There’s no doubt about it: Betty’s has made its mark over the years in the local business community.
The Scott Street business was honoured with the inaugural presentation of the Test of Time Award last Wednesday night during the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s 22nd-annual business awards at La Place Rendez-Vous.
Blair and Doug Anderson took to the stage to receive the award, which was sponsored by RBC Royal Bank.
“This is truly so overwhelming,” Blair Anderson told the nearly 150 event-goers.
“It would not be possible without the great customers, our great staff past and present, and our vision of our grandmother [Betty]” who established the business in 1945, he noted.
Anderson also credited his brother, Doug, for his endless creativity over the years.
“Every 30 seconds, there’s a new idea,” he remarked, eliciting friendly laughter from the crowd.
“And we would sit down with an open bottle of anything we could get our hands on and come up with some really great ideas,” Anderson joked.
“It kept up going through the decades.”
Anderson dedicated the award to their grandmother, Betty, their parents, Ron and Elaine, and to “our dear Will.”
The other nominees for the Test of Time Award included Belluz Concrete & Rentals, Cousineau Real Estate, Dairy Queen, La Place Rendez-Vous, and West End Motors.
The award was presented by RBC Royal Bank branch manager Pam MacKinnon, who herself received the Customer Service (Individual) award earlier in the evening.
“I’m really proud to be up here talking about long-standing businesses in Fort Frances,” MacKinnon said.
“Businesses like the ones nominated tonight helped build the foundation of our community,” she stressed.
“They have set the standard for how businesses operate and are role models for new businesses just starting up.”
Businesses that have withstood the “test of time” have seen many changes throughout the years, MacKinnon noted.
“Yet through all of these changes, they have been able to stay successful and remain competitive,” she said.
“They have gone above and beyond by giving back to the community in many ways.
‘”They have provided great customer service and have been a big part in broadening the appeal of living in and visiting Fort Frances,” MacKinnon concluded.
“Without these long-standing businesses, I can truly say Fort Frances wouldn’t be the same.”