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Local Retailer blends Old and New with 2 Prestigious Awards in one week

KITCHENER, Ontario (November 18, 1997) - Braun's Bicycle and Fitness has been a recognized fixture in downtown Kitchener since 1925. More recently, they have also become a well-known retailer on the Internet. On Thursday, November 20, Braun's will be recognized for both!

On Thursday, Braun's Bicycle will receive two prestigious awards: The Heritage Award from the City of Kitchener, and the Hot Site Award from Starting Point, a major Internet web site.

The Heritage Award recognizes businesses with over 70 years of service and community involvement in Kitchener. The award is considered a major honour, and will be presented to Braun's on Thursday evening at a special reception, along with 15 other winners.

On the same day, Braun's will also be featured as Starting Point's "Hot Business Site", another prestigious award. Brauns Online, located at, has been active for over two years, and has been extremely successful. Designed by Kitchener's The Galileo Group, the site sells cycling and fitness equipment to enthusiasts from all over the world. As a Starting Point Hot Site, Braun's is expecting thousands of Internet visitors on Thursday.

"The Starting Point award is a very important web award," says Galileo's V.P. of Sales & Marketing, Bryon Thur. "It's an honour that is based on unique votes from users, which means that thousands of people from around the world have chosen Braun's Online as their favourite site."

Braun's Bicycle & Fitness will be showcasing their web site, as well as historical memorabilia and mementos on Thursday during the day-long event commemorating the Heritage Awards at the rotunda of Kitchener's City Hall.


The Galileo Group Inc., located in the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle, is a supplier of high-performance, web-based computing solutions which help enterprises compete in the global marketplace. Galileo provides its clients with winning Internet and Intranet advantages through advanced networking infrastructures and integrated software solutions.

Braun's Bicycle & Fitness is located at 27 Scott Street in Kitchener, where they have sold high quality bicycle, fitness & fashion products since 1925.

For more information contact Bryon Thur, Vice President, Sales and Marketing of The Galileo Group Inc. at (519) 576-8317; for Internet inquiries, visit their web site at "". Robert Braun, General Manager of Braun's Bicycle & Fitness, can be reached at (519) 579-2453, or by e-mail at

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