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February 2015 - Heart to Heart

Jan 26, 2015 10:27AM ● By Brandi Barnett

Editor's Note

By Jacki Potorke

Love, sweet love – it’s the month that we show our adoration for those we hold dear.
Need a romantic getaway but weary of travel? The Wicky-Up Ranch Bed and Breakfast has preserved California history through the generations of a family that journeyed west more than a century ago. The proprietors will welcome you with gracious hospitality and regale you with the history of a very special place.
Another date night idea? Stop by The 2nd Floor at Crawdaddy’s, a downtown Visalia landmark that features a sports bar on the first floor and fine dining upstairs. You might even catch the owner playing the guitar in a band up there.
It’s tough to go wrong with flowers on Valentine’s Day, but don’t be discouraged when you don’t see a ready-made arrangement inside Shelley DeJonge’s shop — Sweet Memories creates all of its clients’ arrangements on demand, so they’re positively, precisely perfect.
Feeling nutty? So are Sheridyn and Brody Blain, the proprietors of The Naked Nut. Every item they sell has been personally tested by Sheridyn, and she loves them all. She’s confident that you will, too.
On the sweeter side is Max’s Cookie Company, where Max Lupercio believes that cookies aren’t just a tasty treat, but an offering of love to someone special. Countless people have relied on him to deliver that message through delectable baked confections.
Few things are more lovely than a spot of afternoon tea, and the L.T. Sue Co. Tea Room is just the place to find one. The Hanford tea room’s owners craft all of their own blends, and they offer handcrafted fusion fare to go with them.
Feed your heart for helping others at the Empty Bowls event, where you’ll fill your artisan-crafted bowl with gourmet soup to benefit the Visalia Rescue Mission. This global, grassroots effort to fight hunger will feed your body, spirit and community.
We also love an authentic entrepreneurial spirit, and Breanne Schaap and Kelli Avila have it in spades — their Drop It Modern business creates imaginative backdrops that break all traditional rules, and their customers wouldn’t have it any other way.
Celebrate, love and enjoy!