Tom Smith, left, and Steve Thorpe-Doubble of B.C. Marble Products. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Two Chemainus businesses on Black Tie finalist list

B.C. Marble Products, Riot Brewing in the running for awards April 7

Two Chemainus businesses are among the finalists for the Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce’s Black Tie Awards.

Tom Smith and Steve Thorpe-Doubble of B.C. Marble Products Ltd. are finalists in the Art in Business category and the team of Aly Tomlin, Ralf Rosenke and Morgan Moreira at Riot Brewing Co. is in contention in the Business Achievement, one to 10 employees category.

The awards to the winners from eight different categories will be announced during the Black Tie Awards gala April 7 at Brentwood College in Mill Bay.

The 24 finalists were selected from among more than 150 total submissions by the public.

“It was a big surprise as far as I was concerned,” said Thorpe-Doubble. “Somebody said we were nominated and I never thought anything about it.”

B.C. Marble Products became a hub for carvers last year and paved the way for an international carving symposium to be held later this year. Daniel Cline (featured elsewhere in this issue) has set up shop there as a resident carver and the company has captured considerable attention by turning high-grade marble turned into a variety of interesting products.

“We’re pretty unique in what we do so that’s probably a good thing,” noted Thorpe-Doubble.

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