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Golden Pineapples Awarded To 18 Southport-Oak Island Businesses

Golden Pineapples Awarded To 18 Southport-Oak Island Businesses

February 22, 2013 - Southport, NC - The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes the importance of our small business community providing exceptional customer service to our residents and visitors. Consistent and exceptional customer service is the foundation of a thriving small business. To recognize those small businesses in our community who are providing “award winning” customer service the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce devised a program by which customers can nominate any business they feel has given them exceptional customer service to receive a Golden Pineapple Award. The Chamber chose to call it a Golden Pineapple Award because in colonial America the pineapple symbolized the warmest welcome a hostess could extend to their guests.

There were 18 businesses who qualified for the first round of Golden Pineapple Awards.

Dining: Island Way Restaurant, KFC Taco Bell, Moore Street Market & Deli, Oak Island Deli & Pub, Port City Java Southport, and Turtle Island Restaurant & Catering.

Retail: Art @ 211 The Ricky Evans Gallery, Backyard Wild, National Petland and Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room.

Amusement: Brunswick Air.

Service: Carillon Assisted Living of Southport, Coastline Insurance Associates of NC, Inc., Mr. Rooter of Cape Fear, and Swanson Realty.

Professionals: Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry, Larry Hemby Dentistry @ Southport Dental Care and River Road Animal Hospital.

The nomination forms contained customer comments like “friendly & professional”, “Owners go above and beyond”, “Welcoming to all who come through the front door”, “Love and Care”, “Takes the time to provide that personal touch of care” , “Great Store”, “Quality Care”, “thoroughly impressed with the knowledge & professionalism”, “prompt & informative”, “met with a smile by the staff” and “her team often ‘fit me in’ when they already have a full schedule”.

The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce will continue to reward and recognize those businesses who are members of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce who provide exceptional customer service as a standard. Each quarter we will award a Golden Pineapple designation to every member business who has been nominated by their customer in that quarter. If you would like to nominate a business who has provided you with exceptional customer service go to the Chamber's website at www.southport-oakisland.com and look for the pineapple. The next Golden Pineapple nominations will be taken until April 30, 2013.

Pictured Left To Right:
Sam Keziah, Chamber President
Debbie Evans, Art @ 211 The Ricky Evans Gallery
Ricky Evans, Art @ 211 The Ricky Evans Gallery
Emily Humphreys, Port City Java
David Thorpe, Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room
Carson Rogers, KFC Taco Bell
Kathi Lauer, National Petland
Emily Giles, Moore Street Market
Jeff Todd, Turtle Island Restaurant & Catering
Jan Park, Carillon Assisted Living
Rich Gwin, Brunswick Air Flight School
Julie Ford, Backyard Wild
Mark Gonzales, Mr. Rooter of Cape Fear
Ali Travis, DVM, River Road Animal Hospital
Colleen Schech, Oak Island Deli & Pub
David Gilbreath, Oak Island Deli & Pub



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