April 23, 2019

Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2018 BC Hospitality Industry Awards, announced at the BC Hospitality Summit Gala on April 9:

Liquor Retailer of the Year sponsored by Rising Tide Consultants: Legacy Liquor Store

Legacy Liquor Store in Vancouver is one of British Columbia’s largest privately-owned liquor store at 8,600 square feet, including a state-of-the-art wine cellar.

Managed by Darryl Lamb, Legacy offers some of the world’s rarest and most exclusive spirits, beer, and wine, as well as sake, craft beer and spirits, and other specialty products. The store is frequently recognized for its highly-educated, WSET, and Cicerone beer certified staff and weekly Legacy Harvest Table events.

Publican of the Year sponsored by Rising Tide Consultants: Donnelly Group

The award-winning Donnelly Group has been operating trend-setting public houses, cocktail taverns, nightclubs and barbershops in Vancouver and Toronto for 19 years.

Establishments share strong community values, emphasize great food, honest beer and spirits, and pair disruptive design with the desire to create a genuinely human experience. In 2019, the Donnelly Group will be bringing their progressive and service-oriented brand and ethos to the cannabis industry, with the launch of their chain of cannabis stores, Hobo Recreational Cannabis Store.

ABLE BC Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Rising Tide Consultants: Dave Crown

The recipient of ABLE BC’s first ever Lifetime Achievement Award, Dave Crown has owned about a dozen highly successful liquor stores and upwards of 40 pubs, but he’s always had a way of seeing and focusing on the bigger picture and the industry’s future. Ask anyone who has worked with Dave, and they’ll tell you: the thing they admire most, is that he is always focused on building the industry as a whole.

When we sat down to list Dave’s contributions and accomplishments – both in business and on behalf of our industry – it become clear just how much his work had built and shaped what our industry has become.

We are pleased to award Dave Crown the first ABLE BC Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his leadership, mentorship, and relentless dedication to the industry.

Hotelier of the Year sponsored by Telus Business: Ian Powell, Inn at Laurel Point

Described by anyone who ever crossed his path, or incurred his wrath, as loud, funny, gregarious, charming and a man that definitely knew his own mind, Powell has left an indelible impression on an industry that has often leaned on him for direction. Learn more about the award winner here.

We would also like to congratulate the award finalists:

Liquor Retailer of the Year Finalists

  • Cascadia Liquor Store in Nanoose Bay: Cascadia operates 7 locally-owned liquor stores across Vancouver Island, with their newest location in Nanoose Bay managed by Rick Fields
  • Village Liquor Store on Gabriola Island: locally-owned and operated by Michael Brown and managed by Adam Giles, the store is thriving, despite rising costs, a competitive market, and labour shortages

Publican of the Year Finalists

  • Guildford Station Pub: owned by Payman Charkhgary, Guildford Station Pub is a lively, traditional neighbourhood pub in the Surrey Area
  • The Bard and Banker: part of the award-winning Victoria Pub Co and owned by Matt MacNeil, the Bard is a staple of Victoria’s nightlife


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