Peoples Choice

People’s Choice 2019: Services

Air Conditioning/Heating Repair

1. Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning

1444 N. Whitney Ave.

(559) 400-8929

Since 1970, Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning has served the greater Fresno area with state-of-the-art technology that provides homes and businesses with air services and comfort.

Along with air conditioning and heating, its other products include indoor air quality, sheet-metal fabrication, insulation, air-filtration systems, solar power and commercial HVAC.

The company website has a blog and information on services offered.

Customers can schedule service, request an estimate or get the latest updates and promotions.

“Summer is our busiest time of year,” says David Dick. “When it’s cold, you can put on a jacket, wear heavier clothes, but of course, not in summer. We’re very busy with air conditioning then.”

The company stands behind its work in the form of warranties and price-matching for same equipment jobs. They also participate in the Hero Financing Program that provides low cost, fixed interest rate financing for energy efficient upgrades.

Donald P. Dick has kept up with the technology that gives users substantial savings, like the smart thermostat.

“People have the ability to control their homes from their cell phones,” says Dick. “They can save money on using only the energy they need.”

2. Allbritten

2705 N. Larkin Ave.

(559) 292-4919

3. Lee’s Air Conditioning, Heating & Building Performance

5456 W. Mission Ave.

(559) 227-9569


1. Sew-N-So

Multiple locations

(559) 297-9271

For nearly 35 years, Sew-N-So has been a Fresno area staple for affordable alterations and simple sewing fixes. Over the years, the family-owned business has expanded into a four-store operation with different family members owning their own respective stores while maintaining the same baseline standards of exceptional service and transparency.

“We’re known for our prices,” says Patrick Tran. “I’ve been working 18 years and we are very competitive and reasonable. We understand what customers want, we consult on the fit, and we make suggestions.”

Tran’s father owns the original store on First Street and Shaw Avenue. Sew-N-So’s philosophy rests in a firm belief that one need not purchase an brand-new garment just to feel good about the way something looks — in fact, it’s typically much cheaper to get an item altered than to buy an entirely new piece of clothing at a store. Beloved shirts, blouses, pants, dresses and more can be adjusted to flatter each person’s individual figure.

Tran notes that Sew-N-So succeeds at accommodating customers’ requests with the ever-fluctuating fashion trends of the day.

“Lately, the style has been changed. People wear their clothes more fitted. Pants, suits and jeans are usually more fitted than they used to be,” Tran says. “We just finished up with a lot of prom dresses too.”

As a local mom-and-pop store, Sew-N-So has the ability to be more flexible and forgiving in certain situations.

For example, funeral alterations are always given top priority out of respect for grieving customers with a lot on their mind. Even though alteration services are mostly known for addressing items worn on fancy occasions, Tran believes regular garments deserve just as much love and investment.

“People wear clothes every day, not just for special events,” Tran says.

2. Gili Couture

3035 W. Bullard Ave., Suite B

(559) 229-0712

3. Becky’s Alterations

1175 Shaw Ave., Clovis

(559) 325-7979

Animal Boarding

1. Elaine’s Pet Resorts

3912 N. Hayston Ave.

(559) 227-5959

40373 Brickyard Drive, Madera

(559) 432-5959

In 1989, Elaine Nestell needed a place she felt comfortable leaving her dogs when she had to go out of town — so she created one. This year, Elaine’s in Fresno celebrates its 30th anniversary.

“Elaine used to drive to Sacramento all the time because there was nowhere in the Central Valley for pets to lodge,” says Nicole Wolverton, the marketing communicator. “Her husband and son would say, ‘Why are you always doing this?’ So she took action. She is 84 and still comes in to work every day.”

Elaine’s Pet Resorts is “home away from home” for dogs and cats across the Central Valley. Elaine’s is located in both Fresno and Madera, making comfortable overnight stays for pets just a short drive away.

“We pay attention to guests’ needs. We give plenty of interaction — there’s room of exercise, supervised pools, and bedtime tuck-ins,” Wolverton says.

ANIMAL BOARDING: Israel Ramirez spends time with a few furry guests of Elaine’s Pet Resorts, a People’s Choice winner. Gary Kazanjian Gary Kazanjian

The facilities were designed for dogs to engage and play with other dogs, ensuring each stay at Elaine’s will be an exciting one. Dogs can participate in Elaine’s Lodge and Learn program, a training program that helps pups improve behavior skills while pet parents are away. Tours are available for pet owners who are curious about the facilities.

Staff at Elaine’s monitor pets throughout the day and have an understanding of pet behaviors, should any emergency medical problems arise. Elaine’s has temperature-controlled rooms, baths for dogs and activities that can be tailored to your pet’s individual needs.

“We are super excited about another People’s Choice win. We take our pet care very seriously and love that our clients trust in us to watch over their pets,” Wolverton says.

2. Petsmart

Multiple locations

3. Abby Pet Hospital

4508 E Ashlan Ave.

(559) 442-1127

Auto Service Center

1. Good Guys Tire & Auto Repair

Multiple locations

Just about everything you need to keep your ride running smoothly you can find at Good Guys Auto and Tire. ASE-certified technicians provide basic mechanical services as well those more specialized, all at an affordable price.

“Locally owned for over 40 years, we are a dealership alternative, offer same-day service, shuttle service and no appointment necessary,” says Dana Dubois. “We have eight locations in the Central Valley, Fresno, Clovis, Sanger and Visalia.”

Pete Shubin opened the first Goodguys Tire & Auto Repair in Madera, in 1976. Since then, the name has become nationally recognized.

“We offer six months, zero interest on our Goodguys Card and as a thank you we have a $50 off coupon on a set of four Bridgestone, Firestone or Cooper Tires,” says Dubois.

The website lists services and tires offered, plus specials and coupons. You can make service appointments online and the store will contact you to confirm appointment date and time.

2. Clawson Honda

6346 N Blackstone Ave.

(559) 435-5000

3. Michael Automotive Center

Blackstone and Bullard avenues

(559) 431-6000


1. Wells Fargo Bank

Multiple locations

It’s been a time of rebuilding for the Wells Fargo brand. After improper sales practices rocked the 167-year-old financial services company in 2016, the longtime industry leader has recommitted itself to becoming a better bank for its customers and team members.

Wells Fargo provides banking, consumer and commercial finance, and investment and mortgage products and services at 7,950 locations and 13,000 ATMs throughout 37 countries.

Its mobile and online services also earned the organization No. 1 in Overall Mobile Performance and No. 1 in Overall Performance for a Positive Small Business Banking Experience through Digital Channels in 2017.

The bank has always learned to adapt to the needs of today — creating new standards of transparency, goal setting and innovation to make itself accountable to its ever-changing communities.

Wells Fargo ranked in the Top 50 of the Most Community-Minded Companies in 2018 by Points of Light, and had the largest workplace employee giving campaign in the U.S. based on 2017 donations, according to United Way Worldwide.

2. Chase

Multiple locations

3. Bank of America

Multiple locations

Car Wash

1. Red Carpet Car Wash

Multiple locations

Everyone likes a sparkling clean ride, and with 60 years of experience, Red Carpet knows how to give you the look you want, inside and out.

You can choose the plan that best suits your particular needs, from a Premium Full-Service Fast Hand Wax, to a quick 10-minute Express Wash. Ride and Shine Express Wash includes access to vending machines stocked with vehicle care products and free use of high-performance vacuum cleaners, a mat cleaner and air chucks to eliminate water from crevices of your vehicle.

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CAR WASH: Red Carpet Car Wash employees Crystal Western and Elvoyde White dry a newly clean car.

You can also get a smog check, a fill-up, oil change, new filter, a lube job and more. The Blackstone station is Star Certified and fuel price is the same for whether you use cash or credit.

“Our wash and quick lubes are favorably designed for customer engagement, which provides opportunities to do the right things, the right way, for solving issues in the customer’s favor,” says the owner, David Bowie. “Not always easy to achieve, but when people have the latitude to go outside their normal routines to make customers happy, they not only find the right answers but enjoy their work more.”

Currently Red Carpet has six locations.

“We couldn’t be happier that the voters chose us as the winner of the Bee’s People’s Choice Award again this year,” says Bowie. “We are excited about a new wash service we’re unveiling at our full-service car washes this spring and we hope to start building out a new Ride and Shine Express wash by the end of this year, with another to follow sometime next year.”

2. Surf Thru Express

Multiple locations

3. Jack’s Car Wash

8995 N. Cedar Ave.

(559) 435-7335

6745 N. West Ave.

(559) 438-8201

Closet and Garage Storage and Organization

1. California Closets

7638 N. Ingram Ave., Suite 107

(510) 763-2033

“Closets” is in the name, but consultants with California Closets have plenty of experience in helping customers organize media centers, pantries, craft storage areas, offices, garages, bedrooms and living rooms — wherever a space needs taming.

For more than 30 years, the company has focused on listening to its customers and understanding their needs. A visit to the Fresno showroom allows clients to experience custom closets and storage areas, the variety of finishes and the quality of the materials, accents and accessories that are available.

Showcased at the showrooms are dovetail drawer construction, undermount slides, soft-close door and drawer mechanisms, pull-out storage options, hanging rod styles and slat walls. Additionally, customers can view samples of shelf lighting, closet lighting and accent lighting, as well as a range of installation and switch options.

California Closets has 120 showrooms and more than 700 designers across North America. The company is expected to expand to 300 showrooms and 1,600 designers in the next five years, through a combination of company stores and franchises. has helpful articles, advice and photos. You can sign up online for an in-home consultation or make an appointment at the Fresno store.

2. Closets by Design

5531 E. Lamona Ave.

(559) 453-7034

3. Storage Systems Inc.

2910 E. Heaton Ave.

(559) 225-5313

College or University

1. Fresno State

5241 N. Maple Ave.

(559) 278-4240

As Fresno State embarks on its 108th year, the academic profile of the university is stronger than ever. The university’s mission to boldly educate and empower students for success serves as an economic driver in our diverse Central Valley.

For a third straight year, Fresno State was ranked among the top 25 national universities by Washington Monthly, a publication known for ranking universities based on social mobility, research and public service. Fresno State was selected alongside seven Ivy League institutions and six University of California campuses.

As the university’s academics and athletics rise together, Fresno State is one of just six institutions to be ranked in the top 25 of both the Washington Monthly list (No. 24) and the final Associated Press college football poll (No. 18).

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COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY: Fresno State is known for its Red Wave and academic success. CARY EDMONDSON Cary Edmondson-FRESNO STATE UNIV COMMUNICATIONS

About 68 percent of undergraduate students at Fresno State are the first in their families to obtain a degree, and about 80 percent of graduates stay and work in the Valley. The university awarded degrees to a record 6,000-plus students in May 2018.

With majors in 69 bachelor’s, 42 master’s and three doctoral programs in educational leadership, physical therapy and nursing practice, Fresno State has come a long way from its humble beginnings.

Nestled in the heart of the Valley, Fresno State is known for its 1,000-acre university agricultural laboratory and its water research. In 1997, Fresno State became the first university in the nation to have a commercially bonded winery on campus.

Fresno State fields 22 varsity teams competing at the NCAA Division I level. In the past year, 159 student-athletes earned Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors, the most since the school joined the conference in 2012.

2. Fresno Pacific University

1717 S. Chestnut Ave.

3. Fresno City College

1101 E. University Ave.

Cosmetic/Medical Spa

1. Mystique Medical Spa

7161 N. Howard St., Suite 101

(559) 447-5273

You want to feel good about the way you look and Mystique Medical Spa is committed to helping you look your best by offering a variety of aesthetic services.

Treatments, including fat reduction procedures, laser hair removal, dermal fillers, BOTOX and skin tightening are done in a professional yet relaxed environment. There is a licensed medical director on-site and every new patient is offered a complimentary, no obligation, skin care consultation.

“In March, we’ll have a new laser hair removal machine, the Splendor X,” says Shelby Zuccarini, executive assistant. “Some of our most requested procedures are laser hair removal, BOTOX and filler and CoolSculpting, that permanently eliminates fat. We are in the top 200 out of 40,000 nationwide Allergan Account Providers and No. 1 CoolSculpting provider regionally. This is the fourth year in a row we’ve won the People’s Choice Award.”

The Mystique website has videos and informational articles that explain the spa’s services and procedures as well as the monthly specials and on-going promotions.

2. Dr. Kathleen Behr

1125 E. Spruce Ave., Suite 207

(559) 435-7546

3. Body Del Sol

1648 E. Herndon Ave.

(559) 432-7222

Credit Union

1. Educational Employees Credit Union

Multiple locations

As the largest not-for-profit and locally based credit union in the Central San Joaquin Valley, Educational Employees Credit Union has 19 branches that serve more than 287,000 members with an excess of $3 billion in assets.

Members enjoy everything a full-service retail credit union offers, including share savings accounts, certificate accounts, home loans, consumer loans and credit cards, all with excellent rates. Checking accounts are free and pay dividends when balances are more than $500.

“In addition to our low rates for auto loans, home equity loans and other loans, we offer home mortgages with low down payments,” says Jim Lowe, vice president of research and analytics. “Our free financial education programs continue to grow, reaching more than 23,000 in 2018. And our membership also continues to grow and is expected to top 300,000 members in 2019.

“We also reach out to members throughout the Valley and beyond, offering assistance to those affected by wildfires, floods and mudslides, and the recent partial federal government shutdown. Our goal is to lessen their financial burdens during difficult times.”

EECU members are made up of school employees, educators, students, members of school organizations and family members of these groups.

“This is the 13th consecutive year we’ve received the Bee’s People’s Choice award and we are humbled and thankful to our members and the community for their support,” adds Lowe. “We are invested in our communities and we care about the region’s well-being.”

2. Noble Credit Union

Multiple locations

3. Golden 1 Credit Union

Multiple locations

Day Spa

1. Muses Day Spa and Salon

8525 N. Cedar Ave., Suite 101

(559) 440-0772

Relax, renew and rejuvenate your body.

Whatever you need to feel pampered, this full-service spa and salon most likely has it: massages, skin and body treatments, pedicures, manicures, make-up and hair services.

“We have different services and focus on the whole client experience,” says manager, Courtney Baker. “We want the visit to be a wonderful experience from the time the client steps in the door.”

New at the salon is the Nanopen Facial, which uses a hand-held cosmetic skin permeation device. The tool delivers active ingredients into skin to lessen signs of aging by changing the skin from the inside out. The innovative technology treats many skin-related issues by triggering collagen production. Say good-bye to fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, acne, under eye puffiness and uneven skin tone and texture. The best part? Instant results with no downtime.

Muses has a wide range of services that make you feel wonderful. Create the ultimate spa experience; your visit is tailored to your individual needs. You can choose updated spa packages that combine services, even lunch. All clients receive a complimentary mimosa or glass of wine.

“I recommend the Classic Package,” says Baker. “It gives a good taste of what we can do for you.”

You’ll relish the sense of renewal and rejuvenation.

2. The Spa at Fig Garden Village

680 W. Shaw Ave., Suite 101

(559) 229-9553

3. Spectrum Salon, Day Spa & Boutique

7020 N West Ave.

(559) 431-8243

Dry Cleaners

1. Jones Cleaning Centers

7280 N. Remington Ave.

(559) 431-6892

2083 W. Shaw

(559) 229-1896

Using safe cleaning technology that is healthy and efficient is important to Jones Cleaners. Since 2002, the company has been a GreenEarth Cleaner. That same year the business was selected as an affiliate of America’s Best Cleaners, a prestigious international organization with high standards of eligibility.

“When choosing dry cleaners, look for a company that uses earth-friendly dry cleaning methods,” says Robin Kraemer, owner of Jones Cleaners. “In 2002, Jones Cleaning Centers became the first dry cleaner in Fresno to convert to Green- Earth cleaning technology. It’s safer for you, safer for your clothes and safer for the environment.”

The GreenEarth cleaning system is a silicone-based cleaning solution that eliminates the carbon footprint because it does not rely on carbon chemistry. The GreenEarth cleaning solvent is chemically inert. The solvent carries detergent to your clothes and rinses away suspended dirt and oils trapped by the detergent.

In 2011, Jones Cleaning Centers began using eco-friendly System K4, an excellent European cleaning system for textiles.

Jones offers cleaning and laundry of household linens, including down comforters, down pillows and European feather beds. Tablecloths, napkins, sheets, duvet covers and bedding sets are hand finished.

Other services include pick up and delivery and a 24-hour kiosk that is available at the drive-thru at the Remington location.

Bridal, formal, specialty and designer items receive special care and handling. Customers get credit on their account for returned hangers that can be reused and company-used packing materials can be easily recycled.

2. Miller’s Cleaners

7775 N. Palm Ave., Suite 103

(559) 431-9225

1122 E. Champlain Drive, Suite 104

(559) 434-3925

3. Crown Cleaners

Multiple locations

Employment Agency

1. PrideStaff

585 W. Nees Ave., Suite 101

(559) 432-2022

Looking for work online can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Job boards and employment websites oftentimes have thousands of posts, and finding the best options can get frustrating. That’s why PrideStaff is here to help.

PrideStaff provides a personal, friendly environment for Fresno’s job-hunters -— and best of all, the service is free for applicants. Employers rely on staffing agencies when they need talented individuals to fill positions, and PrideStaff’s expertise cuts through much of the down time.

“We focus on ensuring that candidates are placed in the right position. Their needs and interests are taken into account; we’re not a temp agency, we hope to find positions for the long-term,” says Sean Akins, strategic partner.

Akins began working in the staffing industry in 2012 and has spent his career putting people to work. PrideStaff is a national company with locations all around the country and a few others in the Central Valley, including Modesto and Visalia.

Anybody can stop by PrideStaff to see what positions are available, regardless of their employment status. With their referral program, if you refer a friend, you can get paid up to $100.

“There are a ton of good opportunities for candidates even if you are still employed and looking for something better,” Akins says. “Come into the office, bring a resume. If we aren’t the right firm for you, we will make sure you have the right information before you leave.”

PrideStaff is open Monday through Friday, and no appointment is needed.

2. Denham Resources

567 W. Shaw Ave., Suite C1

(559) 222-5284

3. Hire Up Staffing Services

155 E. Shaw Ave., Suite 108

(559) 579-1331

Hair Salon

1. La Vogue Beauty Shoppe

832 E. Olive Ave.

1490 W. Shaw Ave.

(559) 237-5986

LaVogue Beauty Shoppe began in Fresno’s historic Tower District, on Olive Avenue, right across from the Tower Theater. Owner and stylist David Stone purchased the salon in 2005, but the location was established in 1924 as it boasts upon the original front door. The iconic old neon sign still hangs above the salon. Stone brought in new stylist talent, updated the interior, and has seen his business grow.

“An opportunity arose [to purchase LaVogue] and it seemed like a good idea,” Stone says.

HAIR SALON: Uni Kim styles the hair of Laura Davis at La Vogue Beauty Shoppe, which was established in 1924. Tomas Ovalle Custom Pubs Photo

LaVogue’s newest location is nearby Fig Garden Village, off of Fruit and Shaw avenues. The second location has been up and running for four years.

Clients looking for a change in pace can come in for a standard cut, or venture out into fun colors and styles. LaVogue’s stylists are well-versed in techniques for highlights, perms, relaxers and much more.

“Our clients seem to love our cleanliness, our decor and the talent of our stylists. We are a comfortable, approachable salon,” Stone says. “It wouldn’t be the same without our stylists.”

La Vogue is open later than most typical hair salons; both locations are open until 9 p.m.

2. Preen

711 W. Alluvial Ave.

(559) 431-8810

3. Studio Fifth Avenue

520 Clovis Ave., Clovis

(559) 325-2521

Home Theater/Technology Company

1. Best Buy/Geek Squad

655 W. Herndon Ave., Clovis

(559) 298-9077

7550 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 446-0195

We’re in the Golden Age of television — a time when binging quality programming isn’t just a hobby, but a lifestyle. And if your in-home entertainment center isn’t up to snuff, well, that’s just not acceptable — especially with a resource like Best Buy at the ready.

The industry leader prides itself on providing state-of-the-art technology at various price points to fit its customers’ unique budget, including everything from value-priced televisions and home theater rooms. Plus, Best Buy brings fully immersive demos into its stores so people are fully knowledgeable about the product before they buy.

“Our Fresno store has dedicated in-store experiences for Samsung, Sony and LG, and it offers premium home theater options from Magnolia Home Theater,” says John Vomhof Jr., a Best Buy Public Relations representative. “Our Clovis store also has a Samsung Experience Shop.”

But with online giants giving customers access to the same caliber of electronics, it’s Best Buy’s team of experts that truly gives the retailer added clout. “Our employees receive extensive training on all of the latest home theater products, and they’re trained to address our customers’ needs, not just sell products. That starts with getting to know the customer and truly understand what they want to accomplish before we start talking about specific products that might fit those needs,” Vomhof Jr. says.

And once you’ve made your purchase, you always have the Geek Squad. The extensively trained tech support company offers unmatched service 24/7, whether that’s online, by phone or at customers’ homes. Geek Squad agents can install, set up, protect, support and repair tech products. If you’re a member of the Total Tech Support program, this even includes the entirety of the tech inside your home — no matter when or where you bought it.

2. Hi-Tech Home

2565 Alluvial Ave.

(559) 521-1400

3. Linkus Enterprises

5595 W. San Madele Ave.

(800) 581-3005

Home Window Replacement

1. Clovis Glass Company

99 Sunnyside Ave., Clovis

(559) 299-2819

Beautiful door and window displays greet visitors to the Clovis Glass showroom, but that’s not all you’ll find there. The welcoming space showcases a diversity of products including a wide range of window styles, replacement windows, doors, color options, glass styles, hardware and millwork, along with information on these products.

In business since 1964, and owned by Lee and Dee Hoover since 1991, Clovis Glass is located on 2 1/2 acres, which includes 40,000 square feet of buildings. An in-house shop saves time and money for customers and allows quality on-site custom work by in-house labor.

Clovis Glass is the Valley’s largest Milgard-certified replacement specialist and does both residential and commercial work. Staff is friendly and happy to help.

“There are no high-pressure sales and we take care of every problem,” says Lee Hoover. “We use top of the line Milgard, which is middle of the road in price. We’ve done commercial jobs like the medical office building at Clovis Community Medical Center with smart glass … we do everything but auto glass.”

Experts at installing and replacing windows and doors, Clovis Glass also specializes in new and replacement custom leaded glass. They service screens, insulated glass and offer same-day service. Installations come with a lifetime warranty.

2. JZ Construction

145 Sunnyside Ave.

(559) 324-0555, (559) 434-3535

3. San Joaquin Glass

150 E. McKinley Ave.

(559) 268-7646

House Cleaning Service

1. Molly Maid

2310 E. Gettysburg Ave.

(559) 708-4598

Do you long to come home to a sparkling, spotless home, but just don’t have the time to get it that way?

It’s Molly Maid to the rescue. This year, the popular cleaning service is celebrating its 25th anniversary of professionally cleaning Central Valley homes. The company has also earned multiple People’s Choice Awards.

“First, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who voted for us,” says Craig Schneider, the owner of Molly Maid in Fresno.

Two things that set the Molly Maid apart from the competition are tailoring each job for each client’s needs. What is cleaned, products used and how often, is completely up to the client.

Another plus is the lack of a contract or commitment. The service can be canceled or suspended at any time for any reason.

“It’s an easy way of doing business,” says Schneider.

A well-trained cleaning team arrives with your customized cleaning plan in hand, with supplies and in uniform. Employees are fully insured.

The job includes a 24-hour satisfaction guarantee. Molly Maid gives back to the community with the “Cleaning for a Reason” program. Two cleanings a month are donated to a patient undergoing cancer treatment.

The Ms. Molly Foundation supports victims of domestic violence by donating to the Marjaree Mason Center.

Questions? Visit for more information as well as to learn some cleaning and time-saving tips.

2. Merry Maid

402 W Bedford Ave., Suite 110

(559) 366-4033

3. The Master’s Helping Hands

5816 E. Shields Ave., Suite 115

(559) 348-2100

Licensed Day Care Center

1. Kids Kare Schools

Multiple locations

(559) 275-1169

The 12 Kids Kare locations throughout Fresno, Clovis and Madera provide year-round care and fun-filled age-appropriate experiences for more than 2,000 children aged 18 months through 12 years. The centers have the latest technology to help young children develop motor skills, physical strength and to become self-confident.

Starting with the pre-K readiness program, young children learn basics like phonics, math, science, arts, hands-on crafts and social skills.

For children in elementary school, the Club Kids Kare program provides transportation to and from local elementary schools, Homework Club for assistance with weekly homework assignments and recreational activities such as game rooms, computers, iPod areas and play yards.

During the summer months, children who attend the Summer Blast program participate in 20 events, including field trips to local areas of interest, demonstrations and special guest speakers.

Kids Kare Schools Inc. is a chain of family-owned and -operated child care centers. Started in 1960, the schools are committed to offering quality and affordable child care in a safe, happy and secure environment to help relieve the anxieties of today’s working parents.

2. Bright Beginnings Learning Center

2080 Tollhouse Road, Clovis

(559) 299-5247

3. Brighten Academy Kinder-Prep Preschool

Multiple locations

Mortgage Company

1. Wells Fargo Bank

Multiple locations

There’s a thing called the Wells Fargo Difference: an experienced team, secure technology and ongoing support that continues even after you’ve gotten the keys to your new home. And when it comes to choosing a mortgage lender, that’s a motto worth taking seriously.

Wells Fargo gives customers access to its team of local mortgage consultants, providing them with guidance that fits their individual needs — and a loan that’s just right. Your team also extends to include a loan processor, underwriter and closing agent to help you through every step of the process.

Not sure if your schedule allows for in-person meetings? No problem. Wells Fargo’s yourLoanTracker technology allows you to work with its mortgage lending team by phone, email and online. It tracks your mortgage application, uploads documents and has Esign capabilities to sign certain documents from your smart phone or other device.

2. Resource Lenders

Multiple locations

3. De Young Mortgage

677 W. Palmdon Drive, Suite 208A

(559) 666-2277

Nail Salon

1. Aqua Nail Salon

Multiple locations

The mission of Aqua Nail Salon is “to provide you with a warm atmosphere so you can relax, unwind and enjoy the moments when time is yours alone.”

With the word “aqua” in the name, you would expect to see something related to water; the 14-foot-by-14-foot double-sided glass waterfall inside the salon is impressive and relaxing. The chairs are comfortable and the atmosphere is welcoming.

Friendly and professional technicians perform a variety of services: manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials, eyelash extensions and acrylics. Manicures include French tips, gel and manicure repairs. Facials include a masque and massage. Waxing treatments can be just for the face, bikini or the entire body.

“Our signature services are manicures and pedicures,” says Homes Vu, president/manager of a Clovis Aqua Nail Salon. “The manicure comes with hot towels and the pedicure comes with hot towels, hot stone between the toes and hot paraffin for the feet, massage, trim and polish.

“We are the best in town, no other nail salon comes close,” says Vu. “We treat customers exactly like how we like to be treated and guarantee our services.”

2. QueenBee Nails & Spa

7723 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 439-3981

3. Envy Nails & Spa

132 W. Nees Ave.

(559) 261-9983

New Home Builder

1. Granville Homes

Multiple locations

Since 1977, Granville has been building homes and developing communities in the Central Valley. The builder continues to create new floor plans to accommodate all life stages and offers a wide selection of new Eco-Smart designs for comfort and sustainability. In the first few months of 2019, inventory homes are expected to be completed at each of Granville’s communities.

“In early 2019, Granville began construction at our new Granville at Copper River Ranch neighborhood,” says Katie Burchfield, Granville marketing manager. “This neighborhood features larger lots, standard three-car garages, five stunning floor plans and designer features not seen in any of our other communities.”

Later, during the summer of 2019, Granville will begin construction in the picturesque foothills above Fresno in a new community to be called Granville at Millerton. “We will be building our full traditional line of homes including the popular Bella and Pasatiempo, and the new Cali and Aria plans,” says Burchfield.

A big part of the Granville legacy is its philanthropy efforts, and the company doesn’t go it alone. Joining its homeowners and partners, the builder assisted more than 60 nonprofit and community organizations in 2018.

The Granville Home of Hope added two new beneficiaries this year: Angels of Grace Foster Family Agency and PAIN — Parents and Addicts In Need. The grand-prize home drawing — a gorgeous Canvas 10 at Belterra — will take place on Wednesday, May 1. Tickets for the Granville Home of Hope are on sale now.

2. De Young Properties

Multiple locations

(559) 656-0600

3. McCaffrey Group

7020 N. Van Ness Blvd.

(559) 256-7000

Oil Change Center

1. Jiffy Lube

Multiple locations

Let’s face it. When your vehicle is sick, you feel it, too. That’s why taking advantage of preventative care measures like those offered at Jiffy Lube is a no-brainer — and a favorite stop of Central Valley drivers.

Jiffy Lube pioneered the oil change game decades ago and is just as dedicated today to keeping your car safe and ready to ride. And lucky for us, it doesn’t discriminate. Jiffy Lube performs services on all types of vehicles, including domestic, imported, specialty, SUV, minivan, luxury, diesel and hybrid.

“This year marks a significant milestone for the brand. Jiffy Lube has been providing automotive maintenance services to our customers for 40 years,” says Wes Taylor, district manager. “We know oil changes, and we set the standard as the industry leader.”

Its Jiffy Lube Signature Oil Change is the company’s most popular service, and features preventative maintenance to check, change, inspect and fill essential systems and components of your vehicle. Jiffy Lube technicians also take care of your car’s exterior by cleaning its exterior windows and vacuuming the interior, as well as providing complimentary fluid top-off service on vital fluids.

Taylor notes its preventative maintenance expertise expands to include light bulb and wiper blade replacement services, radiator coolant, cabin air filter replacement and differential fluid exchange. Jiffy Lube also handles brake service, spark plug replacement and engine diagnostic services through its Multicare program.

Not sure how often your car needs a dose of TLC? Fresno’s Jiffy Lube team can help with that. All employees are trained through Jiffy Lube University’s comprehensive training program, with its customer service advisors having a thorough understanding of all vehicles’ point-of-sale system. Taylor says they can review manufacturers’ recommendations to help you decide which options work best for you and your vehicle.

2. Lube Plus

4796 E. Shields Ave.

(559) 255-2219

3. Red Carpet Oil Change Express & Car Wash

3601 W. Shaw Ave.

(559) 277-2522

Pet Groomer

1. Tailwaggers

1155 N. Fowler Ave., Suite 100, Clovis

(559) 325-3647

8967 N. Cedar Ave., Suite 102

(559) 435-7387

Fresno pet owners look for groomers with a distinct combination of field expertise and animal appreciation before they hand over their four-legged family members. By delivering a down-to-earth grooming atmosphere rooted in a genuine passion for the trade, the pet-pampering pros at Tailwaggers have grown into recognized grooming leaders.

“We have groomers here with years of experience in the industry. I think collectively we have over 100 years of experience,” says Nicole Graham, owner.

Graham emphasizes the importance of developing a relationship of trust with pets to limit any potential nervousness and keep both the pets and their parents eager to return.

“Dogs have a one-on-one with groomers ... they build a personal rapport, and as a result, dogs are actually happy to come in and see us. We always do what’s in the best interest of the dogs,” Graham says.

PET GROOMING: Sondra Taylor brushes Sienna at Tailwaggers, which is a People’s Choice winner. Gary Kazanjian Gary Kazanjian

Tailwaggers offers traditional services such as baths, nail trims and fur styling, among others; for a little something extra, pet owners can opt for treatments like the blueberry facial or stick-on earrings.

Don’t be mistaken, it’s not all frills and fluff: Tailwaggers offers a unique treatment opportunity geared towards pet health care. Tailwaggers’ dental clinic allows pets to undergo professional full-service dental cleanings without general anesthesia, which means less expense and no anesthetic side effects that can be tougher on older cats and dogs. On-site veterinarians handle the entire process. Tailwaggers’ dental clinics have become so popular that they have doubled their clinic days this year.

“Our quarterly clinics are always booked solid,” Graham says. “Sometimes we see 60 dogs a day.”

The next dental clinics in 2019 are on May 5, Aug. 11 and Nov. 3.

Appointments must be scheduled in advance.

2 Wooforia Grooming Salon

5689 E. Kings Canyon Road, Suite 105

(559) 304-2212

3. Pet Medical Center and Spa

621 W. Fallbrook Ave.

(559) 436-4444

Photo Processing

1. Horn Photo

7899 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 225-5080

Digital technology revolutionized photography. But film is not dead. At least not at Horn Photo. To be sure, the biggest part of Horn’s processing business is making prints from digital images and handling all types of restorations. (More on that in a moment.)

But film is staging a mini comeback, says Stan Grosz, co-owner of Horn Photo with his wife, Shelly. The business sells Kodak, Illford and Fuji film of various ISO ratings and also processes it. Some professional photographers use film at weddings, and young people with retro sensibilities also like it.

Digital customers can easily order prints from personal computers, smartphones and other mobile devices, and those customers have editing, size, finish, order and mounting options.

Speaking of options, Horn Photo can reproduce images on mugs, water bottles, coasters, shot glasses, trays, T-shirts and pieces of wood and metal.

Photo restoration is another popular processing service. Options include removing scratches, rips and discoloration; balancing color and exposure; adding or removing people or objects; coloring black and white photos; and changing color photos to black and white.

Grosz specializes in restorations, and he estimates he has worked magic on more than 45,000 old photos.

“Without a doubt, what motivates all of us at Horn Photo is helping people restore and archive their family photos,” Grosz says. “Seeing those happy faces gets us going everyday.”

2. Costco

Multiple locations

3. Walgreens

Multiple locations


1. Ellie Koleen Photography

Ellie Koleen has a creative eye, a love for design and a passion to tell stories with photographs. She has photographed more than 100 weddings since jumping behind the lens in 2010. Shortly after getting married to her husband, Spenser, her father encouraged her to start her photography business. In 2014, Ellie Koleen Photography was born.

“My work is timeless yet stylish,” she says.

When behind the lens at a wedding, she looks to find the quirks and subtleties that make the couple unique. She offers packages that can accommodate a small, intimate wedding, elopement and a 12-hour celebration. In addition to weddings, she photographs family portraits, editorial shoots and boudoir sessions.

“My favorite part about capturing a wedding is the friendships that form with my clients,” Koleen says. “I love how they quickly become way more than just clients; they’re friends who have trusted me to preserve such important and beautiful memories for them.”

Her photography business has taken Koleen to various cities like Carmel-by-the-Sea, Cambria, Half Moon Bay and Santa Barbara in the Golden State, and a far as Mexico, Jamaica, Ireland and Italy.

New for 2019: Koleen has started a podcast with Cori Derksen called Photographer Life, which is available on iTunes. They share tips and tricks on how to balance their day-to-day lives along with their photography businesses.

2. Milne Photography

1285 E. Nees Ave.

(559) 431-0681

3. Dani Marie Photography

Pool Builder

1. Vineyard Pools

1 N. Clovis Ave., Clovis

(559) 299-6044

Few things are as delightful on a hot day as an uplifting refreshing dip in your own swimming pool. Since 1994, Vineyard Pools has made that possible for families in the Central Valley.

Originally started by Jim Bogdanof and now run by sons Ben and Jeff, the Vineyard Pools team does commercial work all over California, and residential work from Madera to Kingsburg, including Sanger and Oakhurst. Construction on a new pool or reconstruction on an older one can include water features, such as a waterfall or a pool/spa combination. Vineyard’s website has information and photos of freeform, geometric and natural rock swimming pools. You can also find photos of trim, tiles and mosaics and stunning water features.

POOL BUILDER: Raul Espinoza works on a custom pool creation from Vineyard Pools, which does commercial work all over California, and residential work from Madera to Kingsburg, including Sanger and Oakhurst. Gary Kazanjian Gary Kazanjian

“All the pools on our website belong to people we know and care about,” says Sarah Pizano, Vineyard Pools Director of Operations. “We want them to have a good experience and pride ourselves on bringing a level of customer service to the small construction industry that is not found anywhere else.”

Thinking of building the pool of your dreams? It’s best to start the process about four to six months before you’d like to be swimming, says Pizano.

“We are much more flexible and have much shorter wait times in the winter than we do in the spring and summer,” she explains.

2. Holiday Pools

4961 E. Dakota Ave.

(559) 291-5571

3. Wildwood Pools

320 W. Bedford Ave., Suite 106

(559) 439-7311

Real Estate Company

1. London Properties

6442 N. Maroa Ave.

(559) 436-4000

Quality, integrity and productivity are the principles and priorities that have built London Properties.

Started 48 years ago by Paula and Dan Conner, commercial and industrial real estate was the main center of The London Company, as it was called at that time. It didn’t take very long, though, before the business branched out to residential real estate and changed the name to London Properties Ltd. After a merger with its largest local competitor, London Properties become one of the largest real estate companies in the country.

Regardless of your type of real estate transaction, London Properties can be of assistance. With more than 500 sales associates and support staff in 10 offices throughout the Central Valley, London Properties is in the top 1 percent of all brokerage firms in the United States.

Adding to its marketing power, London Properties is affiliated with the prestigious real estate network, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. This collection of successful brokerage firms gives clients more specialists, more experience, more technology and more listings than ever before.

2. FresYes Realty

7785 N. Palm Ave., Suite 108

3. Guarantee Real Estate

Multiple locations

Retirement Community

1. The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens

5555 N. Fresno Ave.

(559) 435-1999

The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens offers a plethora of life-enriching amenities for seniors as they transition through life. Since opening in 1966, TSJG has remained the only Life Plan Community in the area — offering four levels of care for retirement options.

“Living at The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens means having the opportunity and resources to be fulfilled every single day,” says Jessica Lopez, the executive director of TSJG.

Located on Fresno Street near Barstow Avenue, TSJG is owned and managed by HumanGood. In 2014, TSJG completed a redevelopment project to include the Valencia — an information hub with a coffee shop that serves Peet’s Coffee & Tea, the Tolladay Theatre and two restaurants: the Monte Carlo and the Speranza Grille. Residents can join a workshop or class, watch a performance in the Tolladay Theatre, jump on a stationary bike in the 24-hour fitness center and get pampered with a pedicure at the Spa Bella.

Across from the Valencia are the Piazza and the Milano — multicolored, Mediterranean-inspired buildings that house independent-living apartments with a spacious kitchen, state-of-the-art appliances, granite countertops and a balcony with a wrought-iron rail.

The Tuscany and the Sequoia also house independent-living apartments. For assisted-living options, residents can live in the Trivoli, the Antonella and the Tulipano. The Grove is for residents with cognitive disabilities like Alzheimer’s disease. TSJG also offers rehabilitation/skilled-nursing options.

Residents at TSJG stay active in the community with trips to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Table Mountain Casino, Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, Woodward Park and the Fresno Philharmonic. They also contribute their time and energy to local schools, churches and nonprofit organizations, as well as international programs like Operation Christmas Child and the International Friendship Program.

2. Fairwinds Woodward Park

9525 N. Fort Washington Road

(559) 434-6444

3. The Windham Senior Living

1100 E. Spruce Ave.

(559) 399-2567

Solar Company

1. Solar City/Tesla

3980 N. Chestnut, Suite 101

(855) 860-7652

Tesla’s mission statement is “to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy,” so it made sense when the company merged in 2016 with SolarCity, one of the top-selling solar installation companies in the United States. The merger resulted in the world’s only vertically integrated sustainable energy company.

Tesla currently offers two solar products that produce clean power: solar panels and solar roof.

Solar panels contain cells that convert light from the sun into usable electricity that can be used immediately. Tesla’s solar panels are made to blend into the roof. The design is a low-profile sleek look without visible mounting hardware. The result? An attractive, streamlined appearance.

The system comes with a 20-year warranty, but many of its components are designed to last for decades. Testing by outside researchers show solar panels installed by Tesla have a useful life of 35 years.

Elon Musk unveiled prototypes of Tesla’s solar roof tiles in October 2016. They came in four styles that looked just like normal roofing material but were basically miniaturized versions of traditional solar panels.

“How do we have a solar roof that’s better than a normal roof?” asked Musk at the presentation. “A roof that looks better than normal roofs, generates electricity, lasts longer, has better insulation, and has an installed cost that is less than a normal roof plus the cost of electricity.”

The system is rated at 9.85 kW at full capacity. Used with Tesla’s Powerwall, a home battery that stores surplus power, electricity is available when the sun goes down without using the utility grid.

Consumers can refer to the company website for additional information or request a custom quote.

2. Petersen Dean

408 S. Teilman Ave.

(877) 552-4418

3. Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning

1444 N. Whitney Ave.

(559) 400-8929

Tanning Salon

1. Sunsational Tans

Multiple locations

There is more than one way to get a tan — just ask Sunsational Tans. You don’t even have to go outside. In fact, you can take advantage of Sunsational Tans’ services in a comfortable, air-conditioned room, complete with music.

If you choose traditional UV tanning, the salon has the industry’s latest and most advanced tanning beds, all designed to provide optimum comfort during use.

If UV-free tanning is more to your liking, there is the Mystic Spray booth, a full-body DHA tanning process that uses an all-natural Mystic solution, the MagneTan technology. The process takes only 60 seconds and gives a natural looking tan that will last for days.

Another UV-free service is the Red Light Therapy, which works from the inside out of the skin to treat the signs of aging using specific wavelengths of red light. The wavelengths boostoverall cellular energy, increasing the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin and increases microcirculation.

Sunsational Tans operates two locations in Fresno and one in Clovis. The friendly and knowledgeable staff members are happy to answer questions and help you achieve a healthy glow.

2. A Touch of Gold

1127 N. Willow Ave., Suite 108, Clovis

(559) 297-8269

9463 Fort Washington Road, Suite 103

(559) 434-8266

3. The Tannery

7088 N. Cedar Ave

(559) 322-0600

Trade/Technical School

1. Clovis Adult School

1452 David E. Cook Way, Clovis

(559) 327-2800

“Improving lives through education” is Clovis Adult School’s mission statement and if you peruse the course catalog offerings, you’ll see a wealth of educational opportunities. Where to begin? There are academic programs, including basic education, business and health career classes and other programs as diverse as music, art, self-defense, dog training and cooking.

“At Clovis Adult Education it’s ‘Never Too Late,’ ” says Ed Schmalzel, the principal of Clovis Adult Education. “Our staff is dedicated to the advancement of our community through education. We recognize the value adult education brings to parents, students, workers and local businesses in offering English as a Second Language, high school completion programs, community education enrichment and vocational training that leads to life-long learning, social mobility and economic growth. Our faculty and staff strongly believe that if we educate, then we elevate.

“Clovis Adult Education offers our community the opportunity to brush up or refine skills, follow passions, explore new horizons and learn new skills in an environment respectful of adult learning. We encourage you to explore our website and catalog to find subjects or programs that you are passionate about, a certificate program to enhance your career opportunities, a course to help you achieve your educational goals or a topic that enriches your life. We hope you will join us and take advantage of the wide variety of courses that Clovis Adult Education offers.”

2. Fresno Adult School

2500 E. Stanislaus St.

(559) 457-6000

3. San Joaquin Valley College

295 E. Sierra Ave.

(559) 448-8282

Travel Agency


Multiple locations

We get it. Who would want to leave the Central Valley? But for those who need a change of scenery once in a while (no judgment here), there are a lot of travel apps and companies available at the tip of our fingers. It can be overwhelming.

That’s where AAA comes in. As the U.S. largest leisure travel agency, AAA travel agents bring a personal touch to the digital age — offering unparalleled insights, discounts and upgrades so you’ll get the most out of your experience. Itineraries can be specialized to meet dietary demands, check off your sightseeing wish list and include insider recommendations only travelers themselves can provide.

First-time vacationers making their way abroad can rely on AAA to handle passport and driver’s permit-related issues, as well as purchase foreign currency at a nearby store to avoid the hassle once you arrive at your destination. Members can browse through endless online resources, including discounted attraction tickets, travel tips and vacation packages that are exclusive to AAA.

Most importantly, you have someone working for you. Accidents happen, flights get delayed and luggage gets lost. AAA travel agents act as your personal advocate when the unexpected happens, dealing with tour companies, airlines and car rentals directly so you can just sit back, relax and get ready for an experience to remember.

2. Altour Travel

2788 W. Bullard Ave.

(559) 431-1800

3. Travel Shoppe

7461 N. First St., Suite 102

(559) 447-5767

Tree Service

1. Adolph’s A-1 Tree Service

6325 W. Olive Ave.

(559) 222-0815

Family owned and operated since 1991 by husband and wife, Adolph and Patricia Garcia, Adolph’s A-1 Tree Service handles just about anything that involves tree care.

Services include tree and stump removal, tree trimming, chipping, pruning topping and shaping, shrub trimming and removal, cabling and bracing.

“We specialize in tree trimming and removing; these services are our most requested services,” Patricia says. “Adolph’s Tree Service always strives to leave our customers happy and satisfied. Our customers are our most important form of advertising.”

Adolph’s rates are competitive, coupons are available on the website and on-site estimates are free. Emergency tree service is available 24 hours a day and experienced tree service crews are prompt and dependable. The company offers senior discounts and serves both residential and commercial properties.

“We are a family-run business,” Patricia says. “Our son, Rene, will eventually take over and his son, Joseph, has joined our business this past year. We will continue to strive to be the best in our field by making sure our staff is well-educated in our field with certification in tree trimming and removing.”

A quick suggestion for homeowners: Don’t plant too close to structures and be aware of mature tree size and type of root system to prevent future problems.

2. Cobb’s Tree Care

6931 E. Belmont Ave.

(559) 251-7907

3. Fresno Tree Service

5213 E. Pine Ave.

(559) 453-2500

Tutorial Center

1. Fresno City College

1101 E. University Ave., L1 134

(559) 442-8209

Whenever students need assistance with achieving success in the academic arena, the Tutorial Center at Fresno City College stands ready to help.

Just for the asking, support is available through several options: Peer Assisted Study Sessions, Extending the Class, Math Extending the Class, Online with netTutor, Hoonuit and the Writing and Reading Center.

TUTORIAL CENTER: Vanessa Lopez helps Miles Wippert at the Fresno City College Tutorial Center. Gary Kazanjian Gary Kazanjian

Appointments aren’t required and walk-ins are welcome. Both one-on-one and group tutoring is available by peer tutors who are either current students or former students attending other local colleges.

Approximately 150 peer tutors are employed by the center. Students can get help in studying and writing skills as well as in multidisciplinary subjects, all while in a relaxed setting.

“Our tutors are excellent and have excellent knowledge of their subjects,” says Eric Sanders, the coordinator of the Tutorial Center. “For what we do here, we do an excellent job.”

The center, open Monday through Saturday, is located in the library building at Room 134.

2. Cullinan Education Center

8485 N. Fresno St., Suite 104

(559) 435-3276

3. Math Crazy

5646 N. Palm Ave., Suite 103

(559) 449-8516

Veterinarian/Animal Clinic

1. Waterhouse Animal Hospital

1115 E. Champlain Drive

(559) 434-4000

Pet guardians treat their beloved furry and feathered friends like members of the family, and when Fresno needs a veterinarian or clinic, there is no place like Waterhouse Animal Hospital.

The hospital was founded by Dr. Cheryl Waterhouse and has a deep-rooted history in the community; it has since expanded into one of the area’s top-accredited veterinary clinics.

“I started the hospital 23 years ago, started with the intent to get to know my clients and help them to be knowledgeable on their pets’ needs,” Waterhouse says.

In addition to its eight primary care doctors, Waterhouse Animal Hospital has specialty veterinarians for surgery, dentistry and cardiology. Waterhouse built a specialty dental suite where Dr. Paul Hobson, a London-educated veterinary dental surgeon, performs complex procedures.

Each exam room features a 42-inch touch screen for pet parents to write reviews, take photos and learn about important pet information. Innovative and immersive care is what truly sets Waterhouse Animal Hospital apart from other hospitals in the area, according to Waterhouse.

“We really work hard to raise the level of care,” Waterhouse says. “We always try to stress that we take care of a pet as if it were our own.”

Waterhouse Animal Hospital makes every attempt to make the experience of going to the vet more comfortable and convenient for everyone involved. Clients familiar with the hospital know that there are separate entrances for dogs and cats/exotic animals. Cat owners are welcome to utilize small towels sprayed with special feline pheromones to soothe their kitty’s nerves. Two office cats can usually be found napping in a basket or strolling around the waiting area.

Waterhouse knows that keeping pets happy and healthy is more than just a service for individual pet owners, but truly a service that benefits the community of Fresno as a whole.

“We strive to do the best job possible, and we thank our loyal clients because they are truly the best clients in town,” Waterhouse says.

2. Abby Pet Center

4508 Ashlan Ave.

(559) 442-1127

3. All Creatures Veterinary

6575 N. Santa Fe Ave.

(559) 449-4551