Bakersfield Life

Women at work

Annette Mercado, left, and Michele Waugh, co-owners of Blue River Cabinetry, Kitchen & Bath

You may not know them personally, but these female powerhouses are molding Bakersfield into a distinct city, one day at a time.

From health care professionals to cabinetry CEOs, the females featured in our Women’s Issue are the reason why role models exist. Every single one of them has the same goal: to serve as an inspiration to the youth and continue to make Bakersfield a better place.

Annette Mercado and Michele Waugh

One of the perks of working with your best friend is the loyalty and accountability that comes with the friendship.

For Blue River

"Noche Azul" (Blue Night) by Alberto Herrera

Viva Latination

Expressing the local Latin experience on canvas with acrylics for the acclaimed art exhibition Latination has brought a measure of good luck and inspiration for artist and former downtown Bakersfield gallery co-owner Christina Sweet. Her first entry in 2011 of Frida Kahlo daydreaming captured the

Dining Divas Norma Diaz, Valerie Mendiburu, Nina Ha, Dianne Hoover and LaMeka Ross ham it up at El Portal West Mexican Grill & Cantina.

Dining Divas: El Portal West Mexican Grill & Cantina

When you’re greeted at the door with “Hola, senorita,” you know it’s going to be a good authentic meal. El Portal West Mexican Grill & Cantina is a restaurant whose ambiance is fun and social. Located in northwest Bakersfield, the authentic Mexican food is so good, you might not want to share!

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