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Alspaw Tree Service

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Darrel & Randy Alspaw

Darrel & Randy Alspaw

Profile appeared in our 32-1 Issue – April 2015

Many great things have been built upon the hard work and focus of a single person—things that can withstand the test of time. Anyone who knows the story behind Alspaw Tree Service, LLC can certainly say that this company is the embodiment of that philosophy.

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Kern River Power Equipment

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Profile appeared in our 32-1 Issue – April 2015

Sometimes when a business has been around for decades, too much emphasis gets put on the past; the way things used to be. For some companies, that can work. For others, it’s necessary to evolve with the times—to update technology and grow as the world changes—in order to keep the doors open.
That opinion is expressed by Anne Stephens and her husband Keith, owners of Kern River Power Equipment.

“The business has been around since 1947,” Stephens explained, “and has been through a few ownerships.” Initially the small store on North Chester was known simply as Kern River Saw Works because that was the primary service provided; sharpening saw blades.

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Sequoia Paint Company

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Sequoia Paint Company

Profile appeared in our 32-1 Issue – April 2015

A 16 year old boy from Arkansas, a fifth grade education, and dreams about making it rich may not sound like the most promising start for a great endeavor to some. One could only imagine the sort of trials such a young soul—one whose parents had both passed before he had turned 13—would have to endure, and most would probably expect a bleak outcome. However, when Jim Elder came out to California in 1944, there was nothing that would get in between him and his dreams. These dreams included opening Sequoia Paint Company, a family owned and operated business that has been providing countless locals with quality customer service and products since 1962.

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Stewart Electric

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Profile appeared in our 31-1 Issue – April 2014

More than 70 years ago, brothers Earl and John Stewart purchased an electrical business from the Mongerson family and the duo set about meeting the electrical needs of Bakersfield and Kern County. Stewart Electric was founded in 1943 on 18th Street in downtown Bakersfield—across from the Far East restaurant. Read the rest of this entry »

Pyrenees French Bakery, Inc.

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Profile appeared in our 31-1 Issue – April 2014

or almost 70 years, Pyrenees French Bakery has been the endeavor of the Laxague family. The Laxagues are members of the ancient and colorful Basque culture, which extends throughout the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain.

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Guarantee Shoe Center

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Profile appeared in our 31-1 Issue – April 2014

For over 60 years, Guarantee Shoe Center has been tending to both the soles and the souls of our community.
Back in August of 1953, Nat Slepyan decided to put his years of experience in the shoe business to good use here in Bakersfield. Slepyan and his son-in-law Leon Rolnick opened their store at 21st and Chester.

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Bakersfield Museum of Art

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Profile appeared in our 31-1 Issue – April 2014

In 1956, the Walter Osborn family began what would become a legacy in the fine arts community here in Bakersfield. With the help of residents who provided the means necessary to build on city property, the foundation was laid for what was initially called the Cunningham Memorial Art Gallery, and what would later become the Bakersfield Museum of Art…

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Multi Business Systems

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Profile appeared in our 31-1 Issue – April 2014

In 1964 Preston Burdette had job security, a mortgage, and five children to feed. His entrepreneurial guts and reliance on God led him to take a risk and begin a small, one man shop on Niles St. Multi Business Systems (MBS), a company that originally outfitted businesses with pegboard accounting systems, opened when Preston’s son Bob was only five years old…

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Wall’s Hearing Aid Center, Inc.

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Profile appeared in our 30-1 Issue – April 2013

A family-run operation that started out in the living room of a Columbus Street home has been bringing better hearing to the folks of Bakersfield—and people around the world—for 67 years now. At Wall’s Hearing Aid Center, Inc., you are sure to get unsurpassed attention and care when it comes to your hearing needs. As second-generation owner Kenneth Wall stated, “I don’t sell hearing aids, I sell hearing.”

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Price Environmental Services

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Profile appeared in our 30-1 Issue – April 2013

Elmer Sr. and Virginia started the Price family legacy of public service in April 1947 when they opened Southside Sanitation in south Bakersfield. Elmer’s motto was simple: “One Man, One Truck, One Route.” So, with his trusty 1929 Ford Model A, Elmer set to work building a business. He said he simply wanted to work hard and provide for his family.

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