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  • Express Collision dedicated to superior service

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Apr 9, 2024

    Express Collision Centers is a thriving business with a focus on quality work. Owner and operator Johnny Saffouri shows he has a passion for auto body repair and a commitment to customer satisfaction, going above and beyond to deliver top-notch service. Originally from Washington D.C.,Saffouri has been a Californian for over 30 years. His journey into the auto body repair industry began seven years ago, inspired by a lifelong dream. He pursued his education at the Universal...

  • At Shear Design, beauty, community and unwavering bonds

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 18, 2024

    The Shear Design salon has a long history of serving the Wasco community. With 38 years in business, it is the oldest salon in Wasco. At the helm is owner Maria Martinez, who oversees a dedicated staff of hair stylists, nail technicians and an esthetician. "We are a full-service salon. Whatever you need, it can be done. We try to give one hundred percent. We bend over backward for our customers." Her team comprises Maria Rivera, Indira Rodriguez, Katie Romero, Terry Nguyen, Ro...

  • Richland Chevrolet dealer wins award

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 18, 2024

    Last week, Chevrolet executives from Detroit, including Zone Manager Michael Stinner, arrived at Richland Chevrolet in Shafter to present dealer Jeff Millwee with a plaque commemorating 25 years of service as a Chevrolet dealer here. This milestone was celebrated with great pride and recognition of the dealership's unwavering dedication to its customers and the Chevrolet brand. The event culminated in a special photo session, capturing a feature on Millwee in the trade...

  • Wasco Glass thrives under new ownership

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Feb 27, 2024

    Diana and Tomas Lopez are the proud owners of Wasco Glass. They bring a wealth of experience and dedication to their commercial and residential glass shop and agricultural equipment glass replacement business. "We offer complete windows on homes and specialize in shower door installations, custom build screens, retrofit windows, mirrors, tabletops, tempered glass, new patio sliding doors, pet mesh screens and windshield chip repair only," Tomas said. Wasco Glass launched on...

  • Glad Raggs still finding treasures

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Feb 19, 2024

    Glad Raggs has been a mainstay in the Shafter community for almost 40 years, giving the residents of Shafter and the surrounding communities a variety of treasures, be they furniture, antiques or other items that bring a sense of nostalgia. Owner Ronnie Carroll has been at the helm of the business, leading the store in its mission of bringing Shafter a rich history that will remain with families for generations. The store has a wide variety of furniture, with an array of...

  • At Esmeralda's, a woman's dream blooms

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Feb 13, 2024

    Esmeralda Díaz is the proud owner of Esmeralda’s Flower Shop & More, a quaint flower shop and secondhand store that offers a variety of new and gently used items. She bought the establishment from a previous owner who had the business for over 40 years, and she wants to continue with the legacy. “I opened two years ago and have been blessed so far. The community has supported me, and for that, I am grateful. After being around for so long, the business has great pote...

  • 'It's always good vibes at Barber Bros'

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Feb 5, 2024

    Barber Bros launched in 2023 and has since developed a reputation for its commitment to quality service and its vibrant, friendly atmosphere. Owner Luis Magallanes said he started the business because of all the luxuries afforded by being an entrepreneur: "I wanted the freedom to make my schedule and have the flexibility to spend time with my growing family." Magallanes is a Wasco native and thought the city was the perfect place to open the barbershop. He's familiar with the...

  • Cricket helps keep communities connected

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jan 29, 2024

    Cricket Wireless helps to keep Shafter, Wasco and other Valley communities talking. Manager Tania Cebellos says that they love Shafter and are excited to be a part of the community. "I love this store, and the people of Shafter are just so nice," she said. "It is great to be a part of a small town. Everyone is so friendly." The store carries phones, cases, protectors, speakers and more. A big advantage, according to Cebellos, is the fact that there are no contracts with...

  • Ayalaya's Barbershop makes the cut

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Dec 12, 2023

    There is a new barbershop in town, located at the site that once housed Elro's Barbershop, on Central Avenue. Ayala'a Barbershop has been open almost a month, and is excited about this new opportunity to cut its way into the community's hearts. Owner Alfredo Ayala, along with barber Brent Martinez, opened the shop to give the residents of Shafter a new option when it comes to hair styles. They are ready to give you any type of cut you want, being well-versed in all of the new...

  • Edicks show love to animals and people

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Oct 21, 2023

    Wasco Veterinary Clinic is a symbol of compassion, dedication and love for animals and people alike. A family and locally owned business by Dr. Thomas Edick and his nephew, Dr. Brian Edick, they bring warmth and passion to the community they serve. Since 1981, they have built a legacy of exceptional care and community engagement that has earned the clinic a reputation for bringing the highest quality of service, complete with a friendly and dynamic team of ten, including...

  • The sweet smell of success at Candeleria Bakery

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Oct 13, 2023

    Candelaria's Bakery has only been open for a few months, but the business is growing and building a reputation for great pastries and cakes. Owned and operated by Enrique Gonzalez and his wife, Candelaria, Candelaria's is open seven days a week and serves a variety of pastries, cakes and breads. Gonzalez said that they also make tamales. When we visited, they had pork, beef, and jalapeno and corn varieties. Gonzalez said that this is their first venture into their own...

  • Dutch Bros coffee shop now open

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    Dutch Bros Coffee opened its doors to the public on Monday with a ribbon cutting commemorating the occasion. Members of the community and Wasco leadership attended the celebration. Morgan Rapp is the regional operator. "We are so honored to serve the community that is just as excited to be here and part of what we do." He said they decided to come to Wasco because the community is so loving. "We are thrilled to bring Dutch love to this city and thought we'd be a perfect fit."...

  • A tint business that comes to you

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    Raciel Mendez of Tint Cartel has served the Wasco community for the last year. He comes from Madera, where he owned Sin Cal Glass and Tint for eight years. He prides himself in offering high-quality work at reasonable prices. His is a mobile business, and comes to residential, commercial or automotive clients. Mendez is from a Hispanic family, with his parents originating from Oaxaca and Durango in Mexico. He said they taught him Spanish and instilled in him the value of hard...

  • 2nd Hand Store offers 'semi-new' items at half off

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Sep 17, 2023

    If you are looking for affordable and gently used items for your family and home, Wasco 2nd Hand Store may help meet your tight budget and save money. The owner, Maria Teresa Valdez, comes from Jalisco, Mexico, where she owned a clothing store and a fruit and vegetable market. "Ever since living in Mexico before getting married, we always had small businesses. When I came to Wasco in 1995, I wanted to continue that." In March of 2003, she realized her goal. She said she has a...

  • Comida Travel helps plan dream vacations

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Aug 15, 2023

    Comida Travel in Wasco provides personalized, boutique-style advisory service to ensure one makes the best of their trip with the help of a knowledgeable and seasoned travel professional. Katie Moreno is the owner. By day she is a special assignment teacher at Wasco High School, assisting other teachers with classroom technology and state testing in the Spring. She is also the advisor of the high school's Traveling Tigers Club. She has taken students to Spain, Italy and...

  • Sno-Shack: A delightful summer tradition

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 17, 2023

    Wasco Sno-Shack has served the community for the last 33 years. It is a family-owned business founded by Elvia Garza in 1990 and passed down in 2010 to her daughter, Stella Guerra. Sno-Shack is known for its delicious shaved ice cones. There are over 40 flavors and mixtures. Some of their most popular are vanilla with cream, coco con leche, mango-chamoy, cherry and the all-infamous Tiger's blood. "The ice is exquisitely soft, allowing each bite to melt effortlessly on your...

  • Candyland makes parties sweet

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jul 17, 2023

    Nancy Guardado has been helping the community celebrate for six years, be it parties with pinatas, inflatables, a bunch of candy and whatever items needed to make a great party. Candyland has been open in Shafter for six years, thriving even during the pandemic, which challenged a lot of store owners in Shafter and Wasco. When we visited Guardado in 2022, she was just opening her second store, in downtown Wasco. She was there just over a year, but closed the store to...

  • Dr. Campbell: 'These are our people'

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 17, 2023
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    Out of 100,000 chiropractors in the world, Dr. Dennis Campbell of Campbell Chiropractic is one of only about 3,000 physicians that practice the unique specialty of upper cervical chiropractic. Within that specialty, he practices the Blair technique, where he is one of 20 in the world at the highest skill level. More than half of his practice is from people that come from Visalia, Fresno, Paso Robles and Bakersfield. "And a lot further because of the particular specialty I do....

  • SnoFun a sweet treat for 30 years

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jun 11, 2023

    SnoFun, on Central Avenue in Shafter, has been doling out happiness, one scoop at a time, for over 30 years. Owners Amando and Ilyana Chavez operate the shop, assisted by their daughter, Audrey, who just celebrated her graduation from high school as SHS senior class president. Chavez said that her father, Fidel Gonzalez, started running the shop after acquiring it over 30 years ago. "We were from Monterey County, and my father heard of an ice cream shop for sale here in Shafte...

  • Family's Japanese cuisine delivers

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated May 30, 2023

    Blue Sushi prides itself on serving up authentic Japanese cuisine. Under new ownership, the restaurant has thrived. Daniel Vargas is the owner of the family business, with his sister, mother and aunt on the team. He has lived his whole life in Wasco, attending local schools and graduating from Wasco High School in 2018. Daniel decided to build his business in Wasco because he likes the small community. "I know a lot of people here. It feels like home, being around my family."...

  • Succulents make life vibrant for Bethany Cranfill

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Apr 30, 2023

    Bethany Cranfill, with her husband Jesse, a teacher at Maple School, was growing their own succulent plants at their home for years when she decided that it would make a great business for her to try. Armed with a wide variety of plants and self-taught knowledge through experience, Cranfill set out to open her own succulent business. "I quit my job and decided to do this full time, making a living doing something that I really love to do." She grows the plants in a garden...

  • Man living his dream

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Apr 25, 2023

    A Shafter man is living his dream, thanks to a leap of faith that netted him a career doing something that he loves to do. Marco Avendano, of Tacos Avendano, has been in business for three years now, serving a variety of Mexican dishes, focusing on his specialty, tacos. Avendano was at a pop up event recently at the Gathering Church on Central Valley Highway in Shafter. Avendano said that business has been great, getting calls from his online presence, as well as a great...

  • Frosty King continues to reign in Shafter

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Apr 18, 2023

    Frosty King in Shafter has been reigning over the city with its great food and customer service for over 15 years, with the business weathering storms to stay the course in remaining a staple in the city. Owner Sammy Ayash has been leading the restaurant in its operations for the entire run. The business had a popular following and then a hiccup when they learned that their previous location where the AmPm is located was being sold. Ayash found a new location a couple of...

  • A pool guy you can count on at Big Joe's

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 25, 2023

    Big Joe's Pool Service launched earlier this year and is off to a great start. Joseph Munoz and his wife, Allisyn, are the owners. Before opening his own business, Munoz worked servicing pools for another company, where he learned the ropes and accomplished expertise that would eventually serve him well in his new role. Munoz is a long-time resident who grew up in Shafter, and said he enjoys working there and in Wasco. So far, business is good. "It's exciting to see it start...

  • Mother and daughter taking a chance

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Dec 12, 2022

    A Shafter mother and daughter have taken a leap of faith, opening a booth in a popular antique shop in Bakersfield. Michelle and Adrianna Pompa have a display at the Timeless Antique Shop, 1415 19th St. The duo offers a great variety of items, from timeless décor items to homemade items that are created by Adrianna. Adrianna, who works for the county superintendent of schools, has had her own business for a few years now, creating her own soaps, scrubs, loofahs and earrings....

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