Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) has recognized the English Rose Tea Room in downtown Pleasanton as the 16th Assembly District's "Small Business of the Year."
The award was presented to the tea room's owner Lisa Binzoni at a ceremony in Sacramento June 1.
"As a small, family-owned, and independently-operated restaurant, The English Rose serves our community as a local job creator, and, for over 11 years, has been a treasured addition to downtown Pleasanton's charming business community," Baker said.
"The English Rose has demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting local nonprofits in our community by giving back in time and contributions to charity," Baker added. "It is with great pleasure that I recognize The English Rose, not only for its success in business, but also for its devotion to community service."
Binzoni is the mother of Baker's communications director Nick Binzoni.
Spokeswoman Nanette Farag said the selection of Binzoni's business had nothing to do with her son's connection to Baker.
She said Baker's staff nearly eliminated The English Rose from consideration to avoid perceptions of bias, but the tea shop's community impact rose it to the top of the list.
The English Rose opened in 2004 and hosts lessons on etiquette and group tea events.
"I am grateful to have been honored with this award from Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, and I so appreciate her commitment to small businesses in our community," Binzoni said.