard, 234-2809
Great Gifts: Pulp & Circumstance
Lively, diverse and fun are three words that describe the unique selection of items waiting to be discovered inside Pulp & Circumstance. Tucked away on one of Hamilton’s busiest alleyways, this treasure trove is a passionate purveyor of the “one-of-a-kind.” Their festive holiday offerings, frequent discounts and eclectic greeting-card collection are even more reason to stop here first on your quest for the perfect gift. You’ll never know what you may find!
4 Washington Lane, Hamilton, 542-9586
Toy Store: Little People’s Toys
Surprise your child with a trip to Little People’s Toys, recognised once again this year for its selection of collectables, games, stuffed animals, kits, costumes and much more. There are toys for all ages and every occasion, including plenty of inexpensive party items to fill treat bags or piñatas. Plus, their convenient location and long hours on Saturday and Sunday make this a fun spot for a weekend outing.
62 Victoria Street, Hamilton, 292-7527
Grocery Store: Lindo’s
The friendly atmosphere and commitment to excellence at Lindo’s keep the parking lots bustling and turn every customer into a repeat customer. Lose yourself in the diverse selection of meats and cheeses, the immense frozen section and the aroma of still-warm baked goods. We also love their produce department that features, whenever possible, fruits and vegetables fresh out of local gardens. The lively vibe and pleasant staff make shopping painless and—dare we say—fun.
128 Middle Road, Warwick, 236-1344 and 4 Watlington Road, Devonshire, 236-5623
Warehouse-Style Shopping: PriceRite
“I walked in for the first time and—‘WOAH!’” remembers one judge about visiting the warehouse-style shopping mecca known as PriceRite. Prepare to be overwhelmed by the towering displays of flat-screens TVs, supersized grocery items and shelf after shelf of household cleaning products. It’s a bargain-shopper’s paradise filled with bulk products at deeply discounted prices.
10 Mill Reach Lane, Pembroke, 295-7111
Place to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Yo Cherry
The frozen yogurt craze is sweeping Bermuda and at its heart is Yo Cherry. A recent addition to the island’s sweet-tooth scene, this shop invites you to design a one-of-a-kind desert with flavours like dreamy dark chocolate, tropical Creamsicle or top-selling ooey gooey Cinnabon. For toppings, stick to the basics (chocolate chips or sprinkles) or splurge for gummies, fresh fruit or shredded coconut. Their selection and service is guaranteed to have you coming back for seconds!
8 Bermudiana Road, Hamilton, 292-2020
Pharmacy: People’s Pharmacy
A central location with ample parking and convenient hours—what more could you ask for in a pharmacy? People’s Pharmacy has set the bar for so many years that we’ve actually lost count. Our judges couldn’t say enough for the respectful atmosphere and caring staff. Not to mention the wide range of seasonal gift items and magazines to keep you occupied while you wait to pick up your prescription.
62 Victoria Street, Hamilton, 292-7527
Pet Pampering/Supplies: Noah’s Ark
Even non-pet-owners know that there’s no better place than Noah’s Ark to stock up on quality pet products. With over 17 years of experience, this family-operated, animal-centric superstore has shown that good business revolves around affordable products, knowledgeable staff and happy customers. Their range of bedding, food, toys and treats makes it gloriously simple to care for (read: spoil) your furry, hairy, scaly or feathered companion.
3 Marsh Lane, Devonshire, 236-1533
Helpful Hardware Store: Gorham’s
For the second year in a row this award goes to the neighborhood favourite, Gorham’s—where helpful and hardware go hand-in-hand. Looking for a specific item but don’t know where to begin? Consult one of the knowledgeable staff members at the information desk. In the mood to browse? Count on the Gorham’s crew to point you in the right direction. And, if you have to exchange or return a product, customer service is always on point and ready to assist.
62 St. John’s Road, Pembroke, 295-1550
Kitchen Tools & Accessories: International Imports
International Imports is the one place to go for restaurant-quality appliances, equipment and supplies. You will be blown away by their collection of knives and catalogue of tools for whizzing, slicing, pouring, frying, measuring and more. Shopping for the avid foodie in your family? Their gift certificates make the perfect stocking stuffer or birthday-card filler.
44 Par-La-Ville Road, Hamilton, 292-1661
Car Mechanic: Martins Precision Automotive
Looking for someone to trust with your broken down vehicle? Leave your wheels in the hands of Paul Martins, experienced veteran in the field of car repairs. Paul and the rest of the busy crew at Martins Precision Automotive offer speedy service at very reasonable prices, helping you get back on the road as quickly as possible.
8 Hurst Crescent, Pembroke, 296-3694
Bike Mechanic: Ambrosio Cycles
The only thing more important than a working bike is speedy, affordable repair service when that bike goes on the blink. Ambrosio Cycles is open on Saturdays and has competitive prices to boot. Most importantly their mechanics have extensive experience with most makes and models which ensures all repair work is done lickety-split.
6 Market Lane, Pembroke, 292-2205
Electrician: Sea-M Electric Ltd.
Chris Montgomery, president of the Bermuda Electrical Contractors Association and founder of Sea-M Electric Ltd., has secured this year’s title of Bermuda’s best electrician. Chris’s experienced eye and honed troubleshooting skills will ensure that even the most intricate installation or maintenance job is completed without a hitch.
Computer & Other Device Sales: Redlaser
Specialising in ink cartridges, computer accessories and a miscellany of other gadgetry, Redlaser is our first stop for anything and everything electronic. The personable staff is well versed in matters of both hardware and software support, plus they offer free island-wide delivery—how convenient is that? Look for the Redlaser building at the intersection of Bakery Lane and Addendum Lane off Serpentine Road.
8 Bakery Lane, Pembroke, 296-6400
Computer Service: Decisions Ltd.
Setting up a complex network infrastructure? Or just troubleshooting a home wireless system? The process may seem like rocket science, but to the tech wizards at Decisions Ltd. it’s just another day on the job. They provide unbeatable support when and where it’s needed across a wide range of devices. Save yourself the frustration and give them a call—you won’t regret the decision.
Boat Repair: Harbourside Marine
Maintaining a boat can be a nightmare unless you hire the right person for the job. Andrew Cottingham of Harbourside Marine has defended his title as Bermuda’s best boat repairman, proving that he knows watercraft like the back of his hand.
Gas Station: RUBiS Warwick Gas Station
Service and smiles await you at the RUBiS Warwick Gas Station on South Shore Road. Our judges love the extended hours and unbeatable selection of grocery items. Their hot lunch specials, freshly baked goods and in-house HSBC ATM also help to put this gas station in a category all its own.
72 South Road, Warwick, 236-4158
Lawn & Garden Care: Bermuda Landscaping
“They are incredibly hard workers who never have a problem doing more!” enthused one of our judges; her positive experience with Bermuda Landscaping persuaded the panel that this dedicated team deserves an award. The company proudly trains young Bermudians rather than hire workers on work permits. Their commitment to client continuity is evidenced by two of their senior staff who have worked for the business for over 50 years! Services run the gamut of outdoor maintenance including trimming, felling, planting, mowing and much more.
Cavendish Road, Pembroke, 292-0711 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Plumber: David Hayward
Our judges agree that David Hayward’s reputation for dependability, honesty and character distinguish him from the long list of helpful plumbing professionals on the island. Whether troubleshooting a chronic leak or responding to a plumbing emergency, David consistently maintains a confident, experienced persona and always aims to please. His experience, especially with regard to plumbing parts and accessories, is without equal.
28 Bostock Hill East, Paget, 232-4194
Health & Fitness Club: Fitness Fusion
Relieve stress and invigorate your lifestyle with help from the energetic training professionals at Fitness Fusion. Their belly-blasting, blood-pumping weekly classes are a perfect way to relieve stress and tone your body; new training sessions are added frequently to keep your workout feeling fresh. For a unique training regimen your friends won’t believe, inquire about their intensive pole dancing courses!
9 Washington Lane, Hamilton, 541-3489
Yoga/Pilates Studio: Lotus
Treat your mind, body and spirit to an engaging and energising class at Lotus, Bermuda’s favourite yoga and pilates studio. Lotus’s team of in-house professionals is adept at combining challenging poses, dynamic transitions and deep stretches to improve participants’ flexibility and core strength. Hour-long sessions for all ages and skill levels run seven days a week.
46 Victoria Street, Hamilton, 296-5900
Sports Equipment: Sports R Us
Rackets, clubs, bats, boards, rods and nets line the walls of Bermuda’s best for sports equipment, Sports R Us. Deck yourself out in all the necessary protective gear, take a few test swings and even pick up a new pair of sneakers while you’re at it. Everything you need to exercise, practise or compete professionally is available under one roof. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
61 Church Street, Hamilton, 292-1891
Upholsterer: Eastwood for Upholstering
With 30-plus years of experience under his belt, Mr. Reid at Eastwood for Upholstering has established a devoted following and an excellent repute. The meticulous care with which he tackles each and every project inspired one judge to announce that she has never been disappointed with his results—or his prices. Mr. Reid’s personalised service is well worth the trip to the Heron Bay shopping plaza.
227 Middle Road, Southampton, 238-2288
Interior Designer/Decorator: Gregory Nelmes Interior Design
Gregory Nelmes Interior Design believes that just as no two people are exactly alike, neither should any two environments be the same. Their design is client focused, integrating an exactin
g, appropriate vocabulary. It’s also timeless—a longevity which is produced by honouring classical elements of the past and present, from the modern to the antique—creating environments that are elegantly casual and chic. Visit the designer at his studio and retail location, Gregory Nelmes Home, in historic St. George’s.
8 Duke of York Street, St. George’s, 704-7740
For Patio & Pool: Island Trading
With all the time Bermudians spend outdoors, it’s no wonder that we value our poolside accoutrements. It’s also no wonder that our judges unanimously recommended Island Trading for quality outdoor furniture and lounge equipment. The massive indoor showroom features cushioned chairs, wicker tables, weatherproof sofas, umbrellas and much more, all tastefully arranged as if out of the pages of a magazine. As one judge asked: “Where else would you go?”
93 Reid Street East, Hamilton, 292-0400
Cell Phone Sales & Service: CellOne
For the fourth consecutive year, CellOne has pulled ahead of competitors thanks to their innovative marketing techniques. As you walk through the door, a friendly sales representative with an iPad swoops in to direct you to the next available agent. Need help picking out a new phone? Their knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to suggest a model to fit your lifestyle. And, if you’re minding your wallet, our judges agree that CellOne’s Black Friday deals and promotions are always the best.
18 Church Street, Hamilton, 700-7000
Place for a Mani/Pedi: Orchid Nail Spa
Escape for an afternoon of relaxation at the Orchid Nail Spa, conveniently located in Hamilton and open seven days a week. Their selection of polishes ranges from sassy to classy, fun to sophisticated, bold to subtle. Male and female clients of all ages are welcome; the spa also caters to private events, girls’ nights out and teenage birthday parties. Be sure to inquire about holiday specials and combined manicure-pedicure bundles!
54 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton, 296-8696
Personal Trainer: Haley Bright
Thanks to her committed approach and effective training strategies, Haley Bright at The Athletic Club has earned this year’s award for best personal trainer. Haley helps you attain results and achieve your fitness goals while providing compassionate instruction tailored to your every need. Book a session today and see for yourself!
6 Washington Street, Hamilton, 295-6140 or 599-7213
Fishing Charter: Playmate
Captain Kevin Winters runs a tight ship. His 43-foot vessel Playmate offers novices, enthusiasts and professional anglers the chance to experience the excitement of deep-sea fishing—Bermuda style! Captain Winters offers the full gamut of fishing equipment and is able to arrange catering if you expect to work up an appetite on board.
4 Mill Point Lane, Pembroke, 292-7131
Hair Salon: Cabelo Hair & Beauty
Stick to a basic cut or book a whole-head treatment at our favourite salon, Cabelo Hair & Beauty. Their in-house professionals are masters of the fine arts of hair highlighting, colouring and braiding. Attending a special event? The skilled stylists at Cabelo will be happy to sculpt you the perfect updo.
10 Park Road, Hamilton, 295-1873
Home Furnishings & Décor: Orange Bay Company
Attention all connoisseurs of gently used treasures: the wildly popular Orange Bay Company is home to Bermuda’s most unique selection of furniture and home accessories. And if that isn’t reason enough to pay them a visit, the Orange Bay Company showroom now boasts a second floor full of vintage designer clothing plus a variety of home-grown wares from Bermudian entrepreneurs. If you somehow manage to emerge empty-handed, leave your name and a description of what you’re looking for with one of the friendly staff members and they’ll give you a call when something that fits the bill turns up! How’s that for service?
4 Mill Creek Road, Pembroke, 295-5400
Investment Advice: IFP
The very knowledgeable experts at IFP (International Financial Planning) deliver winning investment strategies tailored to suit each client’s needs, budget and portfolio. Their sound advice emphasises security and consistency across a range of financial topics including retirement and education planning.
5 Reid Street, Hamilton, 297-4375
Diligent Real Estate Agents: Coldwell Banker Bermuda Realty
Coldwell Banker Bermuda Realty’s own Fiona Hatfield and Reggie Fleming embody all of the traits we admire in diligent real estate agents. Their commitment to client requests, broad expertise and familiarity with the changing marketplace set them apart from their hardworking peers. Fiona, Reggie and the rest of their elite team—we salute you!
11 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton, 292-1793
Water Trucking Service: Wett & Wild Water Service
Count on the water wizards at Wett & Wild Water Service to top off your tank and help you survive the sweltering summer months. Their prompt, island-wide delivery makes ordering a breeze and they’ve got plenty of experience with tank cleaning and repairs if you’re in need of the whole package. Pool troubles? Hire Wett & Wild for hassle-free pool draining and filling.
Barber: The Cutting Room
For the second year in a row, the lovely ladies at The Cutting Room have earned their stripes as best barbers in Bermuda. Opt for a traditional trim, clean shave or fancy buzz while enjoying lighthearted small talk and pleasant company.
37 Reid Street, Hamilton, 292-0577
Health Care Professional: Catherine Burns
Catherine Burns, nutritional therapist and managing director of Natural Ltd., has taken the Bermuda health community by storm with her enjoyable holistic approach to personal wellness. In addition to writing a weekly column for the Royal Gazette, Catherine cultivates a passionate following through private classes, workshops and a motivational running programme called Beat the Couch. Be sure to follow the Nutrifit and Natural Nutrition Facebook page for links, recipes and resources to help maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Taxi Driver: Oliver Bain
While most Bermudians consider it fashionable to be five minutes late, it’s still a relief (and a surprise!) when taxis arrive on time. That’s why our judges recognise Oliver Bain for his prompt, dependable service, day or night. Mr. Bain caters mainly to the insurance and reinsurance sectors but can also provide knowledgeable tours for visitors to the island.
337-5369 or email@example.com
Private Party Boat Charter: UberVida
Sail into the sunset on UberVida, a deluxe 70-foot catamaran, and discover why this company sets the bar for private boat charters. The yacht’s multiple decks, lounge areas and full-service bars can accommodate up to 150 guests, which is just one of the reasons why they’ve hosted official Bermuda Spring Break parties for the last two years. For any occasion, laid-back or highbrow, UberVida lets you schmooze, booze and savour the ocean breeze in comfort and style.
Caterer: Island Restaurant Group
Memorable events require memorable service, which is why we turn to the awa
rd-winning catering team at the Island Restaurant Group. Gourmet mains, sides and desserts are uniquely customised to fit any event, large or small, seated or standing. Our judges rave about the generous portions, unique cocktails and themed buffets—and your guests will too!
Spa: La Serena Spa
A full suite of signature massages, facials, detoxes and wraps, a stunning view of the Atlantic ocean and a rewarding customer-loyalty programme—it’s no wonder La Serena Spa has secured their title as best spa in Bermuda for the second year in a row. Treat your feet, face, body or hands to one of their many special therapeutic or beauty services, tailored to meet your individual needs. Their exclusive product line and acclaimed therapists guarantee a soothing and memorable experience.
The Reefs, 56 South Shore Road, Southampton, 239-0184
Garden Gear: Aberfeldy Nurseries
Count on the gardening gurus at Aberfeldy Nurseries to outfit your wardrobe or work shed with all of the sturdiest outdoor gear. Their arsenal of tools and accessories covers all levels of experience, whether you’re tending a flowerbed or growing a vegetable patch. Your thumb will be looking greener in no time!
3 Pomander Road, Paget, 236-2927
Cleaning Service: Pro-Tone Cleaning Services
With over three decades of experience, Pro-Tone Cleaning Services has been crowned this year’s king of no-nonsense, no-hassle cleaning services. Their team of conscientious and hard-working technicians is second-to-none for big jobs, small jobs and all jobs in between. The in-house rug cleaning service, which includes collection and redelivery, also scores top marks. Call today for a consultation or to book an appointment that fits your busy schedule.
34 Dundonald Street, Hamilton, 292-1456
Government Services: Department of Health’s Speech and Language Services
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are autonomous health professionals who have expertise in the area of normal language development and in the disorders of communication and swallowing. SLPs aim to prevent speech-and-language/feeding challenges through screening and the provision of consumer information, as well as to optimise skills in these areas through the implementation of intervention strategies. The 14 SLPs of the Department of Health’s Speech and Language Services work closely with parents, caregivers and teachers, providing support and services in clients’ homes, nursery schools, and public and private primary, middle and secondary schools. We are pleased to recognise these individuals for their hard work and invaluable service to the community.
Awesome Audio/Visual Sales: Custom Acoustics
Deck out your car, boat or pad with the sweetest-sounding system courtesy of Custom Acoustics. Their specialties include stereos, home-theatre electronics and flat-screen TVs, to name a few. Trust their expert technicians to recommend and install only cutting-edge, high-quality tech, and rest assured that all equipment will be treated with the utmost care.
13 Cox’s Hill Road, Pembroke, 295-2277
New Local Ad/Promotion: Burnt House Productions
“Happy” by Burnt House Productions will be remembered across the island as the viral online sensation of 2014. Over the course of one weekend, the video scored more than 60,000 views and has been recognised as one of the best representations of Bermuda culture, character and hospitality. A special thanks to Andrew Kirkpatrick, Kim Brewer, Laura Siegfried and the entire Burnt House Productions crew for making this smash hit possible.
Friendliest Customer Service: Java Jive
Frequent customers agree—when it comes to welcoming wait staff, Java Jive has the best. Their servers make you feel at home by remembering your name and preferred breakfast combo. Our judges gush over the personable touch, positive vibes and dependable service that ensure no patron or coffee cup goes unattended.
29 Victoria Street, Hamilton, 296-5050
Wildcard: Best Spent $20 – Roti
Humble yet delicious, this local favourite pleases lunchtime crowds with a fusion of Eastern Caribbean flavours. One of their popular Trinidadian specialties is a flatbread sandwich filled with chickpeas, also known as “doubles.” In addition, they offer a variety of home-style roti and curry combos that are seasoned to perfection and very reasonably priced. Best yet, you can even throw in a drink or sweet snack and still be under $20!
55 Court Street, Hamilton, 293-7684
People’s Choice Award, The People Have Spoken!
Health & Fitness Club: Court House
Freshest Flowers: Flowers By Gimi
Hair Salon: Strands
Legal Counsel, RenaissanceRe
Stix Around, Kid’s Labels
Russell De Moura
Department of Health, Community Rehab