The City Council hosted a standing-room-only ceremony last week to recognize Pleasanton-based businesses -- large and small -- marking milestone anniversaries this year.
Mayor Jerry Thorne and his fellow council members handed out dozens of awards to business owners to commemorate their tenure in Pleasanton during what ceremony emcee Pamela Ott, the city's economic development director, called her favorite night of the year for the city.
"Our city's quality of life is closely connected to the success of our business community, and we are pleased to recognize and honor the milestones of these businesses," Ott said after the council presentations at the Civic Center on Oct. 16.
"Pleasanton is home to companies across an array of industries and sizes -- all of whom offer employment, services and products to our residents," she added. "The council's recognition of these 175 companies offers a public opportunity to celebrate the value of these wonderful businesses and to thank them for their many years in Pleasanton."
The council spent nearly half an hour honoring the businesses in town that have a milestone anniversary in 2018 -- celebrating 15, 20, 25, 30, 40 and 50 years in operation.
Highest on this year's list were Pleasanton Ready Mix Concrete at 50 years and Dutchover & Associates at 40 years.
The honorees spanned the spectrum, from large companies including Black Tie Transportation (20 years) and Thermo Fisher Scientific (15) to recognizable brands like Abercrombie & Fitch (15), Federal Express (20) and Raley's (30) to Pleasanton small-business staples such as Towne Center Books, Jue's Taekwon Do, Hop Yard Alehouse & Grill and Pleasanton Jewelers, each at 20 years.
There were also nonprofits such as Tri-Valley REACH (20), religious facilities led by St. Augustine Church (30) and personal services like Pleasanton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (15), Pleasanton Lucky Cleaners (20) and Old Republic Title Company (30).
Pleasanton Ready Mix was among the nearly 30 businesses whose representatives were recognized during the council ceremony after accepting the city's invitation.
The other groups honored at the event were:
* 30 years: Team Glass Inc.
* 25 years: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Brian Keller Concrete Construction/Consulting, Clapp Moroney Vucinich Beeman & Scheley PC, Jue's Taekwon Do, Mountain Mike's Pizza, Playgrounds by Design Inc. and Pleasant View Church of Christ.
* 20 years: Amador Valley Chiropractic, Art Garcia Concrete Construction Inc., Connext, DB General Contracting Inc., Diagnostic Biosystems, Ester Lisa P. Domingo DDS, QES Computers Inc., Tri-Valley REACH and US Bank.
* 15 years: Extended Day Child Care Inc., Flaunt Hair Designs, Hairlights Salon, Heart of the Valley Pediatric Cardiology, Mexico Lindo, NDE Analytical, Noland's Cake Shop, Pleasanton Gynecology, Real Protection Inc., Visual Eyes Optometry and Western Traffic Supply Inc.
A full list of the 2018 business anniversaries is available on the city website.