Day #125 - Take A Hike Receives Business Excellence Award

Please join me in congratulating one of our own:Retailer Diane Petryna, owner of Take a Hike in Thunder Bay

Take A Hike Receives Business Excellence Award

Medium (7-25 Employees)THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - May 6, 2012 - Nine years after having won the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce's Business Excellence Award for small sized firms (1-6 employees), Take A Hike was once again recognized for its excellence. At last evening's 18th Annual Business Awards Gala held at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay, the retail store received the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for medium sized companies (7-25 employees).Take A Hike's continued business expansion and diversification, exemplary customer service, innovative staff training initiatives, and history of community involvement impressed the judges.In accepting the award, store owner Diane Petryna acknowledged the on-going support her company has enjoyed from customers, employees, suppliers and the community.  She also suggested that with her company's track record, the Chamber should expect Take A Hike back at the podium in 10 more years. "By then we'll be ready to pick up our award in the large sized business category," she said with a smile.Take A Hike is an independently owned and operated outdoor lifestyle store located at 309 Bay Street in Thunder Bay. Since 1996, Take A Hike has been offering shoppers a unique collection of quality gifts, toys, clothing, footwear and gear.As a leading retailer in Canada, Petryna is a member of the Retail Council of Canada's Independent Retailer Advisory Committee and is often cited in industry journals about best retail management practices.For more information, contact:Diane Petryna at 1-807-474-4220  or or go to