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CONTENTS APRIL 2018

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Over the last 25 years Barbara Daly has added hundreds of videos to her resume, representing works in nonprofits, commercials, and internal business productions. Daly Video Services is behind both the series of videos created for the City of Stockton’s Stockton is Home project and the four-minute video recently shown at the Emergency Food Bank’s donor appreciation breakfast. By Nora Heston Tarte

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The righteous defenders of our region aren’t just designated to the big screen. Whether on the clock or on their own, behind a desk or taking to the streets, the women of our community are inspiring the masses and breaking the mold, and a select few go above and beyond the call of duty. By Copper Williams

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For years some have turned their noses at cosmetic procedures, insisting they go against the love your body mantra the 2010s have become about. Perhaps, however, that isn’t true. In a society where doing what makes you happy is becoming the norm, why shouldn’t we turn to cosmetic procedures to empower us? By Nora Heston Tarte

THE 88 BEYOND SURFACE

Kitchen and bathroom remodels and new builds come with a variety of material choices from countertops and backsplash to flooring and cabinets. Oh, choices! Where to begin when building your dream space, you ask? Right here. Peruse through options, check in on trends, and get answers from experts. By Lindsey Rodrian

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116 24 HOURS IN SACRAMENTO

It’s time to take a break! Need to escape the stressors of daily life, but don’t have time for a full-blown vacation? Take 24 hours and get away from it all in Sacramento. By Nora Heston Tarte


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CONTENTS APRIL 2018

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Cannabis Culture, Get the Right Fit for Your Running Shoe, Moaning Cavern Adventure Park, Stella Mitchell Boutique, and more.

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“I’m willing to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.” -Diana Prince

learning and sharing stories of local women who are shaping, preserving, rocking and rolling, expanding and improving our community.    This year we asked the public, ‘Who’s your Wonder Woman?’ And as heartfelt, moving, and personal submissions came flooding in, one thing was certain—we have an undeniably vast amount of local, super-hero-esc women here in San Joaquin, and we are ready to celebrate them as we serve the community for another 15 years!    So, what makes a wonder woman? Is she a doctor or a lawyer, a big wig or a CEO? Or does her impact reach far beyond the dress suit she wears to work each day and the role she plays there? The thing about Wonder Woman is, she was also Army Nurse Diana Prince. In addition to her already honorable career, she decided to take on saving the world.   This year’s group of women is on the same mission—to improve our community through not just their job, but also their extra curricular activities. Volunteering with (or even founding) impactful charities like With Our Words, Pretty Lady Sisterhood, Haven of Peace, Hospice of San Joaquin, and more, these leading ladies go beyond the call of duty, each a warrior of her own regard, paving the path to success for non-profits and community initiatives, revitalization projects, and so much more. Join them as they conquer the hurdles our region must face, and learn the stories of how they’ve evolved to become advocates for those that need a helping hand.    The womanpower is strong this edition, as we also showcase a plethora of local ladies working in a variety of industries. Take a look into the lives of the women who make our county go round. From doctors and real estate agents to boutique owners, stylists, winemakers, and entrepreneurs, Women in Business gives a personalized introduction to the women behind many local businesses you know and love.

LAST THOUGHTS SAVE THE DATE

Craving the Best of San Joaquin all in one place? Looking to sip, taste, and dance the night away? Join us for the Party of the Year featuring the finest cuisine, the most tantalizing wine, and much, much, more. Did you celebrate with us at Viaggio Estate & Winery for the 2016 Best of San Joaquin Event?! Over 1,2000 people hit the dance floor and got face-to-face with their favorites as they filled up on the best San Joaquin has to offer, all in celebration of our winners, and in support of United Way of San Joaquin. We know you’re busy voting, but mark your calendars for July 12th, because it’s going down at Brookside Country Club! More than 20 of the area’s best restaurants and wineries, that you crowned Best of San Joaquin, will be serving and pouring all night long.

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  Over the last 25 years Barbara has added hundreds of videos to her resume, representing works in nonprofits, commercials, and internal business productions.   Daly Video Services is behind both the series of videos created for the City of Stockton’s Stockton is Home project and the four-minute video recently shown at the Emergency Food Bank’s donor appreciation breakfast. “The key is always storytelling,” she says.    Nonprofit videos, mainly three to five minute packages showcased at fundraisers and shared online to encourage donors to give to a cause, make up the bulk of the workload.   Barbara’s first big client, St. Mary’s Dining Room—a nonprofit organization that continues to use Daly Video Services 25 years later— gave Barbara her start in Stockton’s tight-knit nonprofit world.    “We focus not on a director or a CEO but on people who have benefitted from the organization,” Barbara explains. “We get to the heart of their story and that helps people understand the good work being done.”    For years, Barbara created her videos alone, but in 2016 Tim retired from his on-air gig and joined the family business. Together they continue to produce videos that add to their collection of stories about remarkable people in the region. “I’ve waited for years to have his talent on board,” Barbara says.   Barbara says she was able to organically grow her business because of Tim’s support. Tim, of course, insists it’s Barbara’s talents that got Daly Video Services where it is today. Still, the low-pressure situation allowed her to value substance over a payday—at least to an extent. “He never asked me to bring home the bacon,” Barbara laughs. It’s not lost on us that today her business provides both of their bacon.   Working in TV news, Barbara built the talents she needed to become a successful videographer. “We get in some really delicate conversations and not being afraid to ask a question comes along with the news background,” Barbara says. She also learned to write, edit, and shoot, on the job, skills that allow Barbara to offer full packages, including sound mixing and voiceovers, at a fair price.    Tim brings his own lessons from more than 30 years in television. He says, “being in news you are trained to work fast and efficient and accurate. News creates efficiency.”   Just like the news, for every video the duo creates a timeline, writes a script, and makes a plan. It’s presented to and approved by the company purchasing the services. Once Barbara and Tim get started, those plans often go out the window, but the results are the same: 32

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meaningful videos that encourage people to get involved in the community, whether it’s giving to the NICU at Adventist Health Lodi Memorial or joining neighbors at the annual Asparagus Festival.    It hasn’t always been easy to make it as a videographer in Stockton as work constantly ebbs and flows in the male-dominated profession. But Barbara has found her niche in nonprofits.

  She says the seesawing once stressed her out, however Barbara has since learned to flow with the uncertainty. She knows to enjoy the quiet months instead of dread them because a busy month will always follow a slow one.    “With any small business you’re always dealing with ups and downs and it’s no different in this business,” she says.   Barbara relies on word of mouth marketing to gain new business. Tim puts it like this: “We like to think our videos speak for themselves.”    One year, a donor told Barbara and Tim that their video inspired him to change his $500 contribution to the non-profit agency to $5,000.   “I just love the process of learning about an organization that’s doing good in the community,” Barbara says. “To then turn that lesson into a compelling story is what it’s all about. We’re all just working to make the community better and that’s what I see as my role in doing these videos.” REACH OUT:

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FEMININE STRENGTH STEP INTO STELLA MITCHELL’S NEW HOME ON NORTH SCHOOL STREET  BY NORA HESTON TARTE / D Stella Mitchell is home. The women’s clothing boutique that opened under the name Stella Boutique across from Lodi’s Lakewood Plaza five years ago moved downtown last fall. The new location allowed owner Kelli Ann Knowles to double her retail space, bringing in home décor and men’s fashion to compliment her growing brand. She also hosts trunk shows and monthly wine tastings.   “The Lodi community has embraced us in our original space from

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the beginning but being downtown definitely feels more like home,” Kelli says.   Inside Stella Mitchell, satin, chiffon, florals, and embellished denim take center stage, complimented by a variety of lightweight moto jackets, cardigans, and dusters. Shelves burst with colorful fashions, both soft and muted and saturated and vibrant. Above stacks of denim sits wine country chic décor while scented candles and potted plants find space between jewelry displays.

I believe your home should be your sanctuary and fashion should be fun. – Kelli Ann Knowles, Owner of Stella Mitchell

  Natural elements—brick walls bathed in natural light, wood floors dressed in faux fur, and towering green plants looming over each table—welcome busy shoppers in.   In April, Kelli added new clothing and décor labels into her shop. Home décor trends follow fashion so guests can expect to see pillows, throws, artwork, candles, and floral arrangements that echo the same themes flooding the shop’s fashions.    Against the rainbow of colors inside, pink will be a staple this spring, epitomizing a feminine strength that permeates the store (aside from the men’s fashions, of course).    Kelli is, and always has been, the sole owner of Stella, but she’s not doing it alone. Family—her mom, three children, and husband—are part of the equation. Her son Mitchell was Kelli’s inspiration for bringing men’s clothing into the space as well as the rename. Her daughters, Heather and Brittani, are the beauties modeling new arrivals all over the shop’s social media.    While the items inside Kelli’s store compliment each other, nearly every piece is a standout. Embrace your inner entertainer with custom serving trays made of wine barrels or master layering by pairing lace camisoles with a pastel, lambskin leather jacket.   Every shopping experience at Stella Mitchell is as personal as your taste. STOP IN FOR GIFTS, PERSONAL ITEMS, OR A NEW WARDROBE: STELLA MITCHELL 116 N. School St., Lodi, (209) 369-7231, @StellaMitchell

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CANNABIS CULTURE In January 2018, California became the sixth state in the U.S. to allow licensed shops to sell marijuana to anyone 21 years and older with a state licensed ID or passport.

TECHNOLOGY, MAN! Cannabis can be consumed in a variety of ways, and with today’s technology, there’s really no need to ‘light up’ anymore.

Stockton is currently home to a handful of dispensaries that welcome the public to peruse and order from their vast menu of marijuana goodies that range from flowers and cookies to tinctures and oil. But, what does it all mean? If you’re new to the scene, we’re here to help! CANNABINOIDS This mouthful refers to a class of chemical compounds found in the cannabis (marijuana) plant that interact with receptors in the brain and body, including the central nervous system and the immune system. The two most discussed cannabinoids— Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and the cannabidiol cannabinoid, known as CBD—are of serious medical interest. The National Cancer Institute reports that, in addition to treating the side effects of cancer, cannabinoids’ possible effects include anti-inflammatory and antiviral activity, blocking cell growth, preventing the growth of blood vessels that supply tumors, and relieving muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis. THC Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the cannabinoid most known for its psychoactive effects, meaning, it gets you “high”! But, it’s also being clinically studied for its incredible medical benefits, including its ability to kill cancer cells. The National Institute on Drug Abuse 36

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ARTISTRY in ACCESSORIES Dorene Willet sells handcrafted jewelry at Lodi’s Boxwood Finch  BY NORA HESTON TARTE/ D

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Zzyzx may sound like a mythical place, but Dorene Willet promises it’s real. Formerly known as Soda Springs, it’s the spot Dorene got her start in jewelry making 15 years ago, attending a jewelry camp at the area’s Earth Science Center.    Actually, Zzyzx, Calif. kind of sounds like a place you might go to play with gemstones and fine metals, learn stone carving, copper enameling, beading, and precious metal clay.   “I couldn’t make my hands move fast enough or take as many classes as I wanted, and left there completely in love with the entire process,” Dorene shares of her experience. Every year since her family has returned to spend time together while Dorene refines her skills.   Her pieces, often fashioned out of mixed metals, pearls, stones, crystals, glass, and leather, first caught the eye of some friends. Her business Hadar & Adara—Hebrew and Greek words for glory and beauty—was launched with an in-home jewelry show.

Where to Buy: Hadar & Adara is sold locally at Boxwood Finch in Lodi, as well as at Sierra Mountain Home in Pioneer, and a shop in Vancouver, Wash. She plans to add a Modesto location to her line-up later this year.

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  “This adventure came into a life of it’s own,” says Dorene.    Over the years, Dorene has collected customers and friends. She’s met some of her favorite people and best customers through those early in-home shows, a practice she still indulges in seasonally.    As her business grew organically, Dorene added craft fairs and Hospice fundraisers to her venues, as well as three retail shops. She has also continued with home shows. She’s honored to say many brides and wedding parties have donned her pieces on their big day.   While every piece is a personal expression for Dorene, her favorite pieces are marriages of stones and leather.   “I purchase most of my supplies once a year at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in February,” Dorene says. “I then supplement my inventory throughout the year by purchasing online from those vendors.” Sometimes she turned to Etsy and some other online vendors to find the supplies she needs.   All of Dorene’s pieces are handcrafted and of high quality, available at an affordable price point to San Joaquin residents either through her Facebook page or in retail shops in California and Washington.    “My jewelry is a very personal expression of who I am,” Dorene says.


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RUN with COMFORT FINDING THE BEST FIT FOR YOU  BY EILEEN WEBER

  Tony continues, saying, a common mistake in choosing sneakers is getting whatever looks good without making sure it’s the right fit. Too often, people end up getting a shoe that’s too small, as feet tend to swell with exercise. Picking a major brand like Nike, Adidas, or Saucony isn’t necessarily a guarantee they’ll be perfect in every way. While those companies make top quality shoes, some smaller operations manufacture really great footwear, too.   “We’ve got brands like Hoka, Altra, and Karhu,” he adds. “They’re specialty and make a great product. And, we have a fit guarantee. If it just doesn’t work for you, come back and we’ll find something else.”   Stop in for a fitting and then hit the road with the shop’s weekly Tuesday Night Runs from 5:30-7 PM! FOR MORE INFORMATION: FLEET FEET STOCKTON 277 Lincoln Cntr. Stockton, (209) 952-1446 FleetFeetStockton.com

Whether you’re a triathlete or just a weekend warrior, making sure your running shoes fit properly is top priority. To find the best shoe for you, we asked Fleet Feet Stockton shop owner Tony Vice for guidance.   “Everyone’s biomechanics are different,” says Tony. “How the shoes fit will help you run better and stay injury-free.”    Tony notes that the basic things any reputable fitness store should be looking for—to ensure your perfect fit—is the heel-to-toe length, the arch height, instep, and width of the foot. All of this can be done in seconds with Fleet Feet’s FIT ID 3-D scan technology that determines what you’ll need in a running shoe.   Your current fitness habits will also be significant. Are you just starting out or are you training for a race? What are your fitness goals? Do you currently have any injuries or physical limitations? They’ll also look for wear and tear on your feet—blisters, callouses, even contusions—and check your gait for supination (foot strikes outward) or pronation (foot strikes inward).   “We have 110 different styles on the wall, but which ones are right for you?” Tony asks. “You want to run in something comfortable because if it’s not, you won’t enjoy running.” 40

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12,000 years! Our ancestors may have taken a long walk off a short cliff, but intrepid explorers today can reach the floor below via spiral staircase, crafted from the metal bones of WWII battleships.    The cavern itself receives its name from the strange and downright creepy moan that can be heard bounding across the walls. But that’s just about as horrifying as the adventure gets. In truth, this is the ultimate escapade for those seeking thrills off the beaten path without unexpected hazards.   In what’s called the Wild Cave Adventure Trip, guests are encouraged to begin their journey through Moaning Cavern by rappelling from the very top. Upon touching down, a group of eight, with the help of a trusty guide, are led into a 3-hour exploration of the inky blackness that dips

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was a positive outcome, except Ted and Richard suddenly felt a void in their lives. “We kind of felt like empty nesters,” Richard says.    To fill that void, Ted and Richard looked to adoption. They stumbled upon Koinonia, a statewide foster and foster-to-adopt agency with an office in Modesto, and

started the process. Over nine years, 18 kids have found a home with Ted and Richard. They’ve adopted a sibling set of four as well as another child and are hoping to add one or two more before calling it quits. Their oldest daughter would like a sister.    “Our limit was going to be one,” Ted laughs. “Fostering kind of turned our lives upside down, but for the better.” The county allows for a family to adopt up to eight kids.   “When you get families with the right heart, train them well, and support them, the changes they can create for hurting children are amazing,” says Jerry Johnson, associate executive director for Northern California Koinonia Family Service.    Becoming a foster parent through Koinonia takes one year. Ted and Richard completed class hours, live scans, and endured interviews before they were approved. They still attend classes every other month, monthly meetings, and maintain CPR certifications.    While Ted and Richard never go into a situation where adoption is not an option, more times than not, adoption hasn’t been the end result. “When you foster to adopt, you have to be tough,” Richard says. The inability to adopt a child often comes from parents or family members gaining custody. Sometimes it’s a poor fit for the existing family.    Once, Ted and Richard advocated for a familial home because they knew it was best for the child. One of the hardest situations included a baby they took home from the hospital and had for 72 days. Families who foster with Koinonia often receive kids who have suffered abuse, neglect, or molestation.    “We are looking for families who are willing to care for often challenging children so they can start to heal from their abuse,” Jerry says. “We see kids transform from scared with lots of challenging behaviors to happy children with mostly normal types of challenging behaviors.”   Over the last few years, Koinonia has assisted in hundreds of adoptions and served thousands of kids. Families often want to adopt young children but what’s most needed are families willing to foster or foster-to-adopt older children, especially teens.    “Koinonia is like a family,” Ted says. “We go in there and we know everyone and they know us. It’s not so business and sterile. Everybody wants to help everybody.” JOIN THE KOINONIA FAMILY: KOINONIA FAMILY SERVICES 406 Motor City Ct., Modesto (209) 577-3737


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At Stockton Golf and Country Club, many joined to honor the 2018 Stocktonian of the Year. Port of Stockton Commission Chairwoman, Dr. Elizabeth Blanchard, was this year’s Stocktonian. Dr. Blanchard was celebrated for her devote community service, education, and community involvement.

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Nearly 400 guests gathered at Stockton Golf and Country Club to honor this year’s 12 ever-deserving recipients. The Susan B. Anthony Women of Achievement awards honor and celebrate fabulous women of our community each year. Attendees enjoyed inspiring stories of courage and triumph.

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WONDER WOMEN Six women who combat community challenges  BY COPPER WILLIAMS / D

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The righteous defenders of our region aren’t just designated to the big screen. Whether on the clock or on

their own, behind a desk or taking to the streets, the women of our community are inspiring the masses and breaking the mold— and a select few go above and beyond the call of duty. This year’s Wonder Women pave the path to success for non-profits and community initiatives, revitalization projects, and so much more. Join them as they conquer the hurdles our region must face, and learn how they’ve evolved to become advocates for those that need a helping hand.

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Rebecca Deal Five generations and a community built on friendship ties Rebecca Deal to San Joaquin, and with such a strong connection to the Central Valley, she can’t picture herself anywhere else. “All of my family is here, born and raised,” Rebecca grins.    Being Bank of Stockton’s Cash Management Officer, Rebecca takes every chance she can to promote positive change in the region her family calls home. It’s no wonder, then, that she became involved with Haven of Peace.    As any volunteer can attest, going above and beyond for a non-profit you truly believe in can be a full-time job. “Because it’s a 24-hour facility, we have to make sure we handle staffing, any HR issues, acquire permits to do remodels, and pound the pavement for funds,” says Rebecca.    But ensuring word gets out there to women is of the utmost importance. “I want people to know that we’re out there and we’re here to help. We’ll help in any way we can.”    Assisting women and children is personal for Rebecca, who raised her son as a single mom. “We support women and children of our community, whether you’re a single woman that needs shelter, or in a battered living situation. My passion is there for our nonprofit.”    Rebecca also serves on the board of directors for the Stockton Greater Chamber of Commerce, and has been involved going on ten years. “I went to an event, and started attending as many as possible. I try to do as much as I can for the Chamber.”    Rebecca doesn’t feel like she’s unusual. She’s “just a normal person who wants to make a difference, whether that difference is big or small.” But, she does have some solid advice. “Find something that you’re passional about and get involved!”

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Debbie Freitas

“I live my mission every day, and that’s the best way to live.”

At the age of 5, Debbie Freitas knew exactly what she’d do when she grew up. “I wanted to become a deputy, to do whatever I could to give back to the community I live in.” What she hadn’t counted on, however, was the skills the job would provide, and how they would help her succeed as she reached out to lend a hand to the community after her career in law enforcement.    Now, as Owner and Operator of Pawtastic Thrift Boutique— fully benefiting Delta Humane Society, a no-kill animal shelter— and Chair of the Miracle Mile Merchant Committee, Debbie works diligently to improve the lives of every single soul that walks through her door, whether they’re walking on two legs, or four. “Pawtastic is a vehicle to bring more awareness to the Delta Humane Society. It is an everyday, consistent fundraiser,” says Debbie.    As a drop-off destination for shelter donations such as pet food, bedding, and financial gifts, Debbie’s efforts are tireless in prepping and selling donated items, pet adoptions, and outreach.    “You always hope you’re doing enough. You always want to do more. And you always want to reach out to more people.”    But Debbie’s outreach isn’t just for the sake of the animals. Her store has a second, lesser-known purpose that’s just as inspiring as her first. “I have created a program where veterans with a voucher can shop.”    Whether it’s kitchenware, a lamp, or the suit that they need to step forward and into their interview, Debbie wants to make the lives of veterans just a little bit easier.    “I’ve seen what my brothers and sisters in uniform have to face. I know the barriers that they have to cross. One beautiful piece of clothing can make a difference. One act of giving can make a difference in a person’s life.”

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Kristen Dyke It may have been University of the Pacific that first drew Kristen Dyke from San Jose, but the allure of the Delta, a strong sense of community, and a young love that would blossom into a marriage gave her little choice, but to lay down her roots. And, truth be told, Kristen would have it no other way.    “Stockton is the perfect place for us. It’s outdoorsy and we love spending time on the water,” she says. “And we have such a tightknit community. Everybody knows everybody. I like that.”    As Owner and Director of Marketing at Port City Marketing Solutions, Inc., Kristen is perfectly folded into the many businesses and non-profits around our region, applying her talents to create great change for those who need it most. “I grew up in a family that always gave back,” says Kristen. “I feel very strongly about helping our youth and at-risk families. I want to give children all the resources they need to thrive.”    This stance is what led Kristen to become a part of the Executive Board of the Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC). “It’s such an amazing organization. I’m really proud to be a part of it,” she says.    From marketing assistance, to event founding, Kristen works hard to help CAPC succeed. But her work doesn’t end there. Kristen is also a part of the San Joaquin Children’s Alliance, where she helps to overcome obstacles for the children in our community.    “Helping our children succeed is my passion and priority.”    The Eleanor Project is another non-profit near and dear to her heart. “I’m on the Advisory Committee and our goal is to promote, encourage, and support fellow women in San Joaquin County.”    From logos and websites, to marketing and more, Kristen is a whirlwind of inspiration that continues to bring out the best in her community.

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T. Denise Manning is a game changer in all definitions of the word, leveling the playing field for some of the most at-risk youth in our communities, and applying her talents in various organizations across the region and beyond.    “I’ve served on the executive board for the Black Chamber, NAACP, Black Leadership Council, and SJ Community Action Board,” says Denise. In addition, she’s been the keynote speaker for Stockton’s annual Power of One event and was one of the first speakers for The Eleanor Project’s Tep Talks. But being a part of boards and sharing her story was never enough for the retired combat veteran and author.    In January 2016, Denise joined the Office of Violence Prevention as their first Community Engagement Coordinator. Simultaneously, she also opened her business, Pretty Lady Boutique. And as she learned more and more about the current state of the city, she realized, “there was a lot of emphasis on mentoring young males of color, but what about the girls?”    That wouldn’t do. And so, Denise took to local schools to create Pretty Lady Sisterhood, a mentor program for young girls.    “For the last two years, I’ve had a group of girls that were referred by their principals for bad behavior.”    Denise ripped the basement of her store apart and created a safe space for the girls in her program to meet. “I taught them different ways to combat stress and anger, such as Yoga, Reiki, and Meditation.”    While Denise has since left her position at the City of Stockton, she has been dedicated to her business and nonprofit, and continues her work as a motivational speaker and active humanitarian, serving in countries such as Africa, China, Japan, India, and Honduras, assisting women in need.


Diane Vigil When Diane looks back on the countless programs and non-profits, boards and events she’s taken part in, one sentence she utters truly encapsulates her persona: “Have I done enough?”    It’s difficult to imagine a woman who’s served on the boards, in part, for Hospice of San Joaquin, Children’s Home of Stockton, Community Foundation of San Joaquin Philanthropy Summit Committee, and Association for Fundraising Professionals, feeling anything less than absolute certainty in her efforts to serve her community. Especially looking back on the many roles she’s filled. Even now, Diane holds the chair as President of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce; right alongside her role as Dameron’s Foundation Director.    “It is humbling and an honor,” Diane smiles. “One of the biggest challenges is being present both mentally and physically. When accepting the opportunity to serve the GSCC, I made a commitment to give it my very best, learn about their programs and services, attend meetings and events [and write] my monthly column!”    Yet, this is only a piece of what the philanthropist wishes to do for her community. “When my time with the Chamber is finished, I’m looking forward to becoming part of a board. There’s still so much I want to be a part of, to volunteer for, and to make a difference with.”    Diane’s time may be tied at present, but it’s bliss being able to perform outreach for the community she calls home. Her 30 years at the Dameron Foundation has supported a healthier community and advanced healthcare close to home. Showcasing Dameron’s services is a rewarding task she thrives on and developing new ways to fund raise is a constant learning experience.    But the balance of life is a challenge that Diane looks forward to each day. As a community liaison, both in her career and charitable endeavors, Diane strives to respect and represent the many moving pieces she so carefully puts into place.

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Tama Brisbane Stockton’s Poet Laureate, Tama Brisbane, lives and breathes the arts. As our city’s literary ambassador, she creates poems for our civic events, and thrives on bringing a new level of immersion in words to audiences of all ages. “Especially youth and young adults,” grins Tama.       As Co-Founder and Executive Director of With Our Words Inc., a program that empowers youth to find their voice and develop through the literary and performing arts, Tama performs outreach and recruitment, and program facilitation.    “I’m currently helping to restructure the organization in preparation for our next decade of local, statewide, and national service.” And as the Area Coordinator and Teaching Artist for California Poets in Schools, Tama conducts poetry residencies at K-12 school sites throughout San Joaquin County. If that wasn’t quite enough on her plate, Tama adds: “Did I mention that I have a small eco-business?”    Spare time is a work of fiction for the Poet Laureate, but that doesn’t stop her from engaging in her community every chance she gets. “I’m looking forward to being part of the uphill fight for the soul of this country,” Tama admits. “I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a moment when so many different segments of society were simultaneously empowered and committed to forward movement, despite forces equally as committed to backward movement and repression.”    And in a long list of local nonprofits such as Third City Coalition, The Black Employees Association of Stockton, Tuleburg Press, Stockton Arts Commission, and so many more, Tama is always looking for more ways to help the city that she proudly calls home.    “I love creating platforms for artistic and multicultural voices in the county to be involved with, particularly those of our region’s youth and young adults. And I like to think that I bring a creative, thoughtful, and passionate energy to the opportunities people have given me.”

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“Discover and make friends with your unique voice and gifts, and then use them.”


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Alycia Green Owner

Bella’s Closet is a little boutique inspired by my own closet. I don’t stock one specific style, but instead lots of different pieces that can be made your own. The closet has a wide variety of handmade jewelry ranging from dainty to bohemian. I try to carry mostly boutique brands not found in department stores and constantly update inventory with upcoming trends, and try to keep it exciting with new arrivals weekly! The boutique stocks mostly women’s clothing and shoes, but also offers men’s, children’s tees, and accessories!  Playing dress up is a passion of mine and I love this store being a social event as well as just a quick shopping fix if needed. It makes my heart happy if I can help anyone leave feeling excited about their new goodies! Come shop with us!  BELLA’S CLOSET 14 W Pine St Lodi, (209) 339-9838 @bellasclosetlodi

Heather Wolf Owner

After a small detour as a pastry chef and a plan reader for a construction management company, licensed esthetician Heather Wolf knew that her true passion was in helping women realize their greatest potential. In that they were beautiful just as they were. Heather founded A Beautiful Blend in 2017, after being in the beauty industry for over 7 years and having several skincare related articles released through a huge online beauty publication. Heather knew she had more to offer her clients than what some considered the standard facial and eyelash extensions.There is one thing that has stayed consistent, the skincare industry is always changing. It is imperative to keep up with these ever growing changes but personal care should always be at the heart of every treatment. Heather’s main goal will always be for you to receive the best treatment for your particular skincare needs or beautiful eyelash extensions to help the real you shine through.

A BEAUTIFUL BLEND 8 S. Hutchins St., Ste. B, Lodi, (209) 481-2129 ABeautifulBlend.org

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Danielle Hardcastle Realtor

A small town mountain girl at heart, Danielle was raised in Arnold, CA skiing & playing volleyball from a young age. A family of Realtors and her unique upbringing contributed greatly to her work ethic, integrity, honesty, and passion, which is evident in her successful Real Estate career. Ask any of her past clients and they will tell you there is something special that makes Danielle stand out…and it’s not just her 6’0’ height while always wearing high heels! It’s her commitment to exceptional service, straightforward nature, and the dedicated focus on her clients goals where she successfully guides and navigates them through the complicated world of real estate.    When speaking with Danielle a humble and grateful attitude is clearly portrayed as she comments on the great people of this community that have supported her along the way and the close relationships she has developed with her clientele. Talk with her long enough and you will also catch a glimpse of her competitive fire that was cultivated as a former professional and collegiate volleyball player at UOP. A starter/ captain for two Hall of Fame teams including the 1999 Final 4 team, she is a huge supporter of Pacific Athletics and many other community programs including the Children’s Home of Stockton, Lords Gym City Center, and is involved in the many activities/fundraisers for her two children, Dax (10) and Shea (9).    Her 14 years of experience and award winning production proves she is heads and shoulders above the rest…closing deals in heels! Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home or just have questions, Danielle looks forward to hearing from you!

PMZ REAL ESTATE 3516 Deer Park Dr. Ste. A Stockton, (209) 401-4061 DHardcastle.pmz.com dhardcastle@pmz.com Dre#:01456837

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Nalleli Servin Owner

I was raised by a strong single mother, I am who I am today because of her strength and dedication to me. I have been able to become a mother of three, a wife to a wonderful supportive husband, and as of two years ago, the new owner to the Avenue Salon.    At Avenue Salon we pride ourselves on our work! We strive for the best when it comes to our clients. No style or color is impossible to accomplish for our brilliant stylists. What can we say about our remarkable Nail Technicians! So come in and visit our new polished gem on the Miracle Mile!

AVENUE SALON 1800 Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 915-7440 AvenueSalonca.com

Pamela Snell & Amanda Denton Co-Owners

Boxwood Finch began with a vision from Pamela Snell as a place to go to find a gift for yourself or anyone in your life. Pamela has spent the past 27 years transforming spaces for her customers with her successful faux painting business, Finishes By Pamela.    Joined by her daughter Amanda Denton, Pamela opened Boxwood Finch in August of 2016. The mother-daughter team enjoys going to market together to find the perfect items for the store, as well as working with talented locals to bring together a wonderful mixture of old and new!    Inside Boxwood Finch you’ll find items for your home, gifts for friends, personal items, jewelry, and baby gifts! Most of the furniture in the store is custom hand painted by Pamela and is for sale! Boxwood Finch is also pleased to offer Wedding and Baby registries. You can follow Boxwood Finch on Instagram and Facebook. BOXWOOD FINCH 606 W. Lockeford St. Lodi, (209) 224-5781 BoxwoodFinch.com

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Teri Lawrence Owner, Winemaker

Applying her expert scientific skills to the world of wine making, Viaggio’s winemaker, Teri Lawrence, crafts single vineyard wines that showcase the true flavors of the varietals. Since their inaugural release, Viaggio wines have earned numerous awards and critical acclaim.    Teri, a licensed California Scientist of Microbiology with a specialty in human pathogens, applies the same methodical principles to wine making; namely, what will hurt the wine and what will help the wine. In finding the answers, Teri’s background and experience has allowed her to completely understand the winemaking process. Teri is now WSET Level 3 Certified and is in the process of becoming a certified Master of Wine. A Master of Wine is possibly the most prestigious winemaking certification in the world!    Lawrence strongly believes that to produce excellent wine, one must start with excellent fruit. Then, let the wine become what it needs to be, as each wine evolves a bit differently. This is what makes wine so fascinating: each vintage, vineyard, and bottle can be consistent yet different year after year.    Viaggio Winery has recently become WOSB and WBE certified and is currently expanding to reach its full potential as the best winery in California! To God Be The Glory! VIAGGIO ESTATE AND WINERY WINEMAKER 100 E Taddei Rd. Acampo, (209) 368-1378 ViaggioWinery.com

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Terrie Green Owner/Baker

Terrie started baking professionally in her 20s. By 30 she opened her first bakery in East Sacramento. After 15 years in the business she decided to sell real estate in the Lodi/ San Joaquin area, so that she could spend more time with her three children. In that time Terrie helped build two real estate offices in Lodi and sent her kids off to college, but still had it in the back of her mind to open another bakery!    Corner Scone Bakery opened in November 2013. Terrie has been blessed with great success and has had the good fortune of winning many awards. She prides herself on baking all her pastries from scratch. “You CAN taste the difference!”    Soon to follow was the opening of her second business, The Hidden Tea Room of Lodi. Last summer she purchased a vintage trailer so she can bring the High Tea experience to her clients anywhere; their home, a winery, or a park! Stay tuned, Lodi, more to come and again thank you for your support! CORNER SCONE BAKERY 322 N. California St., Lodi (209) 747-3419 THE HIDDEN TEA ROOM 310 N. California St., Lodi (209) 452-5366

Jacilyn D. Gifford Owner

Born & raised in Lodi, Jackie grew up in a family owned business. She was raised to be self-reliant and independent. In the 6th grade she found her passion for food. When her classmates were checking out library books for their weekly book reports, Jackie was checking out cookbooks and creating meals for her family.    In the process of growing up and starting a family she also went to Delta College studying the career of Electron Microscopy. After a few years working in the field of Microscopy, she came back to work in Lodi along with her passion for owning her own business. In 2007 she started a line of fruit infused balsamic vinegars. In 2010 she opened a vinegar plant / winery in Thornton, CA. producing 26 different vinegars and 8 olive oils. Her newest adventure is District 11 Wines first bottled in 2015.    All products are available in the Tasting room open Thursday – Sunday where Jacilyn can continue to provide others with a passion of food and wine to enjoy with friends and family. CONSUMNES RIVER FARM / BELLINDORA VINEGAR 28305 Thornton Rd. Thornton, (209) 334-5544 ConsumnesRiverFarm.com CONSUMNES RIVER FARM THORNTON, CA 95686

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MAYWELL L. INONG, DDS General & Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Maywell Inong is a Stockton native and graduate of the University of the Pacific. She opened her dental practice in 1999. Over the years she has become known as a leading dentist within the Stockton area.    Dr. Inong went into dentistry with an earnest desire to partner with her patients to help them pursue a lifetime of optimal dental health. Toward this goal, she has been a leader in the field of dentistry by always endeavoring to become certified in the latest medical technology breakthroughs and surgical techniques that she feels can ensure better treatment success for her patients. As an example, Dr. Inong is the only dentist within 100 miles of the Stockton area that is an experienced practitioner in the use of Pinhole Surgery Technique (PST) to treat gum recession by eliminating the need for painful gum grafts and long months of healing times that were seen in the past. Treatment recovery times for this new procedure have been reduced to just days with minor to no pain at all.    Though she has been given many opportunities over the years to expand her practice to multiple offices, she has decided that by having just one location with her as the sole dentist on staff, it is the best way to maintain a personal relationship with her patients to attend properly to treating their individual health needs. MAYWELL L. INONG DDS 4568 Feather River Dr,, Ste. E Stockton, (209) 477-9105 InongDental.com

Rafat S. Razi, DMD, MPH Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Rafat Razi has many accomplishments as today’s woman in business. She is the owner of her practice, specializing in Pediatric Dentistry, in a beautiful state-of-the-art office in Tracy. She graduated from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Rochester’s Eastman Dental Center in upstate New York. Furthermore, she served as an Assistant Professor in Pediatric Dentistry at Columbia University in New York City. Throughout her education, training and faculty position, Dr. Razi has researched many dental topics, and has publications in scientific journals. Her expertise in her specialty is over fifteen years. Dr. Razi, a wife and mother of two children, balances her home life with her growing practice. “Our team is well-trained to treat the dental needs of infants, children, and adolescents in a caring, nurturing environment. Our office uses the latest dental materials, nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and digital radiography.” As a clinician, educator, researcher, wife and mother, Dr. Razi has successfully become a well-rounded, accomplished woman in business.

2160 W. Grant Line Rd., Ste. 130 Tracy, (209) 834-1307 RaziPediatricDentist.com Facebook.com/RaziPediatricDentist.com

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Carmel Long & Danielle Mattos Co-Managers

Elite Wine Shipping is a small family owned business in the Central Valley that has provided wine club fulfillment, storage, direct to consumer, direct to trade, and direct to distributor, for wineries in our region for the past last 8 years.    Carmel Long and Danielle Mattos are a mother daughter duo that are the heartbeat of the company. Carmel is a caring, passionate, hard-working woman who has put everything she has into building this great company striving to go the extra mile and giving her customers the best service possible. Everyone who meets her loves her. Danielle is an extremely sharp, hard-working woman who has been with company since the start, and has put dedication and heart into doing her best. She is the brains, the problem solver, runs all the wine clubs, and is now a partner in the company.    Together they have made Elite what it is today from a small company of 3 and one warehouse to over 10 employees, 4 warehouse

locations , and two delivery trucks. As Elite continues to grow Carmel and Danielle will continue to strive to provide their customers with the quality service they have always served to their customers, and are extremely great full and humbled at their success. ELITE WINE SHIPPING 18819 E. Hwy. 88, Clements (209) 759-3170, carmel@elitewineshipping.com

Suzanne Grande & Lorie Liddicoat

Commercial Real Estate Sales & Leasing Agents (Office, Industrial & Retail) The Partners Commercial Team of Suzanne Grande and Lorie Diaz-Liddicoat are THE trusted team for commercial, industrial, and office sales and lease transactions in Stockton, Lodi, and throughout the Central Valley. Suzanne and Lorie pride themselves in taking the time to understand the business needs and visions of their clients, both large and small, and in being LOCAL, RESPONSIVE, AND TRUSTED.    Suzanne joined Partners in 2014 to lead its Commercial Division, brining over 28 years of real estate experience including land acquisition and entitlements. Suzanne prides herself in her negotiation skills, ability to anticipate and mitigate issues before they arise, and maximizing her client’s profits.    Lorie specializes in creative and strategic marketing, and prides herself on taking quick action to drive results in her client’s best interests.  Lorie is a member of North Stockton Rotary and believes in the “Service Above Self” work ethic, and is deeply involved in the betterment of her home community. Connect with Suzanne (Lic.01080467) at suzanne@partnersreinc.com. Connect with Lorie (Lic. 01952818) at loriediazliddicoat@gmail.com

PARTNERS COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE 3461 Brookside Rd., Ste. B Stockton, (209) 956-2966 PartnersCommercialRe.com

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Jan Petersen & Casey Means Owners

Now celebrating four years in business, mother and daughter team Jan Petersen and Casey Means made their dream a reality when they opened Lovely Girl Mobile Boutique in April 2014.    While watching the news one evening, Casey saw the idea of mobile businesses back east, and thought a fashion truck would be a great addition to the Lodi area. A year after her daughter, Emma, was born—Lovely Girl opened its rolling door.    Inside Lovely Girl you’ll find ladies fashions and accessories sizes S-3X, as well as jewelry, purses, hats, scarves, and much more.    Lovely Girl will come to your home, office, or special event for two hours and the hostess receives 25 percent off their purchase. There is no cost to book Lovely Girl Mobile Boutique, but they ask that there is a minimum of seven people. Lovely Girl also takes weekly shopping appointments to shop the truck!    To inquire with Lovely Girl about a booking, you can contact them via email at lovelygirlmobileboutique@yahoo.com or phone at (209)483-8910. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram. LOVELY GIRL MOBILE BOUTIQUE (209)483-8910 (209) 481-1447 LovelyGirlMobileBoutique@yahoo.com

Rachelle Gardette

Regional Director Central Region, In-Shape Health Clubs Rachelle began her fitness journey after she had her first daughter. Her husband had been deployed to Iraq and the gym became her place to rebuild her body and soul. The experience was so inspiring, she became a personal trainer and started a life-long passion for fitness and successful career in the industry.    Today she is the Regional Director of In-Shape Health Clubs overseeing 21 clubs in the Central Valley and Coast of California. When asked about her leadership style she shared a quote from an Eric Boles speech, “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast”, saying it’s the perfect description of her leadership style. “It’s all about the team and growing from the ground up. You can’t lead a successful organization without a talented and passionate team. I like to be present and active with the whole team, not just management. You must love the practice as much as you love the game. I love it all,” says Rachelle.    Rachelle lives in Oakdale with her husband Matt and 3 children, Bella, Baley, and Boss.

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Aggie Bonpua-Alba Founder

Aggie Bonpua, a businesswoman and wine lover, launched Soulmates Wines to honor her beloved brother Louie Bonpua, her own soulmate. In 2002, Louie passed away from a several year bout with Leukemia. Born Agnes Bonpua in Cebu City, Philippines, Aggie came to the states with her family eager to embark on opportunities that awaited her. Aggie pursued a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Sacramento State, while working as a representative of Young’s Market, a wine and spirit distributor that sparked her interest in wine. Upon conclusion of her college career, Aggie traveled abroad, living in colorful tropical places that afforded her leisure activities in social golf and wine circles. These experiences impassioned her to discover an exquisite and unique wine, whose savory taste was hers, that others would enjoy. With the inspiration from her brother’s belief that Aggie had what it took to shake the world and give it something exceptional, Aggie launched her own special blends and Soulmates Wines was born. SOULMATES WINES LLC 831 Performance Dr. Stockton, (209) 406-2898 SoulmatesWines.com

Summer Ready Sarah Quaresma Owner

is the owner of Studio Q, a MedSpa and Salon in A Smarter Sarah WayQuaresma toCalifornia. Sculpt Manteca, Sarah specializes in the latest techniques for ™

hair and has a passion for the science of skincare. Sarah graduated from Woodruff Cosmetology school in Stockton, CA in 1997 with Advanced Vidal Sassoon training. Sarah loves everything about making clients look their best and is excited for the addition of a MedSpa to the salon providing non-invasive aesthetic procedures including Sculpsure and Pellevé.    SculpSure is the world’s first FDA-cleared laser treatment for noninvasive lipolysis of the abdomen, flanks, back, inner and outer thighs. It’s designed to safely and effectively eliminate unwanted fat cells. The result is a permanent reduction in stubborn fat without surgery or downtime. SculpSure provides unparalleled results for non-invasive contouring for the abdomen, love handles, inner and Pellevébody RF Wrinkle Reduction treatment to tighten skinback, and reduce facial wrinklesslimmer for a younger, more refreshed look. patients whoResults have had outer thighs. SculpSure patients achieve a natural-looking, appearance. No Surgery. NoMany Downtime. Just a Pellevé treatment say it feels like a warm facial massage.

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Kelli Ann Knowles Standing out in all the right ways never looked so good. And San Joaquin County has Kelli Ann Knowles to thank for the sensational assemblage of designer wear that’s housed at Stella Mitchell. With family as the foundation of her store, Kelli has curated a boutique that offers something for everyone.    Up to the minute women’s fashion lines such as AG, Free People, Michael Stars, and Rails are complemented by a carefully curated selection of furniture, home décor, and gifts. Choose complimenting cardigans and scarves alongside the perfect heel for your night on the town. Best of all? Your hubby can find his favorite lines such as Travis Mathew and 7 Diamonds that perfectly pair with your own special outfit in the men’s section of the boutique—a new addition to the store that was inspired by Kelli’s very own son.    Kelli enjoys fashion, design, and creating beautiful spaces that people love living in. Along with the sheer thrill of being the sole proprietress of an ever-evolving home décor and fashion venue, Kelli looks forward to what the future might hold in her new storefront home in downtown Lodi!

STELLA MITCHELL 116 N. School St., Lodi (209) 369-7231 @StellaMichell

Dr. Devinder K. Grewal When Dr. Devinder Grewal first tried on her very own pair of glasses in second grade, her future in optometry was set in stone. “I was near-sighted and always enjoyed going and seeing my optometrist!” says Dr. Grewal. “It was always so exciting to get my new pair of glasses!”    Today, Dr. Grewal shares that unforgettable experience with patrons of Zeiter Eye Medical Group, conducting general eye exams to ensure that the vision of her patients is as healthy as it can be. “I enjoy seeing patients and talking to them about what their visual needs are, and what we can do to help them see better.”    With a doctorate in Optometry from U.C. Berkeley, and a passion for ensuring eye-health, Dr. Grewal extends her services beyond the business and frequently volunteers at local health fairs across the region and beyond, ensuring that those less fortunate can receive proper eye exams.    “Not everyone has access to proper health care assistance. Providing that opportunity to those who have not been able to afford it is important to me.” She enjoys working with her community and is currently taking part in the local Lodi Leadership class where she will be working with local Lodians to learn more about her community.

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CARESSA LOUIE D.D.S General & Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Caressa Louie has lived most of her adult life in Stockton, California. She was an honor graduate of the University Of Pacific School Of Dentistry and opened her dental practice in 2002. The name of her practice is Stockton Dental Care. This state of the art practice incorporates modern technology such as dental implants, CAD-CAM crowns, cone beam radiology, and Invisalign orthodontics. Combining the latest technological innovations and traditional values makes her practice ideal for customizing treatment for each individual patient.    From her perspective as professional women, Dr. Louie enjoys taking care of patients at every stage of their life. Her patients range in age from infancy to their mid nineties. Moreover, Dr Louie has strived to assemble a professional staff that share her “patients first” value. They take pride in providing the best possible care for each patient. Dr. Louie and her staff consider it a privilege to be part of the Stockton community. STOCKTON DENTAL CARE 2389 W. March Ln., Ste. #1 Stockton, (209) 952-6721 DrLouieStocktonDentist.com

Desiree Coykendall Owner

Desiree Coykendall’s journey began in La Jolla and led her to Pleasanton, Danville and ultimately to Tracy. A healthy, active lifestyle has always been import to Desiree. From high school to college, Desiree has always taken an interest in caring for the whole body. Desiree has been the co-owner of Allure Salon and Spa in Tracy, CA since 2009.This last year, Desiree was able to combine her knowledge, training and experience with her desire to help others achieve a healthy, active lifestyle by becoming owner of the Medifast Weight Control Center in Tracy, CA.Medifast Weight Control Center of Tracy has been serving the San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties for the past 10 years. Medifast has been helping clients achieve their weight loss goals and their healthy lifestyle goals. Medifast Weight Control program has been recommended by over 20,000 physicians. Through the scientifically-based weight control system and individualized counseling, clients are able to reach their weight loss goals and healthy lifestyle goals.   From the moment you set foot in the center, you’ll recognize what separates us from the rest. The comprehensive approach to wellness focuses on each client’s long term success. Weight loss plans, weight measurement, meal plans and coaching are seamlessly integrated and tailored to meet each client’s specific goals and needs. Come by the Medifast Weight Control Center of Tracy and see how we can help you on your journey to a healthy and active lifestyle.“Real People, Radical Results!” TRACY MEDIFAST CENTER 155 W. 10th St., Tracy (209) 835-3278, MedifastCalifornia.com

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Cindy Della Monica, Gina Bassett, Sara Blighton Owner/Cheesemonger, Marketing Assistant, Cooking Class Teacher Cindy’s career includes decades of custom catering, deli/restaurant partner, and Chef de Cuisine for Mondavi Woodbridge Winery. Her next career stage comes as cheesemonger in her own specialty cheese shop/culinary school, with family participation. Cindy manages services/ products, daughters Gina/marketing, and Sara (a Cordon Bleu trained chef)/culinary instructor. Husband John maintains the beer selection and facilities, and son Adam unravels any IT issues. Celebrating our 7th anniversary in March, the years have brought accolades including “The Best of…” awards, Downtown Vision Award, and a great Yelp rating! Love Cheese? We have a hundred! Come have a sample bite on us!

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I graduated from Lincoln High School in 1978. Walt & I started our Company in 1993. Became a Corporation, KAWAP, Inc. in 2004. Woman owned in 2011. Small Business Enterprise in 2014. AIR TECH is celebrating 25 years in business. Family owned with our son, Alexander, and our daughter, Amelia. Our knowledgeable technicians specialize in Service, Repairs, Installations, and Upgrades, on ALL makes and models for Commercial & Residential customers. We are a five star quality service company, “A Company you can TRUST” for all your Heating & Air needs here in the San Joaquin County, Stanislaus, and Sacramento area!

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You,  BY NORA HESTON TARTE

only better Female empowerment is in these days. From women supporting other women, the Harvey Weinstein accusations that launched a million other celeb-centric callouts, to the #timesup movement, the female future is undeniable.

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For years some have turned their noses at cosmetic procedures, insisting they go against the love your body mantra the 2010s have become about. Perhaps, however, that isn’t true. In a society where doing what makes you happy is becoming the norm, why shouldn’t we turn to cosmetic procedures to empower us? Physical beauty isn’t the be all end all of a women’s worth, but the way outer appearance affects inner thoughts and confidence is a connection we can’t deny. You’re not changing you, you’re enhancing you—hopefully without guilt.    Research into search trends only solidifies the evidence that more people are considering cosmetic procedures, including surgery, as they become both less invasive and more readily available.    We live in a society where if you’ve never loved your nose you can change it, if you want bigger or smaller breasts you can have them, and if wrinkles are creeping in before you’re ready, a little nip and tuck can make them disappear. Instead of shaming others for changing their appearance, making plastic surgery a dirty word, we’re embracing a no-judgment zone where women and men, businesswomen and moms, young and old, truly anybody can do what they want with a little less repercussion (as long as you are not a Kardashian on social media).

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Perhaps that’s why as female empowerment becomes prominent in society, the popularity of cosmetic procedures also gain steam. According to the American Society of Plastic surgeons, nose reshaping, eyelid rejuvenation, facelifts, fat transfers, and fat freezing are among the fastest growing procedures completed. Since 2002, the number of all plastic surgery procedures has risen 132 percent. In addition to these trends, lasers, injections, and hair transplants are opening the doors to new ideas, offering less-invasive alternatives for those who want to give Mother Nature a helping hand.

BYE, BYE WRINKLES Botox has long been a go-to for San Joaquinians looking to eliminate fine lines. At Vu Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Hugh Vu offers injections to smooth crinkled faces. Studio Q in Manteca does the same with injections and fillers. Botox isn’t going anywhere; it’s still amongst the most popular cosmetic trends in the nation. But lasers offer new options for those looking to rejuvenate skin, and San Joaquin County medi-spas are jumping on the bandwagon.    One option is the Pelleve Radiofrequency laser, which tightens skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines without needles. How? The laser heats the deep layers of your skin using advanced radiofrequency energy and without damaging the epidermis, or top layer. The heat causes existing collagen to contract and tighten as well as stimulates the production of new collagen.    For optimal results, most patients receive four treatments upfront. Then, yearly or biannual treatments are recommended to maintain appearances. Unlike many cosmetic therapies, the results of Pelleve are immediate encouraging many clients to come in for a quickie before a event, giving their skin extra oomph for a big day. Just about any part of the face can be targeted with a Pelleve laser. At Studio Q, the full face is most popular but many clients choose to target only the eyes or mouth.    “The general principle is that with almost all these devices they produce a controlled injury to the skin and as the skin heals it becomes more normal,” explains Dr. Gerald Bock at California Skin & Laser with offices in Stockton and Lodi. The newer technologies reduce discomfort and allow for less downtime following a treatment. Dr. Bock uses a Erbium YAG laser to reverse wrinkly and crepe-y skin.    For people with more severe wrinkling and discoloration, Dr. Bock recommends the croton oil peel. The croton oil peel tightens skin while also reducing the appearance of age spots and pigmentation problems. It’s ideal for skin that has experienced sun damage or is suffering from the natural effects of aging.

The Halo Laser

When it comes to treating wrinkles and skin discoloration, there is no shortage of lasers on the market. While there are similarities between all of these lasers, the Halo Laser offers something different. Combining two lasers, a deeper penetrating laser and a more superficial laser, that fire simultaneously, the Halo Laser produces results with less peeling and discomfort than the previously developed lasers.

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The peel works by penetrating the deeper layers of the skin and addressing textural abnormalities. By improving the skin’s deep structures, sun-damaged and wrinkled skin is dramatically improved and the patient walks out with radiant, smoother, and healthier-looking skin.    Another option is the picosecond laser, a laser with a very short and powerful pulse that operates with several different wavelengths. The first use of the laser was for tattoo removal where it reduced the number of tattoo treatments by about half. It also can remove more colors than the older laser and the treatments are less painful. Dr. Bock uses the laser for skin rejuvenation and pore reduction that is almost painless, often targeting skin pigmentation issues. “The older lasers destroy pigment through heat,” Dr. Bock explains. “This laser, because of its

very short pulse, removes pigment by creating a shock wave. The lack of heat means there is less risk of the treatment causing secondary, but temporary, hyper pigmentation.”    If you need a deeper fix, eye rejuvenation can be achieved through surgery. Kimberly Cockerham, MD, who works out of offices in Stockton, Lodi, and Modesto, recommends surgery for redundant skin, wrinkles, and fat. All three of these nuisances can be improved by going under the knife when Botox and laser therapy won’t cut it. So why opt for surgery when other non-invasive applications permeate the market? “Bags under the eyes are due to the fat behind your eyes moving forward due to aging, eye rubbing and other causes,” Dr. Cockerham explains. “The only effective option is surgery. Fillers in this area have a high complication rate.”

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Skip the needles and scalpels. With body sculpting, women and men are able to reduce stubborn fat cells in problem areas. Beverly Nesmith, spokesperson for Manteca’s Studio Q medi-spa, says the procedure is best for those who exercise and eat healthy but still have imperfections they’d like to right, most commonly in the midsection, back, and thighs. With as little as two Sculpsure sessions, patients see results. Up to 24 percent of fat cells in any area can be eliminated with the device, an update to the similar CoolScuplting technology some spas offer.    “We’re heading to the time of year when people are thinking about bathing suits,” Beverly says. That means the office is getting busy as many clients book their first session for spring. The important component of this treatment is time. It takes approximately 12 weeks after the second treatment for full results to become visible. “When you’re looking better, you’re feeling better,” Beverly says. “Reducing fat permanently is definitely something that is going to make you feel better.” www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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TOP 9 Non Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

RealSelf, a community-driven website centered on cosmetic procedures, uncovers 2017’s biggest industry trends.

one Non-surgical fat

reduction (i.e. CoolSculpting and Sculpsure)

two Fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane

three Hair restoration four Toxins

Scars form when the dermis is damaged. As a result, the body creates new collagen fibers to mend the damage, which results in a scar. Scar tissue has a different texture and quality than the surrounding tissue and can therefore cause unattractive marks.    Dr. Bock hails the Lutronic Infini, a radiofrequency microneedling device that works on all types of scarring, as the single best device for treating acne scarring. It’s the device he uses professionally.

DITCH CELLULITE The cousin of Pelleve Radiofrequency is PelleFirm. It works much like Pelleve, targeting problem areas and tightening skin. Many clients use PelleFirm to rid themselves of pesky cellulite, most commonly on the legs. The system tricks skin into tightening on its own as a response to high temperatures (about 113 degrees Fahrenheit). It also triggers new collagen production, which we all know is the magic elixir of youthful skin. Although the final effects occur over a series of treatments, clients see tighter skin right away and firmness increases over time.

The

NEWEST FACELIFT

(Botox and Dysport)

five Facial lasers

Alternative

six Scar treatment

First there was the mini-facelift. Now, technology is promising similar results without surgery at all. J-Plasma is trending, but what is this alternative facelift?    Using ionized gas instead of light, J Plasma tightens skin in a way marketers claim is like no other non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedure. It’s fairly new so that claim can’t be asserted yet, however Dr. Bock has one on hand if you’d like to see for yourself. Essentially J Plasma is a wand that produces a helium plasma under the skin of the face, neck, body, and extremities. It produces heat, but doesn’t get as hot as a laser. “It is the only minimally invasive procedure that produces immediate and noticeable and long-lasting skin tightening,” Dr. Bock says.

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PAMPER the GIRLS

Society has moved beyond the oversized silicon implants that defined the 1990s while altered perception of ideal breast size and new technologies are driving the industry. Today, many women who undergo breast augmentation surgery are doing so to regain confidence after having kids, to reduce back pain caused by large breasts, or to finally get breasts that will make them feel womanly. Regardless of the reason, the options have certainly expanded in the way of breast implants, and the most common plastic surgery since 2006 is still holding on to its top spot.    Dr. Thomas B. McNemar in Tracy has added a couple new products to his Tracy office for patients seeking breast augmentation. A new type of implant called moderate plus extra uses a more gel-cohesive material to reduce sag and offer a firmer look. The product is ideal for patients with less breast tissue, a common occurrence for those with smaller natural breasts and those who have had children.    For those prepping for reconstructive surgery, a new type of tissue expander makes the process more convenient and less painful. Before patients had to make several trips to their doctor’s

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office for saline injections to expand tissue before surgery. Today, Dr. McNemar uses a control that expands with air inside. It’s less painful and can easily be done by the patient at home. The result is a more streamlined process with less hassle and discomfort to the patient.

UNDER the KNIFE

If you dream it, you can probably do it in the plastic surgery world. From brow lifts to face lifts, lip enhancements to nose reshaping, women and men are able to change their physical features to create a healthier inner self. Dr. McNemar files these procedures under facial sculpting, a cosmetic term that refers to refining facial features for aesthetic appeal.

BETTER BROWS

You’ve heard of a hair transplant, but what about an eyebrow transplant? Dr. Kimberly Cockerham offers the procedure to San Joaquin clientele in Stockton, Lodi, and Modesto.

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“There are a lot of women who have over plucked their eyebrows or had them permanently tattooed, which destroyed their follicles,” she explains. Using your own hair, Dr. Cockerham transplants it onto the space where your eyebrow used to be, achieving the same consistency as your original brows. And the eyebrows aren’t the only part of the face that can benefit, Dr. Cockerham also offers eyelash transplants. Because hair transplantation is now a minimally invasive process with essentially no downtime, recovery is quick. “The technology has advanced the procedure dramatically in the last decade,” she says.

MEN Do It, TOO

Women aren’t the only ones going under the knife, or laser, to achieve a better self-image. As of recent years, the number of men undergoing cosmetic surgery and procedures has skyrocketed. According the American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery, one-third of men surveyed said they are “extremely likely” to consider a cosmetic procedure. Age played a role in the results with 58 percent of those responses coming from men between 25 and 34 years of age, and 34 percent between 18 and 24 years. It hints to a trend in men becoming more conscious of their physical appearance as society inches closer to balance in gender quality issues. The procedures men are clamoring to get are essentially the same women endure, however, they can be given new names to appeal to the audience, including Brotox.    Locally, Dr. McNemar is embracing the higher percentage of men clientele. He cites businessmen with a desire to fit in by looking younger as one type of client coming in for procedures. He says plastic surgery for men is a way to shift the stigma that an older man is not trendy and therefore not as effective as a younger man in the very same job.    One of the most popular procedures Dr. McNemar offers men is essentially a breast reduction (one of RealSelf’s top ten listed plastic surgeries in 2017). Men undergo breast augmentation to remove fat and tissue that causes 82

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one Breast augmentation/lift two Rhinoplasty

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three Tummy tuck four Liposuction five Vaginal rejuvenation six Butt enhancement seven Face lift eight Eyelid Surgery nine Breast reduction ten “The Mommy Makeover”


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the appearance of larger breasts. The condition, called gynecomastia, affects approximately 40 to 60 percent of men and can be linked to obesity, drug use, and some medical conditions.    Some men are after a more masculine look and undergo facial procedures to achieve a more prominent chin or more appealing cheekbones. Dr. McNemar notes liposuction and body contouring are also popular male procedures. As men age, they can lose the ideal male body shape—trim and athletic-looking, with broad shoulders and chest, a flat abdomen, and a narrow hip-thigh area. Not only are these procedures common for women clientele a good approach for men, in many cases liposuction produces better results for males (I know, not fair right?) because men maintain their skin elasticity longer.

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LUNCH BREAK NOSE JOBS

Injectable rhinoplasty got its cheeky nickname because of the low-time commitment involved. Those who want to change the shape of their nose can do so in just one appointment, non-surgically. The procedure is exactly what it sounds like. Using injectable fillers, the shape or size of a nose can be altered. As a bonus, there are no expensive regrets. If you decide your new nose isn’t as good as the old one, just wait for the injection to metabolize and you’ll be back to normal. For a quick fix, a dissolving injection can be given to reverse the effects of the first procedure.    Looking for a place to get it done? Call your closest medi-spa and ask if they offer the service.

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COUNTERTOP MATERIALS Quartz

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This nonporous, engineered material boasts both fashion and function. Also known as engineered stone countertops, quartz countertops are just as durable as concrete and granite—but not as sensitive to chips and cracks. Because it’s manmade, an impressive array of colors and styles are available. The luxurious finish doesn’t just look good; it protects against bacteria and viruses, and stands up against wine, coffee, and other common kitchen stain culprits. The contemporary, upscale look also comes with an upscale price tag, and isn’t extremely heat resistant, meaning it may crack under direct heat. But overall, the low maintenance, highly aesthetic countertops are a solid win.

Available in a vast array of colors, patterns, finishes, and sizes, porcelain countertops are pretty, practical, and durable. Thirty percent stronger than granite, these countertops have some years to give as they resist scratches, cracks, and wear and tear. Unlike natural stone, porcelain doesn’t need to be sealed or re sealed because of its firing process that serves as a strong barrier against stains and moisture. Fired at more than 1000 degrees, this countertop is certainly heat resistant, and comes at a lower price when compared to granite and quartz, making it a great option for those on a budget.

Granite This natural product is often referred to as a timeless way to amp up the aesthetics of your kitchen. With handfuls of shades to choose from, granite can easily compliment your existing cabinets, flooring, or walls. Its durability and heat resistance mean you can chop on it, or place a piping hot plate on its surface without any drawbacks. Without a seal, granite is very porous and can easily stain, so it’s crucial to call in a trusted professional backed by stellar reviews—and be aware of when your countertop will need to be resealed.

Soapstone Offering serious design versatility, soapstone is a natural stone that boasts an amazing amount of warmth. Made from quarried stone, its rustic appeal makes many homeowners fall in love. With hues that range from whites to grays—there’s a shade for every style and desired effect. Soapstone isn’t as durable as granite, but it’s less brittle, meaning it wont crack unexpectedly. And it sets itself apart from granite, sandstone, and slate, as a nonporous surface that doesn’t require a seal and is extremely stain resistant.

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Wood Wood is what’s up! With a wide variety of design styles, wood countertops can enhance traditional, country, modern, transitional and shabby-chic styles. On the high-maintenance side, wood countertops require proper sealing to avoid harboring germs, can face water damage if not consistently treated with a protectant, and can scratch and dent easier than stone materials. New on the scene is a green trend that utilizes reclaimed wood for a truly custom look.


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Don’t let the name fool you; concrete countertops look nothing like the sidewalk you’re stepping on. Because most concrete countertops are poured on site, the possibility of a one-of-a-kind look is at your fingertips. Experts can stamp, stain, or pigment concrete to attain certain looks, colors, and styles. Stamping is offered in a wide variety of patterns and styles, applied while the concrete is just soft enough to receive it; while staining techniques use acid to create the look of marble, natural stone, leather or wood!

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When choosing your countertop, it’s important to consider budget, style, and function. This new addition should last you at least 20 years (100 years if you choose a natural stone), so be confident and educated in your choice! If you fall in love with a material outside of your budget, explore cutting edge options that are able to mimic the look you want. If you’re a growing family that loves to cook, be sure to choose a durable material that can keep up with your lifestyle. If you fall in love with other elements first, like flooring or cabinetry, know that there’s a perfect complimenting countertop at your fingertips.

TRENDS

Long gone are granite days, and quartz now reigns as number one in both kitchen and bathroom countertop options. “It’s antimicrobial, scratch, and heat resistant, non-porous, super easy to clean, and doesn’t require a seal—it’s practically indestructible!” Jackie Embry, Showroom Manager at HT Home Design in Stockton says. The move to quartz countertops is part because of its ability to mimic the very desirable marble look. However, stone marble in its natural state is extremely porous, making it a non-friendly option for a high traffic area. So, quartz’s vast marble-color options teamed with its durability make for a solid win!

CUSTOMIZATION

When considering your bathroom countertop, first decide if you’re going custom or pre-made. Custom vanities with custom countertops allow for mix and match between a vast variety of countertop materials and sink options, while pre-made vanities can be limited, as Toni Cooper, a designer at HT Home Design explains. “Custom and pre-made vanities are about the same in price, except with custom you have to pay for the finish, and that’s where it gets a little more expensive,” she explains. But fear not if you’re on a tight budget! Pre-made vanities come in many shapes, sizes, and material combinations.

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BACKSPLASH MATERIALS Glass The super trendy glass mosaic backsplash is a hot commodity that offers a highend look. The versatility in this product allows for custom color combinations and shapes in either bold colors or contemporary neutrals. Easy to clean, glass mosaics (minus the grout) just need a quick wipe down for effective cleaning. It’s tough to get out the door paying less than $10 per square foot, with top tier styles ringing up at $50 per square foot.

Natural Stone Looking to increase your resale value without breaking the bank? The addition of natural stone backsplash can up the ante with many budget-friendly choices under $10 per square foot! Luxurious and timeless, this option appeals to many different styles and tastes—and is unique to only you, as no two natural stone backsplashes are alike. Because stone is porous, a premium penetrating sealer applied by an expert to lock out water and stains is crucial!

Metal Go modern with a metal backsplash that can easily compliment your existing color scheme. Choose from stainless steel, brass, tin, copper, or zinc for roughly $750 per square foot. The industrial-esque component can turn your kitchen professional, blocking out grease, spills, and splashes of all kinds (though the material is susceptible to dents and scratches). The metals can be hammered, quilted, or ribbed to add texture, definition, and design to your backsplash.

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Remodeling just your powder bath? Add texture in a minimal bathroom lacking the elements of a shower or tub with wallpaper that brings in dimension. Today’s wallpaper can be as loud as you want, explains Jackie Embry of HT Home Designin Stockton. “You can have it embossed, add glitter or gemstones!” They’re seeing a lot of buffalo plaid happening, and woodsy patterns that incorporate trees, with a comeback in floral and tropical patterns. Add a unique and interesting element to your powder bath, ranging in price from $5-150 per roll.

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Fashion and function

unite as backsplash creates depth, pops color, and protects against spills and stains. Whether you’re starting from scratch or gutting your kitchen or bathroom— backsplash will bring serious style to your room.    Typically, a standard kitchen backsplash measures four inches from the countertop surface, but recent trends are telling us to take it all the way up! Ceiling-height backsplash brings bold focus and lets those large patterned tiles shine! But, the standard 4-inch option boasts some benefits as well. “It’s the most functional,” says Toni Cooper, a designer at HT Home Design. “There won’t be a lot of grout and its easiest to maintain.”    With neutral quartz countertops on the rise, plain backsplashes take a back seat. Mediterranean-inspired mosaics fuse old world tradition with contemporary flair as designers introduce

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elements like stunning metallic tiles and hand-painted terra cotta fitted together to create dramatic kitchen backsplashes or tub or shower accents. Some bathroom designs use colorful tiles woven together in various forms that resemble five pedal flowers or other geometric shapes.    If you’re leaning toward a mosaic, Toni says ditch the accent band! You know, the border that goes around your backsplash and is made of a different material. That was standard design in the past, but it’s out for 2018!    As for current trends, the designers at HT Home are loving subway tiles in different sizes, and natural stone, as it allows for the creation of super cool mosaics. Ceramic is what they see the most of with its versatility, easy maintenance, and ability to mimic other materials at the forefront. Looking for straight up luxury? Add glass or embossed elements into your backsplash.

Stretch your budget with a ceramic backsplash that now boasts innovations in graphic design, allowing for a wide range of patterns, colors, and styles. The easy to clean tiles compliment luxury quartz and granite countertops—and come in different shapes and sizes that allow you to create custom mosaic patterns. With basic tile beginning at just $2 a square foot, options for all budgets are available.


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Flooring Materials Hardwood Hardwood floors remain a classic, luxurious option for new or renovated kitchens, with current trends showcasing wider planks and colored wood beginning at around $7 a square foot. Catering to every style from traditional to industrial, wood is durable, valuable, and easy to maintain. Its sensitivity to moisture is no shocker, and protection and a quick response to leaks and spills can combat risks.

Wood Plastic Composite Waterproof?! We got that! Wood Plastic Composite is smoking hot right now, as it’s a hardy upgrade to luxury vinyl flooring with its waterproof core! The composite material that looks like wood can lay over most subfloors, unlike luxury vinyl tiles that are extremely unforgiving. Choose from a rich variety of plank sizes and wood hues, starting off at $6 a square foot.

Ceramic Tile Starting off at $5 per square foot, ceramic tile is a durable, customizable, and creative flooring option, with many choices in color and style. It can add dollars to your property value when professionally and properly installed, and can last up to 20 years with regular maintenance. Ceramic’s hard, solid surface and seal locks out allergens and dirt, making them easy to control—and boasts waterproof powers.

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Linoleum Forget it’s look in the 80s and 90s (we won’t judge yours). This budget friendly option has seen some styling love over the last few years, and has returned as a popular choice for durable flooring, available in a wide array of colors and styles starting at typically $2.50 per square foot. As a “resilient” material, linoleum has a slight cushioning effect, as it both compresses and bounces back under pressure. Though its biodegradable, this flooring can last some 30 years when properly maintained. However, it is sun-sensitive, and the flooring can darken or become yellow in highly exposed areas.

Luxury Vinyl Tiles Get the look of natural materials for a lower price tag (starting at roughly $2 a square foot) with luxury vinyl tile. The material boasts a surface layer home to a super realistic photo-created image that is treated with a texture to resemble wood, slate, terrazzo, ceramic, marble, and other natural stones. Because it popularly mimics a wide variety of wood types from dark oak to light Canadian maple, it typically comes in plank shapes instead of squares.

Bamboo With its clean, contemporary look, Bamboo flooring is an eco-friendly option for wood lovers looking for a modern vibe. If you’re going this route, be conscious of price point. Bamboo starts at just $5 per square foot without installation, but lower-end options are extremely susceptible to scrapes and dings. Just like other hardwoods, it’s not a friendly choice for high humidity and easily absorbs water. But, its overall durability and look make for a solid win for those in search of style.

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With help from modern technology, longer, wider planks are growing in popularity. With options available in varying materials—you can honor this look in whatever route you take. 2018 is all about getting creative with your floor! Create patterns with unconventional widths to create a truly custom look, and a killer statement piece.

A Wax Finish

Wood lovers rejoice. There has been a recent switch to a matte wax finish instead of the classic polyurethane. The wax allows for re-application, which makes the floor look like new again! And, you can see the actual wood and feel the grain on your feet.

“Rugging”

Recently gaining popularity in the tile world, ‘rugging’ refers to an arrangement of patterned tiles built to create the look of a rug, surrounded by plainer, solid tiles. Addition of this element creates color and contrast, and is perfect for under the kitchen or dining room table.


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SILVERSTONE, RIPON

Silverstone is everything you dreamed a new home would be— with timeless style, superb craftsmanship, large lots, and attention to detail. Floor plans boast a selection of single and dual story residences ranging from 1,911 to 3,000+ square feet. Homes are move-in ready and feature 3-5 bedrooms, island kitchens, large yards, and desirable California Rooms that take indoor/ outdoor living to a new level. This intimate enclave of only 30 homes is a dream come true and a delightful place to raise a family. Prices begin in the mid $500,000s.

SEDONA AT SUNDANCE, MANTECA Discover SEDONA, in the highly anticipated community of Sundance.  Award-winning, high-end home builder Caresco Homes has designed four new distinguished home styles on 57 home sites—each boasting Caresco’s spacious, open style and uncompromised features and finishes. Elevation styles include French Cottage, Farmhouse, Santa Barbara, and Craftsman. Choose from two 1-story and two 2-story homes, 3-7 bedrooms, 2-3-bay garages, ranging from 1,947 to 3,778 square feet. With plentiful options for various room configurations and outdoor living spaces, SEDONA homes may be personalized to fit your family’s lifestyle. Come see the difference of a Caresco home, and let our family build a home for yours! Model homes are now under construction. Prices start in the low-mid $400,000s.

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The Tretheway Block is a historic commercial building located directly across from the courthouse at 229 E. Weber Ave. in Stockton, California. The building, which was built in 1892, is noteworthy due to its eclectic architecture. Several office layouts are now available. In addition there is a cafe space available for lease as well. Call or email for details Come be a part of Stockon’s rich history.

Located east of Livermore, just over the Altamont Pass and minutes from all the conveniences and attractions of the Tri-Valley, is a true hometown—a community of vibrant neighborhoods constructed by builders focused on offering unique home plans, with family focused gathering spaces and luxurious finishes. Choose from a variety of single and two-story homes ranging from 1,966–3,907 sq. ft., with appealing architecture, open-concept floor plans, and up to 5 bedrooms and 4 baths. Prices start in the $500,0000s.

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ring life to your living spaces with help from Home Furniture Gallery. Their kind, tentative, and talented staff is ready and waiting to help you peruse their gorgeous showroom, stuffed full of décor-dream, drool-worthy bedroom and living room sets that you can touch and experience. Choose from a wide array of stylish couches and chairs in a magnitude of materials, colors, and styles, dining sets, coffee and end tables, mattresses, headboards, dressers, end tables, and more.

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hen you’re looking to amplify the beauty of your home it pays to start with a high quality foundation. Better Flooring Outlet works with you to find the best fit for your house and your budget. Need to re-carpet the kids’ room? Looking to lay hardwood throughout the house? No problem. Better Flooring has got your back. From laminate and stone, ceramic, and porcelain, to hardwood, carpet, and custom area rugs, no project is too big a task for this flooring outlet. And with durable, long-lasting options to create that perfect look in just the right shade to meet your designer needs—the opportunities are endless!

BETTER FLOORING OUTLET 3713 E. Hammer Ln. Stockton, (209) 951-9400 BetterFlooringOutlet.com

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ooking for high quality window décor on a budget? Then you’ve come to the right place! Budget Blinds in Stockton provides the best solutions for window accessories—from drapes and blinds, to shutters, shades, or window film—for your home or office. Choose from unique and inspiring brands such as Somfy, Fabricut, Enlightened Style, Draper, and a private-label Signature Series by Budget Blinds, to be the envy of every home-owner on the block! If you’re looking for a little more flair between those panes, check out their sheers, lifting systems, and a multitude of other decorative details that can set your room’s design.    Budget Blinds is ready to work with you to provide design advice, to take measurements, and to help you through the ordering process, from delivery to installation. Trust them to offer customized window coverings that fit any pane of your home or office. BUDGET BLINDS: 7819 Thornton Rd., Stockton | (209) 933-9442 | BudgetBlinds.com

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tep into a world of designer bliss as you enter HT Home Design’s expansive showroom. Whether you’re ready to enhance your home or looking to bring together a current project as a contractor or a designer, the talented team at HT Home Design on Stockton’s Historic Miracle Mile is ready to share inspiration and creative solutions. Their showroom features a vast variety of the best in lighting, plumbing fixtures, mirrors, wallpaper, and more. Choose from a variety of hardwood floors, tile, carpet, and area rugs. Peruse an assortment of countertop materials including quartz and natural stone as well as a wide range of designer hardware to accent your cabinets.    Stop by and take your time browsHardwood • Carpet • Area Rugs • Hardware • Tubs ing Lighting the floor to learn about the many • Tile • Vanities • Mirrors • Wallcoverings accents that can set the stage for any home. With HT Home Design, | it’s time to love your home again.

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eady to take your windows from drab to fab? Elite Shutters and Shadings in Modesto offers the highest quality in window treatments—and staffs an experienced team ready to provide custom design, measurement, and installation services. Serving the Central Valley as the largest family-owned authorized Hunter Douglass dealer, Elite’s professionals guarantee satisfaction in every aspect of their service by utilizing the Hunter Douglass lifetime warranty to its fullest potential. Elite also reigns as the only certified repair center in the area, offering piece of mind and superlative expertise for clients. With three locations across the Central Valley, from Livermore to Manteca and Elk Grove, Elite is an established authority in the industry.

ELITE SHUTTERS AND SHADINGS: 2324 W. Yosemite Ave., Manteca | (209) 825-0293 | EliteShadings.com

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ring your home back to life as you remove dirt and allergens, restore the look of your upholstery, clean every inch of your carpet, and make your tile, grout, and stone sparkle! King’s Carpet Service in Stockton and Lodi is here to rectify years of heavy foot traffic and wear and tear from kids and pets. Their professional, experienced, and friendly team puts quality service and customer care first.

KINGS CARPET SERVICE 45 S. Guild Ave., Ste. A Lodi, (209) 333-1974 Stockton: (209) 467-1974

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an Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District is the go-to for all your mosquito questions and concerns, working as an independent agency aimed to manage mosquito population and keep residents safe.   Education, early detection, and awareness should be a community focus, as mosquitoes thrive in environments like neglected swimming pools, stagnant water, and dirty yards. All of which can be prevented and monitored.    Be sure to take the necessary steps to keep you and your family safe through the removal of small amounts of standing water—often found in bird baths, buckets, plant saucers, tires, and other common items found in your back yard or garage. To support San Joaquin County Mosquito & Vector Control District in their efforts to identify and eradicate invasive mosquitoes, San Joaquin County residents are encouraged to call in daytime biting mosquitoes.    For more information, call San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District for a complimentary consultation and service.

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SOLAR ENERGY COLLECTIVE REGGIE GEORGE 2311 W. Alpine Ave., Stockton (209) 518-1781, www.collective.solar

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hen you need fast, friendly service that fits your family’s needs, you turn to Lovotti Inc., the leading expert in full service maintenance for your home or business. Count on them to fix any HVAC, electric, plumbing, or refrigeration problem. From any heating and air systems, to industrial and commercial refrigeration, residential and commercial plumbing and electrical, no job is too great for the company backed by an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.    Looking to add a room or building your dream home? Lovotti’s expert staff can assist in running electrical systems or finding any pesky problems you’re experiencing. With summer just around the corner, now’s the right time to test your HVAC system before the hotter months kick in, locking your family for a cooler summer. Call Lovotti for an air quality servicing to ensure you are up to date with the best system for your home. After a visit, you and your loved ones can breathe easy! LOVOTTI INC.: 2216 Stewart Street., Stockton | (209) 931-2100 | LovottiInc.com

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he Owl Box is charming Tracy boutique bursting at the seams with unique and personalized home décor items and gifts. The three generations of women behind the shop take pride in stocking the latest trends, contemporary and vintage product lines, and made-here-at-home goodies like artisan candles, jams, candy, and honey. Customers love brands like Mudpie, Park Hill, Jelly Cats, and of course— Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. The Owl Box Staff is trained and ready to help customers get started painting like a pro, with Annie Sloan’s full line of paint colors and waxes. The boutique further engages the community with a colorful, monthly workshop schedule including ‘Chalk Paint® for Beginners’ and holiday-themed craft nights.

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IN SACRAMENTO It’s time to take a break! Need to escape the stressors of daily life, but don’t have time for a full-blown vacation? Take 24 hours and get away from it all in Sacramento. The nearby escape is undergoing a revitalization. Recently coined America’s farm-to-fork capital, Sacramento is a casual destination for lovebirds, families, and friends looking to dine, shop, and laugh their way through a quick 24hour getaway. Follow our itinerary, with plenty of opportunities to choose your own adventure, and experience some of the best the city has to offer. 116

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Take a lunch break to refuel during shopping. Arden Fair is home to Memphis-style eatery Delta Soul, a southern kitchen boasting pulled pork sandwiches and collared greens. Also inside, the family-owned Greko Grill & Café specializes in authentic Greek and Mediterranean dishes. If you’ve already made it to Downtown Commons before your appetite returns, step into Sauced for the best in Southern-inspired barbecue and cocktails.

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BREAKFAST

It takes 90 minutes or less to hit Sacramento from any city in San Joaquin County, so if you’re on the road by 8 AM, you’ll be enjoying a scrumptious breakfast before 10 AM. Our first pick is Bacon & Butter, a farmto-table café serving American breakfast and lunch, with a beer and wine menu. The restaurant is dedicated to cooking its dishes from scratch and every meal is made to order. Enjoy a plate of chicken and waffles, or order a burger for breakfast—topped with bacon, brie, and one-egg, sunny-side up. BaconAndButterSac.com

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The state capitol offers no shortage of shopping malls. Nestled into every nook and cranny sits another large shopping venue or stretch of one-of-a-kind businesses. Venture out to Fair Oaks Boulevard near Howe Avenue to shop the Pavilions. A few larger draws ex118

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ist here, such as Williams Sonoma and Talbots, but the shopping center is also filled with lesser-known gems.   Arden Fair is one of the largest shopping centers in Sacramento, and it’s completely indoors so you won’t have to worry about those April showers. The two-level, 1 million square foot mall gets its name from the street its located on—Arden Way. With more than 165 stores and eateries inside, it’s a shopper’s paradise. Between Nordstrom’s and Sephora, slip into APEX by Sunglass Hut for a new pair of shades, grab a handbag at COACH, or shop feminine goods at Francesca’s.


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Swap out shopping for one of Sacramento’s other appealing attractions. TOUR THE CAPITOL BUILDING. Have you ever been curious about California’s State Capitol? Taking a tour is easy. Every hour on the hour, from 9 AM-4 PM, public tours are conducted. On weekends you’ll need to enter from the N Street entrance. Films are shown daily in the basement (9AM-5 PM) and admission is free. CapitolMuseum.ca.gov VISIT THE SACRAMENTO ZOO. More than

140 types of native, exotic, and endangered animals call the Sacramento Zoo home. Located inside Williams Land Regional Park, visitors can enjoy the company of flamingos, chimpanzees, snow leopards, African lions, jaguars, tigers, zebras, giraffes, otters, red pandas, and more. SacZoo.org CATCH A FLICK. Don’t just head to any

movie theatre, buy tickets for Esquire IMAX Theatre. The K Street venue shows 3D and 2D films, including blockbusters, on a giant screen. The IMAX system displays images both greater in size and resolution. IMAX. com/IMAX-Esquire-oo www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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It’s easy to spend an entire afternoon at the Commons, downtown Sacramento’s revitalized city center. Next to small boutiques and global brand shops, entertainment is king. The Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings, took over a large portion of the former shopping haven. Inside, concerts, family shows, ice events, and more are part of the weekly line-up. In April, the Kings will face off against the Rockets (April 11), V101’s Throwback Freestyle Jam will takeover the arena (April 13), and D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, George Lopez, and Eddie Griffin will team up for a Comedy Get Down (April 26). If you can wait, May 1 welcomes Train and Hall & Oates to the stage. Golden1Center.com

Check in starts at 3 PM at the Citizen Hotel on J Street. You can venture in whenever you’re done hanging around Downtown Commons. In the midst of Sacramento’s major revitalization, and its rebrand as the Farm-to-Fork capitol, plenty of places to stay are popping up all over. The Citizen Hotel, however, is a staple, and when given the chance to book a room there, don’t pass up the opportunity.   The Citizen Hotel is walking distance to the Commons and many of the nighttime activities you’ll want to enjoy, which makes it an ideal resting point for your stay. Many rooms even overlook Sacramento’s boisterous downtown, providing glorious city views. Rooms range in size and luxury, however each suite is graciously appointed and decidedly opulent, echoing the sophisticated style of the main lobby, where large, uniform books line the walls. For a real experience, book the penthouse. The 14th-floor suite offers a 200 square-foot private balcony, extra-deep jetted tub with a built-in wet bar, and access to the Big Four private lounge— among other amenities. Go ahead and take advantage of valet. TheCitizenHotel.com

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When it’s time for dinner, walk down to The Melting Pot for a threecourse dinner. Dining on fondue at The Melting Pot is less a meal than it is an experience. Here’s the rundown: order communal pots of cheese, broth, and chocolate from the menu. Waiters serve uncooked items— including fruits, vegetables, breads, and meat—on small trays with long skewers. Diners dip their favorites into the medium of choice and cook it briefly before downing. The highlight is dessert, so save room. Decadent concoctions of chocolate, nuts, graham cracker crusts, and other delectable ingredients are prepared for dipping fresh fruits and indulgent treats. Feeling fancy? Order up a martini sampler—several of the restaurant’s favorite sippers served as over-sized tasters. MeltingPot.com

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This festive eatery combines handcrafted beverages with a scratch kitchen and nostalgic pastimes. Bowl a few rounds, throw some darts, and play shuffleboard until check-in. PunchBowlSocial.com

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The walkability of Sacramento’s downtown will be appreciated post-dinner. A few blocks away, the Comedy Spot offers shows six nights a week. Performers are part of the venues improv, stand-up, and sketch classes, so it’s often a new group and you won’t know what you’re going to get (SacComedySpot.com). Grab a beer and settle in.   If you prefer to skip amateur hour, head to one of Sacramento’s larger com120

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edy clubs. Punchline Sacramento takes you back toward Arden Fair Mall, inside the Arden Arcade (PunchlineSac. com). Every night except Monday, a mix of well-known and emerging artists take the stage. In addition to performances by Steve Byrne and Tony Roberts, big events take over for one night at a time. Fans of the Small Town Murder podcast can attend the Shut Up and Give Me Murder! tour on April 15. On April 18, attendees can join in the fun by playing a round of Cards Against Humanity with strangers.   Laughs Unlimited is the other premier comedy club in Sacramento (LaughsUnlimited.com).

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Don’t have to head home just yet? Add one more item to your itinerary. Old Sacramento is a National Historic Landmark District located walking distance from downtown (and your hotel). Upon stepping into the national park, guests are transported back to the California Gold Rush. Enjoy the Railroad Museum, titter through shops of yore, or simply enjoy the view of the Sacramento River as you traipse through history. OldSacramento.com


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You’ll have to scratch The Citizen Hotel and fondue dinner from your itinerary to fit in this gem, but for couples seeking something different, it’s the ideal experience to indulge in. The Delta King Riverboat—a famous riverboat with a storied history on the Sacramento River—is the identical sister ship to the Delta Queen, which floats on the Mississippi River in New Orleans.    Originally built in Glasgow, Scotland, and Stockton, the riverboat still holds some of the charms that made it a popular vessel in 1927, when it was christened. Inside, guests are invited to dine on upscale cuisine (at what is now the Pilothouse Restaurant) before retiring to a room upstairs. Rates have gone up a bit since its inception, when the riverboat was populated by those looking for an evening of prohibition-era drinking, jazz bands, gambling and fine dining and rooms went for $3.50 a night, but the experience is one unlike any other in the region, afloat a vessel that has earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places.    If you play your cards right, you can trade in that comedy club for a different evening experience. Suspects Murder Mystery Dinner Theater plays out onboard on select nights. DeltaKing.com

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POST-SHOW DRINKS

Head back to your hotel for a nightcap. Downstairs, Grange Restaurant and Bar will be buzzing. Take a seat at the bar or scope out a table. Its downtown location invites locals as well as hotel guests to order just about anything you can dream of, including small bites if you’re hungry. GrangeSacramento.com

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GRUB & GO

Rise and shine! There’s time for one more meal before you head back to reality. Venture into Mid Town. The historical district is just east of downtown and has been undergoing an intense revitalization, adding more restaurants, markets, art, music, boutiques, bars, clubs, and upscale dining as of late. You’re safe to step into just about any eatery on the street. For something different, try out Pushkin’s Restaurant on Capitol Avenue, which specializes in gluten-free and vegan versions of brunch with patio seating. PushkinsKitchen.com


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DARIO LEVENTINI

Take a trip into the soul of Stockton and uncover Italy along the curving business of Stone Creek Village. Here, food and family go hand in hand, complementing laughter with fresh bites of Bruschetta, and smiles with plates of Chicken Scaloppini, Eggplant Parmigiana, and Cioppino. Ready for your trip to Tuscany?

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featured eats

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It all begins at De Vega Brothers.    Going on nearly 20 years of experience in the De Vega kitchen, owners Alberto and Rafael Vega know what it means to build something guests will enjoy from the ground up. De Vega Brothers didn’t spring to life in Stockton, after all, but was first planted in Manteca. Even as a hole-in-the-wall near downtown, De Vega was filling seats faster than they could accommodate their growing stream of guests. Specials such as the Deep-Fried Ravioli and the Filet Mignon, charbroiled and topped with a wild mushroom merlot demi glaze wrangled in return-guests.   That bump in the road prompted a move just a short drive away to a larger location. And, as demand blossomed, the brothers had little choice, but to open shop in Stockton with a venue that could match the quality of their food and expected service.   Today, De Vega Brothers is synonymous with fine dining, offering a taste of the Mediterranean in both their food and décor. After all, plates of Pasta Del Mare, ripe with sautéed salmon, prawns, and scallops tangled in bell peppers, tomato, and red or white sauce sit perfectly alongside floor to ceiling windows, and a baby-grand piano. And who can resist ordering another glass of locally crafted wine or imported varieties from Italy itself when a full bar is ready to enhance your evening on the town?

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  Personally, we can’t get enough of the many available pasta dishes, each with its own unique blend of sauces and textures, herbs and garden-fresh vegetables. It’s a difficult night when one must choose between Pasta Salsiccia, which features Italian sausage that’s sautéed in mushrooms and bell pepper, onion, tomatoes, and herbs, and settle into a bed of penne, or Pasta Primavera, carefully tossed in alfredo sauce, and rich in eggplant and onions, carrots, zucchini, and bell peppers. Did we mention the mushrooms and tomatoes?

   Before you pick up that phone and dial in your reservation for the night, don’t neglect the opportunity to dine along De Vega’s veranda, where heaters tango with the chill in the air to provide you comfort on those cool nights. You’ll not find a more perfect position to enjoy the ambiance of Stone Creek Village, right alongside the sublime rhapsodies of their concert series hosted every year. TASTE THE SEASON AT: De Vega Brothers 5757 Pacific Ave., A140, Stockton (209) 323-4339, DeVegaBrothers.com


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all bottled up

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WINES TO TRY ALBARINOS TO TRY IN APRIL  SUZANNE LEDBETTER Jeremy Wine Co., 2017

Bokisch Vineyards 2016 Terra Alta Vineyard

LODI RULES

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With Earth Day approaching on April 22nd, we thought it might be the perfect time to talk about our local winegrape growers, their commitment to sustainability, and why you should care.   Ever wonder what the large green seal adorning signs around Lodi Wine Country mean? Lodi wineries and grape growers were the first in the nation to launch a sustainability program, represented by the seals. Yes, you read that right…the first! The Lodi Winegrape Commission developed and implemented Lodi Rules in 2005 and cemented their position as leaders of the industry nationwide. And while this isn’t new

news, it is worthy of a mention when celebrating Earth Day!   With over 45,000 acres certified, Lodi Rules has been a raging success. There are 129 wines bearing the Lodi Rules seal and they have won a combined 333 awards—that’s a lot of gold to go around!    To wear the green seal, a wine must contain 85% certified sustainable grapes. So, next time you reach for a bottle of wine, look for the Lodi Rules seal and enjoy a wine you know was made with quality wine grapes by growers that are proud stewards of their land. FOR MORE INFORMATION: LodiWine.com Stephanie Bolton, stephanie@lodiwine.com


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meet the maker

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MEET

MAKER TERI LAWRENCE VIAGGIO ESTATE & WINERY

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I got started making wine when Larry and I bought a winery! I knew nothing about winemaking at that time, but quickly realized that if we wanted our wines to be the way we wanted them to be, we needed to make them ourselves.  I quickly set out to learn, and I learned very well.  With my background as a Microbiologist and a California State Licensed Scientist, I found it easy for me to learn.  I thank God every day for giving me this opportunity in life.

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WHAT’S YOUR WINEMAKING STYLE?

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I choose to not fight a wine; let the wine be what it wants to be. This varies from year to year dependent upon the weather and farming practices.  You want a wine to be consistent from year to year, but I don’t get into the practice of additions to the wine to create something that tastes exactly as it did the year before.  That is the beauty of wine; it is constantly evolving, even in the bottle.  You can purchase a case of wine, and every single bottle will be a slightly different experience.

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Our favorite that I have made is the Chardonnay! It is my personal favorite, being fermented and matured in oak barrels.  It is chock full of buttery goodness! However, this year I intend to also produce a stainless, fruity Chardonnay as well as the oaky, buttery style that I so love. 130

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF THE WINE MAKING PROCESS?

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I love harvest! It is so exciting when the decision is made to pick a certain vineyard, and watching the grapes as they spill into the tank.  Magic!

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WHAT’S THE MOST REWARDING ASPECT OF YOUR JOB?

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This question has two answers. Viaggio Winery has won numerous awards over the years, and that is extremely satisfying.  This year our first blend, River Red, won a double gold in the San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition, along with gold for Malbec, and numerous other awards.  The very first wine I made won a silver medal at the California State Fair!  The other aspect is when I am in the cellar, all alone, and decide to taste from a barrel.  When all of a sudden you know you have a winner, and with no audience, I break into my happy dance! What a feeling!


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cravings

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HOPPING ON THE

POKE BOWL CRAZE  BY COPPER WILLIAMS

It’s fairly evident that we in San Joaquin love our sushi. I dare you to go two miles in any direction in any one of our major cities.

Odds are, a sushi joint will be waiting with fresh cuts of fish offered up to satiate your rollloving appetite. But there’s a new trend that’s taking the nation by storm, having surfed the waves straight out of Hawaii. Introducing the poke bowl!   These beauties bring everything we love about sushi under one, cylindrical dish. Chilled cuts of our favorite seafood, typically tuna or salmon, are served over a bed of warm rice. If you’re going for the traditional Hawaiian dish, you may add some soy sauce, and serve, and that in and of itself is a truly beautiful marriage between simplicity and delectability. But here on the mainland, we tend to get a little crazy, much to the chagrin of poke bowl purists.   As your Instagram and Facebook feeds can attest, the great thing about the poke bowl is how imaginative one can be with ingredients. Those looking to garner a healthy meal can sub rice for vegetable-based noodles and pickled carrots and roe, and those with a healthy appetite can pack on avocado and tofu, edamame and that ohso-sensational spicy mayo. Some have even taken the liberty of creating their own California roll in poke bowl form!   Oh. You weren’t looking to make this yourself, were you? Fear not, my kitchen-evading compatriot! Restaurants are popping up all along San Joaquin dedicated to 132

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these majestic lunch-makers.    You can start with the Albacore Bowl at Poke Salad off of March Lane in Stockton. It’s loaded up with albacore, spicy tuna, and seaweed salad, layered in mango and cucumber, edamame and red onion. Dollop on the avocado, tobiko, and crispy garlic and you’ve got your salad.    Or maybe you’re off West Lane one fine day, and decide to stop in for a bite at Superfish Poke & Tea? Their customized bowls are out of this world, but if you’re looking for something a little different, might we suggest one a little off the beaten path? The Poke nachos are a crunchy concoction that features your favorite seafood combination and is loaded with whatever your heart desires. Sweet foodie dreams are made of thee. And, really, who am I to disagree? GET YOUR LUNCH AT: POKE SALAD 1213 W. March Ln. Stockton, (209) 323-4027

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off the vine

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WEIBEL WINERY  BY COPPER WILLIAMS

   By the late 1940s, the Weibel family was ready to make their first land purchase and planted themselves among 100 acres of fruitful vines in Mission San Jose. But the Weibel line wasn’t yet ready to settle down, and fifty years later, they took to the fertile grounds of the Central Valley where rich opportunities awaited along the Woodbridge region. Since then, Weibel has continued to climb in popularity and promising varietals, harnessing everything one could ask of sparkling wines, and furthering their repertoire with reds such as the Weibel Family Patriot, a Mendocino blend with black berries, allspice, and tobacco accents.   A taste of the Weibel Family GH White Table Wine is a welcome reminder of how French Colombard can truly be: dry, crisp and the perfect complement for a variety of dishes. But what is Weibel without a comment or two on its marvelous sparkling wines?

When you’re in the mood for something that sparkles (and we aren’t talking diamonds), there’s only one place to drop into on your visit downtown. Weibel Winery is the quintessential stop for Moscato and Grand cuvee, Stanford and, of course, a vast variety of sparkling wines in an assortment of flavors. But trust us when we say that isn’t all you’ll find within the tasting room. In between bottles of Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay, Zinfandels and Cabernet Sauvignon is a story of family that spans the berry-ripe region and beyond.    The secret to Weibel’s outstanding blends begins in the early 1900s, when Fred Weibel Sr. and his father, Rudolph Weibel, made their journey from Switzerland to the United States. Burdened only with the tricks of the wine-crafting trade from their homeland, the two first settled into Washington, and then San Francisco, applying their own talents and fostering new skills under the streets and in the depths of the William Tell Hotel. 134

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  “Our sparklings have done really well; both in terms of sales and awards,” says Fred Weibel. “We recently launched a Strawberry Sparkling and a Pina Colada Sparkling. I believe our clients choose them, not only for the quality, but also the variety. With both classic creations and delectable flavors such as almond, peach, pomegranate, raspberry, peach mango, and citron, we have a sparkling wine perfect for every person, every occasion, every day.”    On your next visit into downtown Lodi, check Weibel’s tasting room off your todrink list, and sample some of the highest quality sparklings our region has to offer. Your taste buds won’t be disappointed!

HAVE A TASTE WITH: WEIBEL FAMILY WINERY 13 N. School St., Lodi (209) 370-6013, Weibel.com


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in season

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ASPARAGUS  BY SUZANNE LEDBETTER

Have you ever stopped to think about how lucky we are to have access to fresh asparagus? In some parts of the country you’d be lucky to find asparagus at all, but here in San Joaquin County, we can enjoy it fresh from the farm every Spring!   Asparagus is one of our most beloved crops, and while the acreage of asparagus has reduced dramatically over the past few years, our region embraces the hard work of our asparagus farmers to provide us with locally grown, fresh produce. I mean, we have a festival dedicated to all things asparagus, and for good reason. It is absolutely delicious!   As if you need another reason to love living in the Golden State, did you know California is the nation’s leading producer of fresh asparagus? With over 250 growers, California farms over 70 percent of the annual crop. But how did asparagus become a culinary staple, showing up on restaurant menus and cooked in homes across America? 136

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   Believe it or not, asparagus is a perennial plant that is native to the Eastern Mediterranean and Asia. And while the Greeks loved asparagus, it was the Ancient Romans who were the first to cultivate the plant over 2,500 years ago. Luckily for us, the French and English loved asparagus so much that they brought it to America, spreading the savory spears with the colonists. So, when America expanded west, Asparagus came along for the ride. It’s hard to believe the first recorded planting of asparagus in California dates to 1852.    The BEST news about asparagus is that there are only FOUR calories in each spear. Say what? The plump, green stalks are an excellent source of Vitamin B6, C, E and K. The spears contain healthy levels of calcium, magnesium, dietary fiber, folic acid, and niacin, among many other benefits. And, if you need more reasons to eat asparagus, check this out. According to the National Cancer Institute, asparagus contains a high amount of glutathione, one

of the body’s most potent cancer fighters.   Now let’s talk flavor. These grassy, earthy, stalks hail from the Lily family, which also includes onions, garlic, and leeks. Which must be why asparagus pairs so well with the spring vegetable line-up of leeks, garlic, fennel, mushrooms, and citrus. Not to mention the nutty profiles of the spears complement cheeses like Pecorino, salty meats (think prosciutto), cream, eggs, and herbs.   All these things explain why we love asparagus! Its versatility makes it one of the easiest veggies to prepare. Asparagus can be sautéed, steamed, grill, boiled, baked and fried. With so many ways to prep the Food of Kings, I hope you will check out these recipes crafted specifically for Spring! They are simple, delicious and showcase one of our local favorite crops in San Joaquin County.


ASPARAGUS, CORN, AND POTATO PIZZA INGREDIENTS 1 Package Refrigerated Pizza Dough 3 Tbs. Fresh Pesto 1 Purple Potato, sliced thin 8 to 10 Asparagus Spears, sliced into 1-inch pieces ½ C. Fire Roasted Corn Can (or fresh corn off the cob) 3 Tbs. Ricotta Cheese ½ C. Parmesan Cheese ¼ Tsp. Sea Salt, for garnish 1 Tbs. Olive Oil DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unwrap pizza dough and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 6 minutes and remove from the oven. Brush the pesto all over the pizza dough and arrange the asparagus, purple potato, roasted corn, ricotta and shaved parmesan. Bake for five additional minutes. Remove and slice. Sprinkle with sea salt and one tablespoon olive oil. *Recipe Courtesy of Fine Foodie Philanthropist

ASPARAGUS FRITTATA INGREDIENTS 8 Eggs • ½ C. Cream • 2 Tbs. Butter • 2 Oz. Goat Cheese, crumbled 14-16 Asparagus Spears, sliced into 1 ½ inch pieces, 8 spears sliced into 4-inch pieces for garnish • 3 Green Onions, sliced thin • ½ Tsp. Salt • ½ Tsp. Pepper DIRECTIONS Turn your oven to broil. Crack eight eggs into a medium sized bowl and add cream, salt and pepper. Whisk ingredients and set aside. Heat two tablespoons of butter in a cast iron or non-stick oven-proof pan. Add the asparagus and the green onion, sauté over medium heat for three minutes. Pour egg mixture into the pan with the asparagus and use a flat spatula to stir through the egg mixture for three minutes, or until it sets on the bottom. Add crumbled goat cheese and eight remaining asparagus spears in a starburst pattern. Place in the oven for two to three minutes until the eggs are cooked through. Let set and serve! *Recipe courtesy of Fine Foodie Philanthropist

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behind the knife

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BEHIND theKNIFE: CHRIS ISERT, BROOKSIDE COUNTRY CLUB  BY COPPER WILLIAMS Not all symphonies are delegated to concert halls. Just ask Chris Isert, the Executive Chef at Brookside Country Club who eagerly applies his trade in an everevolving orchestra of spices and splashes of sauce, sizzling meats, and boiling pots. “I’ve always loved to cook and entertain,” says Chris, also adoringly known to all as Chef. As a maestro of fine dining, Chris has showcased his skill in our region since 2001, elevating taste buds to a higher state of foodiebliss, particularly in his passion for Mediterranean and southwestern cuisine.

   “Our menu is constantly changing,” he grins. “If you don’t [change it], you get bored! There’s still so much I just need to get out of my head. Seasons change, you get new ingredients, and it’s even better when your crew gets behind you and wants to try new things, too!”    But there are just some things Chris can’t take off the menu. “I’ve tried, but too many people ask for our Braised Short rib.” A succulent dish that’s just as tender as it is flavorful. Another pièce de résistance we’d despair over departing is the French Dip, with an au jus that makes meager bouillonbased dipping sauces weep. But the base of Brookside members are enamored with the evolution of Chris’ menu options, and enjoy every class he hosts that take guests deeper into the chef’s repertoire.   “This is a hands-on class. We get fourteen people shoulder to shoulder working a [food] station and I do the rounds.” From elaborate dishes, to refreshing, crisp salads, and even desserts, Chris thrives on showcasing 138

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his love for cooking with his members. And when the wine is all you can drink, barriers go down and banter is just as free-flowing as the bottles.   But, believe it or not, the expert behind every mouth-watering meal didn’t begin behind the knife, but rather, a big rig. “I was a truck driver and a warehouseman, and I decided to go to culinary school when I was thirty years old.” The career change was a blessing for Chris, who was soon traveling around the states with only himself as the cargo and a repertoire of culinary experience that transported him to such places as Tourelle and the Carnelian Room, Vail Resorts, Coyote Creek and Aramark Conventions.    But once his travels landed him in the Central Valley, it was here that he decided to remain. And it’s here that he continues to reinvent his marvel of a menu for the many members of Brookside Country Club to enjoy. BECOME A MEMBER: BROOKSIDE COUNTRY CLUB (209) 956-6200, BrooksideGolf.net


Ernie’s Food and Spirits offers a unique dining experience, featuring exceptional cuisine, the highest service standards, an extensive, yet reasonably priced wine list, as well as a notably impressive collection of fine spirits. Unassuming from the outside, our doors open to a sleek, contemporary environment, reminiscent of dining in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Chicago. Our vision is to prepare the absolute best Certified Angus Beef as well as Kobe style beef, the highest quality Chops, sustainable seafood, and the freshest produce available. Our menu will tantalize the palate, with our modern version of traditional menu items, creative, yet simple. ERNIE’S FOOD & SPIRITS 1351 N. Main St., Manteca (209) 239-3351, erniesfoodandspirits.com

De Vega Bros. is family own Italian Restaurant and focus on very traditional Italian food and using the freshest ingredients. Our outdoor patio is a great place to take advantage for outdoor gathering and dining. Happy hour, full service bar. We offer banquet and catering for large or small events. Open 7 days a week, Lunch and dinner.

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Sunday-Thursday: 11am-9pm Friday-Saturday: 11am-10:pm DEVEGA BROTHERS 5757 Pacific Ave., Stockton (We are located inside Stonecreek shopping center)

(209)323-4339, www.devegabrothers.com

Everyone is welcome at Bud’s Seafood Grille. Friendly service, hearty portions, and a range of fish, seafood, pasta, steak, and poultry entrees make Bud’s a great choice for a business lunch, family dinner, or night out for two. Every meal begins with a bottomless basket of fresh sourdough bread. The leafy outdoor patio seats thirty, and is the perfect spot to take a break from shopping in Lincoln Center and enjoy a leisurely lunch or even just a drink with a friend or two. We also invite you to come visit the newly renovated bar and lounge for one of our delicious specialty cocktails and bar bites. Please be sure to ask about our banquet and catering services for your special event or holiday party. Full bar and banquet room available. Open for lunch, dinner, and scrumptious Sunday brunch. Happy hour daily with $1.00 off all beer & well drinks and $5.00 bar bites 4pm 6:30pm

$22.50

BUD’S SEAFOOD GRILLE 314 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 956-0270, budsseafood.com

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Serving San Joaquin County since 1979

We use ingredients of only the highest quality when preparing our meals. We cook using 100 percent cholesterol-free cooking oils, for a delicious and healthy meal. If you would like to order something not listed in the menu, we will do our best to accommodate you in any way we can. Gift Certificates available. Mon-Fri: 11am-2:30pm & 5-10pm Sat-Sun: 12pm-10pm

PEKING RESTAURANT 7555 Pacific Ave., Ste. 115 Stockton, (209) 957-0617 pekingstockton.com

POP-UP DINNERS WITH LAUREN ROSE COOKS

Nestled on the Brickwalk in Lincoln Center Midgley’s Public House specializes in steaks and seafood, with an extensive appetizer menu and unique desserts. Our bar menu consist of several unique cocktails, fine wines and spirits. We have several dining options including our extensive patio, dining room with floor to ceiling open windows, and a large bar area. We offer several dining options for large parties and do catering of all sizes.

 BY SUZANNE LEDBETTER Lauren O’Leary is a force to be reckoned with. A woman of many talents, Lauren boasts a serious resume of accomplishments: sommelier, cheesmonger, private chef, and entrepreneur.    Her philosophy is that every meal should be celebrated, and wine should be approachable. Lauren’s culinary perspective showcases Mediterranean faire with a millennial twist. Pumping out traditional dishes of baba ghanoush and beef kefta, she confidently pairs her cuisine with wines that compliment each dish.    On any given night, Lauren can be found in the kitchen, prepping multi-course meals for private dinners, corporate events, and pop-up dinners in San Francisco or Stockton. She recently hosted a pop-up 140

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dinner at Stockton’s Cast Iron Trading Co., where she blew guests away with her farm to table cuisine. Delivering chicken kale garlic bites with a lemon yoghurt and a homemade strozzapreti pasta arrabiata with stewed cherry tomatoes, cream, and chili pepper. These are serious eats and she is seriously talented.    My suggestion…hire Lauren now for your next dinner. We will be seeing a lot more of her in the coming months. Stay tuned! Attend a pop-up with Lauren O’Leary by checking out the schedule on her website www. lomade.co, or follow her on Facebook and Instagram @ LaurenRoseCooks.

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MIDGLEY’S PUBLIC HOUSE 296 Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 474-7700 midgleyspublichouse.com

Owners Harry and Susan Yu have been a major part of the local economy since 2007 when Mikasa opened its location in Lathrop. Cooking with local produce and only using the freshest fish right from the Bay has always been key to their success. Fortunately the Yu’s chose Tracy for their newest location stocking the full bar with the most extensive liquor, sake, wine and beer selection around. Plus, with happy hour 7 days a week you’ll be sure to get your fill! Mikasa also offers off site catering and a separate banquet room for all your rehearsal dinners, large parties or business needs. Try the special SJM Roll (pictured). MIKASA JAPANESE BISTRO 2610 S. Tracy Blvd. Ste. 110 Tracy, (209) 830-8288 15138 S Harlan Rd., Lathrop, (209) 858-1818


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fests

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Awaken your taste buds to a fanfare of flavor at the leading venue for Contemporary American cuisine! Fenix brings out the very best in locally grown produce with every meal, complementing cuts of meat and seafood in their unique and seasonal entrées. Whether you’re in the mood for something light or ready to sample the vast array of appetizers with your dish, save room for dessert and enjoy the décor tucked away in the heart of the Lodi appellation. FENIX 117 W. Elm St., Lodi (209) 400-3950, FenixLodi.com

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Calling all my fellow foodies in the 209…its almost time for The Annual Asparagus Festival. Held from April 2022 at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, this non-profit food festival showcases the tastiest asparagus dishes, highlighting the produce in all its delicious glory!    Find your way to Asparagus Plaza, located just outside of Asparagus Alley, and get ready to get your grub on! Dig in to the deep-fried asparagus, the local’s favorite foodie find. Cooked to a perfect golden brown and dusted with freshly grated parmesan, the fried asparagus can’t be missed! 142

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Celebrating their 8th year in the Historic Tracy Inn, the chefs at Tracy Thai Restaurant have produced countless satisfied customers, with their wonderfully inventive dishes. The chef makes classics dishes like ‘Pad Thai’ and ‘Tom Kar Gai’ that leave the diner feeling that they have been transported to a street in Thailand. Many of the dishes such as Eggplant prawns, or Garlic Pork reflect a homestyle feel. The Menu is a delight and there are always Lunch and Dinner Specials. The wood panels and decors at Tracy Thai will bring you to a classic home style in Thailand. With a warm, cozy ambiance and delicious food, you would enjoy your meal at Tracy Thai. TRACY THAI 1035 Central Ave., Tracy, (209) 833-9703

With its seasonally based menu and gourmet preparation, the Towne House Restaurant at Wine & Roses boasts a charming venue with exceptional service. Offering a farm-to-table experience with ingredients sourced from local farms as well as their own garden, the Towne House Restaurant captures the subtle elements of fun and excitement while also providing unparalleled food. The Lounge features live music and an extensive wine list showcasing the best Lodi has to offer. Dine in the intimate setting of the dining room or outdoors on the veranda where guests are spoiled with beautiful views of the gardens.

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BEE LOVE COOKIE CO. BY KATIE KLOUDA  BY SUZANNE LEDBETTER Bee Love Cookie Co. goes beyond your typical cookie. They are delightfully delicate, sweet, and delicious. As works of art carefully crafted by owner and baker Katie Klouda, the business is anything but cookie-cutter.    Katie is a serial hobbyist. As a mother of two and wife of a winemaker, she loves learning and trying new things. Lucky for us, she fell in love with the art of baking and the creative process of decorating custom cookies with royal icing.   For Katie, the feeling of accomplishment and pride in crafting cookies from scratch to an incredible piece of art is fulfilling. But her favorite part is watching her client’s reactions when she delivers the sweet treats. 144

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How did Katie come up with the name Bee Love Cookie Co.? “For me, ‘be love’ is a reminder to treat people with love and kindness,” she explains. “And I love bees for their work ethic and because they symbolize community. Lodi is an amazing community that our family is proud to be a part of!”   So, with Spring in the air and a slurry of fun festivities on your calendar, order some Bee Love Cookie Co. for your special grad, your bestie’s baby shower, or as placeholders for Easter brunch. You won’t be disappointed! LOOKING FOR SOME COOKIE LOVE? ORDER CUSTOMIZED COOKIES FROM: BEE LOVE COOKIE CO. @beelovecookieco beelovecookieco@gmail.com

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Hailed as one of the most authentic powerhouses of Japanese cuisine in the San Joaquin valley, Komachi offers a diverse array of exquisite dishes, ranging from the freshest sashimi to mouth-watering sushi rolls. “Come as a customer, leave as our family.” Hours: Mon - Thur 11AM to 9PM, Fri Sat 11AM to 9:30PM, Sun closed KOMACHI SUSHI 307 S. Lower Sacramento Rd. Ste. D Lodi, (209) 334-3131 SushiKomachi.com

A favorite among guests who enjoy the comforts of fine food, Rosewood Bar and Grill, located in the heart of downtown Lodi, offers an upbeat and sophisticated setting with its rich wood and black & white marble floor. Rosewood offers Classic American cuisine with a full bar and an extensive outdoor dining patio, features seasonal menus sourced locally and regionally, and boasts a diverse wine list. Voted Best Fine Dining in Lodi 5 Years in a row. Open for lunch: Fridays 11am-2pm Dinner: Mon-Thur 5pm-9pm, Fri 5pm-10pm All Day Dining: Sat 11am-10pm Sun-11am to 9pm Bar open daily at 4pm

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APRIL 7

When you’ve got over 40 wineries and some of the most complementary food all under one roof, it can take some time to make the rounds with your commemorative glass. But, really, who’s to mind when an extra pour here or there can be absolutely necessary to truly appreciate the varietal flavor? Join up with all your fellow wine aficionados and enjoy a day ripe for the plucking! The fun begins at 3 PM. Lodi Wine & Food Festival, 413 E. Lockeford St., Lodi, (209) 369-9185, GrapeFestival.com

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APRIL 6

Don your most darling attire and step into England with the Stockton Butterfly Auxiliary, hosting an exquisite afternoon filled with sweet treats, champagne sips and tea! With profits supporting Hospice of San Joaquin, grab a few raffle tickets for the chance to win a vacation package! The even begins at 1 PM. Church of Presentation, 6715 Leesburg Pl., Stockton, HospiceSJ.org

Looking for the latest in cute, designworthy wear? Delta’s Fashion Club has your answer for gently worn designs, vintage apparel, home décor and so much more! Choose from items that are as low as $1, and get some fabulous future favorites to add your wardrobe! All proceeds benefit the club’s continue success! The sale beings at 10 AM! Danner Hall, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 954-5151 www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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THE BEATLES CONCERT

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APRIL 7

APRIL 7 – 8

Experience the magic and revel in the melodies of legend that roused the spirits of nations across the world! The Beatles concert experience is back to invoke our love for music! Enjoy signature costumes and sets that pay homage to some of the greatest musicians to have ever lived. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 373-1400, StocktonLive.com

Vendors, and food trucks, and live music, oh my! It’s an epic even that takes place every year in downtown Manteca, brimming with the best in bites and a variety of locally crafted trinkets! Stop on by and enjoy live music, the car and motorcycle show, and a special Friday evening event called “Dance for Life, raising funds for Relay for Life. Downtown, Yosemite Ave & Main St., Manteca, VisitManteca.net

STOCKTON HEAT HOME GAMES

APRIL 6, 11, 14

SAN JOAQUIN AUDUBON SOCIETY PRESENTS: INTRODUCTORY TO BIRDING

Find your seats fast for the final month for the Stockton Heat! The games are wild, the goals are out of this world, and themed nights are perfect for the little ones! Drop in for Pacific Heats up, special snack deals, and Fan Appreciation Night! Stockton Arena, 248 Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 938-1555, StocktonHeat.com

APRIL 7

Get up close (but not too close) and personal with your favorite feathered friends in a basic course that helps you ease into the fun, fascinating world of bird-watching! Bring your binoculars along and learn about the many varying birds that call our beautiful region home! This course begins at 8 AM! Lodi Lake, 1301 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, SanJoaquinAudubon.org

KOHL OPEN SCHOOL ANNUAL CRAB FEED

APRIL 7

It’s one of your final opportunities to enjoy every bite of crab you can before the season is complete! Head out to the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium and support Kohl open school field trips and events! The feed starts at 5:30 PM! Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium, 525 N. Center St., Stockton, (209) 933-7235

CRAIG MORGAN AT THE GRAND THEATRE

APRIL 7

Join country music artist Craig Morgan for an evening that further draws you into the vocal performer’s world. Pulling from influences in his own life, his lyrics and style are a heartfelt reminder of life’s greatest’s obstaclesand greatest loves. The curtain raises at 8 PM. Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave., Tracy, (209) 831-6858, AtTheGrand.org

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When four wayward lovers find themselves inadvertently entangled in the antics of the Fairy Court, hilarity is sure to ensue! Follow this vibrant tale in one of Shakespeare’s classic theatrical performances, featuring the king and queen of the Fae, and the mischievous Puck! Showbiz Theatre Company, 1744 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 938-0447, ShowbizTheatre.org

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APRIL 13

A man of many hats, Paul Reiser is everywhere he wants to be in the world of television, books, comedy, and acting, providing himself an outlet into the many talents he successfully applies across his career! Join him for a hilarious evening into his life as he describes the continually unfolding chaos that is his version of fun! The show begins at 8 PM. Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave., Tracy, (209) 831-6858, AtTheGrand.org


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SCHOOL STREET WINE STROLL

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With your keepsake wine stroll glass in tow, savor outstanding pours from local and regional wineries, each with their own unique twist on the area’s most highly sought varieties we love best! With up to 25 participating in this eagerly awaited event, the fun begins at 6 PM! Various wineries throughout Lodi, (209) 367-7840, LodiChamber. com

When the countdown has begun for graduation, lackadaisical student Ferris Bueller has only one thing on his mind: cutting class in one final farewell hurrah! Join him and his friends as they covertly enjoy the waning day of their personal senior fieldtrip! The show begins at 1 PM! Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 373-1400, StocktonLive.com

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APRIL 14

Enjoy all the outstanding musical performances of Jack Russell and his band, Great White, as they settle into the sublime lyrics and exceptional melodies of their hit songs and latest releases! Bringing a new element of music to the show, and upping the ante on the vocals, Jack is sure to draw in crowds. Get your tickets before it’s too late! The show begins at 8 PM. Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave., Tracy, (209) 831-6858, AtTheGrand.org

APRIL 15

Give the radio a break and set down the phone when you’re looking for masterful music in the making! The Conservatory of Music is ready to elevate your love for the classics and all melodies in between! Enjoy the culmination of a program with over 130 years under its belt. Faye Spanos Concert Hall at UOP, 3511 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 946-2415, Pacific.edu

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Take a step back in time and indulge in the roaring 20s lifestyle for a night that’s filled with fine food, music, and fun! With bites from Cast Iron Trading Co., and proceeds directly benefiting Mable Barron Elementary School, there’s never been a better reason to don your vintage attire and take a night out on the town! The evening begins at 6 PM. Lincoln Farmhouse, 3225 Deerpark Dr., Stockton, Eventbrite.com 150

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KING PLAZA APRIL 14

Your favorite outdoor venue is back and bringing you downtown once again in a splendorous display of curated goods, delectable bites, and so much more! Find yourself some sunshine, the latest and greatest in local live music, and a few cute gifts for family and friends. It’s a mini-festival of major proportions that you won’t want to miss across from the Cesar Chavez Library! Martin Luther King Plaza, 2 E. Oak St., Stockton, (209) 322-7624, StockMarketCa.com

A day of festivities awaits, filled with incredible music, fantastic cuisine, and the time honored parade of Nagar Kirtan! Join in this free event which attracts up to 20,000 guests each year! The fun begins at 12 Noon! Stockton Sikh Temple, 1930 S. Grant St., Stockton, (209) 937-0136

DUO BALDO

APRIL 15

Join violinist Brad Repp and pianist / actor Aldo Gentileschi in a promising performance that plays upon the duo’s high-energy combination. Bringing classical music to the stage, the musicians will leave you teetering on the edge of your seat for their next act! Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi, (209) 333-6787, HutchinsStreetSquare.com

CROWDER AT THE BOB HOPE THEATRE

APRIL 15

Crowder is bringing his passion for music and Christianity to the stage at the Bob Hope Theatre! Enjoy classic hits and empowering new favorites from an award-winning artist with a message to spread to the world! Find your seat before curtains draw at 7 PM! Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 373-1400, StocktonLive.com


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MARCH OF DIMES MARCH FOR BABIES

KUDOS CHILDREN’S THEATRE PRESENTS: THE STORY OF HANSEL & GRETEL

APRIL 22

APRIL 18 – 21

March along the Mile with our community to show your support for the tiniest loves of our lives! Join families, friends, and company teams to raise funds for March of Dimes. Caldwell Park, 3215 Pacific Ave., Stockton, MarchforBabies.org

Follow the poor plight of siblings Hansel and Gretel in a brand new take on the story time classic! When the children are sent into the woods, they are met with many fascinating creatures, and a horrific witch in a candy-encrusted cottage. KUDOS Children’s Theatre, 1943 W. Lucile Ave., Stockton, (209) 507-6996, KudoSCT.com

3RD ANNUAL PRIMAVERA MEXICANA

APRIL 21

Learn the history of Mexican folklore and the vibrant, regionally-based dances performed alongside their legends! The perfect cultural event for children, performed by Grupo Folklorico Calli! The show begins at 7 PM! Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi, (209) 333-6787, HutchinsStreetSquare.com

3RD ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MESSAGES OF PEACE

APRIL 19

Join together at the University Park World Peace Rose Garden to showcase your support for peace in our community. Twelve outstanding students will be selected from dozens in our local schools to read their poems representing their own thoughts and feelings for peace in their lives and in their world. Featuring speakers Sergeant Charles Harris and Called to Move Founder and Ceo Brandon Leake. This event begins at 12:30 PM. University Park World Peace Rose Garden, California & Magnolia Street, Stockton, UniversityParkStockton.com

LODI’S BEER FEST & STATE BARBECUE CHAMPIONSHIP

APRIL 21

What goes better together than beer and barbecue? That’s right. Nothing. And that’s why the two have become one in this annual extravaganza riddled with craft brews and some of the most succulent cuts of meat this side of the continent. Enjoy all the splendor that’s riddled with tastings, live music, and the flavors of life! The drinking begins at 2 PM. Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, 413 East Lockeford St., Lodi,

GRAND THEATRE PRESENTS: GIRLS NIGHT OUT – A NIGHT IN THE CITY

APRIL 20

It’s a theatrical takeover at the Grand on Friday night, and girls reign supreme! Gather up all your girlfriends and hit downtown to enjoy an evening of sampling decadent desserts and savory apps! Wine tasting, a goodie bag, and special access to an afterparty brings the evening full circle for fun! The fun begins at 6 PM. Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave., Tracy, (209) 831-6858, AtTheGrand.org

STOCKTON PORTS PRESENT: STAR WARS WEEKEND

APRIL 20

The force is strong at this game! Join your favorite sci-fi heroes and the players of the Stockton Ports for a fantastic evening of home runs, epic eats, and the chance to win some pretty awesome prizes! The prime opportunity to take your little ones out of the house for some fun that the whole family will enjoy! The game begins at 7:10 PM! Banner Island Ballpark, 404 W. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 644-1900, MILB.com

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Get ready to dive into those greens! It’s another exciting year for the Stockton Asparagus Festival, and all the delectable foods that come with it! Bring your whole family along to enjoy the carnival, live music, and vendors galore! It’s a full lineup of entertainment for this weekend-long event! San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton, (916) 370-3647, SanJoaquinAsparagusFestival.net

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STOCKTON SYMPHONY PRESENTS: CLASSICS FIVE

APRIL 21

Join guest artist Stanislav Khristenko at the piano and rediscover the joy of the classics! Pieces performed by by Stockton Symphony and the pianist himself include works from Chadwick, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich! Enjoy this spectacular evening which begins at 6 PM. Warren Atherton Auditorium at San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 9510196, StocktonSymphony.org


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APRIL 22

MAY 4 – 6

Show mother nature you’re ready to take a step toward helping her flourish! Visit Victory Park and discover a variety of booths with information on how to do better for the environment and support local change. Enjoy food trucks aplenty, with live music and lots of intriguing activities! Victory Park, 1201 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton, (209) 483-5199, LiveGreenSanJoaquin.org

The elite are making their way to Bill Simoni field in a three-day competition that will determine who heads on to the NCAA Division II West Regional Tournament! Join up with the best of our region and let them hear your cheers from the stands! Bill Simoni Field, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 946-2472, GoCCAA.org

STOCKTON CIVIC THEATRE PRESENTS: DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE

APRIL 25 – MAY 10

What does one do when an incessant cell won’t stop ringing? Why, you pick it up, of course! And that’s exactly what Jean, our plucky protagonist does when the man beside her passes away at a cafe. Hilarity ensues as she is dragged into the life of the man she has never, in fact met before his demise! Stockton Civic Theatre, 2312 Rosemarie Ln., Stockton, (209) 4732424, SCTLiveTheatre.com

BUGFEST AT OAK GROVE PARK

APRIL 28

It’s a kid-centric day down at Oak Grove, filled with squiggling insects and tons of fun facts to learn! Gather up the little ones and drive down for fun crafts and activities that promote education around some of the creatures that call our backyards home! Oak Grove Nature Park, 4520 W. Eight Mile Rd., Stockton, (209) 953-8814

STOCKTON CHORALE PRESENTS: OLD AMERICAN SONGS

APRIL 28 – 29

Dive into the songs that helped to fuel the promise and optimism of our country in its earliest years! Aaron Copland arranges a magnificent musical performance with key selections filled with patriotic nuances. Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 951-6494

JOURNEY UNAUTHORIZED AT THE BOB HOPE THEATRE

APRIL 28

Relive Journey as you’d spy them on the stage in a perfect recreation of the band’s time-honored concerts! Enjoy costume and character adorned reenactments, and all the hit songs you can’t help but sing along to. The show begins at 7:30 PM! Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 373-1400, StocktonLive.com 154

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BOOKS, BANDS,

& BBQ APRIL 28

The North Stockton Rotary and North Stockton Rotary Foundation band together (pun totally intended) for the first annual Books, Bands, and Barbecue! Cheer on your favorite team in Battle of the Bands, and bring gently used books in for a second home to eagerly awaiting children from kindergarten to third grade! Enjoy raffle prizes, dig into delectable eats, and more. The fun begins at 6 PM! St. Basil’s Church, 920 W. March Lane., Stockton, (209)915-9913

STOCKTON PORTS NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS & ALUMNI NIGHT

MAY 5

Show your support for the Stockton Ports and the champions of our region in a spectacular display of fireworks, loaded-bases, and frequent stops to the snack bar! Let your little ones take a trip into the SJC Foster and Adoption Kids’ Zone, brimming with a bounce house, speed pitch, and giant slide! Banner Island Ballpark, 404 W. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 644-1900, MILB.com

LINCOLN CENTER SEMI-ANNUAL SIDEWALK SALE

MAY 5

Looking for a good deal at great prices? Look no further than over 25 unique shops at the Lincoln Center, each with their own line of sales! Enjoy shopping for household items and attire, cosmetics, stationary, and more! Amazing items that the whole family will enjoy! Lincoln Center, Pacific Ave & Benjamin Holt Dr., Stockton, (209) 477-4868, LincolnCenterShops.com


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