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KRISTEN EATON AND TEAM APPROACH INSURANCE SERVICE FROM A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW. Yours. Our team knows that thoroughly understanding your perspective is the key to achieving the results you desire. We work as your insurance coaches with your best interest in mind. Please visit our website and spend a few minutes getting to know us. Hablamos Espanol To learn more about the Eaton Agency, call us today! You’ll find it a pleasure to talk with an insurance agent who sees things from your point of view. 840 East F Street, Suite A Oakdale, CA 95361 • (209) 847-1775 Lic: 0B46372 • NMLS MLO #: 1082638 OAKDALE LEADER ESCALON TIMES RIVERBANK NEWS OAKDALE LEADER ESCALON TIMES RIVERBANK NEWS 9


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Teresa Hammond

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Melody Wann


Welcome to this year’s magazine highlighting the winners in the communities of Oakdale, Escalon, and Riverbank Readers’ Choice awards for 2023. Our contest is voted on and selected by you and all the other readers of the Oakdale Leader, Escalon Times and Riverbank News, both in print and online. In this year’s voting, we had higher participation with more votes cast than ever before — over 20,000 votes across many categories.

Every year, it is important to us as your local community newspaper to recognize those people, businesses and organizations that our readers choose as the ‘best.’ As the leading local media organization in Oakdale, Escalon, Riverbank and surrounding communities, our audience is bigger than ever, as we strive to produce content in many forms that is focused on the communities in which we live, work and play. We live in vibrant communities with many successes all around us. and it is important that all of us patronize local businesses and support our communities.

As always we strive to provide content that enlightens, entertains and informs while providing a forum for local conversation about issues and ideas.

We hope you enjoy this magazine and continue to engage with our newspaper and digital platforms. Please continue to support all of the local businesses highlighted in the magazine.

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4 readers’choice JUN e2023 Auto Body Escalon Body & Frame Auto Dealership (New/Domestic) Haidlen Ford Auto Dealership (Used) Steves Chevrolet - Buick Auto Maintenance Shaw’s Auto & Smog LLC Auto Parts Haidlen Ford, Inc. Car Wash/Detail Mister Car Wash, Riverbank auto sales & services Best Auto Parts in the Readers Choice! 1355 East F Street Oakdale AUTO PARTS: 209-764-7457 Thank You for voting us Thank You for voting Haidlen Ford Best Dealership! 1355 East F Street Oakdale 209- 847-0356

DMV Services

5 readers’choice auto sales & services THANK YOU for voting us Best Towing for 9 Years in the Readers Choice! 1355 East F Street Oakdale 209-847-2300 Thank you for Recognizing Us as your Readers’ Choice! The technicians of Escalon Body & Frame have been making cars beautiful for over 40 years. We explain the process of getting your car repaired and work with your insurance company regarding paperwork. We can also handle towing and rental vehicles. We hold ourselves to the very highest standards of performance because customer satisfaction is extremely important to every member of our staff. Our reputation as a premier auto body and frame repair shop is because of you, our customers, and we appreciate your business
Escalon Body & Frame 2228 Main Street, Escalon I (209) 838-7783 JUN e2023 Smog Tom’s Smog Center Tow Service Haidlen Towing Wheels/ Tires
Tires and Wheels
Thank you!
appreciate your vote
business! 133 N. Sixth Avenue, Oakdale 209-847-0178 Total maintenance & repair for your vehicle 8 YEARS
Smog • Title Transfers •
Verification RV’s, Trailers, Boats, ATV’s We
favorite business Bank Oak Valley Community Bank, Oakdale Dry Cleaning Oakdale Dry Cleaners Florist A Touche of Flowers Glass Service/Repair AAA Express Auto Glass Grocery Store Save Mart, Oakdale 6 readers’choice JUN e2023 209-847-0113 822 West F St. • Oakdale A Touche of Flowers Touched and honored to be voted your favorite 9 years in a row! 2023
OAKDALE LEADER ESCALON TIMES • RIVERBANK NEWS 7 readers’choice JUN e2023 Hall Rental F.E.S. Portuguese Hall, Oakdale Hotel Best Western Plus Rama Inn & Suites Online Storefront Plant Patience Storage Facility Ellis Self Storage Travel Agency Travel in Good Company favorite business We sincerely appreciate your loyalty, support and patronage through the years. Come home to Oak Valley and experience the Deep Roots ~ Strong Branches di erence today! Deep Roots ~ Strong Branches Elisa Luna Oakdale Branch Manager 209.343.7632 Tara Lee Oakdale CSM 209.758.8006 Kim Karp Escalon Branch Manager 209.821.3078 Emily Lopez Escalon CSM 209.821.3079 ank you for voting us the Readers’ Choice - Best Bank!

food & beverage

Asian Restaurant

China House


Bloomingcamp Ranch


108 Sports Lounge


Fasty’s BBQ Joint

Breakfast Cahoots Corner Café

Burger Sno-White Drive In

Caterer Tacos mi Jalisco

Coffee Get Toasted

Dinner Cafe Bravo

Fast Food Backwoods Burgers

Food Truck Tacos mi Jalisco

Ice Cream/Desserts

Cold Stone Creamery, Oakdale

8 readers’choice JUN e2023
food & beverage Italian Restaurant Ferrarese’s Lunch Sourdough & Co. Margarita La Parrilla Mexican Restaurant & Bar Mexican Restaurant Cafe Bravo Pizza Gold Dust Pizza 9 readers’choice JUN e2023 60 YEARS OF AMERICAN TRADITION Online Ordering: BEST BURGER Soft Serve • Burgers • Chili Dogs • Sandwiches • Shakes • Fries • Onion Rings & more! RIVERBANK (209)-869-6833 • 3442 Atchison St. Riverbank RIVERBANK Bring in your classic car older than 1963 and get one FREE ice cream cone. Gracias for voting us BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT 5 YEARS! & BEST DINNER FOR 2023! 1275 East F Street, Oakdale 209-847-3730 LATIN KITCHEN & BAR

food & beverage



Seafood Restaurant

Redwood Cafe and Events

Steak House

Medlen’s House of Beef

Tacos El Jardín

Wine & Spirits

Redwood Cafe and Events

10 readers’choice JUN e2023

favorite for fun

Community Events/ Activities

Cowgirl Luncheon

Community Events/ Activities

Oakdale PRCA Rodeo

Dance Studio

Valley Oak School of Dance

Family Fun

The Breaking Point

Golf Course

Oakdale Golf and Country Club

Kids Fun

Cub Scout Pack 365, Oakdale

Martial Arts Instruction

Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts


Alex Lucero

Teen Fun

Oakdale Skatepark

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JUN e2023 12 readers’choice
Health Care Facility PATHWAy H EA lTHCARE Italian Restaurant F ERRARESE’S D E l I Mexican Restaurant C AF é B RAvO
Auto Dealership (New/Domestic) H AID l EN F ORD
Store S Av E M ART
13 readers’choice JUN e2023 10 year award OAKDALE LEADER ESCALON TIMES • RIVERBANK NEWS Appliances B ORDONA’S Bank OAK vA ll E y COMMUNIT y B ANK Breakfast C AHOOTS CORNER C AFE Dentist Bl ACKHART, Al BERTONI, & CORSO, D.D.S. Sandwiches F ERRARESE’S D E l I Steak House M ED l EN’S H OUSE OF B EEF Martial Arts OAKDA l E M I x ED M ARTIA l A RTS Nursery Gardening M ORRIS N URSERy Pest Control O NSTAR P EST CONTROL OAKDALE
JUN e2023 14 readers’choice home Appliances Bordona’s Oakdale Furniture Mattress & Appliance Bed Store
Oakdale Furniture
& Appliance Carpet Cleaning Black Diamond Services Carpet/Floor Store
Carpet & Interiors
Business R J Murdoch Inc Residential - Commercial - New Construction - Service "PLUMBING THE WAY IT SHOULD BE" LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED SINCE 2003 1858 Ackley Circle St A, Oakdale, Ca 95361 (209) 848-8629 Open Mon - Fri 8 am - 4:30 pm Lunch 12 - 1 Since 2003, Western Plumbing has been proudly servicing commercial and residential plumbing systems in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties. Here, we believe in delivering unparalleled service and exceptional quality at competitive prices. From design to installation and repair, our team is dedicated to the craft and stands behind our work. That’s why all of our services and products are guaranteed for one year. Our clients are our most important asset and we appreciate each business or home owner that invites us in to do their needed job. So when you’re looking for professional plumbing service, allow us to meet your needs and exceed your expectations. Thank you for voting us your 2023 Readers' Choice Best Plumbing Service!

Electrical Service/Repair

Solar Installation Group, Inc.


Bordona’s Furniture Mattress & Appliance

Heating/Air Conditioning

Dray Heating & Air

Home Accessories/lighting

At The Corner Home Decor

Interior Design Design Solutions

landscaping Morris Nursery

Nursery Gardening Morris Nursery

Painting Service

Scotty’s Painting

Pest Control

OnStar Pest Control


Western Plumbing

Pool Service/ Repair

Aqua Clear Pool Service & Repair

Termite Inspection

J Bixler Inspections

15 readers’choice JUN e2023
Voted Best HOME INSPECTION 5 Years in a Row  Residential  Commercial  Pool & Spa  Sewer Scopes  Termite (Third Party) (209) 288-9227 Certified Professional Inspector Certified Master Inspector THANK YOU for voting us Best HOME INSPECTION! Thank you We have a pest maintenance program for your bug tolerance level. for voting us BEST PEST CONTROL 10 YEARS RUNNING! We appreciate your business! Black Widows • Ants Roaches • Earwigs Crickets • Rodent Control Free Estimates 209-845-8711 SERVICE

Child Care Center

Heritage School of Discovery


Whitemyer Chiropractic

Community Organization

Astro Foundation

Day Spa

Vibes Lash Bar


Blackhart, Albertoni and Corso, DDS

Hair Salon

Dahl Haus Salon

Hair Stylist

Lora Smith @ Dahl Haus Salon

Health & Fitness

1OAK Health Club

Health Care Facility

Pathway Healthcare, Oakdale

Health Food

Oakdale Fit Nutrition

Massage Therapy Lori, Electric Beach

16 readers’choice JUN e2023 Thank you for your continued confidence by voting us Ten years in a row.  BEST DENTIST!
It has been a great 35 years, and with our three doctors and wonderful staff we look forward to continuing our high level of care to our community. just for you
Blackhart, Albertoni & Corso DDS.



Albert L. Scaief,


River Oak Pharmacy


Golden Bear



17 readers’choice JUN e2023 just for you
Salon Jojo Nails
Gretchen Webb-Kummer Senior living Astoria Senior Living Skin Care Bronze Beauty Bar
Salon Plaza 131 Thank You Readers for choosing River Oak Pharmacy as Best Pharmacy! Thank you for supporting local business. Happily Serving Stanislaus County for over 30 years. 1080-D WEST F STREET, OAKDALE 209-847-2226 Stroke Prevention Anti Aging IV Hydration Preventative Health Screens Diabetic Footcare Weight Loss program Now accepting new patients We accept Medi-Cal, Private & Cash Family Practice with over 30 years of experience in the Oakdale, Riverbank and Sonora community Women’s Health Our womens health is by women for women. We offer Bio-Identical hormone therapy. Child Wellness Our Primary Care Clinic offers child immunizations, school and sport physicals. Si habla español Contamos con personal médico que habla español para ayudar con todas sus necesidades Fax (209) 848-0732 Ask about our extended hours 190 S. Oak Ave., Bldg 2 Ste 1, Oakdale, CA 95361 (209) 848-8410 Meet our providers: Marc Stoner, FNP Dayna Iverson, FNP-BC
& Wellness Primary
18 readers’choice JUN e2023 Home Inspections J Bixler Inspections loan/Mortgage Orval Neal, Stanford Mortgage New Home Development Belmont at Bridle Ridge New Home Development Tesoro Homes real estate services Serving the Community Since 1978 718 East F Street Oakdale 209-847-5191 and their dedicated & hardworking staff & employees are very honored & Blessed to be able to serve the communities of Oakdale, Riverbank & Escalon from the same location for the past 26 years. We would like to Thank you for your Loyalty & Support in choosing us for Reader’s Choice Award for 2023 BRE #00496954 Investment Property Management
19 readers’choice JUN e2023 Property Management Investment Property Management Real Estate Broker Century 21 Select Realtor Danielle Sanders real estate services (209) 499-0622 Orval Neal Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS# 680582 1414 East F St, Bldg B, Suite 201, Oakdale, CA 95361 Thank you again to my Clients, Realtor partners, and Affiliates for this recognition. This last year has brought us weddings, graduations/certifications, first time home owners, and new jobs. WE LOVE OAKDALE!! THANK YOU OAKDALE Sincerely, Orval Stanford Mortgage Funding is licensed by the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act. Lic. No.417 0051. NMLS ID 252939. © 2022 Stanford Mortgage Funding, Inc. Not a commitment to lend. Rates, terms, and availability of loan programs are subject to change without notice. Subject to credit approval. Not endorsed or sponsored by any Federal State or Local Government entity.

professional services


Kimberly Sullivan Gray, Attorney at Law

Computer Service & Repair

The Computer Savior


Brandon Polhemus, CPA

Funeral Home / Mortuary Oakdale/Riverbank Memorial Chapel


Kristen Eaton, State Farm Insurance Agent

Investment Firm

Kenneth E Boone Wealth Management

20 readers’choice JUN e2023

Pet Groomer

Allegro’s Pet Spa


Tractor Supply Co.

veterinarian Office Oakdale

Veterinarian Group

pet services 21 readers’choice JUN e2023
9472 371 W F STREET, OAKDALE, CA 95361 Allegro’s Pet Spa
22 readers’choice JUN e2023 favorite shopping Antique Store Astro Thrift And Gift Shop Apparel: Children’s Cotton and Sage Apparel: Men’s Cotton & Sage Apparel: Women’s Wynfull + Wonder Bargain/ Discount Store Grocery Outlet Thank you for Voting us Best Jewelers! Oak Valley Jewelers 1449 East F Street Ste. 103-B Oakdale 209-847-1131 Owners Kim & Lori Contreras

favorite shopping

Consignment Store

Astro Thrift And Gift Shop


Fred’s Firearms

Gift/Speciality Store

Cotton & Sage

Hardware Store

Oakdale Ace Hardware & Home Center

Jewelry Store

Oak Valley Jewelers

Office Supplies

Pak Mail

Sporting Goods

Big 5 Sporting Goods

23 readers’choice JUN e2023

Local Families Trust Astoria

Thank you to the community for your support! Astoria is proud to provide extraordinary assisted living and memory care. Every single day, our focus remains: to treat everyone like family and ensure residents in our care truly thrive!

“Astoria feels truly like home! The staff are helpful, kind and thoughtful. They make us feel like family, and are always making sure we are happy and healthy. The trips we take are fun. I also like the inside activities such as bingo and doing puzzles with friends. I would recommend everyone to come in and see what life at Astoria is like - I’m sure you’ll like it!”

“I love living at Astoria. Staff and residents are really nice. We do activities and are encouraged to participate in things such as the Oakdale Rodeo parade. The food is also good - homemade and warm. I enjoy all the amenities and wonderful activities offered to us. I recommend Astoria to anyone looking for assisted living. ”

(209)322-2292 | 700 Laurel Ave, Oakdale CA
RCFE #507005604 Business of the Year 2022

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