Local Businesses Hit 88 MPH at Biz X Awards Gala 2015

Biz X Magazine held the 18th Annual Biz X Awards Gala to honour local businesses at the St. Clair College Centre For The Arts on Friday, November 20, 2015.

Deborah Jones sits in DeLorean Time Machine with owner DianeThe gala’s theme, “It’s Time To Get Back To Business,” combined the importance of time to entrepreneurs and featured a Back To The Future movie atmosphere. After all, the first movie in the Back To The Future trilogy was released exactly thirty years ago. In addition, Marty McFly and Doc Brown did travel to 2015 from 1985. So as guests arrived at the gala they were greeted by the one and only Doc Brown (played by Windsor’s Mark Lefebvre). To enter the ballroom guests had fun passing through a short tunnel of smoke and flashing lights, as if travelling through time.

Inside the ballroom the first Back To The Future movie played on two big screens and the decor featured clock centerpieces on the tables. Guest were delighted by an onsite life size DeLorean time machine.

Sparky's Toy Drive at Biz X Awards in front of DeLorean Time MachineThe Windsor Professional Firefighters Association along with Sparky collected toys from guests as they entered to help less fortunate children throughout the community have a happy holiday season.

Amazing hor d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, and wine were served by St. Clair Centre of the Arts under the watch of Chef Steve Meehan and his team of students.

The Biz X Awards presented by Biz X Magazine recognize and honour the business men and women in Windsor Essex working hard to be the best in their industries. Since 1998, over 610 Biz X Awards have been presented to area businesses.

This year 206 local businesses were nominated in 24 categories. The nominees and winners were published in the 180th issue of Biz X Magazine (see page 19 of the November/December 2015 issue).

Deb McVeety of Tecumseh Mall with Doc Brown (Mark Lefebvre) at the Biz X Awards Gala.

The 2015 Biz X Awards Winners Are:

Enigma Escape Rooms: Outstanding New Biz 2015

Hunter’s Pharmacy: Pharmacy That’s Just What the Doctor Ordered

Blab Media: Social Media Leader Who’s a Tough Act to Follow

Avanti Paving Inc.: Pave the Way for this Contractor

Festival Tent & Party Rentals Inc.: Tent Rental Company Which Covers All the Bases

Lube Plus: The Oil Change Always Given the Green Light

Bluewater Pools & Spas: Amazing Aqua Specialists

Mark Boscariol: Powerhouse Professional

Jason Henderson: Artist of the Year

Ashley Waters of Artistic Expressions: The Big Cheese of Children’s Photography

LouAnne Hunt of Seacret Direct, Magnolia & Vine: Favourite Independent Sales Rep

Sonia Lenhardt of Motor City Community Credit Union: Finance Exec Right on the Money

Brian Masse, Windsor West MP: Windsor Essex MVP (Most Valuable Politician)

Smudge Metaphysical Boutique: The Best Little Retail Shop of 2015

Blimeys British Store & Gift Shop: County Biz Worth the Drive

Walkerville Brewery: Top Of The Hops Beer

K & T Specialty Foods Ltd.: Gluten Free Heaven

Paper Heroes Comic Book Lounge: The Model For Success Hobby Shop

Above & Beyond Massage Therapy Clinic: You’re In Good Hands With This Reiki Master Or Reflexologist

L.A. Town Grill: Restaurant That’s Hot Hot Hot For 2015

BlackJack GastroVan: The Food Truck Everyone’s Talking About

Windsor Corporate Challenge: The Most Wonderful Event Of The Year

Ambassador Golf Club: Hole-In-One Golf Course

O’ Maggio’s Kildare House: Bar Which Lives Up To All The Hype