The goal of the LOVE-19 challenge was to spread the love to local businesses that had been impacted by COVID-19. We put out a call for nominations, and boy did you deliver! We received so many amazing nominations for local Grey Bruce businesses and want to share them with everyone. Here are the amazing companies that made such an impression on their nominators. This list will continue to be updated as nominations come in.

There is still time to nominate a business and enter the contest. Visit https://nereda.love-19.com/.

The Rocklyn Inn Bed & Breakfast

Facebook page: Rocklyn Inn Bed & Breakfast

Where: Rocklyn

Why they were nominated:

  • "They have been operating for a short time and now having to deal with a total shut-down. They have renovated the inn and made it a beautiful asset to our community." - Barbara

At The Movies

Facebook Page: At The Movies

Where: Durham

Why they were nominated:

  • "This business has helped local organizations and others in times of need." - Shari

  • "Great business and has done plenty to help the community. There are just not any places like this around anymore. Let's keep small businesses open." - Tammy

  • "Has always helped in the community. Has designed their business to support other businesses." - Bonnie

The Market Shoppe

Facebook Page: The Market Shoppe

Where: Markdale

Why they were nominated:

  • "They provide local produce at a great price and excellent Customer service. They love helping us connect to the best local business all in one spot." - Kimberley

  • "I love The Market Shoppe for bringing "the market" to one local shop -- for the freshness, for the made-to-order meals, for the sandwiches, and most of all the smile that always meets us at the door." - Michelle

Bentinck Packers

Website: https://www.bentinckpackers.ca

Where: Hanover

Why they were nominated:

  • "Family run great quality meats at great prices!"  - Jenn

Stevecon Packaging

Website: https://stevconpackaging.com/

Where: Owen Sound

Why they were nominated:

  • "Amazing heart and just opened up less than a year." - Desiree

Casual Corners

Facebook Page: Casual Corners

Where: Port Elgin

Why they were nominated:

  • "Great local boutique." - Lisa

Chicory Common Natural Foods & Cafe

Facebook Page: Chicory Common Natural Foods & Cafe

Where: Durham

Why they were nominated:

  • "Have everything I need , great owners, everything organic and natural foods you need and great prices." - Jenn

  • "Great produce staff always helpful and smiling." - Chris

Riverside Greenhouses

Facebook Page: Riverside Greenhouses

Where: Heathcote

Why they were nominated:

  • "Flowers bring joy into anyones life and I have personally seen how Riverside Greenhouses is working around the clock to do curbside pickup and being open to the public to help plant up the beautiful gardens all over Grey-Bruce." - Tanya

Nicole Carter Massage Therapist

Website: http://www.nicolecarterservices.com/

Where: Flesherton

Why they were nominated:

  • "You always leave her office feeling relaxed!" - Jenny

  • "Always feel better when I leave and such a lovely RMT." - William

The Hanley Institute

Facebook Page: The Hanley Institute

Where: Flesherton

Why they were nominated:

  • "They help local teenagers and youth do good in the community. Jenny is an addictions councillor and provides support to those who need it." - Sarah

  • "The Hanley Insitute provides care, support, and skill/character development to our local youth and their families. Children, teens, and parents feel safe visiting and participating in workshops, as well as listening to guest speakers, and participating in activities that keep us mentally fit and aware." - Kelly

  • "Because they support our communities youth through free after school activities, education nights and one on one supports." - Kelsey

  • "All the support they give our youth." - Janien

Crisp Country Gardens

Facebook Page: Crisp Country Gardens

Where: Dundalk

Why they were nominated:

  • "Shes amazing at what she does, and strives for perfection. Makes everything look gorgeous when shes done, and grows beautiful flowers." - Amanda

Hair Shop on Main

Facebook Page: The Hair Shop on Main

Where: Markdale

Why they were nominated:

  • "Amazing staff, they work hard and always fits you in when you need them." - Paula

  • "Danielle and Brenda are great! Very friendly, do a great job and their prices are very reasonable." - Cheryl

Shy-ley's Kitchen

Facebook Page: Shy-ley's Kitchen

Where: Durham

Why they were nominated:

  • "They are a young family who have been hit hard by this crisis. Tabatha and Johnny worked hard to create a comfortable restaurant, offering homestyle meals and welcoming local jammers to their bi-weekly open mic nights. They are both talented musicians, and even the girls get in on the act. When the lockdown was enacted, Tabatha took a job at Foodland, and I noticed on-line that they are planning to reopen Shy-leys soon with take-out fare. I know their regulars miss them terribly, and are loyal supporters." - Zena

Strands Hair, Aesthetics and Reflexology

Facebook Page: Strands Hair, Aesthetics, and Reflexology

Where: Durham

Why they were nominated:

  • "They have a passion for making people look great and feel good about themselves!" - Julie

The Bookstore

Facebook Page: The Bookstore

Where: Durham

Why they were nominated:

  • "Love books!' - Callie

Highland Grounds

Facebook Page: Highland Grounds

Where: Flesherton

Why they were nominated:

  • "Delicious food and great service." - Felicia

Markdale Flowers

Facebook Page: Markdale Flowers

Where: Markdale

Why they were nominated:

  • "Terrific product, always friendly and so hard working." - Eleanor

Axe N Gear Music

Facebook Page: Axe N Gear Music

Where: Walkerton

Why they were nominated:

  • "Friendly & very skilled." - Colleen

Eckhardts' Floral Treasures

Facebook Page: Eckhardts' Floral Treasures

Where: Durham

Why they were nominated:

  • "They delivered flowers to my mother at Rockwood Terrace on Mother's Day and she says they are just beautiful!" - Lynne

  • "Excellent gift and floral selection, very personalized customer service." - Cheryl

Crazy Dollar Store

Facebook Page: Crazy Dollar Store

Where: Durham

Why they were nominated:

  • "Their store has almost anything you need. Friendly , helpful staff that help different organizations run fundraisers for our community plus they even added a craft corner on their Facebook page to help entertain kids during the covid shutdown." - Bonnie

Farlow's Home Hardware

Facebook Page: Farlow's Home Hardware

Where: Durham

Why they were nominated:

  • "Home Hardware helps with fundraisers in our town also they are more the happy to help find hard to find items, especially right now." - Bonnie

  • "For their courteous customer service!" - Julie

Carolyn Hicks Esthetics

Facebook Page: Carolyn Hicks Esthetics

Where: Owen Sound

Why they were nominated:

  • "Carolyn operates a professional business where you feel like a friend ! Her services are amazing and she is passionate about helping people She is very accommodating to her clients (maybe more than she should sometimes) and truly supports other businesses !" - Tammy

Chesley Grocery Store

Facebook Page: Chesley Grocery Store

Where: Chesley

Why they were nominated:

  • "Its close for me to shop, fresh meat counter, friendly and will shop and deliver your groceries in this time of life." - Carol

Durham Laundromat

Where: Durham

Why they were nominated:

  • "Clean friendly environment." - Diane

The Bakery

Instagram: @thebakeryinflesherton

Where: Flesherton

Why they were nominated:

  • "Friendly staff, delicious baked goods, drinks and so much more!" - Haley

  • "Bring so many friendly smiles, good food, supports our local community." - Debra

The Bargain Centre

Facebook page: The Bargain Centre

Where: Markdale

Why they were nominated:

  • "Because no matter what they are always thinking about our community! Ray and his family are the best."- Lyndsie

Tim Hortons Store 6997

Where: Hanover

Why they were nominated:

  • "Everybody looks at Tim Hortans as the franchise, the big “Timmies” name. What they don’t see is the hard working young family who owns and runs both Tim Hortans in Hanover. The Allan family (Corrina & Mitch) are so hard working and loving people it’s been an honour to work for and help build their business with them. Corrina is constantly giving back to the community, between sending our MASSIVE cambrios to the hospital, running the smile cookie program to support our local breakfast program and participating in the Tim Hortans Scholarship program as well. I think sometimes people forget that our LOCAL franchisees are running businesses as well. And these days, unfortunately out of pocket. I love this store because of how much we get to Give back." - Aspen

PJ Knickerbockers

Facebook Page: PJ Knickerbockers

Where: Markdale

Why they were nominated:

  • "Honestly, how blessed have we all been to have a real toy store in our community all this time? For safety of families, she has not been able to let anyone into her store. Children can’t be expected not to touch. She deserves some love for all the joy her business has brought to the community." - Tracy

Peek Thru My Window

Facebook Page: The County Line Peek Thru My Window Fancy That

Where: Markdale

Why they were nominated:

  • "This beautiful business is run by someone with a beautiful heart. They closed fully for covid but plan to try to re-open soon. She needs all the love we can give her! I can’t imagine Markdale without these beautiful stores." - Tracy

Brilliant! Bread

Facebook Page: Brilliant Bread and Cheese Corp Ltd

Where: Markdale

Why they were nominated:

  • "Brilliant! has been an amazing supplier for my business for years and I am so excited to welcome them to Markdale and have them as a neighbouring business. With moving expenses right now, I feel like they could use a little love." - Tracy

Pet Valu

Facebook Page: Pet Valu Owen Sound

Where: Owen Sound (west side)

Why they were nominated: 

  • "Always helpful staff, great selection in store, they support rescue groups with donations." - Angela

Kettles Back Home Cookin'

Facebook Page: Kettles Back Home Cookin'

Where: Owen Sound 

Why they were nominated:

  • "Home cooked meals at reasonable prices and good community minded business." - D

Who Gives A Flying Fork

Facebook Group: Who Gives A Flying Fork Food Trailer

Where: Tara

Why they were nominated:

  • "Food is excellent." - Bill

Boot & Blade Restaurant

Facebook Page: Grey's Boot and Blade Restaurant

Where: Owen Sound

Why they were nominated:

  • "Amazing and friendly staff, great food, great atmosphere, and a supporter of local hockey in Owen Sound! Can’t wait to eat there when they open back up!!" - Mackenzie

Speke Klein Furniture

Facebook Page: Speke Klein

Where: Durham

Why they were nominated:

  • "Robyn and Thomas are amazing kind hearted people. Their business is family owned and they are always willing to go above and beyond." - Katie

Sidekicks Cafe

Facebook Page: Sidekicks Cafe

Where: Markdale

Why they were nominated:

  • "Sidekicks is a restaurant with great food and service. I've heard they provide meals at reduced/no price to those who come in and need it. They've been working hard through COVID-19 to keep open and help us stay sane. They deserve thanks." - Michelle

Steven's Restaurant

Facebook Page: Steven's Bar-B-Q Restaurant

Where: Markdale

Why they were nominated:

  • "Great food good selection for all tastes and Friendly staff." - Donna

Walkerton Meat Market

Where: Walkerton

Why they were nominated:

  • "I love their fresh meat,great service,and staff is so friendly." - Carol

Peasemarsh Farm

Facebook Page: Peasemarsh Farm

Where: Flesherton

Why they were nominated:

  • "It is all local." - Marcia

Durham Foodland

Facebook Page: Durham Foodland

Where: Durham

Why they were nominated:

  • "Good variety and selection, nice garden centre options." - Cheryl

KC's Kitchen

Instagram: @kcs_kitchen_counter

Where: Durham

Why they were nominated:

  • "Great food, amazing service!" - Cheryl

Eckhardt's Shell

Facebook: Eckhardt's Shell

Where: Durham

Why they were nominated:

  • "Great service, produce and baking options!" - Cheryl

Garafraxa St. Salon & Spa

Facebook: Garafraxa St. Salon & Spa

Where: Durham

Why they were nominated:

  • "Very personal and professional service." - Cheryl

  • "Relaxing." - Melinda

Dr. Melanie Grein, DVM

Where: Durham

Why they were nominated:

  • "Always there to help with your pets." - A

Country Corner Eatery

Facebook: Country Corner Eatery

Why they were nominated:

  • "Great food and they do Meals on Wheels." - Lois

  • "It is like our very own Cheers bar! Marcie & Stan support so many local organizations, community services also fund raise." - Sue

Moore's Meats

Facebook: Moore's Meats

Why they were nominated:

  • "Great fresh meats anytime of the year but especially during BBQ Season" - Donna

Holstein General Store

Facebook: Holstein General Store

Why they were nominated:

  • "They have a great selection of items. They have stayed open throughout this trying time. The current owners have only been there for almost a year and started off their ownership with 4 months of the bridge to get there being closed and now Covid. The owner is a wonderful person." - Cathy

The Colour Jar

Facebook: The Colour Jar

Why they were nominated:

  • "Friendly service, beautiful selection of products, and most of all...love the encouragement given to ‘artists’ of all ages through ‘First Friday’s’ and drop in opportunities to try all sorts of creative mediums." - Crystal

The Eco Den

Facebook: The Eco Den

Why they were nominated:

  • "Such wonderful products and the owner really cares about the community. She goes above expectations to make sure you get everything that you need." - Jennifer

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