After a flood of survey responses, the Canby Area Chamber of Commerce this week released the community’s top picks in the organization’s annual “Best of Canby” competition for 2023.
Since 2021, the chamber’s staff has worked to develop a limited number of categories each year to create a selection for the Best of Canby candidates — which can be challenging due to having a wide variety of businesses that may fit in many categories.
Nominees must be current members in good standing with the Canby Area Chamber of Commerce, with write-ins also being accepted for non-member businesses with a Canby zip code.
This year, the chamber opened the voting with 28 separate categories and invited community members to pick their favorite local businesses, people, and organizations using an online survey.
“We saw so many creative ways to share the news, from posters, to sign boards, to tv screens and advertisements, to online sharing,” Executive Director Belinda Goody said. “We loved seeing it everywhere we went!”
They tallied 42,765 individual votes — including one tenacious and, apparently, very skilled canine: local Instagram celebrity (and noted small business supporter) Sandwich the Dog.
“That kind of participation reflects just how much those customers, partnerships, family, and friends support Canby’s local businesses and take pride in the Canby community,” Goody said.
Regardless of the final results, Goody said the local competition provided great exposure for member businesses and allowed the community to get involved, explore, and discover those businesses that are among the best in Canby.
“With so many wonderful opportunities to eat, drink, shop, and experience Canby, we are proud to spotlight and support these outstanding businesses and their hard-working owners and staff,” said Goody. “Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote and helped our community shine the spotlight on Canby’s local favorites!”
She said the chamber hopes to grow this event next year and encouraged local patrons to visit and congratulate their favorite local businesses.
2023 Best of Canby Winners
Best Accounting/Bookkeeping Services: Wilcox Arredondo & Co
Best Agritourism Attraction: Swan Island Dahlias
Best Automotive Services: Millar’s Point S Tire and Auto
Best Bar, Pub, or Tap Room: Backstop Bar & Grill
Best Boutique: Tin & Paisley Boutique
Best Business & Professional Services: Canby Signs and Graphics
Best Commercial Services: Roth Heating & Cooling
Best Community Supporter: Cutsforth’s Market
Best Computer & Technology Services: DirectLink
Best Employer: Cutsforth’s Market
Best Event/Festival: Clackamas County Fair & Rodeo
Best Farm & Garden: Wilco Farm Store
Best Financial Services: 4:8 Financial
Best Foodie Fav: Wayward Sandwiches
Best Grocery/Market: Cutsforth’s Market
Best Health Care Services: Canby Eyecare
Best Home Décor & Furnishings: Martin’s Town & Country
Best Insurance Company: Oliver Insurance
Best Law Offices & Attorneys: Loren P Bell, PC
Best Manufacturing/Distribution: Columbia Distributing
Best New Business: Jarboe’s Grill
Best Non-Profit: The Canby Center
Best Pet Care/Services: Sequoia Veterinary Clinic
Best Real Estate & Realtors: Team Unger Real Estate
Best Self-Care: Ellie May’s Beauty Bar
Best Senior Services: Hope Village
Best Specialty Retail: Canby Ace Hardware
Best Sweet Treat: Puddin’ River Chocolates
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