Walking into greatness at Sparwood’s Business Excellence awards

The Sparwood Chamber of Commerce handed out nine awards at its annual Business Awards gala.

Ethan Dortman with walking stick display.

Ethan's Walking Sticks are made locally by savvy young entrepreneur Ethan Dortman. Dortman sells his products at Save-On Foods in Sparwood, as well as other Elk Valley locations. — Photo courtesy Ethan’s Walking Sticks/Facebook

The motto of Ethan Dortman’s walking stick business is, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks!”

Truer words were never spoken, especially since Dortman managed to snag the Community Youth Award at the Sparwood Business Excellence Awards gala, held on October 20th, 2022. Hosted by the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce, Dortman was among nine winners recognized.

Dortman has been working hard at his business since he was 8 years old. Now 14, this enterprising young man sells his unique, hand-made walking sticks across the Elk Valley.

Read on to find out who else garnered awards for their dedication, hard work and community service.

Sparwood Excellence award winners group photo in B&W.

Congratulations to the nine winners of the 2022 Sparwood Business Excellence Awards. — Photo courtesy Blanc-Noir Photography/Facebook

Retail Business of the Year: Buds & Blooms

Congratulations to the team at Buds & Blooms on their Retail Business of the Year win! This locally-owned and -operated florist shop is the place to come to celebrate all your special occasions. Stunning floral displays, beautifully-arranged fresh flower bouquets, unique gifts, houseplants—you’ll find all this and more at Buds & Blooms.

New Business of the Year: Crumbs Bar and Grill

Crumbs Bar and Grill is located in the Sparwood Golf Club and features an extensive and delicious selection of lunch and dinner items, plus delectable baked goods. In the warmer months, there’s a spacious patio to enjoy with friends and family. Crumbs Bar and Grill also offers catering services for special occasions, as well as fun group events like “Paint & Sip” nights.

Close-up of walking stick with tag.

Ethan's Walking Sticks are tied with all kinds of paracord colours and styles. — Photo courtesy Ethan’s Walking Sticks/Facebook

Community Youth Award: Ethan Dortman (Ethan’s Walking Sticks)

Ethan Dortman is a creative and outdoorsy young entrepreneur and the mastermind behind his company, Ethan’s Walking Sticks. Made from hand-gathered, peeled and dried branches, the walking sticks are finished off with carefully-tied paracord handles in a range of colours. Ethan’s products are sold locally at the Chamber of Commerce, Save-On Foods and Buds and Blooms in Sparwood, as well as the Bath Shack in Elkford. Congratulations Ethan!

Outstanding Customer Service: Nails by Amy

Creative, unique and hand-painted nails are a speciality of this home-based business. Owner Amy is a gel nail technician with over 21 years of experience. Aside from nail art, the company also offers new nail sets, gel polish and fill, nail repair and more. Congratulations to Nails by Amy on your Outstanding Customer Service win!

Community Spirit Award: Causeway Bay Hotel

The team at the Causeway Bay Hotel in Sparwood are active in the community and supporters of many local non-profit organizations. The Causeway Bay Hotel features 83 well-appointed rooms, a restaurant, lounge and various-size meeting and event spaces that can be booked for special occasions. The hotel is conveniently located across the street from the famous Titan, known as the world’s largest haul truck.

Close-up of Business Excellence award - glass award with name of winner on it (NAPA Auto Parts).

The Industrial Business of the Year award went to NAPA Auto Parts. — Photo courtesy Sparwood Napa Auto Parts/Facebook

Industrial Business: NAPA

This year’s Industrial Business award went to NAPA Auto Parts, suppliers of everything you need to maintain or repair your vehicles, trucks, marine and farming equipment. The store carries a comprehensive selection of over 500,000 parts and accessories and online ordering is available.

Not for Profit: Sparwood Food Bank

The Sparwood Food Bank is a volunteer-run organization that works hard all-year long to provide food and services for its clientele. Food drives and other local initiatives are held regularly throughout the community. The Sparwood Food Share program, which operates under the food bank, is a local food recovery program in collaboration with grocery stores and other suppliers. Food that is nearing its best-before date or is bruised or damaged, is offered to food bank clients.

Tooth fairy scarecrow wearing grey t-shirt, white skirt and tiara.

A tooth fairy scarecrow? Sparwood Dental got creative with their Best Business Scarecrow entry and managed to scoop the top spot. — Photo courtesy Sparwood Dental/Facebook

Citizen of the Year: Edie Holland

Congratulations to Edie Holland, chosen as Citizen of the Year. Holland is a dedicated volunteer and organizer behind many community events and initiatives in Sparwood. She’s part of the team at the Sparwood Food Bank and the Sparwood Food Share program, and she’s spearheaded many local events, such as the annual Terry Fox Run.

Best Business Scarecrow: Sparwood Dental

Every year, the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce invites local businesses to participate in the Best Scarecrow competition by creating the craziest, scariest and funniest scarecrows imaginable. This year’s winning creation was won by Sparwood Dental with their “Tooth Fairy” scarecrow. With her long golden locks and tiara, it’s fitting that she was crowned the winner of this much-anticipated annual contest.

Julie Matchett

Julie Matchett is a writer and content coordinator for KPI Media. She ranks as a 7 on the Introversion vs. Extraversion scale out of 100, which might help to explain why she chose a career of quiet contemplation as opposed to public speaking. View all of Julie Matchett’s articles

Related articles

East Kootenay, Sparwood, Small Business Sparwood’s Chamber celebrates excellence at 2023 business awards

Winners of the 2023 Sparwood Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards were announced on October 19.

East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Mining Catching up with Beverly MacNaughton, executive director of the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce

Beverly MacNaughton, executive director of the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce, provides an update on developments around the new Middletown subdivision

East Kootenay, Sparwood, Mining, Tourism Taking a tour beyond Teck’s Terex Titan in Sparwood

The world’s largest dump truck is a humongous hit with kids, as is the Museum’s dino diorama and Teck’s coal mine tour in Sparwood, B.C.

View all Sparwood articles