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  • Business Showcase 2024

    Jun 22, 2024

    Spotlight on Tehachapi’s Growing Economy & Businesses...

  • Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs

    Claudia Baker, publisher of The Loop newspaper|Apr 20, 2024

    Embarking on the journey of starting a small business in Tehachapi is an exciting endeavor, filled with opportunities and challenges. As someone who has been a part of the local business landscape for over two decades, here are some key pieces of advice for those looking to follow in The Loop newspaper's footsteps: Follow your passion When considering starting a small business in Tehachapi, it's essential to pursue something you are truly passionate about. Building a successful business...

  • Dorner Family Vineyard brings a taste of Europe to Tehachapi

    Michele Dorner, owner of Dorner Family Vineyard|Apr 20, 2024

    The vision for Dorner Family Vineyard began after owners Mike and Michele Dorner returned from an extended trip to Europe in 2009. The owners' motivation to plant a vineyard and build a tasting room was inspired by the time they spent in Germany enjoying the Riesling wines of the Mosel River, and their time spent wandering the cobblestone streets in the villages in the Tuscany region of Italy. Their dream of owning a vineyard and winery was realized in June 2020 when they opened their doors to...

  • 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....

  • Tehachapi: a desirable location for businesses of all sizes

    Corey Costelloe, Assistant City Manager for the City of Tehachapi|Apr 20, 2024

    The City of Tehachapi continues to be the premier economy in Kern County in which to invest, do business and seek a return on investment. From small to large businesses, the City of Tehachapi continues to thrive benefiting from our location, diverse surroundings, full time police force and a dedication to code enforcement and quality of life. The City of Tehachapi benefits from a geographic location that drives traffic from surrounding communities into our shops, service stations, small...

  • A furry, fun place to call home

    C. Turner, staff writer|Apr 20, 2024

    I'm not a four-legged creature but I was taken straight to doggy heaven as I came through the doors of Canine Creek: Pet Wash and Boutique. The elite shop has everything you need to get your pet pampered from haircuts and walk-in nail trims to soothing soak baths, including self-serve or full-grooming options, plus a premium array of clothing and products. As if the pampering wasn't enough, the variety of treats will get your furry companion begging to visit again and again. A trip to the store...

  • Bringing bohemian bliss to Tehachapi

    Sarah Rose, owner of Healthy Hippie Trading Co.|Apr 20, 2024

    Nestled in the heart of Old Town Tehachapi, lies a hidden gem that has been spreading love, peace and groovy vibes since September 2021. Meet Healthy Hippie Trading Co., affectionately known as "The Hippie," where owner Sarah Rose and her team of free spirits invite you to embark on a journey of self-expression and exploration. What sets The Hippie apart from the rest? It's not just a store; it's an experience. Step through our doors at 20418 Brian Way, and you'll be transported back to the...

  • Mango Haus is serving up a wholesome dining experience

    C. Turner, staff writer|Apr 20, 2024

    Get ready for a dining and culinary experience unlike any other in your hometown of Tehachapi. Open for six months, owners Karen and Johnny Diaz's brilliant idea of "New Wholesome," the Mango Haus Lounge, has turned what they do best into a unique, healthy and inspiring food service. Pledging to be Blue Zone certified, their dishes are primarily plant-based, wholesome, freshly organic and locally sourced with a few meat options to satisfy everyone's stomachs and taste buds. Need a relaxing...

  • Beautiful custom pieces, one tree at a time

    Julianna Crisalli Kroncke, staff writer|Apr 20, 2024

    In their first year of business here in Tehachapi, Mountain Dog Millworks owners Michael Altman and Toby Bachara said they can't pinpoint one specific favorite memory, but they love the entire process of creating custom, wood-crafted furniture for their clients. "From salvaging the downed trees, milling, kiln drying, creating custom pieces, seeing it in the home and then replanting a tree in the spring, it's a rewarding process," they said. Michael and Karon Altman moved to Tehachapi in 2017. Wh...

  • When it matters, send Blooms

    Laura Brubaker, owner of Blooms|Apr 20, 2024

    Blooms opened for business in August of 2023, offering custom flower designs, floral subscription and local delivery throughout the greater Tehachapi area. Our goal is to provide fresh, premium quality and unique arrangements with excellent customer service. In the ongoing effort to keep the flowers as fresh as possible, Blooms weekly shops the flower markets in the Southern California region, bringing home a new assortment each Monday and using those varieties throughout the week. This is also...

  • Find 'A Taste of Tehachapi' at local events, downtown shop

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Apr 20, 2024

    Anyone who has attended an event and shopped the vendor booths at Dorner Family Vineyard has come across the name "A Taste of Tehachapi," a business that provides a collection of products that can turn an ordinary meal into a delicious gourmet delight. All of these products are created by Diana Wade who, for the last three years, has created them in her licensed home kitchen in Tehachapi, turning a life-long hobby into a business. Diana moved to Tehachapi in 2010 with her husband, Doug, looking...

  • Soaring above the Tehachapi Valley

    Mountain Valley Airport, provided|Apr 20, 2024

    Did you ever want to view the Tehachapi Valley from the air on a sunny day and see what lies just beyond those mountains? Is "fly in a sailplane" on your bucket list? "Then come to Skylark and do both - FLY with us!" says owner Jane Barrett from her corner desk overlooking the runway at Mountain Valley Airport, just two miles from the heart of Tehachapi's business district. Nestled amidst the rugged beauty of Tehachapi lies a hidden gem for aviation enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Welcome...

  • Everything you need for plinking at the range and hunting

    Sarah Mouchet, staff writer|Apr 20, 2024

    Hamilton Firearms, which opened in September 2023, is a family-run business serving as Tehachapi's premier firearms, accessories and reloading shop. At the helm of Hamilton Firearms is owner Kristen Hamilton, who, with the help of her husband Zack, has transitioned from disliking firearms to opening and running a successful gun store of her own. When Kristen met Zack she didn't like guns. Zack, however, was an avid hunter, particularly of birds and deer. After taking Kristen on a few shooting...

  • Crown Drilling Services is ready to handle all your well maintenance needs

    Sarah Mouchet, staff writer|Apr 20, 2024

    Josh Lynch has been in the well-drilling and repair industry for nearly 30 years. He's the proud operations manager of Crown Drilling Services, a family business which started in 2016 in Bakersfield. With the help of his dog, Riggs, and his grandson's new found interest in the business, Josh runs a very successful business based on his family's teachings. Crown Drilling Services handles all things wells, from projects to emergency repairs, including a 24-hour pump service for all well...

  • Two working moms from Tehachapi with a huge love for real estate

    Smith and Silva Real Estate Group, provided|Apr 20, 2024

    Hey, there! We're Brittany and Heather, the dynamic duo behind the Smith and Silva Real Estate Group. Ultimately, we are just two working moms from Tehachapi with a huge love for real estate and helping people out. Brittany dove into the real estate business nearly seven years ago, while Heather's been at it for 2.5 years. Our friendship kicked off over 12 years ago when we were both working at Alta One Federal Credit Union and, boy, what a ride it's been since. A year ago, we decided to join fo...

  • Your community connection

    The Loop, staff|Apr 20, 2024

    At The Loop newspaper, community isn't just a word; it's our heartbeat. As a family-owned business deeply rooted in the greater Tehachapi area, we take pride in being your go-to source for local news, upcoming events and the stories that matter most to our vibrant community. Our commitment to celebrating Tehachapi shines through in every issue. From articles contributed by local voices to spotlights on talented local artists, highlighting the efforts of community members or showcasing the vital...

  • A trusted fixture in Tehachapi

    Sarah Rose, contributing writer|Apr 20, 2024

    For over two decades, John the Plumber has been a cornerstone of reliable plumbing services in Tehachapi. Founded in 1999 by owner John Nelson, the company has flourished from its humble beginnings as Cal City Plumbing to become a trusted name in the community. John Nelson's family legacy in plumbing runs deep, with both his father and great uncle having been plumbers themselves. This familial influence instilled in him a passion for the craft and a commitment to providing top-notch service to...

  • Mental health matters

    Carla Cook, contributing writer|Apr 20, 2024

    Our goal at Healing Solutions Family Therapy Center is to help equip and provide the necessary tools to those needing guidance in navigating through and overcoming the obstacles they face. The owners, Tricia and David Hamm, originally created Healing Solutions Family Therapy Center to meet the significant need for quality mental health services in the Antelope Valley, while providing a supportive environment and a culture of connection and respect. Over the past three years, we have expanded to...

  • Spring is the season for growth

    Rick Gillies, owner of Mountain Gardens Nursery|Apr 20, 2024

    Hi, I am Rick Gillies and I have been in business in Tehachapi for over 44 years at Mountain Gardens Nursery! We sell trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, soil, fish (both tropical and coldwater), garden worms, mealworms, superworms, waxworms, crickets, rats, mice, garden art, fertilizer and items to control pests in plants. In March, April and May, we also sell baby chicks, ladybugs, praying mantis, and this year, red worms arrived on March 20. It's been a long winter and now it's time to plant...

  • We have a class for every body

    Danielle Green-Baker, owner of SpaceFlow Yoga|Apr 20, 2024

    My name is Danielle Green-Baker, owner of SpaceFlow Yoga. This studio has been my dream since I started teaching in 2017. I started practicing when I was 17 in college (it was free!) but I wish I had found this practice sooner. During high school, in Boron (yep, you read that right), I had an eating disorder and literally hated my body. What they don't tell you is you don't get rid of an eating disorder – it sticks with you for life – but through yoga I've learned to manage it. It wasn't unt...

  • Whether for business or pleasure, Tehachapi Ship Center has got you covered

    Stephanie Devlin, of Tehachapi Ship Center|Apr 20, 2024

    Located in the heart of Tehachapi, Tehachapi Ship Center is your one-stop destination for all your shipping and business service needs. As a locally owned and managed business, we take pride in serving our community with efficient, reliable and personalized services tailored to meet your requirements. At Tehachapi Ship Center, we offer a wide range of services to help individuals and businesses alike streamline their operations and meet their goals. From shipping and mailbox rentals to notary...

  • A beautiful window to the art scene in Tehachapi

    Irene Rippy, owner of Touch of Glass|Apr 20, 2024

    Hello, beautiful people of Tehachapi and surrounding areas. How lucky we are to be living in such a wonderful place. This area is filled with amazing art and artists, and I am one of them. My name is Irene Rippy and my specialty is stained glass windows and stained glass art. My art is among the best of Tehachapi in the Gallery 'N' Gifts showroom, on the corner of historic Tehachapi Blvd. and S. Green Street in the heart of downtown. Visitors and residents come into the showroom, where I volunte...

  • Kohnen's celebrates 20 years in Tehachapi

    Claudia Baker, staff writer|Apr 20, 2024

    Since 2004, Kohnen's has been a beloved staple of Tehachapi, offering delicious sandwiches on freshly baked bread and a fabulous selection of baked goods, from savory to sweet. Over the years, the bakery has remained a thriving business, adapting with the times while retaining its charm and quality. Prior to their relocation to Tehachapi 20 years ago, owners Thomas and Colleen Kohnen ran a successful business in Ojai for 14 years. Their journey into small business ownership began when Thomas, tr...