The 24th Annual Biz X Awards Tribute – Winners Revealed

“Year 24K: Setting The Gold Standard”

Let’s step back in time to the gold rushes in North Carolina 1799, Georgia 1829 and California 1848 to 1855.

The Gold Rush in 1849 stimulated worldwide interest in prospecting for gold, and led to new rushes in Australia, South Africa, Wales, and Scotland. Successive gold rushes occurred in British Columbia and in many states in the U.S., including Alaska. 

One of the last “great gold rushes” was the Klondike Gold Rush in Canada’s Yukon Territory (1896 to 99), which became famous in the novels of Jack London, and Charlie Chaplin’s film, “The Gold Rush”. 

As you are aware, this precious metal has played a huge role throughout history. From gold bars hoarded by ancient empires, to the Renaissance gold coins, to the gold rushes and gold bullion jewellery, gold is a part of life. And obviously a big part of business — mining, jewellery, coins, art and more.

The “gold standard” is a paradigm of excellence by which similar items are judged or measured. It’s a level that all aspire to achieve and the perfect way to describe the Biz X Award nominees.

In addition, since gold stands for prosperity, strength, success and a winner mentality, it became quite obvious that in honour of our 24th year, 24 Karat gold was a great fit.

Thus the theme “Year 24K: Setting The Gold Standard” was born.

Throughout the Biz X Awards edition, you will see elements of the 24 Karat gold theme. Editorial photos and captions feature gold mines, prospectors, gold nuggets and gold bars with references to TV shows/music/catch phrases whenever possible.

Though our theme changes each year, our mission always remains the same . . . to honour the outstanding entrepreneurs and leaders in Windsor, Essex County and Pelee Island. And, according to the loyal readers of Biz X magazine, we are “sitting on a gold mine” of exceptional nominees!

Just as in Discovery’s “Gold Rush” TV show that follows the lives of miners who risk it all to pull gold out of the ground for a big pay out, our award nominees battle the odds each and every day . . . hoping for their own “pot of gold.”

Which local businesses, organizations, events and professionals will be chosen to receive the “golden” Biz X Award — the “pillars of success” — this year?

In 2021, our 24th annual awards tribute, 214 nominees competed in 24 categories. This year, the online voting poll ran from September 16 until September 24 with over 25,000 votes coming in.

Our award history goes back to 1998, and to date, over 750 Biz X Awards have been handed out. Like every year before, the new batch of nominees are simply the best our region has to offer and we congratulate every company, organization, event and individual listed throughout this entire cover story. However, like all award programs, there can be only one winner of each category in the end.

To continue reading this story go to page 18 here.


“Outstanding New Business Of 2021”
Walkerville Mercantile Ltd.

“The High Note Music Studio”
Renée’s Music Studio And Store

“The Supreme Space To Store Your Stuff”
The Storage Box

“Pet Paradise”
Quiche Kennels

“Distinguished Biz Champ Of The Year”
Advanced Foot Care Nurse And Wellness Centre Inc.

“Office Building Experts”
Rosati Group

“Numero Uno Insurance Agency”
Ives Insurance Brokers Ltd.

“2021 Powerhouse Professional”
Adam Castle, WEtech Alliance

“Artist Of The Year”
Madeline Doornaert

“Exceptional Social Enterprise”
WindsorEssex Community Foundation (WECF)

“Caregiver That Nurses You Back To Health”
Dr. Kaitlin Martinello, Naturopathic Doctor

“The Physiotherapist With All The Right Moves”
Troy Sajatovich, Riverside Physiotherapy Clinic

“Real Estate Lawyer Holding The Keys To The Kingdom”
Christian Janisse, SimplyClose

“The Best Little Retail Shop Of 2021”
Blimeys British Store & Gift Shop

“Rock Of Ages Granite Outlet”
Mondial Granite & Marble Inc. Windsor

“A Gardener’s Wonderland”

“The Home Advantage Artwork/Décor Store”
Origins Global Village

“The Alarm Co. Always There With Bells On”
Security ONE

“The One Stop Pool Supply Shop”
Relax Pools & Spas

“Restaurant That’s Hot, Hot, Hot For 2021!”
KOMA Restaurant (Kitchen Of Michael Anthony)

“Rootin’-Tootin’ Pearfect Meals”
Plant Joy

“The Most Wonderful Event Of The Year”
“Joe Hogan Memorial Golf Tournament”

“Amazing Accommodations”
The Grove Hotel

“Most Instagram-Worthy Biz”
Wineology Bar & Restaurant