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  • 61st Tehachapi Mountain Festival promises a weekend of family fun, community spirit

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Jul 20, 2024

    Get ready for the ultimate celebration of community spirit as the 61st annual Tehachapi Mountain Festival returns on Aug. 17 and 18. This beloved event, which has long been a celebration of summer since the inception of the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce, is set to draw thousands of attendees for a weekend packed with entertainment, arts, crafts, food and more. We're thrilled to host the 61st Tehachapi Mountain Festival, celebrating our community's heritage and showcasing all the things...

  • Thomason Childcare Solutions ribbon cutting

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Jul 6, 2024

    On June 20, a new early childcare services business celebrated its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting. Families and individuals from across Tehachapi had a chance to learn all about this new resource for families while playing carnival games, having their faces painted, winning fun prizes and enjoying snow cones, hot dogs, hamburgers and cotton candy. Thomason Childcare Solutions offers full or part-time care; infant and toddler programs; preschool sessions; before and after school programs;...

  • Raul Tapia – empowering residents in Tehachapi

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Jul 6, 2024

    Amidst Tehachapi's daily happenings, a man with a passion for diesel engines has been quietly transforming lives since 2001. Meet Raul Tapia, a seasoned diesel mechanic turned facilitator, whose mobile training courses have offered opportunities for aspiring mechanics from all walks of life. Operating out of his custom-equipped trailer turned mobile classroom, Raul travels equipped with all the necessary gear and tools to train new mechanics. His training goes beyond technical know-how,...

  • Tehachapi's beloved movie theater is open again!

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Jun 22, 2024

    More than 300 residents gathered for a joyous ribbon cutting on June 15 as the Tehachapi Hitching Post Theater celebrated its re-opening. The theater was packed! Before the celebration, free popcorn, hotdogs, gifts and theater gift cards were handed out to guests from #LoveTehachapi volunteers. Classic cars were parked in front of the theater to add to the nostalgic ambiance of the day. The event sponsors, Claudia's Catering, Apogee Performance and Law Tigers made the day even more memorable....

  • Living the life in the mountains

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Jun 22, 2024

    Tehachapi tends to enchant visitors and inspire them to call this mountain town home. For Jessica Jones and her family, Tehachapi ignited a passion that has burned for more than three decades. Jessica's grandparents, Don and Carrol Jones, built a ranch in 1989 on Jack Springs Road and lovingly dubbed it "Old Fart Ranch." Don stayed busy constructing buildings in Tehachapi, such as Mountain Bible Church. Jessica spent her childhood tending to horses, chasing hogs and picking apples. Some of her...

  • Chamber Lunch & Learn, June 24

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Jun 22, 2024

    Each month, the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce holds an educational Lunch & Learn event for businesses and individuals in the community. This month, the Lunch & Learn will be hosted by Mango Haus Lounge, located at 20601 W. Valley Blvd., on June 24 at noon. Daniel Burgess from Golden Hills IT will share best practices for keeping your business secure in a time of incessant cyber-attacks. Learn actionable tips to close gaps in security on your own, identify major security concerns for...

  • Tehachapi Job Fair, June 22

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Jun 8, 2024

    The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce's annual Job Fair is coming up on June 22! It will be an opportunity for job seekers to find the perfect business to work for and join a team that is a perfect fit. It is also a chance for local businesses to interview potential employees and grow their teams. The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce will be offering assistance to job seekers beforehand, helping with resume building and practicing interview skills. There will be breakfast, coffee and lu...

  • A thrilling conclusion to the Great Tehachapi Scavenger Hunt

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Jun 8, 2024

    The month of May was full of excitement as hundreds of residents combed the area riddling out clues and looking for hidden businesses. A thrilling competition was born between the top 15 teams, as they raced to see who could get to each location first. In the end, there could only be one ultimate winner, but everyone seemed to enjoy learning about places they had never seen or experiencing things they never thought they would find in Tehachapi. Sixteen local businesses and locations were...

  • Truly everything for the office & more

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Jun 8, 2024

    For many Tehachapi residents, Witt's Everything for the Office is a one-stop shop for office supplies, shipping needs, furniture and gifts. However, few people know how long this shop has served Tehachapi or of its full range of services. It started in the early 1980s when Marc Witt opened the doors to a small printing shop. "That was back when there was one blinking light in town to manage traffic, and the BeeKay Theatre was a candy shop," says Laura Coaly, current manager of Witt's. Laura has...

  • Don't miss the June 1 Car Cruise

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|May 28, 2024

    More than two dozen cars have signed up to cruise in the Thunder on the Mountain Spring Car Cruise, taking place June 1. There's plenty of room for more. Engines will start at 8 a.m. at Keene Cafe and all the participants will cruise up Woodford-Tehachapi road past the Loop Overlook to P-Dubs Brew Pub/Mountain Bowling for a car show afterward. Registration is $10. Visit thunderonthemountaincarshow.com for details and to register. You can also register the morning of the event at Keene Cafe and...

  • Dawn Jones and her beautiful jewelry

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|May 28, 2024

    It was shopping for trains at Hans' and Rachel's Gold Coast Station that originally brought Dawn Jones and her husband to Tehachapi. After living in a variety of locations and serving her country as a contractor in Washington D.C., Dawn found Tehachapi to be the best combination of all the places she had previously lived. She quickly became inspired by the town's beautiful nature and wildlife and relaunched her jewelry-making business, Dawn Jones Designs. Soon she was crafting earrings,...

  • The Thunder is back, June 1

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|May 11, 2024

    Automobile and motorbike enthusiasts are signing up from all over to take part in the Thunder on the Mountain Spring Car Cruise, taking place June 1. Engines will start at 8 a.m. at Keene Cafe and all the participants will cruise up Woodford-Tehachapi Road past the Loop Overlook to P-Dubs Brew Pub and Mountain Bowling for a car show afterward. Registration is $10. Visit www.thunderonthemountaincarshow.com for details and to register. This event is sponsored by 1st Priority Registration...

  • Hundreds are participating in the Great Tehachapi Scavenger Hunt

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|May 11, 2024

    You may be noticing residents all over town riddling out clues and scouring the area in the hopes of finding the perfect location. They are peeking their heads in doors, asking odd questions and many are working in groups. They are avid participants in the Great Tehachapi Scavenger Hunt, taking place on Instagram! Since the hunt started on May 1, hundreds of citizens have been exploring the area and happily finding hidden locations. They are all in competition in the hopes of being the winner...

  • Staying Educated with Cerro Coso Community College

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    In the last few years, residents who regularly drive down the east side of town have noticed some changes happening at 126 S. Snyder Ave. In 2015, Cerro Coso Community College began using the old education center to provide college courses. It all started in one large room, where the faculty and staff worked at one table and offered a handful of classes. Those classes were well received in the community and partnerships blossomed. Cerro Coso created programs at the High School and with the...

  • Introducing the Great Tehachapi Scavenger Hunt

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce is hosting a different kind of Scavenger Hunt starting May 1 to encourage residents and visitors to explore Tehachapi and shop local. The beautiful spring weather has the flowers blooming and it’s a perfect time to go on a Tehachapi adventure. The Great Tehachapi Scavenger Hunt is an Instagram competition. Starting May 1, contestants across Tehachapi and beyond are encouraged to participate and complete the hunt. The winning individual or team will w...

  • Why every thriving community has a Chamber of Commerce

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Apr 20, 2024

    Each week, we hear the question, "What is a Chamber of Commerce and what does it do?" Well, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share a little insight as to what a Chamber of Commerce is and why successful communities have them. The concept of various businesses joining together in a mutual effort to increase commerce has its beginnings in Europe. Primarily as a defensive tactic, traders banded together for protection against common enemies and to establish policies to govern trade....

  • A home away from home

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Apr 13, 2024

    I often see communities gathering at hotels for events, conventions, weddings, retirement parties and more. Much less often, I see hotel executives out in their communities, learning about local businesses, networking and finding ways to collaborate. That's why I have to give credit to Faith Pease and the staff at TownePlace Suites for their commitment to community. Faith attends every Chamber luncheon, explores local businesses and finds ways to highlight Tehachapi at the hotel. Most recently,...

  • Keeping it clean with Sim Sanitation

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Apr 13, 2024

    It was June 30, 2007 when PJ Simunovich opened Sim Sanitation in Tehachapi. His family-owned business specializes in septic systems, and rentals of portable toilets and fencing. But, he had no idea how far the business would go. Now, he and his team travel all across Kern and Los Angeles counties for clients. From jobs as large as working with Edwards Air Force Base and the Tehachapi and Lancaster prisons, to providing needed facilities for weddings and little league events, there is never a dul...

  • Tehachapi Wind Festival, April 20

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Mar 30, 2024

    Mark your calendars for April 20 and the Tehachapi Wind Festival. This fun event, hosted by the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce and Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District, is celebrating the wind that gives us our reputation and powers our homes. This family-friendly event will have kite flying tournaments, delicious food, vendors, games and more. If you're a local vendor or business and would like to participate or partner with the Chamber on this event, please call (661)...

  • A family business that treats everyone like family

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Mar 30, 2024

    If you've driven around Tehachapi the last few weeks, you've seen signs for John McCraw Electrical off Highway 202 and around town. You may have even seen utility trucks with the logo driving through the hills. Every time I see these signs, I smile, knowing that John is somewhere in Tehachapi making life better for residents. John McCraw first came into the Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce in November last year, looking to join and expand his thriving electrician business in Santa Clarita to...

  • Being financially prepared with Bradford, Cox & Madhavani

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Mar 16, 2024

    When it comes to making those big financial decisions like preparing to purchase a home or office space, cashing in your 401K or getting ready to invest in a brick and mortar location, it's best to talk the details over with a professional CPA. Tehachapi has many wonderful accounting firms, but today, I want to introduce you to a firm you may not have heard of. Bradford, Cox & Madhavani CPAs has recently opened a Tehachapi branch and they are ready to help. Bradford, Cox & Madhavani opened...

  • Lunch & Learn, March 26

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Mar 16, 2024

    Want to learn what AI can do for your business? The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Lunch & Learn that dives into this topic. At noon on March 26 at the Train Depot Museum, learn about Chat GPT, one of the first AI frameworks created more than two years ago that has helped business owners and marketing professionals engage with audiences. Michael Puffer from Have-A-Heart Humane Society will share with guests his expertise in using this tool and his story as to how it turned...

  • Watching a dream take shape at Mountain Top Storage

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Mar 2, 2024

    Lyndee Richmond sat with her 92-year-old father, Ken Hensler, watching enormous machines moving earth and placing cinder blocks at the construction site on Tehachapi Blvd. Neither one of them could believe that they were watching – after years of anticipation, dreaming and planning, their storage unit project was finally taking shape. It wouldn't be long before customers were filling the new, state-of-the-art units at Mountain Top Storage with valuables. In 2003, Lyndee and her husband, Scott R...

  • Treat your loved one to something special at the Wine Walk, Feb. 10

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Feb 3, 2024

    See the map for the Tehachapi Valentine's Wine Walk on this page. Tehachapi is gearing up for its first Wine Walk since 2019 and it will be an event for the books. Between local wines, live music and talented bakers taking over shops, the downtown businesses will be brimming with delights, and Green Street will have vendors you won't want to miss. Alligator Rose will be there with their soaps and assortment of delicious skin care products. The Victorian Bat offers unique jewelry that will keep...

  • Starting at the Pinnacle

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Feb 3, 2024

    This edition of Chamber Chat is brought to you by the generous sponsorship of Pinnacle Surveying & Engineering Services, who is one of our sponsors for the Valentine's Wine Walk. Established in Bakersfield in 2001 by Robert Craig, Pinnacle Surveying & Engineering Services has completed thousands of projects across California, Texas, Colorado, Idaho and Utah. From residential to commercial, construction and public works, government to industrial energy, renewable energy and agricultural, and...

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