READERS’ CHOICE: Businesses voted favourites in 2020
There is no shortage of great businesses and workers in the Gympie region, nor is there a lack of people willing to let people others know about the good service they’ve received.
Throughout 2020, The Gympie Times asked readers to not only nominate their top choices in a range of categories, but help crown the best of the best.
These are the business and educational leaders who claimed these crowns this year.
The city’s main street was home to the region’s favourite pharmacy, a title dispensed to Good Price Pharmacy, which took out more than a third of the vote.
A much closer competition crowned River Dental’s Dr Brian Maher and Channon Lawrence Dental’s Dr Mark Cull equal winners in the hunt for the region’s top dentist.
Chips and burgers
Readers keen to tuck into this Aussie staple were hard-pressed to go past Beefy’s Pies, which won the crown by a convincing 16-point margin over the competition.
Gympie City Gym celebrated its 20th birthday by being named the region’s favourite gym, but not without having to sweat it out at the end.
Gympie staple Shaw’s Meats snagged this crown in October in convincing fashion, running away from the competition with a 38 per cent margin – 23 points clear of its nearest competition.
Real estate agent
Professionals’ Peter Olsson made his mark on Gympie’s property market after only six years in the industry as he was voted readers’ choice as the region’s favourite real estate agent.
A three-decade commitment to the arts paid off for Dance Academy Cooloola’s Michelle Weber who waltzed into the top spot in the face of intense competition.
Gympie South State School’s ‘Mrs A’ catapulted to the top of a crowded field as the choice for the Gympie region’s favourite teacher.
Mary St-based Hair Review proved a cut above the competition this year when it was named the region’s favourite hair salon.
Damien Manning Carpentry hammered out the win as Gympie’s favourite builder in a tight competition in which two companies claimed more than two thirds of the vote.
Child care worker
There was no shortage of nominations for the favourite child care worker crown, but Sheree Bella Sophie from the East Deep Creek-based Edinburgh Family Day Care ultimately emerged from the field.