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Auto, tire shops focus on customer service

As you enter F & R Auto Repair and GF Tire Center, you are surrounded by autos and parts, but still warmly greeted by whoever is working closest to the entrances. Both businesses are family-owned...

 

Developer's Next Gen homes adapt to the new normal

With the climate of the home, workplace, and cities changing because of the current pandemic, residents are rethinking their priorities. With schools incorporating distance learning into their plans...

 

Car washes are all in the family

A local father owns one family-run car wash in Wasco and his son owns a car wash in Shafter. Shafter Car Wash is owned by Gerardo Garza. Garza was getting ready to retire and called his son Edward...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    Business    July 23, 2020

A store that's in the customer zone

Getting it right means a lot to AutoZone store manager Leo Joaquin. "I am most proud of being able to help people and ease their concerns when it comes to selling the correct parts for their...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    Business    July 9, 2020

Surprises in every corner at Chacharas Gema

Chacharas Gema is a little shop at 7th Street that is filled with surprises. Owner Gema Garcia Hernandez greets all who enter with a warm welcome. Hernandez, originally from El Grullo, Jalisco,...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    Business    June 25, 2020

Fiesta Supermarket made from scratch

Around the corner from F Street on Poso Drive, Fiesta Supermarket sits within walking distance from seniors at the Poso Senior Apartments. The store is filled with food items familiar to the Hispanic...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    Business    June 18, 2020

Ribbon cut on Panda Express

The drive-thru line has been packed from the moment Panda Express opened this past week. Panda Express held its official ribbon cutting Saturday, with Mayor Tilo Cortez, Councilmember Gilberto Reyna,...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    Business    May 28, 2020

True Value adds store on Highway 46

A new 10,000-square-foot True Value Hardware store opened last week on Highway 46 on the old Kmart site. Luis Fernandez manages both sites and has been with True Value for over 30 years. According to...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    Business    March 26, 2020

Serving those in need with a special touch

Dennis Campbell always wanted to be an attorney; however, his life took a completely different direction after he was in an automobile accident. "I saw a chiropractor at my doctor's suggestion, and...

 

Vanguard a practice that cares

Vanguard Medical Corporation is run like the medical practices of old. The practice locations in Wasco at 845 7th St. and in Shafter at 565 Kern Street are rural health clinics. Both clinics are...

 

Panda Express coming here this spring

After years of city campaigning, Panda Express is coming to Wasco in spring 2020. Panda Restaurant Group is expected to open its doors on a new outlet in mid-April 2020. Why Wasco? Director of Real...

 

Fair, honest prices at local plumber

Another small, family-owned business is prospering in Wasco. H and A Plumbing, at 16038 Palm Ave., has been in business for over 20 years. Brothers Andres and Hector Delgado share the responsibilities...

 

Gonzalez Cell tries to help everyone

A local cell phone company offers courtesy service even if you don't carry any of its service plans. The owner of Gonzalez Cell at 829 7th Street, Christopher Montoya, has been a business owner for on...

 

Fair, honest prices at H and A Plumbing

Another small, family-owned business is prospering in Wasco. H and A Plumbing, at 16038 Palm Ave., has been in business for over 20 years. Brothers Andres and Hector Delgado share the responsibilities...

 

A special kind of doctor

There is an obstetrician-gynecologist in town who didn't become a doctor to make lots of money. Instead, he does it for the love of the communities in which he practices. Dr. Rahul Sharma has been...

 

Service comes first here

In keeping with the tradition of providing superior customer service, two local pharmacies offer to deliver what their customers need – from Bakersfield to Delano. The Shafter and Wasco pharmacies...

 

Diva Hair Salon a friendly, busy shop

Diva Hair Salon, 935 7th Street, is one of the very few salons open on Mondays. Owner Juana Quintanilla has owned the salon since 2015 and after working for many years in the business, she had the...

 

El Campesino offers tools of the ag trade

There is another startup business in town. El Campesino opened after owners Marcos and Patricia Guerrero decided to stop working outdoors and concentrate on opening a new store. The couple has owned...

 

Teresa's has a makeover

By the appearance of the newly remodeled inside of Teresa's Mexican Restaurant on the corner of 5th and F streets, you would never believe it's been around since 1981. Owner Sherrie Aguilera...

 

Brides can 'yes' to these dresses

There is a small shop in town that caters to every girl's fantasy of buying a fancy dress for a prom, wedding or quinceañera. Sandra's Wedding Shop, at 651 D Street, is where girls can begin their...

 

Special finds at 2nd Hand Store

For some people, going to a secondhand store can be daunting; however, for others, it's a treasure trove of unique finds. No matter how you feel, the Wasco 2nd Hand Store has an eclectic collection of...

 

New Cakes by Karen, and a young owner

A new bakery opened up in Wasco on Tuesday morning. While the location might seem all too familiar, the owner of the shop is new. Cakes by Karen is located where Sweet 7th Street Cupcakes and Cookies...

 

Special finds at 2nd Hand Store

For some people, going to a secondhand store can be daunting; however, for others, it's a treasure trove of unique finds. No matter how you feel, the Wasco 2nd Hand Store has an eclectic collection of...

 

Fiesta Latina Market: small, but big, too

There is a small market in town that carries just about anything a shopper might need in the way of medical needs, shampoo, fresh produce, canned goods, bakery items, cold beverages and great meat...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    Business    August 1, 2019

Ice cream shop has a sweet thank you

Oscar and Ruth Ramos, owners of Wasco K & R Banquet Hall on 7th Street, held an ice cream social by inviting local businesses to enjoy a free scoop of ice cream at Paleteria y Neveria Las...

 

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