Special Sections : Best of Tehachapi 2012

Tuesday, Nov 20 2012 12:00 AM

Best Overall Business

Souza Family Vineyard
Bob and Patty Souza established Souza Family Vineyard at 26877 Cummings Valley Road in 2008. The Souzas were transplants from the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, having moved to Tehachapi in 1990, leaving the business world as insurance brokers to find a simpler life. Bob and Patty purchased the Elijah Stowell Estate, an 1888 Victorian home and barns on 60 acres overlooking the valley. After years of hard work, the industrious Souzas beautifully restored the lovely historic property which they call the Souza Ranch. The ranch and gardens have hosted many charitable events, including "Cowboy Poetry" gatherings, barn dances, barbecues and weddings. Wanting to honor the agricultural legacy of the founding Stowell family and their own Italian heritage, they decided to plant a vineyard, although wine growing had not been successfully accomplished in Tehachapi. After much study, however, they determined that the warm, breezy days, cool evenings and organic soil of the Cummings Valley made this the perfect climate for the Primitivo Zinfandel to flourish. Over the years, the Souza Vineyard became a "family affair," and friends joined in to help nurture, prune and cultivate the tender plants by hand. The Souzas feel honored to be the first commercial vineyard in an historic agricultural valley. They invite you to visit, enjoy their wines and gift shop, and consider hosting an event at the vineyard.
26877 Cummings Valley Rd. • www.souzafamilyvineyard.com


Get Dressed
At Get Dressed Boutique our goal is to put the customer first.  Everything we do is to make sure our customers are happy and that they will want to continue shopping with us in the future.  To prevent customers from having to shop out of town, we offer a variety of affordable clothing and accessories for women and juniors, sizes small to 3X.  We also carry a selection of clothing and gift items for little girls from infant to 4T.  For our customer's convenience we are open 7 days a week and are easy to find being that we are located downtown on Tehachapi Blvd. and have lots of parking available for our customers.  Having fewer employees allows us to get to know our returning customers.  We strive to provide personal and friendly service to each customer.  Our facebook page allows us to interact with our customers on a daily basis to advise them of specials, new items and to get their input for future items to carry.  We also have a website to keep our customers aware of current store information.  For our customer's convenience, we sell gift cards in any amount and we accept local checks, all major credit cards and of course cash.  As a bonus to our customers, we are now offering loyalty cards to reward them for shopping with us.
822-4880 • www.facebook.com/getdressedtehachapi

Red House BBQ
The beginnings of Red House BBQ were simple. It started off as an idea and grew from there. When my family moved to Tehachapi around seven years ago, we found that there wasn’t a place in town that served the comfort food that I grew up with and loved. On a drive through town, my wife and I discovered a building that we sat in our car across the street from and I knew right then and there that it was going to be the future site of my dream. I told my wife what I wanted and that we needed to start small and test the waters.
We bought a BBQ trailer and we started cooking at local events. Indian Tacos were all the rage and soon we started introducing Pulled Pork, BBQ Chicken and Tri Tip. The response was great and we kept on moving forward. It took years to save the money and to await the availability of that little building we sat in front of. Then, it all happened.
We signed a lease and started construction Feb. 1, 2010. My idea was to hire the best people that I could, use the best ingredients and prepare honest hand crafted comfort food. Cutting corners was not an option. We have been rockin' ever since!
A huge “THANK YOU” goes out to you Tehachapi, my wife and to my staff, the best in town. I am living my dream and I hope I never awake.
Mano Lujan, Red House BBQ • www.redhousebbq.net

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