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January 2017 — Well Wishes

Dec 26, 2016 11:00AM ● By Kendra Kaiserman
Well Wishes
January 2017
On the cover: Chad Smith
Photo by Amber Smith

Happy New Year! For us, welcoming 2017 brings a sense of renewal, as we reflect on the year that’s now behind us and look forward with new vigor to the exciting challenges ahead.

Meet Dan and Peggy Dunklee, who overcame the odds when they opened the Book Barn in downtown Clovis and proved that finding a niche is a recipe for success. Bibliophiles relish the treasures found within their walls, and the Dunklees invite you to grab a book, make yourself comfortable and stay a while.

Speaking of gems, the Tule Gem and Mineral Society can’t wait to show off an impressive assortment of jewelry, games, rocks and minerals during the annual Gemboree. Learn to wire-wrap, paint a fossil or buy a grab bag full of rocks and see what you find.

Are you overdue for some rejuvenation after the whirlwind holiday season? A fitness and relaxation retreat at Spring Hill Ranch in Exeter incorporates elements of healthy living and active lifestyle, and Lilly Hart delights in creating a holistic experience that is unique to each guest.

Or you can take some relaxation home with you, thanks to Heather Dumais’ Sacred Space Aromatherapy, which hand-makes therapy pillows that customers swear work like magic.

The next time you’re in downtown Visalia, you may notice something unusual – ordinary items like trash enclosures and electrical boxes have been turned into colorful art pieces, thanks to Urban Artworks. It’s a reminder that even the mundane can become beautiful with a little love and attention.

And you’ll be inspired by Katrina Oh, who turned her child’s medical condition into hope for other families facing the same fear and uncertainty. Today, Able Advocates provides connections and resources to parents in unknown territory. “Giving back is huge, and I couldn’t see another family go through the torture that I went through,” Oh says.

We hope you are diving into 2017 with a rejuvenated mind, body and soul. Enjoy!