ARUNDEL – The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce recently honored a number of businesses with its annual Drive to Be the Best awards.

“We were thrilled to come together on September 15 for the first time in three years to welcome Drive to Be the Best,” said Laura Dolce, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce. “More than 200 members of our business community joined us to celebrate this year’s winners, all very deserving.”

The event celebrated members of the community who went above and beyond, as well as companies that were deemed “the best” by popular vote.

The festivities at the Vinegar Hill Music Theater in Arundel included live music from the Lisa, Jim and Byon Band outside, as well as live music from the Beau Dalleo Band inside the barn, plus presentations multimedia coordinated by Blake Baldwin and Video Creations.

Outgoing Kennebunk City Manager Mike Pardue was surprised to name Kennebunk Police Chief Bob MacKenzie as the 2022 Joel Stevens Community Spirit Award, given in memory of a beloved member of the community .

The chamber awarded honors to the following members of the community:

City employee of the year: Wendy Lank, Town of Arundel

Volunteer of the year: Catherine Baker

Rising star: Colby Marvin Bracy of Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport

President’s Award: Paul Humphrey, owner of Mornings in Paris in Kennebunk

Business of the Year: Sea Love in Kennebunkport, owned by Stacy and Barry Miller

Outstanding Achievements: Steve Kingston, owner of The Clam Shack in Kennebunk

Motivated woman: Danielle Frechette, owner of River’s Edge Spa and Salon in Kennebunk

Nonprofit of the Year: Tommy McNamara Charitable Foundation

Special Recognition: Keith Trefethen, chief executive of the town of Arundel for seven years

Special Recognition: Mike Pardue, Kennebunk City Manager leaving after 6 years

Joel Stevens Community Service Award: Bob MacKenzie, Kennebunk Police Department Chief of Police

The Drive to Be the Best award winners were:

Better nightlife: Old Vines Wine Bar and The Pilot House

Best place for breakfast: Mike’s American Diner and Mike’s All Day Breakfast

Best place to eat outdoors: Arundel Wharf and the Boathouse

Best cocktail bar: Old Vines Wine Bar and Batson River Brewing & Distilling

Best beer list: Alisson’s Restaurant and Federal Jack’s

Best takeaway: Mekhong Thai and The Clam Shack

Best spa/hair salon: River’s Edge Spa & Salon and The Nail Spa by Thao

Best Art Gallery: Maine Art Hill and Wendy Webster Good/The Port

Best cup of coffee: Mornings in Paris and Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks

Best ice cream: Rococo ice cream and Ben & Jerry’s

Best lobster roll: The Clam Shack Restaurant and Alisson

Best Bakery/Pastry: Bakery and Parisian mornings

Best Shop/Gift Shop: Daytrip Society and Dannah for Men

Best garage/auto services: Sunoco and Arundel Ford de Guay

Best Bank: Kennebunk Savings and Camden National

Best Fitness Club/Yoga Venue: Spurling Fitness and the Daily Sweat

Best landscaping service: Terrapin Landscapes and Solari Property Care and Excavation

Best real estate agency: Maynard & Associates and Kennebunk Beach Realty Bundle

Best home improvement company: Hazelwood Handyman Services and Huston’s Home Renovations

Best trails/walks: Hope Woods and East Trail

Best chowder: Alisson’s Restaurant and Cape Pier Chowder House

Best wedding venue: Nonantum Resort and The Colony Hotel

Best golf course: Webhannet Golf Course and Cape Arundel Golf Course

Best local publication: Tourist & Town and Kennebunk Post

Best happy hour: Old Vines and Pedro’s

Best Family Activities Company: New England Eco Adventures and Seashore Trolley Museum

Best place to go on a first date: Garden Street Bowl and The Lost Fire

Best place for a romantic getaway: Beachfront Inn and White Barn Inn

Best place for a family stay: Nonantum Beach Inn and Resort

Best Local Band/Musician: Lisa Mills and Ocean Ave and Chris Ross Band

Best customer service: Seaside Inn and New England Eco Adventures

Best financial services: Kennebunk Savings and Nvest Financial

Best Photographer: Bob Dennis and Chris Smith

Best aquatic/fun activity: New England Eco Adventures and KBIA

Favorite association: Seashore Trolley Museum and Tommy McNamara Charitable Foundation