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Butter + Milk Biscuit Bar, Mountain Mikes Pizza among new restaurants now open in Visalia
There are several new Visalia restaurants guaranteed to satisfy whatever craving you're looking to fill whether it be sweet, savory, or a new brunch spot.Here are just a few of the businesses in town that recently celebrated grand openings:Crumbl CookiesCrumbl Cookies is a bakery that offers its customers the sweetest of treats – cookies made fresh daily – packaged perfectly in a pink box.The bakery has a rotating menu of cookies; however, their iconic milk chocolate chip cookies are a...
There are several new Visalia restaurants guaranteed to satisfy whatever craving you're looking to fill whether it be sweet, savory, or a new brunch spot.
Here are just a few of the businesses in town that recently celebrated grand openings:
Crumbl Cookies is a bakery that offers its customers the sweetest of treats – cookies made fresh daily – packaged perfectly in a pink box.
The bakery has a rotating menu of cookies; however, their iconic milk chocolate chip cookies are always for sale. On the menu this week, milk glaze featuring Fruity Pebbles, French toast, iced oatmeal, almost everything bagel, and classic pink sugar cookies.
If you plan on visiting the new Visalia location at 3839 S. Mooney Blvd., be prepared for a wait as long lines have been persistent since the store's grand opening. The shop does offer delivery, and in-store pickup.
Crumbl Cookies is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and the store is closed on Sundays.
Mountain Mikes Pizza
South Mooney Boulevard is the new home to Visalia’s third Mountain Mike’s Pizza. The eatery offers customers “mountain-sized” hand-made pizzas using fresh ingredients, including its iconic pepperoni.
The new 4,100-square-feet spot features 10 big-screen televisions and has an all-you-can-eat pizza lunch buffet, a private party room that fits up to 55 guests, as well as an arcade area.
The location is owned and operated by Visalia locals, Harry Singh and Inderjeet Kaur Dhillon. The husband-and-wife duo also own the other Mountain Mike’s Pizza spots in town.
Mountain Mike’s Pizza has dine-in, carryout and delivery options available; however, pizzas may also be ordered using third-party delivery partners. The new location at 3103 S. Mooney Blvd. is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
JoJo’s Grill-A-Dog offers hungry customers 100% all beef dogs with no added nitrates, as well as hand-shaped, freshly baked buns, locally grown vegetables for toppings, and house-cooked potato chips.
Located off of West Walnut Avenue and Akers Street, the eatery has what they call their “signature mojo sauce,” blended fresh each day using locally sourced ingredients, with no added preservatives.
If you’re not in the mood for a hot dog, JoJo’s has Hawaiin-style shaved ice. The syrup is made using real fruit pure cane sugar.
JoJo’s Grill-A-Dog, at 5101 W. Walnut Ave. Suite B, is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The store offers online ordering and pickup, as well as dine-in.
Butter + Milk Biscuit Bar
Butter + Milk Biscuit Bar is a family-owned restaurant and is the perfect early morning stop. The eatery offers its customers homemade biscuits, sandwiches, burritos, tacos, coffee and more.
Sister location to Beachin’ Biscuits in Pismo Beach, the restaurant specializes in southern-style biscuits, gravy – made fresh daily – and breakfast burritos. They also offer vanilla, caramel, lavender, hazelnut, salted caramel and seasonal flavored coffee.
Butter + Milk Biscuit Bar, located at 3129 W. Noble Ave., is open daily from 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and offers dine-in and take-out.
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Visalia prepares for its largest industrial project ever
Environmental process has begun on 3.8 million square foot project north of Riggin Road which could employ 4,100 peopleVISALIA – Any thoughts that Visalia’s industrial boom had peaked were deconstructed last week with the announcement of a deal to build the largest project in the city’s industrial park’s history.National developer Seefried Industrial Properties has come to an agreement with the Ritchie family to build a proposed 3.8 million square foot industrial complex north of Riggin ...
Environmental process has begun on 3.8 million square foot project north of Riggin Road which could employ 4,100 people
VISALIA – Any thoughts that Visalia’s industrial boom had peaked were deconstructed last week with the announcement of a deal to build the largest project in the city’s industrial park’s history.
National developer Seefried Industrial Properties has come to an agreement with the Ritchie family to build a proposed 3.8 million square foot industrial complex north of Riggin Road between Kelsey Street and Shirk Road. The project is expected to employ 4,100 at build out.
Seefried representative Bryan Frarey said he couldn’t comment on the project and there is no word if this is a joint venture splitting the build or if this is a single company constructing the massive development.
Whatever the case, Visalia economic development manager Devon Jones said “the news is very exciting.“
As of this week, Visalia has published the first step in a full environmental impact report (EIR) on the development with a Notice of Preparation (NOP) detailing it will have warehouses, distribution, and light manufacturing; six flex industrial buildings; two drive-thru restaurants; a convenience store; a recreational vehicle (RV) and self-storage facility; and a car wash.The retail uses will be clustered at the northwest corner of Shirk and Riggin – across for the street from proposed Costco store, on the northeast corner. The applicant on the NOP is listed as Seefried.
The Ritchie group published a map in the city site-plan process over the past six months suggesting the project would be done in phases with the first big building being erected on Kelsey across from Amazon.
The project would need to be annexed into the city limits. A scoping conference on the proposed Seefried EIR is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 13, 2022 at City Hall East Conference Room, 315 E. Acequia Ave. However, the project will likely have to wait its turn as other annexation requests were filed first.
Nearby, YS Industries may be the first out of the block on their request for annexation of 78 acres on the southwest corner of Riggin and Shirk. The city hopes to complete this annexation by the end of the year. YS Industries wants to build 1.5 million square feet on this corner which includes an old dairy.
Seefried has also taken over development of another project on Ritchie family land, a 1 million square foot industrial project at Shirk and Riggin. Atlanta-based Seefried is also building the new Ace Hardware distribution center nearing completion just north of Goshen Avenue on Plaza Drive. The $90 million complex is expected to employ around 400.
Now Seefried says they will launch a second multi-million dollar project in the Visalia Industrial Park. A new speculative or ‘spec’ building is planned for construction at Road 76 (American Street) and Goshen Avenue this November. Frarey said there is strong interest from potential tenants.
Seefried is a major player in the industrial real estate sector with a portfolio of 190 million square feet of Class A build-to-suit and speculative projects all over the nation but particularly in the West, including a dozen markets in California being managed out of its western hub in Phoenix.
Founded in 1984 by Ferdinand Seefried, Seefried Industrial Properties is a privately owned, nationally-recognized leader in industrial real estate, with over three decades of development, leasing and management experience in core markets throughout the U.S.
Seefried leases and manages approximately 40 million square feet for its institutional and European clients and has developed, or is in the process of developing, approximately 190 million square feet of space valued in excess of $17 billion across more than 120 markets.
-This article was updated at 9:43 a.m. PST on Sept. 6, 2022.
John Lindt is the publisher of Sierra2theSea.net, an online newspaper covering California’s Central Valley and Central Coast.
Amid worsening California drought, Visalia restricts water use. Here's when you can water
The city of Visalia will uphold restrictions on residential and commercial watering as the San Joaquin Valley contends with a worsening drought and plummeting water table.On Monday, the Visalia City Council reauthorized Stage 2 of the city's Water Conservation Ordinance. That means residents may only run sprinkler system...
The city of Visalia will uphold restrictions on residential and commercial watering as the San Joaquin Valley contends with a worsening drought and plummeting water table.
On Monday, the Visalia City Council reauthorized Stage 2 of the city's Water Conservation Ordinance. That means residents may only run sprinkler systems twice weekly from March through November.
The city first adopted the Stage 2 restrictions in March 2021. Dry conditions have only amplified statewide since, with the Department of Water Resources announcing Friday that the Sierra Nevada snowpack — which provides water to roughly a third of California's communities and farms — had measured its lowest water content since the end of the last drought in 2015.
Despite the dire water picture, city leaders and Cal Water officials — the utility that serves most of Visalia's 140,000 residents — said people have done a good job of conserving water to date. Cal Water stressed, however, that customers should conserve as much as they can on a voluntary basis as the spring and scorching hot summer months approach.
Visalia already experienced nearly record-busting heat this week with the mercury registering temperatures in excess of 90 degrees.
If voluntary water reductions are not met, it's possible that the city could move to Stage 3 of the ordinance, though any such move would have to be approved by the City Council. Under Stage 3, homes would only be able to use sprinkler systems once per week.
Hand irrigation using a watering can or hose with a nozzle may be done any day at any time, under both Stage 2 and 3 of the ordinance. All watering is prohibited following measurable rainfall.
Under the current Stage 2 restrictions, addresses ending in an even number may run sprinkler systems on Wednesdays and Sundays. Odd-numbered addresses may run sprinklers on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You must water before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on your watering day.
Drip irrigation systems can be run any day before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
Stage 3 off the table — for now
Visalia Water Resources Manager Rhett Anderson noted that Visalia reduced its outdoor water use by roughly 5% in 2021 compared to the previous year. While any reduction is helpful, that's considerably less than the 20% reduction prescribed by Stage 2 of the ordinance.
Anderson attributed the lower than expected reduction to the coronavirus pandemic, which prevented code enforcers from catching, educating and — if necessary — citing the water wasters. Since mid-2021, he said the city has done an "adequate job" of ramping up outreach and enforcement, when needed.
He could not immediately say how many citations were issued since the Stage 2 restrictions were adopted.
Under the ordinance, receipt of more than one warning in a 12-month period will result in a $125 fine. A third citation will cost $250 and each subsequent citation will cost $625.
A water education class may be taken in lieu of the first citation.
Like the city of Visalia, Cal Water leaders said they prefer educating to punishing those who don't restrict their water usage.
"We try to take an educational approach rather than be water cops. Under Stage 2, the penalties are there if we have to use them," said Yvonne Kingman, the company's director of corporate communication. "We really hope to see an additional reduction moving into the spring and summer."
Kingman promoted a number of free programs Cal Water has implemented over the past year to help customers reduce and conserve water.
Those include rebates for customers who convert their lawns to drought-tolerant gardens, or who convert their sprinklers to more efficient drip irrigation systems. A new initiative will also send an evaluator to your property to identify equipment that might need repairs or efficiency upgrades, which the company will complete free of charge.
"We don't want money to be a barrier to using water wisely," Kingman said. For more information about the programs, customers can visit CalWater.com/conservation
At this time, Kingman and Anderson said there are no plans to consider recommending Stage 3 of the ordinance, though the utility and the city are working closely together to monitor water levels. Gov. Gavin Newsom recently called on local water managers to implement plans that prepare for water shortages up to 20%, which Visalia already has covered under its Stage 2 plan.
Kingman said the city reduced its water usage by 5% in February compared to the previous year, though water usage has fluctuated in other months.
"Even though 5% may not seem like much, Visalians have always done a good job of conserving water and are at a good baseline already," Kingman said. "Historically, our Visalia customers have always responded to our calls to voluntarily conserve water."
For under $50, this Central Valley summer activity list won't hurt your wallet
Your kids are officially out of school and summer is just days away. You're probably wondering about activities in the Central Valley to help you and your family keep busy — without breaking the bank.Our list hopefully aims to save you a few bucks and prioritizes fun and savings ahead of the three-day weekend. Packed with great all-around activities to explore, the Central Valley is a gem known for its outdoor adventures, live entertainment and local attractions.Consumer prices rose 8.6% in May alone and ga...
Your kids are officially out of school and summer is just days away. You're probably wondering about activities in the Central Valley to help you and your family keep busy — without breaking the bank.
Our list hopefully aims to save you a few bucks and prioritizes fun and savings ahead of the three-day weekend. Packed with great all-around activities to explore, the Central Valley is a gem known for its outdoor adventures, live entertainment and local attractions.
Consumer prices rose 8.6% in May alone and gas prices in much of California are near $7 a gallon, if not more.
In this guide, we aimed to focus the fun in Tulare County and neighboring cities to save money on gas and travel expenditures all under $50.
Here's our list:
Imagine U Children's Museum
Located in Visalia, this is a great place for parents with young children. Imagine U is a state of the art children’s museum that welcomes over 70,000 visitors a year eager to explore, play and learn. According to Imagine U, its mission is to nurture the future leaders and dreamers of tomorrow. The space currently houses 15 exhibits that help spark interests in the world of science, engineering, and farming among others.
Location: 210 N. Tipton St., Visalia
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Price: Adults $10; Seniors $7.50; children 1+ $15, under 1 free
If you’re not considering staying overnight and are looking for low-cost fun, look no further than Lake Kaweah. Only 21 miles away from Visalia down Highway 198, this is a popular hangout for fishing, boating, waterskiing, and hiking enthusiasts. There is a little bit of everything for those rugged campers and glampers. Horse Creek campground is home to 80 sites, both standard, and equestrian. The sites include restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, and showers; some areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Lemon Hill visiting center is open weekdays and Saturday evenings for daily activities and summer campfire programs. As a bonus, if you continue to drive up the mountain for approximately 20 miles, you will arrive at Sequoia National Park, renowned for its landmark giant Sequoia trees and forestry.
Location: Lake Kaweah
Hours: For park hours, call 597-2301 (subject to change)
Price: Day use $5, Overnight $20
Mileage: 44 miles roundtrip
Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Rawhide baseball game
Let's play ball!
For sports enthusiasts and lovers of America's favorite pastime, the Visalia Rawhide is sure to be a local home run. Despite their current record, not many events can compete with a minor league baseball game, where the names on the back of jerseys don't matter as much as the love for the game. Also, according to the team's website, there is no other more affordable entertainment ticket in town. Tickets start as low as $7 but may range depending on the opposition. Fans can also enjoy themed nights and special deals like two for one with vouchers, and the All-American Saturdays, where all active, retired, or reserved military personnel can purchase a $10 package ($5 ticket and $5 food voucher). Check the team website for details.
Location: 300 N. Giddings St. Visalia, CA
Price: Tickets start at $7
Were the movies Rollerball or Roll Bounce an inspiration? Maybe you want a trip down memory lane? If that's the case, the Roller Towne skate rink has it all for highly affordable prices to help bring back the nostalgia. With admission at $10 and $4 skate rentals, you and your family are in for hours of fun. Roller Towne also hosts adult nights for those 18 and over and a beer garden for the crowd over 21. A summer day camp is also offered to children ages 5-12; check the website for rates and schedules.
Location: 520 S. Linwood St., Visalia
Price: Summer skating $10 admission, $4 skate rentals
Hours: Daily 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday is cheap skate $6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Visalia Fox Theatre
The historic Fox Theatre has you covered if you enjoy a more subtle form of entertainment. The Fox will be screening two classic films for movie buffs: "The Three Amigos!", starring comedic trio Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short, on Friday, July 8. On Saturday, July 16, Disney enthusiasts can enjoy "Pirates of the Caribbean," starring Johnny Depp.
If classic films aren't to your taste, don't worry.
Stand-up comedians Rodney Carrington and Felipe Esparza will be in Visalia, making many laugh, performing their latest material in August and September. Lastly, music goers and fans of the 80s will have a blast reliving one of the most memorable eras in music when Fast Times – 80s Concert Experience hits the stage. If you're looking to "rock out to AC/DC, Journey, Van Halen, Madonna, Bon Jovi, Metallica, The Cure, and others," this is the venue for you on Aug. 27.
Location: 308 W. Main St., Visalia
Price: Movies $5
Special shows, concerts: Rodney Carrington: Let Me In! tickets starting at $49.50; Felipe Esparza tickets starting at $40; Fast Times – 80s Concert Experience tickets starting at $18
Forestiere Underground Gardens
The Forestiere Underground Gardens is 10 acres of beautiful subterranean greenery, caverns in the heart of Fresno. Built by a Sicilian immigrant, Baldassare Forestiere had the vision to turn his once "useless" piece of farmland into an escape from the scorching heat of the Central Valley. Ninety-year-old fruit trees and grapevines grace the landscape, while the underground Roman architecture keeps visitors 10-20 degrees cooler in the summer heat. This handmade masterpiece is where visitors can relax and soak in the hard work of one man's vision of natural zen.
Location: 5021 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno
Price: Adults $21; Seniors ages 60+, college students with ID, military with ID $19; Children - $11 (ages 5 through 17); under 4 are free. Access is only granted through a guided hourlong walking tour.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily
Mileage: 50 miles north of Visalia
Save Mart Center
Fresno's Save Mart Center is home to several events this summer.
On July 28, get ready for date night, as one of the most successful R&B groups of all-time, Boyz II Men, hit center stage to perform their Billboard chart hits, along with Ginuwine. Comedic heavyweight Jim Gaffigan performs on Aug. 13, bringing his Fun Tour to Fresno. Rounding out the summer music scene and making his return to the bright lights, Regional Mexican great Pepe Aguilar will bring his Jaripeo Sin Fronteras USA Tour on Sept. 4.
Location: 2650 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno
Special shows, concerts: Boyz II Men tickets starting at $38; Jim Gaffigan Fun Tour tickets starting at $39.75; Pepe Aguilar USA Tour tickets starting at $43.50
Celebrating 92 years, the Fresno Chaffee Zoo is one of the most affordable options this summer. With several exhibits to choose from, a zoo favorite is the African Adventure, where you will find some of the most beautiful animals on the face of the earth, like the African elephant, Southern white rhinoceros, cheetah, and the reticulated giraffe. If you're looking for the most bang for your buck, the total zoo experience will give you access to Stingray Bay and the new Zoorassic Park at no additional charge.
Location: 894 W. Belmont Ave., Fresno
Price: $15.95 for children (ages 2-11) and $23.95 for adults (12 and up)
Hours: Open daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mileage: 46 miles north of Visalia
Wild Water Adventure Park
The biggest water park in California is located in our backyard, Clovis. Wild Water Adventure Park is jam-packed fun for all ages. The park will keep you busy as you try and check off the 20 attractions and 38 water slides. Wild Water Adventure Park sits on 52 acres and is more than just a water park with grass areas, fishing lakes, sports fields, and barbeque areas. According to their website, visitors can bring food and beverages inside– a big money-saving bonus.
Location: 11413 E. Shaw Ave. Clovis
Price: Online pricing $29.99 to $39.99 per ticket ($49.99 if purchased at the gate)
Mileage: 46 miles north of Visalia
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Great Wolf Lodge Coming Near Visalia?
A resort hotel could be coming to Tulare County.Great Wolf Lodge — which opened a location in Manteca last year — could open in 2024 in the 127-acre Sequoia Gateway Center, at Caldwell Avenue and Highway 99, west of Visalia.The Tulare County Planning Commission gave preliminary approvals for the project on Jan. 12.Operating two resorts in California and 19 nationwide, Great Wolf Lodge focuses on family adventure. The facility is known for its waterslide park, its “MagiQuest” — a kid-friendly...
A resort hotel could be coming to Tulare County.
Great Wolf Lodge — which opened a location in Manteca last year — could open in 2024 in the 127-acre Sequoia Gateway Center, at Caldwell Avenue and Highway 99, west of Visalia.
The Tulare County Planning Commission gave preliminary approvals for the project on Jan. 12.
Operating two resorts in California and 19 nationwide, Great Wolf Lodge focuses on family adventure. The facility is known for its waterslide park, its “MagiQuest” — a kid-friendly scavenger hunt-type game — indoor rope climbing, and dining options.
“We are currently evaluating the prospect of developing one of our signature indoor water park resorts for the Central California region. We’re in early stage discussions with officials about a promising location in Tulare County, and appreciate that both the county and city of Visalia support this endeavor. We look forward to continuing our discussions with officials as we further evaluate this opportunity,” GWL spokesman Jason Lasecki told GV Wire.
Stephen Peck, the Sequoia Gateway Center project manager, said the center has 35 acres waiting for Great Wolf Lodge.
“We’re designing the balance of the project around their use. I can’t say that we’re in contract or when they will close, but we’ve been working to bring them to the community. But I think they’re still in some phase of the due diligence. But we are going through the entitlements necessary to accommodate them on the site,” Peck said.
Sequoia Gateway Center will also feature retail and medical facilities. Valley Children’s Hospital plans to build a six-acre regional pediatric care center there.
Great Wolf Lodge could open around 2024 or 2025.
County planning documents indicate the new GWL could be 700 rooms. The Manteca resort is about 500.
Even though GWL offers an all-inclusive resort — where guests don’t have to leave the hotel — Peck expects nearby hotels and restaurants to benefit.
“There are a lot of spillover benefits. It’s a big facility. If you stay at one of these facilities for two or three days, you also go in town and have a meal,” Peck said. “We looked at the market studies for Manteca, and there’s about a 15% bump in occupancies in other hotels. Just because people stay another day.”
For example, Peck said mom and dad can drop leave the kids at GWL while embarking on a night out on the town.
Great Wolf Lodge operates two California resorts— in Orange County near Disneyland and in Manteca, which opened in 2021.
When GV Wire reviewed the Manteca location, the company said another California location was possible.
“About the middle of the year, Great Wolf kind of made themselves known to a bunch of Valley communities. We were able to winnow down to the last one or two and we’ve been working with them for four or five months now,” Peck said.
Peck said GWL was also considering Bakersfield and Lancaster.
“Partly because of our readiness and because of the more centralized location, I think they like the Visalia-Tulare County market.”