High steaks for win­ners

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

Lo­cal busi­nesses gath­ered at the Steak Shack last Tues­day night to hear the win­ners of Spirit Ra­dio’s an­nual Best of Kar­ratha Awards.

The awards are voted for by the pub­lic and cel­e­brate lo­cal busi­ness’ con­tri­bu­tion and ser­vice to the town.

This year was the big­gest year for the Best of Kar­ratha com­pe­ti­tion af­ter re­ceiv­ing 36,000 votes from the pub­lic.

Spirit Ra­dio sta­tion man­ager Ju­dith Chap­man said the re­sponse was over­whelm­ing.

“It ac­tu­ally started with a mas­sive bang and we were just over­whelmed by nom­i­na­tions and then over­whelmed by vot­ing as well,” she said.

“The so­cial me­dia side of things has re­ally helped grow the com­pe­ti­tion so that’s been re­ally huge.”

De­spite the huge num­bers, there were a few cat­e­gories that only came down to sev­eral votes.

Em­pire 6714 took out best cof­fee by the skin of their teeth and Blanche Bar was lucky to win best pub/bar with less than 10 votes get­ting them in at first place. Pil­bara Plants and Pets cleaned up at this year’s awards tak­ing home best cus­tomer ser­vice, best re­tailer and best tradie/ builder.

Natasha Sel­ten of Pil­bara Plants and Pets said she was “stoked” to have taken out three gongs, par­tic­u­larly best cus­tomer ser­vice.

“It’s one of the things we work re­ally hard to achieve,” she said.

“I’m al­ways nag­ging my staff to give the best cus­tomer ser­vice they can.”

The other stand-out busi­ness of the night was the Steak Shack who was named over­all win­ner and took out 50 per­cent of the votes for best steak.

Steak Shack owner Holly Lox­ton said she was happy with the re­sult for their rel­a­tively new busi­ness.

“It means that we’re on the right track, do­ing some good things in Kar­ratha and ev­ery­one is re­ally sup­port­ing us and it’s just been bril­liant,” she said.

For a full list of win­ners head to the Spirit 1260 Kar­ratha Facebook page.

Picture: Louise Alling­ham

Naomi Gille­spie, Lenore Cham­bers, Ian Kennedy, Narelle Naulls, Aimee-Lee Holle­mans, Ja­son Az­zopardi, Natasha Sel­ten and Jang Peck.

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