Weekly Issues

Valley golf courses make way for new ‘foot golf’ game

Visalia’s Valley Oak Golf Course plans to cut up to 30 percent of its water use this year, and an innovative new sport may help them do just that while bolstering rounds played.
The private contractor that operates the 225-acre course, CourseCo Inc., has received City of Visalia permission to cut water use by a mandated 20-30 percent by retiring nine holes of its three nine-hole layouts, converting the area into a new, less manicured course for the game of foot golf.

Triangle Drive-In

The Triangle Drive-In has been a Fresno fixture for more than 50 years. More than one Fresno baby boomer undoubtedly has a story about the burger spot near Roeding Park. And while the food hasn’t changed a whole lot (if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it), the business has expanded.

The Nelson Group

The Nelson Group Family of Companies — including construction firm Lewis C. Nelson and Sons, Selma Auto Mall Group and Nelson Properties — have constructed federal, state and local public and commercial projects from Sacramento to the Grapevine for the past 86 years.

Marco Landscape Maintenance

As family businesses go, Marco Landscape Maintenance in Selma is relatively new to the scene but its quality work over the last five years would suggest otherwise.
Starting up his landscape and garden maintenance operation in 2009, Marco Quevedo made timeliness and customer satisfaction a priority on each job, whether it be a walkway, sprinkler irrigation, new turf or simply regular tending.

Harley-Davidson Fresno

When it comes to cruising the highway in style, Fresno residents have been coming to Harley-Davidson Fresno since 1988. That’s when Rich Miller founded the businesses with some partial financing from father Monte Miller, who operated a Harley-Davidson dealership in the Fresno area from 1956-1962.

Fresno Neon Sign Co.

Fresno Neon Sign Co. has been lighting up the Central Valley for 80 years under two families that put their stamp on some of the region’s most well-known landmarks.
In fact, the company was among the first to install neon signs on buildings when John McKenzie opened his small neon shop in Fresno in 1932 and soon became a leader in the technology.

Frank’s Appliance

Frank Torres was a busy man, starting his first service repair business out of a single-car garage in 1962 while still working full-time as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. Half a century later, his family is now working together at Frank’s Appliance, selling and renting appliances out of two showrooms in a 9,000 square-foot building in Visalia. But it took many years and a number of obstacles to overcome.

Elbow Room Bar & Grill

The Elbow Room opened in September of 1996 as a small local tavern with limited food sales.
It is now a popular Fresno restaurant and nightspot, offering indoor and outdoor dining, catering and room for banquets.

Don Boam Carpet and Flooring

Custom flooring didn’t sell itself for Don Boam early on, but with persistence, technology and the help of his three sons, he now has a unique business model that rivals even the largest retailers.
The owner of Don Boam Carpet and Flooring began his craft young, learning from an experienced carpet layer as far back as junior high before starting his own venture in 1979.

David's

Once a 1920s ear radio shop run by Ara and Rose Davidian, David’s evolved to a popular specialty department store in Reedley.
Products carried now include gourmet foods, home décor, women’s clothing and accessories and an array of gifts.
Four generations have worked in the store.  Two of them realized it was not for them or that staying in Reedley was not an option.