For the current food revolution, with skyrocketing startup costs for restaurants in large cities, food trucks have become some of the newest incubators of culinary innovation. The Food for Thought Truck, a mobile design lab from San Francisco interior design firm Studio O+A, serves as an incubator on wheels for urban design.
Black Friday bargains can take so many different forms these days — free shipping, promotional codes, digital coupons — how's a shopper supposed to see beyond the price tag and spot the best overall deal?
The longest lines on Black Friday often lead to big-box retailers, which isn't surprising given the resources they invest in the start of the holiday shopping season. But they're hardly the only stores looking to rack up big sales this week.
Joblessness in Kern County rose only slightly in October to a seasonally unadjusted 6.6 percent as the local economy continued to perform near its highest level since the housing bubble burst in 2006.
Kern County oil producers do not expect the recent decline in barrel prices to result in widespread layoffs, though some said caution and reassessment of upcoming drilling projects may be in order.
Bakersfield College's new mechanized agriculture program hosted an informational event Wednesday aimed at building industry involvement — and judging from comments made afterward, it may have succeeded.
Cafe Smitten, the darling of downtown's so-called Eastchester district, is expanding to southwest Bakersfield in coordination with local real estate developer Bolthouse Properties.
Love Automotive will host a grand opening Tuesday to celebrate the multimillion-dollar redesign of its Infiniti of Bakersfield showroom at the southeast corner of Motor City and Gasoline Alley drives.
Far from the bars and restaurants of downtown, in an area that mostly closes down after dark, Bakersfield's semi-official brewing district is forging a unique identity that participating business owners see as becoming a popular destination for craft beer connoisseurs and hobbyists.
An environmental review document scheduled for review Friday by Kern's Planning Commission is expected to address ongoing legal challenges to the county's relatively new process for permitting local oil and gas production.
It wouldn't be a Kern County Energy Summit without commentaries on the downsides of government regulation. But Wednesday morning's annual industry gathering also offered something for those who see the cup as half full.
A local investment fund has received eight business proposals from early-stage companies based in Kern, plus another five from California businesses outside the county, as it works to put together an initial pool of capital to begin doling out startup capital.
Willie Ware considers it unavoidable: Someone he rents to is going to break a window, stain a carpet or poke a hole in a wall, then leave without paying for it.
Mexicali West is in escrow to be sold in early 2019 to a Northern California developer who has not disclosed what it might do with the property, though there may be some suggestion it will reopen as a restaurant.
For years now, legal immigrants living locally have had to travel outside Kern County if they needed temporary proof of their authorization to work in the United States.
Amazon would receive $3 million in local tax rebates in exchange for employing 1,000 Kern County residents at the 2.6 million-square-foot distribution center the retail giant is building next to Meadows Field Airport, according to a proposal released Thursday.
A controversial plan to build 28 loft-style apartments along 18th Street in downtown Bakersfield is about to return before the public after the project's hard-won permit expired following three years of inactivity.
The re-education of Arianna Perez's father started one evening when she brought home a chicken dinner she had cooked in nutrition class at the charter school she attends in Delano.
Any clear-headed mathematician will tell you otherwise, but maybe the Mobil filling station at Oak Street and Brundage Lane really is lucky.
Much about the restaurant we once knew as TL Maxwell’s is new — new owners, new name, new aspirations. But much is old, too.
My friend Jeran McConnel is a modern maker and creator of Oleander and Palm, a lifestyle brand. Jeran and I share a love of old homes, modern design and traveling. We attend the same church. She is someone I look up to as a working mother. Her three children, two of them teenagers, are the s…
The easy thing would have been to go with a conventional letter-grade system, where the lowest "C" is a score of 70 percent and it's considered satisfactory.
Joblessness in Kern County fell to 6.6 percent in September, its lowest level in 12 years as a month-over-month surge in farm employment and a smaller increase in government hiring helped make up for declines in construction, manufacturing and service industries.
Local landlords joined the fight against homelessness this week by pledging to make an additional 47 Kern County rental housing units available to people deemed to be in dire need of somewhere to stay.
Demolition work began next to The Dome on Wednesday, one day after the city of Bakersfield issued a demo permit to the historically notable property's new owner.
It’s like a stripped-down Sears: Aisle after aisle of washing machines, refrigerators and ovens from well-known manufacturers like Kenmore and GE.
After buying virtually all their sheets, major appliances and Christmas gifts at the Valley Plaza Sears for at least 20 years, Don and Janelle Birdwell were in for a shock as they approached the store's entrance Monday.
Five years ago, Aileen Saucedo had a lot of unhealthy living habits. She was struggling with eczema flares-ups, feeling sluggish and out of sorts. During this time of struggle, as is true for many entrepreneurial ventures, a beautiful idea was born. Aileen’s answer: start cold-pressed juicin…
Bakersfield College sociology student Endea Hodges had never attended a job fair and wasn't sure what to expect when she arrived at Valley Plaza mall Thursday. But somehow she assumed there would be tables set up and stores would be hiring people on the spot.
Earthmovers shuttled up and down a large dirt mound across from Meadows Field airport Monday, the latest sign Amazon is moving ahead with a plan to open a distribution center that would employ at least 1,000 people as soon as late 2019.
Not long ago, Long Beach was known widely as a gritty working-class city, a place under the shadow of Los Angeles that struggled with deeply embedded problems, worker strikes and closures, departing industry and economic heartache. As the second-busiest shipping port in the United States, it…
Tom Maxwell is passionate about his hometown and creating a place his three daughters are proud to call home. As someone I would call a successful “serial entrepreneur,” he’s working hard to do just that.
Dozens more jobs will soon be eliminated at Adventist Health Bakersfield as the Chester Avenue hospital continues an outsourcing drive that has affected about 175 positions at the medical center since April.
Shell wants to sell a pipeline connecting Kern County oilfields with Bay Area refineries, a move that probably wouldn't affect consumers in the near term but which could lead to changes for local oil producers.
Grimmway Farms has hired former state Sen. Jean Fuller's chief of staff to head up its corporate and government affairs operation.
Mission Bank is making its biggest-ever geographical leap, jumping clear across the San Joaquin Valley to open a business banking center in Stockton that will serve farmers and other businesses in communities including Lodi, Manteca and Tracy.
There are many reasons to love and care about this community. I typically write about the overwhelmingly positive things that make this place great. Bakersfield possesses authentic culture, great restaurants, incredible outdoor amenities, genuine people and a quality of life like no place I …