Fifty-three White Rock businesses were recognized by council last week for operating 25 years or more – and one for 62 years in the city.
Mayor Wayne Baldwin described the milestones reached and the number of businesses in White Rock that have reached them as “really something pretty special.”
He noted that of the 53 businesses identified, 15 have been operating 30-plus years – and that customer service has been the key.
“That’s how you survive in business,” Baldwin said.
“I know we’ve got some concerns about maintaining business in White Rock, but this group has really been spectacular.”
Representatives of each were presented with framed certificates commending their “local entrepreneurial spirit.”
Baldwin described the 62-year business, White Rock Travel Service, as “the great-granddaddy of them all.”
Other particularly long-standing operations include White Rock Players Club (60 years), Skyline Market (50-plus), Penguin Meat Supply Ltd. (50), Cosmos (50) J. Lorne Ginther Law (47), J&H Grocery & Confection (44), Hillcrest Bakery & Deli Ltd. (40-plus) and Kentucky Fried Chicken (40).
Businesses that have been operating for 30 years or more include: Moby Dick and Country Sun (39 years); King Koin Laundromat (35-plus); HSBC Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, Soft Curt Coiffures/Tarek’s Cuts, Toronto Dominion Bank and White Rock Denture Clinic Ltd. (30-plus); Buy Low Foods, Cottage Lunch/Montgomery’s, Five Corners Cafe and Hilltop Plumbing Ltd. (35 years); Bread Box, Charlie Don’t Surf, Damianos Pizza Ltd., Hallmark Carpets, Hilltop Petro Canada, J. Amber Goddyn Notary Public, Kappa Restaurant Ltd., Sandpiper Pub, Morrow Falk Family Pharmacy Ltd., Pamper Me Slimming & Beauty and The Gallery and Arts Supplies (30 years).
And, operating at least 25 years: La Baia Italian Restaurant (29 years); Design Group (28); Whitby’s Books & Gifts (26); White Rock Gallery, Yucca Tree Café, Royal Bank of Canada, Salty’s Fish and Chips, Laura’s Fashion Fabrics, Leela Thai Restaurant, Marlin Travel Thomas Cook, Mary Lees Salon of Beauty, Pavlos Restaurant Ltd., Uli’s Restaurant and Spiral Dance Co. Ltd. (25-plus); Definition Hair, Deslauriers Chiropractic Group, Giraffe Restaurant, Howe’s Market, Kidazzles, Poultry in Motion and The Boathouse (25).