The dominant narrative about Bakersfield is often inaccurate, and at the very least, incomplete. There’s a richer depth to the people that were born and nurtured here. Our history is full of fascinating and innovative individuals. Unfortunately, we don’t hear, repeat and internalize these st…

It’s pretty remarkable, really. In the last two years, the number of local coffeehouses downtown has almost tripled. (Of course, we only had two in 2016, so there was room for growth). But we’re now up to five: Dagny’s (the classic), Farmacy Cafe at The Padre (a more upscale option) and newb…

I am proud to know a strong female presence in the local marketing scene. One of Bakersfield’s biggest advocates, she’s not even from here. Hailing from Salt Lake City, Miranda Whitworth “could move back any time” (her words), but she chooses to stay in this place.

Imagine you are someone who’s never been to Bakersfield. You’re planning a trip for work or to visit friends in California, you’ve received job offers in multiple cities and are making a decision about where to live or you simply want to learn more about this place you’ve heard in the news. …

It’s fitting that Jon and Jennifer Sampson — a powerhouse couple — met in graduate school at a powerhouse in its own right, The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. The duo’s energy is infectious. They are passionate and engaged members of the Bakersfield community, and we’re lucky that they land…

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed a movement back to the basics, the simpler pleasures in life. This might explain the recent “hygge” obsession - a concept that’s been popular in Danish culture for decades but only recently caught on in America. When I visited Copenhagen 10 years ago and…

I recently visited my sister who lives in a small town in Pennsylvania. As my husband and I entered the downtown area, we were enchanted by the small boutiques, cafes and coffee shops. Exploring one afternoon, we spotted parking in an easy-to-access lot and enjoyed a delicious lunch of salad…

I went to the Hen’s Roost downtown farmers market recently and met a local author who wrote a darling children’s book called “Simone and Ruby Lou (How to) Make Pizza.” I ate Hen’s Roost Thai fries, which might be my favorite guilty pleasure. I watched residents play pickleball in the parking…

I recently attended the Downtown Business Association’s State of the Downtown breakfast at the Marriott. I actually ran in a little late, so I missed the breakfast portion entirely. (Can I blame every time I’m tardy on the baby now?)

One recent morning, I sat at Farmacy Cafe in the Padre Hotel, while working on my laptop, and heard no fewer than four different languages spoken by guests staying over for a night or two and grabbing breakfast on their way in or out. It’s the most international experience I’ve had in our Ce…

In a studio space steps above a local coffee shop, creative small business owners gathered to attend a workshop. The light-filled space felt like a temporary clubhouse for women during the two-day workshop that took place Jan. 26-27. The hosts had laid out snacks perfectly: corner-dipped cho…

“There is in the soul of a child an impenetrable secret that is gradually revealed as it develops …. With a spirit of sacrifice and enthusiasm we must go in search, like those who travel to foreign lands and tear up mountains in their search for hidden gold.” 

Over the holidays, my husband and I spoke on multiple occasions around dinner tables with family members - mostly farmers. They spoke about downtown’s revitalization, expanding businesses, new product lines and growth industries like technology and healthcare. A common thread: their exciteme…

Shannon LaBare left her corporate job of seven years, and work that spanned the country, to focus on her community. She should have left earlier, she said, but, as a graphic designer and marketing professional, she believed the lie that her talents wouldn’t be needed here because “there aren…

For 26.2 miles, through leafy streets, up Panorama Drive, along the parkway next to a water-filled Kern River and finally to the Cal State Bakersfield campus, runners made their way through the course of the Bakersfield Marathon last month. Around 1,800 people participated in a variety of ru…

Jenifer Pitcher was having lunch at Luigi’s with friends, and they were walking over to (what was then) Narducci’s and onto Pyrenee’s Cafe for live music.

House of Flowers, a floral shop in downtown Bakersfield, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Currently putting finishing touches on a renovation of their space at 19th Street to commemorate the occasion, the owners are busier than ever.

Kids are big business in America. Marketers often target families with children because they are a large segment of the consumer economy. Raising a child could cost parents nearly a quarter of a million dollars over the life of the child.

Very often on Saturday mornings (usually quite early — before the brunching set has wandered over to The Padre), groups of volunteers patrol the streets of downtown Bakersfield, scooping up and bagging litter, reporting graffiti through the city’s app, and generally trying to keep the area c…

This place was built on big ideas. In the mid-1800s, when the County of Kern was organized, Col. Thomas Baker was county surveyor. He must have realized at the time that the new city would grow and laid out the streets with wide proportions, which accounts for the spacious thoroughfares that…

I haven't seen too many fallen trees in my neighborhood, but March is early. Some trees in Bakersfield fall because of the sheer weight of their rain-soaked canopies, combined with sodden soil and inopportune wind storms. Good pruning of trees that are likely to topple is helpful, of course,…