100+ Years

Galbraith Van & Storage Company

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Profile appeared in our 32-1 Issue – April 2015

How many businesses do you know of that started with teams of horses, wagons, and two “auto trucks” that are still thriving to this day? Unbeknownst to some, such a business exists right here in Bakersfield, and the commitment to quality and care is still evident in their daily operations. Because back in 1912, George H. Galbraith started his moving company with those very components, and in 2015, his legacy remains strong amongst his family, which currently operates Galbraith Van & Storage Company.

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Dewar’s Candy Shop

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Heather and Mike Dewar

Profile appeared in our 32-1 Issue – April 2015

If there’s one thing people know about Bakersfield it’s that we’re loyal; we love supporting a local legacy. And when that legacy also includes delicious candy chews and ice cream? Well, count us in tenfold.

Dewar’s is a Bakersfield institution, one that often takes first prize in “Best of Bakersfield” lists year after year. Why? Because after over 100 years in business—106 to be exact—the family-run company is still churning out the same great tasting chews with a smile.

But exactly how this company came to be such a Bakersfield icon might not be known by all.

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Berchtold Equipment Company

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Profile appeared in our 31-1 Issue – April 2014

Seeing as Kern County is home to a huge agricultural community, there are few residents who haven’t heard the name Berchtold. But while the longtime farming equipment company might be known, the history of the family-owned business might not be. Read the rest of this entry »

Jim Burke Ford

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Profile appeared in our 31-1 Issue – April 2014

We’ve been motoring along the streets of Bakersfield for over 100 years now and in that time, the face of the automobile industry has changed dramatically. One thing that hasn’t changed is the mission of Jim Burke Ford, Kern County’s oldest continuously operating auto dealership and one of the oldest Ford dealerships in the nation.
Of course, the company hasn’t always been known by the present moniker.

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Tejon Ranch

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Profile appeared in our 30-1 Issue – April 2013

For more than 150 years, Tejon Ranch Company has been dedicated to preserving the beauty and integrity of the near 270,000 acres of land it manages. Indeed, the commitment by the Ranch to “preserve California’s legacy” is as real and vibrant today as it’s ever been. Its well-known history is just a small part of what makes Tejon Ranch special, though. The past, present, and future plans of Tejon Ranch are all cause to celebrate what this amazing organization has and will bring to Kern County residents.

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Luigi’s

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Profile appeared in our 30-1 Issue – April 2013

When Joe Lemucchi came to California from Lucca, Italy, in 1906, he had no idea that the business he was about to open would become a Bakersfield icon.

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Gundlach’s

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Gundlach’s

Profile appeared in our 29-1 Issue – April 2012

Any longtime Bakersfield resident knows the name Gundlach. That’s because generations of Bakersfield families have utilized this local plumbing business over the course of the 100+ years it’s been in town.
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Snider’s Cyclery

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Snider’s Cyclery

Profile appeared in our 29-1 Issue – April 2012

For over 100 years, Snider’s Cyclery has been synonymous with friendly service, quality products, and a dedication to Kern County. These elements have been a part of the business since its inception thanks to founder George Lee Snider.
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The Bakersfield Californian

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Profile appeared in our 28-1 Issue – April 2011

For more than 100 years, The Bakersfield Californian has served as the much-trusted source of local news in Bakersfield and Kern County. Today, the family-run local business remains committed to chronicling the growth of a dynamic community into the 21st Century. The Bakersfield Californian is the direct descendent of Kern County’s first newspaper, The Weekly Courier, which was first published on August 18, 1866, in Havilah, California. Havilah was a small mining town about 50 miles northeast of the present site of Bakersfield. It was the center of the 1864 gold rush, which brought the first major population influx to Kern County. The newspaper’s name was later changed to The Havilah Weekly Courier.
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Emporium Western Store

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Profile appeared in our 28-1 Issue – April 2011

The Emporium Western Store, a familiar local landmark at 1031 19th Street in Bakersfield, California, was started over 100 years ago by an unknown family and has been serving valued customers ever since. The store was founded in 1909 as a true “emporium,” or general store, in the heart of downtown Bakersfield. In 1928, it was purchased by Isaac Rubin, grandfather of the current owners, and has remained in the family through three generations of ownership. In 1946, operation of the store passed to Rubin’s daughter and son-in-law, Rose and Al Goldwater. It was in 1948 that Al Goldwater began to convert the store into a specialty Western clothing store, one of the first of its kind in California, and changed the name from The Emporium to Emporium Western Store. This change was at the urging of a young lady named Juanita “Nita” Clark, who started working at the store as a teenager in 1943. She came from a rodeo family that had to travel around the state to find the types of cowboy boots and hats they both needed and wanted. Nita thought it was high time for a store to carry them in Bakersfield and kept after Al until he gave in. Al always credited Nita with the timely conversion to a Western store.
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