We are doing things a bit differently this year and opened up the nomination process to our local community in order to ensure that all coastal businesses have an equal chance to be nominated for a 2022 Sunshine Coast People’s Choice Award.

The local business community was invited to either nominate your own business or nominate local businesses that you love during the 5-week nomination period which ran from April 7 through May 11. Nominations are now closed.


  • Nominate in the 124 established subcategories within this year’s four main categories: Retail; Health, Wellness & Lifestyle; Services; and Food & Drink.
  • You can nominate in one, some, or all of the subcategories. Each person is allowed to nominate one business per subcategory.
  • Nominated businesses must be locally owned and offer a category appropriate product and/or service in order to have their business nominated in that subcategory.
  • A minimum of 3 and maximum of 10 nominees for each subcategory will move through to the voting round. If more than 10 nominees are received for a given subcategory, the top 10 most-nominated businesses will move on.
  • Nominated businesses will be published here and announced in our newsletter(subscribe now!) and on our social media channels on June 2, 2022(Thursday).
  • Voting for the successful “Sunshine Coast People’s Choice Awards 2022” nominees will begin on July 1, 2022 (Friday) at 10:00 am using online voting forms on the Coast Reporter’s website–more details coming soon!


PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS: We have developed a digital marketing kit with graphic assets that you can use to promote your local business and encourage your customers to nominate your business for an award.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: The People’s Choice Awards are a celebration of business and entrepreneurial excellence here on the Sunshine Coast and your sponsorship will help to make this campaign special for all our local businesses! Learn more about the sponsorship opportunities available, and get involved in this exciting campaign!


We would like to congratulate all of the winners, finalists and nominated businesses of the 2021 Sunshine Coast People’s Choice Awards! We would also like to extend a huge thank-you to the Sunshine Coast community for the incredible support that was shown for the People’s Choice Awards—The response from business owners and residents alike exceeded our expectations and was a wonderful surprise. With all your support we have created a new way to celebrate the unique, vibrant and resilient local business community that plays a vital role in making the Sunshine Coast such a special place.

Whether you’re looking for a great place to grab a bite to eat, or if you’re in need of an accounting firm, a home builder, a grocery store, a hiking trail or anything and everything in between — we’ve got you covered! The people have spoken and below are the Sunshine Coast favourites for 2021! Lets continue celebrating the local business community by getting out there and showing our support for all the amazing businesses the Sunshine Coast has to offer.

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Auto Parts Store
Book Store
Butcher Shop
Cannabis Dispensary
Car Dealer
Clothing Store
Computer Sales/Service
Delicatessen/Specialty Foods
Dollar Store
Farmers Market
Flooring Store
Furniture/Appliance Store
Garden Centre
Gift Store
Grocery Store
Health Food Store
Home Improvement/Hardware Store
Lingerie Store
Liquor Store
Music Store/School
Optical Store
Paint/Painting Supply Store
Pet Supply Store
Produce Store
Roadside Stand/Farm Gate
Seafood Store
Thrift/Consignment Store
Shoe Store
Sporting Goods/Outdoor Store
Tire Store
Toy Store
Zero Waste/Refill Store

Food & Drink

Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant
Cocktail Establishment
Coffee Shop/Café
Craft Brewery/Distillery/Cidery
Happy Hour
Healthy Eating
Ice Cream/Froyo
Lunch on the Go
Meal Prep/Take & Bake
Neighbourhood Pub
New Restaurant
Pop-up/Mobile Vendor
Restaurant with a View
Upscale Dining

Health, Wellness and Lifestyle

Art Gallery
Barber Shop
Biking Trail
Community Response to COVID
  1. 7:00pm Neighbourhood Cheer!
  2. Drive-By Birthday Parties
  3. Community Mask Makers
COVID Inspired Business Reinvention
  1. New Takeout Options
  2. Distilleries/Breweries Making Hand Sanitizer
  3. Working From Home
Dance Studio
Entertainment Location for Kids
Family Dental Clinic
Fitness Gym/Personal Training
Golf Course
Hair Salon
Hiking Trail