Back of Town fixtures win Wilkinson award

  • Award winners: Jenefer Brimmer, entrepreneur, and Troy Lewis, vice-president of Young Men’s Social Club (Photograph by Owain Johnston-Barnes)
  • Jenefer Brimmer, entrepreneur, and Troy Lewis, vice-president of Young Men’s Social Club (Photograph by Owain Johnston-Barnes)

Three North Hamilton fixtures have been honoured with the Priscilla Wilkinson Business Award.

Place’s Cafe, the Young Men’s Social Club and entrepreneur Jenefer Brimmer have been recognised for their success and contributions to the community.

Dale Butler, a former Progressive Labour Party MP who helped to establish the award, praised all three winners.

He said: “It’s a difficult task because everyone feels they have made a contribution, and they have, but we had to make a decision.

“Ms Brimmer stood out because of her entrepreneurship, and Place’s has long played a part in the May 24 marathon.

“The Young Men’s Social Club has always been close to the PLP — in fact, this week they are having a Cabinet meeting there. It has played a critical part in the development of clubs.”

Ms Brimmer has spent the past 27 years helping those with asthma and allergies through Thermax Bermuda and the Bermuda Asthma and Allergy Relief Centre.

When she opened in 1991, people often needed to travel overseas to find products to help with their conditions.

Ms Brimmer said: “We introduced the Bermuda Asthma & Allergy Support Group charity in 1997, and we have been keeping that going to help to educate. Education has always been the main key.”

She is getting ready to launch a new entirely different business — BKS Wholesale & Liquors.

Ms Brimmer said: “It’s outside of the arena that I have always focused on. It’s a wine and alcohol business with accessories.

“We won’t be doing singles or cold drinks, except for the wine in the cooler, but we will do wholesale and retail.”

Troy Lewis, vice-president of Young Men’s Social Club, said the club has been supporting Bermudians in the community for almost a century.

Mr Lewis said the club opened its doors in the 1920s and became a second home for many men in the area.

He said: “It was a place where people could get together after work and discuss matters of the day before returning home.”

Mr Lewis said the club was proud of the many businessmen and athletes who had been involved.

The third winner, Place’s Cafe, originally opened its doors as the Royal Cafe in 1953.

At that time, the establishment was bought by Vorhees Place, Harold Masters and Stanley Hodgson, but it transformed into Place’s Place after Mr Masters and Mr Hodgson stepped away.

Mr Place, with his younger brother, Ivan Place, turned the Dundonald Street space into a popular nightspot with live music and DJs.