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History of the People's Choice Award

The People’s Choice Award runs annually as part of the Blue Mountains Regional Chamber Business Awards.

Congratulations to the 2018 People's Choice Award Winner - Dawn Cady from Alleviate Pain

Occasionally, the votes are so close that a Highly Commended Award is also awarded. In 2018 our Highly Commended Award went to 20 Mile Hollow.

The People’s Choice Award is the only award won by votes from the public.

Now running for over 10 years the People’s Choice Award has seen two businesses entered into the Hall of Fame, as they were voted the most popular Blue Mountains business over 3 consecutive years.

Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum & Tearooms were the first business to receive Hall of Fame status after their third consecutive win in 2011. Bygone Beautys is an antique emporium and tearoom, housing the world's largest private teapot collection. Beginning 40 years ago there are now 3,000 teapots on display with 4,500 in the collection, spanning five centuries with exhibits from every continent. Bygone Beautys is a very strong supporter of the local community.

Bygone Beautys - winner 2009. 2010 and 2011Bygone Beautys - winner 2009. 2010 and 2011

Rubyfruit won the Peoples' Choice Award in 2012 (their first year of business), 2013 & 2014. Rubyfruit was a popular vegan cafe in Leura that offered a range of delicious meals, indulgent sweets, coffee, super smoothies and grocery items. Everything was 100% egg-free, dairy-free and vegan, with a large range of gluten-free options. In 2015 they were crowned 'Best Burger in the Mountains' by Fresh Air Daily readers! Rubyfruit went on to win the Harry Hammon Business of the Year award in 2017, but unfortunately decided to close their doors soon after in order to be able to spend more time with their family.

Rubyfruit - winners 2012, 2013 and 2014Rubyfruit - winners 2012, 2013 and 2014

The Blue Mountains Business Awards are presented by the Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber to celebrate the success of small business in our region. Major sponsors are Scenic World, Blue Mountains City Council, Nova Employment, Blue Eco Homes, Australia Post and Belle Property. Media Partner: Blue Mountains Gazette. People's Choice Partner:

Finalists are announced in the month before the awards and the Award Category winners are announced at a gala black tie awards dinner at the Fairmont Resort, Leura.

Previous People’s Choice Award winners:

  • Alleviate Pain (2018) Highly Commended: 20 Mile Hollow (2018)
  • Glen Isla Luxury Blue Mountains Accommodation (2017)
  • Glen Isla Luxury Blue Mountains Accommodation (2016)
  • Avalon Restaurant (2015)
  • Rubyfruit (2014)
  • Rubyfruit (2013)
  • Rubyfruit (2012)
  • Bygone Beautys' (2011)
  • Bygone Beautys (2010)
  • Bygone Beautys (2009) Highly Commended: Bikeminded (2009)
  • Michel's Patisserie Winmalee (2008)

Anyone can nominate up to three Blue Mountains Businesses to be in the running for the award. Businesses are encouraged to spread the word and garner support from their client base, but may be disqualified if they are found to have offered incentives or prizes in return for nominations.


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