Just as our staff was gearing up for the annual Readers' Choice voting, the global pandemic hit, forcing almost all of our Pleasanton businesses to shut down. And, let's face it, this spring we all had way too many things to worry about besides a contest -- albeit a popular one.
So we'll forego this year's Readers' Choice contest, but we're going to recognize our 2020 Hall of Fame honorees. The Hall of Fame is comprised of Readers' Choice winners who have won their category five consecutive times. They stay in the HOF for two years.
Pleasanton Tutoring, Richard's Heating & Air Repair and Western Garden Nursery were the three businesses in the 2019 Hall of Fame, so they will return to competition in the next contest.
New Hall of Famers this year are: Blossom Vegan Restaurant (Best Vegetarian Cuisine); Fabulous Properties (Best Real Estate Team); Jue's Taekwon-Do (Best Martial Arts Studio); Nonni's Bistro (Best Sunday Brunch); Outer Visions Landscape Design (Best Landscaping Service); Pleasanton Family Dentist (Best Dental Office); Pleasanton Ridge (Best Kept Secret/Treasure of Pleasanton); Pleasanton Veterinary Hospital (Best Veterinarian); Primrose Bakery (Best Bakery/Dessert); and Schlicher Orthodontics (Best Orthodontist).
Here is a little about each:
Blossom Vegan Restaurant -- Best Vegetarian Cuisine. Blossom Vegan Restaurant boasted five consecutive victories for serving up piping hot and flavorful vegan Asian-style dishes for its customers. The upbeat kitchen draws in hungry eaters looking for a filling meal, vegans and non-vegans alike.
Fabulous Properties -- Best Real Estate Team. Readers voted Fabulous Properties Team with Venture-Sotheby's International Realty on Main Street as Best Real Estate Team for its years of experience and knowledge of the market.
Jue's Taekwon-Do -- Best Martial Arts Studio. Jue's Taekwon-Do is open to people of all ages, the instructors place an emphasis on discipline and mental strength as the core of a healthy lifestyle and the key to becoming a martial arts champion.
Nonni's Bistro -- Best Sunday Brunch. Brunchers are "part of the family" at Nonni's Bistro on Main Street. Nonni's food is made "from scratch" and "from the heart," and has stolen our readers' hearts for many years, starting in 2014 when it won Best Main Street Restaurant.
Outer Visions Landscape Design -- Best Landscaping Service. New Hall of Fame inductee, Outer Visions Landscape Design continues to be a money- and eco-conscious landscape designer that aims to add beauty and value to people's homes.
Pleasanton Family Dentist -- Best Dental Office. Pleasanton Family Dentist gives patients many reasons to smile, with its top-notch facility and advanced dental technology.
Pleasanton Ridge -- Best Kept Secret/Treasure of Pleasanton. Our readers' pick for Best Kept Secret/Treasure of Pleasanton, Pleasanton Ridge has five straight Readers' Choice Awards under its belt. Pleasanton Ridge also won the category for Best Place to Take Your Dog in 2019.
Pleasanton Tutoring -- Best Tutoring School. Having helped local students achieve their academic goals for over 10 years, Pleasanton Tutoring continues aiming to boost students' confidence and enthusiasm for learning, with grade boosts following as a result.
Pleasanton Veterinary Hospital -- Best Veterinarian. Pleasanton Veterinary Hospital continues to please readers with their preventative and wellness pet care. Their in-house laboratory and radiology unit, surgical suite and pharmacy allow them to provide exceptional medical care in an intimate environment.
Primrose Bakery -- Best Bakery/Dessert. Primrose Bakery takes the cake again, earning a spot in the Hall of Fame. Offering a broad selection of customizable European-style wedding cakes, dessert bars and pastries, find an arrangement of delectable sweets to satisfy any cravings here.
Richard's Heating & Air Repair -- Best Heating/AC Service. Richard Westwood of Richard's Heating & Air Repair serves fellow Tri-Valley residents by using his knowledge of heating and air conditioning systems to "repair, not replace." Richard's prides itself on providing customers with reliable equipment and services to help them save money.
Schlicher Orthodontics -- Best Orthodontist. Straight teeth and five straight victories earned Schlicher Orthodontics a Hall of Fame honor. The office on Stoneridge Drive engages with patients of all ages to help them love their smiles.
Western Garden Nursery -- Best Nursery/Garden Center. Western Garden Nursery is a well-known favorite in town. This one-stop-shop is popular among people looking for plants and garden accessories to add to their yards, as well as those seeking organic fertilizers or environmentally friendly pest controls.