Posted in Blog, on 26 October 2017, by , 0 Comments

Owner, Great Spectacles

What is your favorite sport? 

Football – I have been a 49er fan for many years, good years and the bad ones. I’m hoping for a positive turn around for the 17-18 team.

What is one thing you are most proud of? 

In the late 1970’s I started a running program, averaged about 40 plus miles a week. I finished 6 marathons with a best time at the San Francisco Marathon of 3 hours 36 minutes and qualified for the Boston Marathon. I realized I could finish almost anything I set my mind to do.

How long have you owned Great Spectacles?

27 years

What do you like to do on your days off? 

I love to cook and usually have company most weekends. I am always on the hunt for antique items and love to change vignettes around the house and at the office.

What do you like to do for fun? 

Relaxing is not my cup of tea – give me gardening, planting, cooking, re-displaying almost anything and I am having fun.

What is your favorite thing about working at Great Spectacles? 

There are wonderful people that we see daily. The variety of eyewear designs are so diverse as are the customers. It is always a joy to find the perfect fresh look for the consumer, something they feel good in and see well out of.

What’s the current glasses trend for 2017?

WOW, the variety in trends this year… large, small, round, gold, simple, flashy, mirror lenses, digital Rx and blue light protection – to name a few.

What made you want to get involved in this industry?

At age 18 with a child to support I secured a job with an Optometrist. Little did I know this would become my future. I worked and learned from 3 wonderful Optometrists for 20 years. It is amazing to think that I still love what I do after 47 years. I still see many people that have been customers of mine for well over 40 years.

How many pairs of glasses do you own personally?

Considering I have been in the business for years, I have quite a collection. I have an Rx in all that I wear and add a few styles or current colors to my wardrobe seasonally.

Tell us about your recent recognition by INVISION Magazine. 

What an honor to be in the elite group of “America’s Finest Optical”. INVISION Magazine is a top national trade publication, the annual award is given to 12 Optical Retailers by a selection of national judges. Great Spectacles will be featured in the January issue of INVISION. The selection criteria focus is business acumen, gorgeous offices, creative marketing and passion for what you do.  n

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Posted in Blog, on 23 October 2017, by , 0 Comments

For sisters Lisa Dixon and Deanne Garibaldi, owning a business is like fashion – things are always changing and new ideas are always sprouting. As the owners of FINA for 31 years, they know what it’s like for their business to grow with the fashion industry.

Lisa and Deanne’s interest in fashion started at a young age, growing up around their father’s downtown Stockton retail store, Mariani’s. Their department store experiences throughout college gave them the knowledge and desire they needed to start their own business.

FINA’s success came from the sisters’ perseverance. “At the time, it was really hard to get a spot in the Center, but when we found out that there was an opening, we went for it,” said Lisa. After signing the lease, they had just two weeks to get inventory before opening the store.

FINA is beloved by many regulars in Lincoln Center since its origin. After opening on the Brickwalk in November of 1986 and moving to the Atrium about 5 years later, FINA settled in its current location seven years ago. “There’s no other place that’s as safe as Lincoln Center. It’s a place where there’s always been upscale shopping and a loyal customer base,” said Lisa.

Upon opening, Lisa and Deanne quickly realized they were going to have to integrate marketing into their business plan. Since there was no social media then, the sisters sent out mailers to local residents explaining who they were. Within weeks, people started arriving at the store and the rest is history. FINA has now become a trailblazer in social media marketing and continues to strive for excellence by dropping their products right into people’s hands daily.

They started out with only two brands in their store, and now carry clothing and accessories from various high-end names. FINA is the exclusive retailer in the area for the latest styles from A.G. Denim, Vince and Joie. In addition, they are always bringing in new brands to keep up with fashion’s innovative cycle. “You have to change and evolve with fashion and try new lines,” said Deanne.

In the beginning years, they would buy sets of things, such as pants to match a shirt or a belt to match a bag. Now that rules are almost extinct in the fashion industry, they are free to purchase everything separate. Their ability to change with the industry adds to their success.

FINA’s loyal customers are what keeps them going. The sisters mention that some people come in every week looking for something new. Lisa says that they are constantly reading their customers’ desires. “We always have to try new things each season to keep people interested,” added Deanne.

The duo’s dedication to customer service, relationships and community keeps people coming back to FINA and Lincoln Center. Lisa and Deanne help customers put outfits together and take the time to listen – something that sets them apart from other retailers.

Through every decision, move and purchase, Lisa and Deanne have used their unique talents to grow FINA’s success, and plan to continue the journey together for years to come. “We can’t ever get rid of each other because we’re sisters,” Deanne joked. “We both have different talents and strengths that complement each other,” added Lisa.

Now that their original customers’ children have become customers, Lisa and Deanne have had to evolve with the times. Their true fashion sense – from the clothes they wear to their paralleled growth with customers – has allowed FINA to stay on trend for 31 years.

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Posted in Blog, on 17 October 2017, by , 0 Comments

Tony Vice gets to help change lives every day – from those seeking a healthier lifestyle to those fighting for their lives. He’s leading a cause for breast cancer awareness by means of his best subject – fitness.

As the owner of Fleet Feet Sports, Tony is an advocate for healthy lifestyles. He and Lincoln Center Vice President Pat Dobson are leading a campaign called “Real Men Wear Pink,” which will raise funds for the American Cancer Society (ACS). On October 7, the team will participate in the ACS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Stockton.

The team’s goal is to recruit as may pledgers as possible. Each person who donates $25 or more to the campaign receives a “Real Men Wear Pink” t-shirt. While it is not mandatory, donors are encouraged to participate in the walk.

We are involved not only in raising money but most importantly to promote awareness of the effects of breast cancer and the importance of early detection because ultimately that is the key to saving lives.  ~Patrick Dobson

In addition to the annual campaign, Fleet Feet donates a portion of its sales to ACS all month long. The Mizuno special breast cancer edition shoe will be sold in the store, with $20 of every purchase donated to ACS.

For these two Real Men, breast cancer hits home. For Tony, he hopes his wife and young daughter never have to battle the disease, like his aunt did. “Anything that I can do to raise funds to find a cure and wipe out breast cancer would be fantastic. Every little bit helps,” said Tony.

Pat added, “The reality is these campaigns really do save lives. We are involved not only in raising money but most importantly to promote awareness of the effects of breast cancer and the importance of early detection because ultimately that is the key to saving lives.

Through these efforts, Tony and Pat are able to show their support for women during breast cancer awareness month and beyond. “There’s great satisfaction coming to work every day knowing we’re making a difference,” said Tony.

To donate to the “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign, visit or stop in to Fleet Feet Sports today!

Click here to view the chronicle and read more about Other Ways to Get Involved and read One Woman’s Courageous Journey.

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Posted in Blog, on 12 October 2017, by , 0 Comments

Being able to live in a college town and attend D-1 tier athletic match-ups is something to relish. University of the Pacific, with its beautiful tree-lined campus and stellar facilities, is a Stockton treasure. Fans can choose from a variety of competitive sporting events to attend throughout the year, and there is something extra special that is shared by a community when rooting for the “home team.”

Pacific’s teams compete in NCAA Division-I athletic’s and since 2013 have been member institutions of the West Coast Conference (which includes 10 private, faith-based universities similar to Pacific). The athletics department sponsors 18 sports teams — with the Orange and Black competing in the WCC, Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, NorPac Conference and America East Conference.

Athletics at Pacific have changed over the years but the traditions have not. The university is proud of its strong ties to Stockton and commitment to building quality sports programs. Pacific continues to increase support of those teams — something all colleges have had to do to remain competitive.

Having world-class facilities empowers collegiate athletic programs to recruit and train the best and brightest student-athletes and provides a great fan experience. And Pacific is no different. Tiger fans can watch their favorite sport in some of the finest surroundings on the West Coast — whether it is at the Klein Family Field (baseball), Pacific Field Hockey Turf, Raney Sand Volleyball Courts or the recently completed Eve Zimmerman Tennis Facility. Soccer also has a new field on the horizon, and the Janssen-Lagorio Gymnasium received state-of-the-art upgrades last Spring.

The support and commitment extends to the hiring and retaining of the very best coaches — as evident with the entrance of Damon Stoudamire. Tiger fans were thrilled when Stoudamire accepted the Men’s Basketball head coaching position in March of 2016.

Stoudamire was arguably the biggest coaching “get” in Tiger history. He’s a stud. His NBA stardom and charisma make him a huge draw for fans. In just one season, he already achieved what no other Tiger men’s basketball coach had done before — register their first ever WCC tournament victory.

Now entering his second season at UOP he is liking it — liking it a lot — and is highly anticipating the upcoming season.

“Last year was definitely a transition year for me to get on solid ground, and this season I have a much clearer understanding and direction for my team,” Stoudamire says. “My players left everything on the court for me. What I look forward to the most is developing them as players and young men, and having a winning season.”

Stoudamire appreciates the community in which he landed. He says it reminds him of growing up in Portland, and that he has felt welcome from day one.

“This environment is great. Both Pacific and the surrounding community have embraced me with open arms. Everyone here works hand in hand and is very supportive — from every direction of the campus.”

Pacific has a rich 88-year history in Stockton. It is the second largest employer in San Joaquin County. In addition to those economic benefits, local businesses reap commerce generated by visiting teams and fans. Tiger fans frequenting Lincoln Center will often see entire opposing teams, coaches and fans — sporting rival gear — hanging out or dining at their favorite restaurants. The Center even has a special liaison to help coordinate with teams.

The camaraderie and partnership that is shared amongst the athletic teams, and the way it extends into the Stockton community and beyond, is one of the reasons Stoudamire chose Pacific – and also why Women’s Basketball Head Coach Bradley Davis loves it here.

“The UOP athletic community is without a doubt a family. It’s a family that cares deeply about our University as a whole, and it’s a family that truly wants to welcome and be an active part of the Stockton and 209 community as a whole,” says Davis.

The recently hired Men’s Baseball Head Coach Ryan Garko agrees. He chose Pacific because he appreciates the entire vision of the university.

“I feel strongly about the academic and athletic mission here at Pacific. We are offering student athletes that want to excel both on and off the field the opportunity to come to Stockton and find the highest level of support from our faculty, staff and coaches.”

Garko also sees a program steeped in tradition that he can build on.

“In this first season I am most looking forward to implementing our process and establishing a standard of performance that the Pacific baseball program will be known for moving forward. On game night, I expect to compete on every pitch of every game, and win or lose, make the opponent earn everything on the field.”

Few sports experiences can compare with the competitiveness and team spirit found at a collegiate sporting event. As Davis readily states, “Collegiate sports offer the opportunity to watch great athletes compete at the highest level, and to compete for something more than just themselves. Tiger athletes compete for UOP; they compete for Pacific Alum (alumni), and they compete for the Stockton community that come out to support.”

Click here to view the chronicle online and read all of the Pacific coaches profiles.

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Posted in Blog, on 2 October 2017, by , 0 Comments

The energy was at an all-time high as the Young Leaders who own businesses in Lincoln Center gathered at Midgley’s Public House for the September Chronicle cover shoot. What really became evident during this round up of these young entrepreneurs, was the recognition of the drive, creativity, enthusiasm and passion that they all possess. They are hardworking, smart, love their community and give back in so many ways. And most of all, they represent the growing number of young business owners who are willing to not only build their businesses, but reinvent them as they go along and provide Lincoln Center shoppers with new, fresh ideas. We have a wealth of talent in these business owners and we are proud to feature them in this issue of Young Leaders in food, fashion, fitness and more.

Click here to read through the Chronicle and read all about our Young Leaders.

Pictured on the Cover: 

Top Left to Right: Blair Unterseher (Play It Again Sports), Michael Midgley (Midgley’s Public House), Kate Lindell (Edward Jones), Ben Mackie (Ben Mackie Fitness, Spin & Movement), Shaina Fahey (Zuesters)

Bottom Left to Right: Brady Davis (B Hive Hair Salon), Laci Midgley (Midgley’s Public House), Sam Patel (Village Cleaners), Matta Nguyen (Lacquer), Kindra Laber (Zuesters), Thoeun Bun (Along the Way)

Clothing provided by Fina, Flair Boutique, Fleet Feet Sports, McCaulou’s Department Store, Theadora Boutique and Zuesters.

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Posted in Blog, on 28 September 2017, by , 0 Comments

Come out Saturday, September 30th from 6-9pm to support St. Mary’s Athletics! The 2017 RamFest will be hosted at Lincoln Center for the very first time. Each team will have a booth with various silent auctions and activities set up. We will have food from Tio Pepe’s, Midgley’s Public House and Papapavlo’s. RamFest will also feature live music courtesy of The Summit Band, family-friendly activities like corn hole tournaments, a dunk tank, the rock-climbing wall and more. Come with your friends and family to support SMHS athletic teams and enjoy a fun evening with Ram Fans! Admission is free.

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Posted in Blog, on 1 June 2017, by , 0 Comments

We caught up with some of the past recipients of the Lincoln Center scholarship to see where they are now. One answer from Mariel Montes caught our attention. She said, “Receiving the Lincoln Center Scholarship was the best way to begin my undergraduate career. It has helped me cover the financial aspects of college, making it possible for me to focus on the wonderful things UCLA has to offer. In addition, attending the award lunch introduced me to multiple students who I still keep in contact with today. As a result, it contributed to my network of talented students from Stockton who strive to make our city and world a better place!” Read on to hear more about the impact that other recipients
are making.

Brady Banks – Lodi High School, Class of 2015
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Mechanical Engineering Major
I absolutely love my school and the program I’m a part of, and San Luis Obispo is an amazing town. I’m currently in the last quarter of my sophomore year, and I’m just starting to get into my harder engineering courses. Even though they are a lot of work and take up most of my time, I find them all incredibly interesting and I feel I’ve learned a lot even in my short time here. I’m hoping to graduate in four years and return to Northern California to work on developing advanced renewable energy systems that can be implemented to reduce our negative impact on the environment.

Joey Blanchard – Tokay High School, Class of 2014
California State University, Fresno, Agriculture Business Major
I am a full-time student, managing a full school schedule, while working part-time for Proplant. In my spare time, I’m a Fraternal officer in Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity where I manage the scholarships for my chapter. After college, I plan on starting my career in Agriculture.

Dana Brady – Linden High School, Class of 2015
California State University, Chico, Animal Science Major
During my first two years at Chico I have worked hard to get on, and maintain my standing on the Dean’s List. I am an active student in the College of Agriculture where I have worked in the farm’s swine unit, been an active member in the Agriculture Ambassadors and have volunteered at Chico State FFA Field Day. I am a member of the Chico Barbell Club and Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority.

Nicholas Dentoni – Tokay High School, Class of 2016
San Joaquin Delta College, Undeclared Major
I am fulfilling all the transfer requirements in hopes of transferring to a four-year university. Right now, I am a redshirt freshman on the Delta College Baseball team. The scholarship money paid for my first semester. I am very grateful to have been awarded the scholarship money and would like to thank you once again.

Samantha Heinrich – John Kimball High School, Class of 2015
Excelsior College, Liberal Arts Major
After my second year of college, I will be graduating this July. I am currently working as an outreach coordinator for InquisitHealth, a company that provides peer mentoring solutions to people with chronic health conditions. Since receiving the Lincoln Center scholarship, I have started a community American Sign Language course and started a preschool American Sign Language immersion program. I have also worked with The Holton Institute, a company that works with Autism Speaks to provide courses on Autism. I worked as a learner support representative, curriculum design assistant, and marketing assistant.

Kinsei Imada – Lincoln High School, Class of 2016
University of the Pacific, Biology Major
I am currently spending my time working on research projects, marathon training, and meeting great people every day.

Alec Knowles – St. Mary’s High School, Class of 2016
San Diego State University, Business Finance Major
At SDSU, I have adjusted well to the college lifestyle and enjoy attending classes as well as the many social activities, such as sporting events. I try to get involved as much as I can on campus and plan on continuing to do so as I further my education in Southern California.

Adela Celine Lopez – Stagg High School, Class of 2016
Stanford University, Undeclared Major
I was recently selected for a fellowship through Stanford in Government as a policy research intern for the Office of Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs. This summer I will also lead a team of high school journalists in a journalism program called Newsroom by the Bay, based at Stanford University. I am thankful to everyone involved with the Lincoln Center Scholarship for giving me and countless other students this opportunity to realize our dreams, goals, and passions by lowering the barriers we will face on the way.

Anthony Madrid – St. Mary’s High School, Class of 2014
University of the Pacific, Business Administration Major
The vision of my future is becoming clearer and I am able to see how my academic studies and extracurricular activities are shaping the world ahead of me. My professional goals include promotion of athletics through teaching, coaching, or sports management. Personally, I aspire to become a leader in my community, sharing the experiences I have gained to help others.

Mariel Montes – Franklin High School, Class of 2016
University of California, Los Angeles, Sociology Major
As a freshman at UCLA I am involved in various activities: some of which include UCLA’s Regents Scholar Society, College Honors Program and the UCLA Volunteer Center. Being a part of these activities has enriched my first-year college experience and has allowed me to immerse myself in my new environment. I look forward to seeing what the coming years have to offer!

Maryalice Rosa – Lodi High School, Class of 2016
University of Southern California, Business Administration (International Relations) Major with a Minor in Human Rights
I am currently interning at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on the LGBTQ, Gender, and Reproductive Justice Project. I work on the implementation of The California Healthy Youth Act, which requires comprehensive sex education in California schools. I also work on Your Health Your Rights, an ACLU project that seeks to provide information and resources on sexual and reproductive health rights in California.

Emily Schneider – Tokay High School, Class of 2014
California State University, Fresno, Agriculture Business Major
I am finishing up my third year at Fresno State and am very involved on campus. I have interned at the Fresno State Swine Unit, as well as the Fresno State Winery Office Assistant Intern, served on the Fresno State Field Day Committee, the Fresno State FFA Conference committee and was a Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Ambassador. I am currently a member of the Alpha Zeta Professional Agricultural and Honors Society as well a member of the Delta Zeta sorority where I served on the executive board for two years.

Jack Stephens – St. Mary’s High School, Class of 2016
Santa Clara University, Computer Science Major
I am currently studying Computer Science at Santa Clara University. I am very interested in Data Science and Machine Learning and hope to pursue that path in the future. I am also playing Division 1 water polo at Santa Clara. In addition to this, I am a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike) Fraternity.

Joey Traverso – St. Mary’s High School, Class of 2016
University of Arizona, Pre-Business Major
I am a new member in the fraternity Zeta Beta Tau and I am also working hard in school so that I will be able to get into the Eller College of Business.

Nicholas Traverso – St. Mary’s High School, Class of 2015
University of Kansas, Psychology Major
I decided to join a fraternity for my fall semester of sophomore year, and it really helped to branch out and meet lots of great people. School is going well and being in a different part of the country has really opened my eyes to what the mid-west is all about!

Matt Tudor – St. Mary’s High School, Class of 2014
San Jose State University, Business Marketing Major
I am currently attending San Jose State University and I am an active member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. I was recently accepted into the internship I applied for at Rockwell Collins in Iowa this summer.

Charles Udeze – Weston Ranch High School, Class of 2016
University of California, Merced, Public Health Major and Double Minors in Management and Community Research/Service
I’m currently a member of the school band, African Students’ Union and Medical Society. I volunteer for Compass Health Career Pathways, an organization that encourages middle/high school students interested in health careers to stay and practice within the Central Valley.

Vanessa Viramontes – Edison High School, Class of 2014
University of California Irvine, Double Major in Psychology and Social Behavior & Education
I am currently in my third year at the University of California Irvine (UCI) and on track to graduate at the end of this school year. I hope to attend either UCI’s Masters of Arts in Teaching program or the University of the Pacific’s Masters of Arts in Education program.

Past winners of the Lincoln Center scholarship not featured here: David Alvarado Rivera, Sophie Hernandez, Margarito Meza, Joseph Salazar and Tyler Arismendi.

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Posted in Blog, on 29 May 2017, by , 0 Comments

Take a vacation south of the border without ever leaving Stockton! A visit to the newly remodeled Tio Pepé’s restaurant and bar will allow you to enjoy the zesty flavors of Mexico, while experiencing the warm hospitality and friendly service of this long-standing family business. Tio Pepé’s “The Original” was established by Eliseo Flores in 1977 at the corner of Hammer Lane and Lower Sacramento Road. The restaurant moved to Lincoln Center in June of 2014. Today, Eliseo’s son Mario and his wife, Sheri Riley invite patrons to relax and enjoy a break from the stress of daily life, and dig into delicious food and creative cocktails.

Fresh describes everything about this establishment. Chef Mario prepares everything in the restaurant from scratch seven days a week. He is passionate about the cuisine and combines treasured, traditional recipes learned from his father with his own contemporary flavors – incorporating more seafood and verde sauce. Salsa and chips are made by hand every day and twice on weekends. The staff works hard to ensure that guests feel welcomed and appreciated.
Recently Tio Pepé’s underwent an exciting renovation adding a full service bar and an outdoor eating area. They welcomed the addition of Matt Wolfe as the bar manager. Matt brings with him 14 years of experience in an upscale Southwestern restaurant at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, and a wealth of knowledge about tequila. He also has a vast array of his own innovative cocktails and continues the fresh approach to flavor by crafting his own pureés and mixes from scratch. He is enthusiastic about bringing new flavors to Stockton.

Matt describes the aromatic characteristics of tequila in terms usually associated with fine wines. After visiting many tequila distilleries in Mexico, he is anxious to share his knowledge with all who want to experience something new. The bar has a wonderful assortment of tequila tempting tasters to “step out of the box.” The owners are planning tequila pairing dinners in the future, as well as tequila flights.

The inviting new redwood bar and pub tables spilling out on the Center’s sidewalk let guests take advantage of our fabulous weather, and new tapas-style menu of bar bites that will soon be launched. So drop into Tio Pepé’s and savor a mini-vacation soon, we’re sure you’ll be back for more!

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Posted in Blog, on 22 May 2017, by , 0 Comments

There you are — standing in front of all the eyebrow supplies at (insert favorite beauty store here) expected to decide on what’s going to look best, look the most natural, or give you that bold brow look you’ve been trying to achieve. If you’re anything like me, you’ve tried it all: the pencil, the tray of wax + powder, tinting, e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. But you still haven’t found the perfect recipe for your perfect brow. Well, ladies (and gentlemen!), we sat down with Kym, of Kym with a Y, and Chelsea Ramsey at The B Hive and have all the microblading answers.

Microblading is a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure that uses a specialized hand controlled tool to make fine cuts in the skin to implant pigment that resembles the appearance of natural eyebrow hair. “It is ideal for filling in sparse areas of the brow where hair isn’t present, and defining and enhancing your natural brow shape,” says Kym. This trend has become more and more popular over the last couple years.

Unlike permanent makeup tattooing, Microblading does not use a machine operated tool. Instead, a small device with multiple microneedles is used. After numbing the area before and during your procedure, the microblade is dipped into a selected color of iron-oxide pigment — an ingredient safe for skin — and then implanted under your skin to mimic the natural hairs in your brows. See photo above. Sign me up ASAP!

Okay, so two things you’re probably thinking:

  1. How much does it cost and,
  2. How long does this last?

First, each salon will vary in price, so you’ll have to inquire, make your consultation and find out. Second, this procedure can last up to 3 years! While it won’t wash off, it will fade over time and touch-ups are required. “Since each skin type is unique, the pigments will hold differently and break down at different rates,” says Chelsea.

If you’re considering microblading, or just tired of trying to find your perfect brow recipe at the makeup store, call one of these lovely ladies here at Lincoln Center. We promise you’ll be in good hands.

Chelsea Ramsey at The B Hive Hair Salon
302 Lincoln Center
(209) 774-6508
Instagram @chelseaeve

Kym with a Y Organic Spa
307B Lincoln Center
(209) 952-2299

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Posted in Blog, on 28 April 2017, by , 0 Comments

Diane Phillips of D.A.D’S HOT DOGS

It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t love a great hotdog – and we all know that the ‘go-to’ hot dog shop in Stockton is D.A.D.’s Dogs!  It was nice to sit down with Diane and chat about her popular hot dog shop – discussing her passion, her life and a variety of other tid-bits.  Enjoy.

What is one thing you are most proud of?

I am extremely proud of being in business for 38 years. I love working with Denise and Danielle!

What do you like to do on your days off?

On my days off I enjoy working in my yard and playing cards.

What do you like to do for fun?

In addition to owning D.A.D.’s Dogs, I am also a farmer of almonds and walnuts. I love being outside and working in the fields.

What is your favorite food?

Hot dogs of course – but also tacos!

What is your favorite thing about working at D.A.D.’s?

My customers – I love meeting and talking to customers new and old alike.

How would you order your hotdog?

My go to hot dog is a chili cheese dog with onions.

What does D.A.D.’s Dogs stand for?

Diane and Dogs

Tell us more about the pictures on the walls of the restaurant.

That was Denise’s idea and it was a good one. They are my customers that go back for years. Some are gone now but I wish we would have done this when I first opened in 1979.

Tell us about one regular customer who stands out.

Victor Espinoza has been here since day one. A lot of my customers recognize him from years ago when he played his guitar on the corner of Pershing. Everyone knows his name, he goes by Victor Elvis. He is a sweetheart and he comes in almost every day. We look forward to seeing him. He puts a smile on our faces.    n

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