WHITE ROCK â€” As one of their last acts as a team, White Rock council honoured some of the city most-established businesses Monday night (Nov. 3).
Using 25 years or longer as the criteria, White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin said council felt it was time to shine some light on the businesses that have helped shape the city into what it was today.
â€œTheyâ€™ve been doing this many years, and in some instances several generations have been in the same business,â€ he said.
In total, 53 businesses were honoured, and Baldwin apologized if others had been left off the list.
â€œWe tried to do the best we could using the records we could find,â€ he said.
Several businesses just squeaked into the criteria of 25 years and over, such as Definition Hair, Giraffe Restaurant and Howesâ€™ Market.
Others hitting the 30 and over mark included Hallmark Carpets, Charlie Donâ€™t Surf and Buy-Low Foods.
J&H Grocery and Confectionary joined KFC, J. Lorne Ginther Law and Hillcrest Bakery and Deli in the 40-years-plus category and those coming in at the half-century mark include Penguin Meat Supplies, Skyline Market and Cosmoâ€™s Restaurant.
Two businesses, The White Rock Playerâ€™s Club and White Rock Travel were honoured as the longest-running in the city, coming in at 60 and 62 years, respectively, making them older than the municipality itself.
â€œI know thereâ€™sâ€™ some concern with maintaining business in White Rock and this group has really done a great job staying with us and providing us with the services we need,â€ said Baldwin. â€œBeing able to provide customer services and unwavering quality products means theyâ€™ve been around a long time and that shows how you survive as a business.â€
The total businesses are as follows:
Bread Box: 30 years
Buy-Low Foods: 35 years
Charlie Donâ€™t Surf: 30 years
Cottage Lunch: 35 years
Damianos Pizza: 30 years
Definition Hair: 25 years
Design Group: 28 years
Deslauriers Chiropractic Group: 25 years
Five Corners CafÃ©: 35 years
Giraffe Restaurant: 25 years
Hallmark Carpets: 30 years
Hilltop Petro Canada: 30 years
Hilltop Plumbing: 35 years
Howe’s Market: 25 years
J&H Grocery & Confectionery: 44 years
J. Amber Goddyn Notary: 30 years
Kappa Restaurant: 30 years
Kidazzles: 25 years
King Koin Laundromats: 35 years plus
La Baia Italian Restaurant: 29 years
HSBC Bank of Canada: 30 years plus
Lauraâ€™s Fashion Fabrics: 25 years plus
Leela Thai Restaurant: 25 years plus
Marlin Travel Thomas Cook: 25 years plus
Mary Lees Salon of Beauty: 25 years plus
Morrow Falk Family Pharmacy: 30 years
Pamper Me Slimming & Beauty: 30 years
Pavlos Restaurant: 25 years plus
Poultry in Motion: 25 plus years
Royal Bank: 25 years plus
Saltyâ€™s Fish and Chips: 25 years plus
Scotiabank: 30 years plus
Soft Curl Coiffures/Tarekâ€™s Cuts: 30 years plus
Spiral Dance Company: 25 years plus
SandPiper Pub: 30 years plus
Boathouse Restaurant: 25 years
Gallery and Arts Supplies: 30 years
Toronto Dominion Bank: 30 years plus
Uliâ€™s Restaurant: 25 years plus
Whitbyâ€™s Books & Gifts: 26 years
White Rock Denture Clinic: 30 years plus
White Rock Gallery: 25 years plus
Yucca Tree CafÃ©: 25 years plus
The "big ones" are as follows:
Cosmoâ€™s Restaurant: 50 years
Country Sun: 39 years
J. Lorne Ginther Law: 47 years
Hillcrest Bakery & Deli: 40 years plus
KFC: 40 years
Moby Dick: 39 years
Penguin Meat Supplies: 50 years
Skyline Market: 50 years plus
White Rock Playerâ€™s Club: 60 years
White Rock Travel: 62 years