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Black Tie awards toast wine bar, Hudson's, Higginson, Deacon

Cowichan 's best of its best business leaders saw former Duncan mayor Mike Coleman crown Saturday's annual Black Tie gala with a Lifetime Achievement award.

That honour from the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce wasn't a secret — like eight other Black Tie winners unveiled at a festive ceremony for 280 in Brentwood College's Crooks Hall.

Costumer Service kudos were uncorked for to Jeff Downie and his Old Firehouse Wine Bar.

MaryAnn Deacon of the Cowichan Valley Hospice Society earned Volunteer honours, while Andrea and Dan Hudson were served a Young Entrepreneur award for their Hudson's On First restaurant.

Andrew Higginson and Higginson Consulting won Business Achievement (10 employees), then Ivo Zanata of Matrix Marble & Stone lifted the Business Achievement (11-19 employees) honour.

Buckerfields' Kelvin McCulloch, Robert Andersen and Allan Boer shared the Business Achievement (20-plus employees) Black Tie.

The envelope heralding the Green Business winner was zip-lined from the ceiling, naming Dan Armstrong and Karen Hallquist of Velocal Delivery.

Gordon Smith of Cowichan Woodwork won the Art In Business award.

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