The votes are in and the people have spoken.
Roundup readers have voted for their faves in the 2014 “Best of Clovis” survey and the results are in. This was the 2nd Annual “Best of Clovis” for the Roundup publication.
Donna Melchor, owner and publisher of the Clovis Roundup, stressed the importance of community support of small businesses.
“Your local small business owner is often your neighbor or your friend,” Melchor said. “They know what works in the community and go out of their way to provide good service and ensure the customer is happy. Doing business with them strengthens a sense of community and family. There is something to be said for shopping or dining out ‘where everybody knows your name.’”
Melchor noted that the 2015 “Best of” voting is already underway. Please fill out the survey included in this issue, as your vote can ensure your favorite businesses get recognized.
Meet the 2014 “Best of Clovis” winners:
Annual Event: Clovis Rodeo Parade
Celebrating its 101st year in 2015, the Clovis Rodeo Parade has been part of the “Clovis way of life” for generations of local residents. More than 200 entries in 27 different categories, including marching bands, horse drawn vehicles, mounted groups, novelty acts and themed floats, wind through the streets of Old Town to the cheers of more than 40,000 parade fans.
This year’s parade, the second largest parade in California, will be held April 25 as part of the city’s annual four-day rodeo festivities. Clovis Rodeo Director and Parade Chair Susan Frantzich said the rodeo values the community support.
“A hundred years of Clovis Rodeo parades and we appreciate your votes. See you this year on April 25,” she said.
Automotive Service: Don Valenzuela’s Autobody
Don and Rosanne Valenzuela have run their Clovis autobody business since 2009. The shop specializes in collision repair and paint for autos, trucks, motorhomes and motorcycles. They also do custom painting for wheelchairs and sporting equipment. The couple prides themselves on their community activism and has lent their support to many projects, including the city’s D.A.R.E program, Make-A-Wish, Komen for the Cure and many other high school and community organizations.
“We are honored and humbled to receive this recognition,” said Rosanne Valenzuela. “When you do something you love, it’s not work. We have the best customers and constantly strive to give the best customer service possible. And of course, we feel the quality of our work is unparalleled.”
Business Service: Clovis Storage and Executive Office Suites
Offering options of small to large storage units, office suites and all the amenities in between, the owners of Clovis Storage and Executive Office Suites consider their facility to be the “Cadillac of self-storage.” The state-of-the-art structure offers storage, work, virtual and office memberships on a month-to-month basis. The 130,000 square foot facility is located in an industrial complex on Alluvial near Temperance.
Membership amenities also include high speed internet, Federal Express, DHL, post office boxes, shipping and receiving, on-site U-Haul rentals, a self-service copy center with faxes, janitorial service and access to a Cyber Café, conference rooms and networking. Clients can also rent freight cages to receive and hold merchandise.
“We are a Clovis-based business. We hire Clovis, we buy in Clovis, we serve Clovis,” said Jerry Clark, who owns Clovis Storage with his wife, Becky. “We couldn’t be more grateful to be named Best of Clovis.”
Cleaning service: Central Valley Window Cleaning
Central Valley Window Cleaners Inc. has been providing excellent service for more than 25 years throughout the Valley. In addition to the ultimate in window washing, they also offer pressure wash for homes and patios, hard water spot removal, cleaning of French windows and doors, gutter cleaning and the spiffing up of light fixtures, chandeliers, ceiling fans, shower doors and mirrors. They also do screen, fence and electrical repair.
Anna Moore and Anton David Flores are founders of the business. Flores, at age 18, took over for an established business with no money but a promise to the owner that he would continue the great care of his customers.
“I grew up in Clovis and went to Clovis schools,” Flores said. “As an adult, I take a lot of pride in earning the respect of an award-winning, nationally-recognized city like Clovis. We are honored to be of service to all of the families that make Clovis a great community.”
Clothing Store: Sassano’s Mens Wear
A Clovis landmark for more than 80 years, Sassano’s Mens Wear is Clovis’ oldest family-owned business. Sassano’s originally began as a shoe store in 1907, closed and then reopened in 1932. The business is still owned and operated by the Sassano family and has had a long-time employee of over 50 years in Bob Parks.
The store offers a full line of hard-to-find work and western wear, including Redwing and Justin Boots, Lee, Levi and Wrangler jeans.
“We believe that personal service is a big part of our success,” said Greg Sassano, one of the store owners. “We try to keep our inventory a top priority as well. It is a special honor to be part of a great community for so many years.”
Best Family Fun Event: ClovisFest
One of the city’s most awaited festivals is ClovisFest, held annually during the last full weekend in September. The event began in 1974 as a small craft fair held in the parking lot behind the American Legion on Woodworth Avenue in Old Town. 2015 will mark the event’s 41st anniversary and promises to be another eagerly awaited event. ClovisFest covers eight blocks and includes more than 25 food vendors, a carnival and 250 arts, crafts and business vendors.
“The Clovis Chamber is pleased that ClovisFest is recognized as the Best of Clovis for family fun,” said Fran Blackney, communications director for the Clovis Chamber of Commerce, who sponsors the event. “We take much pride in presenting events that are entertaining, low cost and most importantly, safe for our families.”
Financial Institution: Fresno County Federal Credit Union
The Fresno County Federal Credit Union (FCFCU) was created in 1941 and for years existed in the briefcase of Fred E. Main, one of the Credit Union’s first members. Main and his fellow founding members decided that by pooling their funds together, they would be able to help each other grow and thrive financially. Those humblebeginnings have grown to one of the area’s leading credit unions serving more than 65,000 members with seven full-service branches and more than $530 million in assets.
Among those branches are a Clovis location where Roundup readers have found small town service with big business benefits.
“The Credit Union is honored to serve our members where each is part of the credit union family,”said Keri Bennitt, vice president of marketing and membership. “We truly listen to their needs and respond in a compassionate manner. Being named ‘Best of’ for 2014 tells us that we are living up to our promise to our members – to help them achieve their financial goals and to be better off.”
Best Burger: 500 Club
Voted by Roundup readers as having the best hamburger in town, the Clovis 500 Club has been serving the community since 1953. The club has recently undergone a major renovation. Lunch and dinner are offered daily in the restaurant and bar. It is also the City of Clovis’ only casino card room featuring Texas Hold’em, Blackjack, Omaha, Pai Gow Poker and tournaments.
Cindy and Louie Sarantos, owners of the 500 Club Bar and Grill, pride themselves on having a close connection with their community.
“Our employees give their all to make a great dining experience for everyone that walks through our doors,” Cindy Sarantos said. “We think our burgers are the best and appreciate the community’s support.”
Healthcare Provider: Peachwood Medical Group
Serving the Clovis community since 1995, Peachwood Medical Group provides one-stop service for family medical care. More than 20 physicians are on site,ranging in specialties from adult medicine, family practice and pediatrics. The center also provides ancillary services including dietician counseling, wellness education and urgent care services, and has X-ray, lab and pharmacy services on site.
“Peachwood Medical Group appreciates that our patients and the people of Clovis recognize our hard work and desire to serve the community,” said Susanne Marino, PWMG administrator. “We are honored by being voted the Best of Clovis 2014, and will continue to strive to give compassionate, knowledgeable and sensitive professional care to our patients in their pursuit of wellness in every area of their lives—physical, psychological, social and spiritual.”
Home Improvement: Unique Closets
Voted best in home improvement, Unique Closets is the local home organization expert of choice for Roundup readers. As fully trained and authorized ORG Home Dealers, owners Tim and Winona Caves make it their mission to provide professionally designed and custom built organizational solutions. Their complete line includes unique solutions to organize closets, pantries, garages, basements, laundry rooms, extra bedrooms and the home office.
“We pride ourselves on the personal attention we give each and every customer, and we are proud to know that our customers are satisfied with our work enough to vote for us,” said Winona Caves.
Landscaping: Weed Man
The local WeedMan franchise garnered top billing with readers for lawn service. WeedMan is a network of locally owned and operated lawn care professionals who provide environmentally responsible fertilization, weed control and integrated pest management services.The company’s policy has been the same for 40 years: to treat the customer’s lawn as if it were their own and provide honest and open communication.
“We are honored to be chosen Best of 2014. Our passion is contributing to our community’s beauty by providing healthy, green, weed-free lawns,” said WeedMan General Manager Jim Olson.“This award says to us that we are achieving what we have always set out to do from the beginning: offer an amazing customer experience and quality results delivered by highly trained and passionate team members.”
Specialty store: Heart’s Delight & Bistro
Located in the heart of Old Town Clovis, Heart’s Delight & Bistro is located in the former Old Clovis Hotel and tea house on Pollasky and 4th. The new concept offers a combination of shopping and dining, and features a delightful gift shop and a casual dining venue featuring soups, salads, haufbrau style sandwiches, fresh baked desserts and other home-style cooking.
The boutique style shop, which was originally located down the street on Pollasky and 5th, offers an eclectic mix of gifts, collectibles and one-of-a-kind décor. The bistro was added when they moved to the present location in January 2013.
“After 24 years of doing business in Old Town, we are thrilled to still be the go-to store for gifts,” said Cora Shipley, the store owner.“Clovis is a wonderful little town to be in business. We have great loyal customers, a devoted staff and personal customer service which keeps people coming back, and the atmosphere in Old Town plays a great role in that.”