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  • Focus on Local Business: Arly's Appliance sees surge in repairs during pandemic

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jan 6, 2022

    It has been over 60 years that Arly's Appliance first opened its doors, and today they are still the go-to repair men when it comes to appliances and small motors. Back in 1959, Arly Fiel moved to Shafter and worked for Witham's. Fie; would spend his spare time servicing his neighbors and other customers in the Shafter and Wasco area. He finally asked his bosses if he could work in Bakersfield three days a week and spend two days a week servicing the Shafter and Wasco...

  • Car washes are all in the family

    Toni DeRosa, Wasco Tribune|Updated Aug 15, 2020

    A local father owns one family-run car wash in Wasco and his son owns a car wash in Shafter. Shafter Car Wash is owned by Gerardo Garza. Garza was getting ready to retire and called his son Edward Garza to come back to Wasco and help him run the Wasco Car Wash. Edward is a WHS graduate. After high school he left for Cal State Long Beach. After graduating, he continued living there for about 10 years and worked at Aspen Medical Products creating spinal orthotics via digital...

  • A store that's in the customer zone

    Toni DeRosa, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 26, 2020

    Getting it right means a lot to AutoZone store manager Leo Joaquin. "I am most proud of being able to help people and ease their concerns when it comes to selling the correct parts for their vehicles," Joaquin said in an interview last week. "I am also proud of being able to train my employees with the right knowledge so that they can run the business. The store on Highway 46 in Wasco has been in its present location for over 20 years. "I've been the store manager close to 4...