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2023 Best of YMM Nominees

First launched in 2019 and warmly received by our readers, we presented the Best of YMM once again in 2021, and it has become a very highly-anticipated and well-received community initiative in the Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo.

Best Breakfast
Avenue Eatery & Cafe
Bear & Buffalo
Cora
Eagle Ridge Eatery & Cafe
The Fish Place
Ms B’s Family Restaurant

Best Donair
Busters Pizza & Donair
Cedars Bakery and Restaurant
Cosmo’s Pizza
Franklin Donair
Jomaa’s Pizza
PK’s Corner

Best Dessert
Earls
East Village Pub and Eatery
The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
MR MIKES SteakhouseCasual
Sugarmonkey Bar
Surekha’s on the Snye

Best Pizza
The Alley YMM
Hu’s Pizza & Donairs
Jomaa’s Pizza
Milano’s Pizza & Grill
Pizza Hut
PK’s Corner

Best Wings
Bear & Buffalo
Blackhorse Pub
Boston Pizza Fort McMurray
Earls
Pizza 73
Pizza Hut

Best Steak
Earls
East Village Pub and Eatery
The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
MR MIKES SteakhouseCasual
Surekha’s on the Snye
The Smokin Butcher

Best Vegan/Vegetarian
Dedicate Healthy Kitchen & Meal Prep
DESI MEAL TIME Indian Restaurant
Earls
Freshii Fort McMurray
Spices
Surekhas on the Snye

Best Gluten-Free
Boston Pizza Fort McMurray
The Canadian Brewhouse
Dedicate Healthy Kitchen & Meal Prep
Earls
Mitchell’s Cafe
The Smokin Butcher

Best Burger
Earls
East Village Pub and Eatery
Fatburger
Five Guys
MR MIKES SteakhouseCasual
Original Joe’s Fort McMurray

Best Seafood
The Fish Place
Fuji’s Japanese Restaurant
Joey’s Fish Shack Fort Mac
The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
MR MIKES SteakhouseCasual
Surekhas on the Snye

Best Poutine
The Canadian Brewhouse
Jomaa’s Pizza
New York Fries
Original Joe’s Fort McMurray
The Smokin Butcher
Vista Ridge

Best Sandwich
Bear & Buffalo
Boston Pizza Fort McMurray
East Village Pub and Eatery
Mitchell’s Cafe
Original Joe’s Fort McMurray
Subway

Best Soup
East Village Pub
Mitchell’s Cafe
Ms B’s Family Restaurant
Original Joe’s Fort McMurray
Phở Mac Restaurant
Surekha’s on the Snye

Best Beer Selection
The Canadian Brewhouse
East Village Pub and Eatery
MR MIKES SteakhouseCasual
Original Joe’s Fort McMurray
The Smokin Butcher
Tavern On Main

Best Wine Selection
Bear & Buffalo
Earls
East Village Pub and Eatery
The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
MR MIKES SteakhouseCasual
Surekhas on the Snye

Best Cocktails
The Canadian Brewhouse
Cocktails By Boots
Earls
East Village Pub and Eatery
The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
MR MIKES SteakhouseCasual

Best International Cuisine
Cedars Bakery and Restaurant
DESI MEAL TIME Indian Restaurant
Fuji’s Japanese Restaurant
Oi Thai Food
Siam Thai Kitchen
Spices

Best Home Kitchen
All Things Charcuterie
Ginger’s Bannock House
Kayla’s Kitchen
The Newfie Sugar Mama
Oi Thai Food
Sugarmonkey Bar

Best Childcare Professional
Ashley – Early Start Learning Centre
Josie – Bethel Happy Day Care
Kelsey – Klorious Kids Childcare Center
Kerri- Kerri’s Dayhome
Kyla – KPSquared Innovative Chidcare
Penny – Tots ~ A ~ Lot

Best Server
Amanda Barton – East Village Pub
Ashley Taplin – Earls
Kati Gouthro – Bear & Buffalo
Kayla Muileboom – Canadian Brewhouse
Kelsey Babij – Bear & Buffalo
Sheri Horlock – MR MIKES

Best Bartender
Ayman Hassen – East Village Pub
Brandon Folmer – Smokin’ Butcher
Carrie Yake – Original Joe’s
Dave Boutilier – Cocktails By Boots
Renee Patt – Short Change Pub
Will Hearn-Farva

Best Tattoo Artist
CJ Owen
Em – Wood Buffalo Tattoo
Heather – Skintricate Studios YMM
Koop – Follow The Son Tattoo
Robert Vincent
Wendy – Forever Memory Tattoo Studio

Best Photographer
Deidra – Three D’s Photography
Emily Gale Photography
Jenna Buffett Photography
Kayla May Photography
Nicole Maclean Photography
Rienna – RBD Photography

Best Videographer
Brandon Cooper – Realpics
Matt Salem – Hexwave Media
Neville Video Productions
Nicole Maclean Photography
Thomas Hopkins Photography
Trevor Butler – Wood Buffalo Media Group

Best in Education
Dan Tulk
Jen Africa
Margie Wiscombe
Matthew Shewchuk
Ruchi and Ami – ALOHA Mind Math
Sheldon Dahl

Best Health Care Provider
Dr. Jacinta Sullivan & Dr. Sam Clouthier – Juniper Naturopathic Clinic
Northern Lights Health Foundation ICU Staff
Dr. Padraic McCombe
Dr. Raman Kumar
Ryan Drum – Beauty Injectory
Dr. Salah Aboughouche

Best Social Media Personality
Brian, Jessie & Jocelyn Wyatt – All In Sports Den
Dan Tulk
Mac City Morning Show
Melanie Galea
Paige Cyr
Whisky Heathens

Best Beauty Care & Salon Specialist
Alishia Randall – Be-You-tiful Skin Care
Amander Chubbs – Head Case Artistry
Amber Lea – Sirens Beauty Studio
Ashley Nelson – Ckb.beautique
Carly Sheaves – Spoiled Rotten Beauty Botique
Ryan Drum – Beauty Injectory

Best Pet Care Provider
Ann’s Pet Services
Megan – K9 Clubhouse
Terri Ward – My Pet Puggle
We Care Pet Services
Wiggles & Wags Dog Walking
Wood Buffalo Small Animal Hospital

Best Animal Groomer
Alisa – Uptown Pet Salon
Emily – Dogs By Emily
Jamie – Pooteloo’s
Jennie – K9 Clubhouse
Jenny – YMM Groom Room
Royal K9 Designs By Meghan

Best Personal Trainer
Beth Volk – Glow Fitness
Cassandra Payne – Muscle Mama Fitness
Chantelle Christensen – BREATHE MOVE SWEAT
Jessica Reykdal – Kallistrare Kinetics
Melissa Shevchenko – Fitgirlsrock
Paulette Taylor – Orangetheory Fitness

Best Community Champion
Bob McKay
Colin Hartigan
Dan Tulk
Jes Croucher
Melanie Galea
Rebecca Chartrand

Best Sales Person
Brittany Romeike – Cannabis Way
Charlene Keeping – Summit GM
Jeff Batchelor – Legacy Dodge
Jenny Eastwood – NorthStar Ford Lincoln
Karl Wiscombe – Summit GM
Megan Bartel – GIW Industries

Best Realtor
Erin Ogren – EXP Realty
Joelle Fraser-McGahey – Seller Direct Northern Homes Realty
Jolene Gunn – Seller Direct Northern Homes Realty
Kristi Kennedy – EXP Realty
Lana Hulan – Coldwell Banker Fort McMurray
Paige Cyr – FM Homes / Coldwell Banker Fort McMurray

Best Mechanic
Bobby Dawson and Cole Irmen – Borealis Automotives
Matt Grayson – Acden Fleet
Matt Nash – Nashional HD Services
Mel Landry – MBG Mechanical
Sean Reddy – Shamrock Maintenance & Autobody
Tim Guitar – Guitar AutoworkZ

Best Accountant
Action Tax Services
Andrea Popejoy
Bazylo and Dunn Chartered Professional Accountants LLP
Lyndsay Simms
Pinkney Financial Services

Best Local Band
Crosswind
Good Spread
Joe Rebel
OddmanOut
Surface Below
VOLT

Best Local Singer
Dan Tulk
Karman Muir
Matty Parlee
Max Noseworthy
Mychela
Tyler Whelan

Best Event Planner
Cass&Nat Event Planning
Dennis Nephin – Brand Connect
Erica Brewer – Fort McMurray Heritage Society
Erica Moeskau Comedy
Events By Jas
Katie Cooper – Earls

Best Barber Shop
Fade 99 Barbershop
Millenium Barbershop
MVP Modern Barbers
Thickwood Barber Shop
Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop
The Zone Barbershop

Best Hair Salon
COBIA
The Hair Loft YMM
Head Case Artistry
Orange Lily Hair and Home
Razors Edge 2.0 Hair Studio
Spoiled Rotten Beauty Boutique

Best Spa
Achieve Wellness Spa
Beauty Injectory
Be-You-tiful Skin Care
Be Flawless YMM
FOY Medi Spa
Layers Wellness & Spa

Best Yoga Studio
Exhale Yoga & Barre
Oxygen Yoga and Fitness
she achieve studio

Best Fitness Centre
9Round Fitness
Gym Nation
MacDonald Island Sport and Fitness
Kallistrate Kinetics
Orangetheory Fitness
Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre

Best Family Entertainment Place
The Alley YMM
Fort City Play World
Landmark Cinemas Fort McMurray
MacDonald Island Park
PlayOn Space
Vista Ridge

Best Live Entertainment Venue
Blackhorse Pub
East Village Pub and Eatery
Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre
Rivers Casino & Entertainment Centre
Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts
Tavern On Main

Best Flower Shop (including grocery)
Caribou Flowers Plants and Gifts
flora.boreal
The Flower Studio
The Personal Florist
Save-On-Foods Stone Creek
Sobeys Thickwood

Best Real Estate Agency / Group
Bauld and Associates
Coldwell Banker Fort McMurray
EXP Realty
FM Homes
RE/MAX Fort McMurray
Seller Direct Northern Homes Realty

Best Car Dealership
Easy Term Auto Group
Legacy Dodge
Noral Toyota
NorthStar Ford Lincoln
Summit GM

Best in Automotives
Borealis Automotive
Brignall Equipment Solutions
NAPA Auto Parts Fort McMurray
NorthStar Ford Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centre
Summit GM Body Shop
True North Mechanical

Best Patio
The Banquet Fort McMurray
Bear & Buffalo
Earls
East Village Pub and Eatery
MR MIKES SteakhouseCasual
Surekha’s on the Snye

Best Coffee Shop
Avenue Eatery and Cafe
Mitchell’s Cafe
Second Cup YMM
Starbucks Downtown
Starbucks Stoneycreek Village
Wood Buffalo Coffee Company

Best Grocery Store
Real Canadian Superstore
Save-On-Foods Downtown
Save-On-Foods Stone Creek
Save-On-Foods Thickwood
Sobeys Clearwater
Sobeys Thickwood

Best Liquor Store
Abasand Liquor Store
ACE Liquor Discounter
Fort Mac Liquor Store
Great Canadian Liquor (Dickinsfield)
Independent Liquor Store
Sobey’s Liquor

Best Gas Station
Abasand Esso
Husky – Thickwood
Mobil – Timberlea
Petro Canada – Gregoire
Petro Canada – Stone Creek
Shell – Thickwood

Best Jewelry Store
Ben Moss Jewellers
Canadian Jewellers
Michael Hill – Peter Pond
Paris Jewellers
Peoples Jewellers
Prestige Jewellers

Best Clothing & Apparel Store
The Black Onyx Boutique
Drop Dead Darlings
The Sprouting Fawn
Thrifty Dutchess
Velenzia
Yvonne Lauren

Best Hotel
Best Western Plus Sawridge Suites
Chez Dube Country Inn
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham
Pomeroy Hotel Fort McMurray
Quality Hotel & Conference Centre
TownePlace Suites by Marriott

Best Place to Get A Last Minute Gift
Chocolates and Candlelight
Colossal Toys Fort McMurray
Corridor Shops and Events
The Flower Studio
Heritage Village Gift Shop
Layers Wellness & Spa

Best Cleaning Company
Enkay Cleaning Solutions
Home Clean Home
JLO’s Cleaning Services
Luna Tasks
The Mobile Laundry Basket
Poosh Cleaning Services

Best Golf/Sports/Fitness Retail Store
All In Sports Den
Fort McMurray Golf Club Pro Shop
Miskanaw Pro Shop
Northern Dance Apparel
Sport Chek Fort McMurray
Sk8 Lab

Best In Home Repairs
Collins Construction
Ice Age Mechanical
Jos Will Millwork
NorthWest Construction Management
Pacific Interiors
Proserve DKI Cleaning & Restoration Services

Best Pet Store
Bone & Biscuit – Stone Creek
Charlie’s Choices Pet Boutique & Supply Store
The Little Pet Company
Pet Valu – Downtown
Pet Valu – Eagle Ridge
Pet Valu – Thickwood

Best Dance Studio
Brady Academy of Irish Dance
Fort McMurray Celtic Dance Studio
Generation Dance Studio
MKD The Space
UpTown at SECPA
YMM Dance Company

Best Date Night
The Alley YMM
The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
Keyano Theatre
Landmark Cinemas Fort McMurray
MR MIKES SteakhouseCasual
Surekha’s on the Snye

Best Home Business
All Things Charcuterie
Beauty Injectory
Be-You-tiful Skin Care
FOY Medi SPA
RBD Intimate Boudoir
Sugarmonkey Bar

Best Bar Theme Night
Craft Old Fashioned Night – Cocktails By Boots
Ladies Night – Club Rewind
Name That Tune – Tavern On Main
Open Mic Night – Tavern On Main
Salsa Night – Earls
Trivia Tuesday – Blackhorse Pub

Best Theatre Show
Ghost Quartet – BRJ Theatre
Great Gatsby! It’s Murder! – Swamp Rat Experience
Misery – Keyano Theatre
Newsies Jr. – Keyano Theatre
Suite Surrender – Swamp Rat Experience

Best Charity Event or Gala
Keyano Gala
Northern Lights Health Foundation’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
McMurray Malt Maniac’s Whisky & Wine Fundraiser for the Fort McMurray SPCA
RE/MAX Fort McMurray Charity Golf Tournament
Women of Inspiration Celebration (Girls Inc of Northern Alberta)
Wood Buffalo Excellence In Arts Awards

Best Festival
Athabasca Tribal Council Cultural Festival
Fort McMurray Food Festival
Heritage Village Harvest Festival
NLHF Festival of Trees
Rock The Rails
Wood Buffalo Ribfest

Best Children’s Event
The Craze
Daddy Daughter Sugar Plum Fairy Ball
Heritage Village “Haunted Village”
June Bug Festival
Rock The Rails
Sustainival

Best Employer
20/20 Management
East Village Pub and Eatery
Keyano College
Layers Wellness & Spa
NAPA Auto Parts Fort McMurray
Suncor

Best New Thing in Fort McMurray
Beauty Injectory
Corridor Shops & Events
Five Guys
PlayOn Space
The Smokin Butcher
Time To Wine

Best Indigenous Owned Business
Acden
Aquila Consulting Executives
Bouchier
Ginger’s Bannock House
RBD Beauty Photography
YMM Dance Company

Best Hidden Gem
Birchwood Trails
Chez Dube Country Inn
Corridor Shops & Events
Heritage Village & Shipyard
The Music Room @ All In Sports Den
Vista Ridge All-Seasons Park

About the author

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Mike Jones

Mike has called Fort McMurray home for the past eight years. A true man about town, Mike loves supporting local artists and small businesses by using his platform to promote them however he can. In his spare time, you can find Mike checking out new music, drinking craft beer or managing his fantasy football team!

Mike strives to live life to its fullest and adopts a glass half full perspective. He is a constant promoter of all things positive in Fort McMurray and can’t wait to help share the Good News with you!

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