It is with great pride The Bermudian celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Best of Bermuda Awards this issue! A quarter of a century since our inaugural feature hit the stands, and we’re more excited than ever to shine a spotlight on the island’s
finest people, places, shops and eats. Reaching
this milestone we think deserves not only some
celebration, but also some reflection.
In the April 1991 issue of The Bermudian,
Edward Bottone—our food and fun contributor at the time—coordinated and edited our
first ever Best of Bermuda Awards. It was a mere
eight pages in the magazine but an instant hit.
Here we are 25 years later and The Best of Bermuda
Awards are more than ever the hallmark of excellence
across the island. Having blossomed to about 30 pages today, the
awards are now the central feature of our eagerly anticipated summer issue.
So who won 25 years ago? Remarkably there are some establishments which can proudly
lay claim to our “Best of Bermuda Hall of Fame” (page 80), and can boast winning in 1991
and are still winning today ( Yep, Dorothy’s burger is one of them!).
But looking back on the 1991 winners, what is notable, sadly, is the loss of some old-time
Bermuda establishments those of us of a certain age knew and loved so well. Remember
Bombay Bicycle Club (Ethnic Dish), Cock & Feather (Pick-up Bar) and M. R. Onions
(Happy Hour Hors D’oeuvres)? What about Mermaid Beach Club (Exotic Drink), Buck-eroo (Cheap Breakfast), or The Club (Recorded Music)? Some of the stores that won in
1991 are no longer with us, including Pegasus (Card Shop), Jack n’ Jills (Candy Counter),
Creative Interiors (Designer Furnishings) and Heritage House (Antique Furniture). In the
clothing division, we miss and reminisce about places like Archie Brown’s (Sweater Shop),
H. A. & E. Smith’s (Men’s Wear), GQ (Men’s Wear Trendy) and, of course, Trimingham’s.
But businesses change with the times and so do trends and tastes. What doesn’t change
is spotting excellence. So hats off to our stalwart Hall of Famers who have been claiming a
Best of Bermuda Award so many times over the last 25 years, and here’s to our proud new
winners who have claimed an award for the first time this year.
From the tip of Dockyard to the end of St George’s, we love
this little island, and it is a pleasure to honour the many who
work hard every day to make it the best place for locals and
visitors alike. We hope the Best of Bermuda Awards continue
to inspire greatness, achievement and aspiration to be THE
BEST— 25 and even 50 years from now!
As Henry Ford said, “If everyone is moving forward together,
then success takes care of itself.”
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volume LXXXiv number 2
Publisher and editor
elizabeth Jones, Charles doyle, gabrielle Boyer,
Laura Bell, w. C. Stevenson, John Barnes,
nathaniel Butterfield, alan davidson, daisy gould,
Suzan Sickling, amanda Temple, Scott Tucker,
oliver Tucker, ann Spurling, Christine watlington,
winifred Blackmore, dana Cooper, Jill rubinchak
william d. richardson 1930-31
ronald J. williams 1931-41
arthur m. Purcell 1942-49
ronald J. williams 1950-76
dinah J. darby 1977-86
kevin Stevenson 1987-94
rosemary Jones 1994-99
meredith ebbin 1999-2003
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