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Corcoran Hardware

Corcoran Hardware

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Jennie Castaneda from Corcoran Hardware joined the Corcoran Rotary Club for Lunch Thursday as the latest Business to Business participant.
She outlined the history of the local store, which had been in place for many years on Whitley Ave. at the corner of Chittenden Ave. The store has been at its present location on Chittenden Ave. for many years, replacing Bartlett Appliance.
Castaneda explained that the store principally provides plumbing and paint supplies, but also carries a variety of household items, as well as appliances. Most recently, Corcoran Hardware has been carrying a new furniture line. The store also has a gift corner, with several decorator items and candles available. Spring gardening items and fertilizers can also be purchased at Corcoran Hardware.
Castaneda has been managing the store for many years and makes every attempt to stock items that are requested by customers.

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Amore Caffe

Amore Caffe

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Aristeo Alvarado, perhaps better known to many Corcoran residents as Junior was special guest of the Corcoran Rotary Club Thursday as a part of the organizations Business to Business program. Alvarado presented information regarding his coffee shop, Amore Caffee.

Located in the heart of downtown–in the downstairs portion of the Occidental Hotel in the 900 block of Whitley Ave.–Amore offers a wide range of hand-brewed coffees happily

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Kings Drive-In

Kings Drive-In

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Saleh Obeid was a special guest at Thursday’s meeting of the Corcoran Rotary Club. He was invited by Rotary to share information about Kings Drive in during the Business to Business highlight at the luncheon session.
Obeid told Rotarians he owned and operated the business for the past 15 years. The family-operated fast food restaurant provides the community with great food (judged by the Corcoran Journal last summer for serving the best burgers in town), friendly service and good prices, said Obeid. In addition to their burgers, the restaurant’s milk shakes and pastrami sandwiches are favorites with local residents.

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Subway Sandwiches and More!

Subway Sandwiches and More!

Surindar Pal was the recent guest of the Corcoran Rotary Club speaking about his Subway Sandwich store in Corcoran in the club’s Business to Business segment.
Driving from Fresno every morning to get coffee and breakfast items prepared, Paul, as he’s known to co-workers and local residents, has the shop open by 7 a.m. On the menu are a variety of omelet sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, plenty of coffee, milk and juices. A variety of healthy choices are available, noted Paul. The same goes for lunch.

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The Pizza Factory

The Pizza Factory

Serving up pizzas since 1998, Troy Van Velson was a special guest speaker at the Corcoran Rotary Club meeting last week. In the Business to Business segment of the meeting. Rotarians got to learn a little more about Van Velson and his business.
As a very young man, Troy managed the Big Yellow House restaurant in Santa Barbara, where he was a college student. He graduated from Yosemite High School in Oakhurst, where he excelled as a member of the tennis team.

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Nova Storm Systems

Nova Storm Systems

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This week, Brian Dukes of Nova Storm Systems takes center ring.
Want a custom computer built from scratch? Brian Dukes is the man to call. Starting his now business in 2003, Dukes works out of office space at the Thurman and Thurman CPAs building, where he is involved in computer sales and service, networking solutions, high-speed wireless internet services and IP security cameras. As previously noted, he can also build computers to order.
And for those who like to game–this is the guy to provide the right platform.

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Richard’s Chevrolet

Richard’s Chevrolet

A staple in the downtown area since 1987, Richard’s Chevrolet was in the spotlight at a recent Rotary Club meeting in Rotary’s Business to Business segment. Owner Richard Garcia and his son Todd attended the meeting and spoke about the local company.
Richard noted that he started the business small, but now employs 21 people. The company volume is approximately $800,00 per month, which translates into plenty of sales tax revenue for the City of Corcoran each year.

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The Printer

Wayne Aurand was a special guest of the Corcoran Rotary Club Thursday, speaking during the Business to Business segment regarding The Printer, his longtime downtown company.
Owner of the print shop for the past 36 years, Aurand paid his dues with the Sequoia Publishing Company and worked at the head printer for the Corcoran Journal for 11 years before going into business for himself. While at The Journal, he did printing for several local businesses, including the printing the weekly newspaper.
In order to keep up with changes in the print business, Aurand said about 40 percent of his current output is in the form of custom business labels. His new labeling machine can handle specific die cuts and shapes and provide the labels on a roll, rather than sheets. Aurand is a past member of the local Rotary club and has been involved in many local activities over the last 36 years.

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Images/Radio Shack

Images/Radio Shack has joined the growing number of local firms to be spotlighted by the Corcoran Rotary Club’s Business to Business program. Owner Debbie Kwast was on hand at last week’s Rotary luncheon to make members of the organization familiar with her products.
The longtime Corcoran businesswoman originally opened as Images 35 years ago, providing photography services and video rentals and sales. Now an authorized Radio Shack franchise, the business is also a payment center for a huge list of customers, provides local Cricket phones and sales plans and offers such niche items as John Deere line of clothing and toys.
In addition to Radio Shack’s signature electronics items, Kwast already expanded to offer Corcoran businesses and residents office supplies–including copy paper and a variety of ink cartridges–before Radio shack recently announced it was partnering with Office Maxx for the same purpose. Local residents can now check locally for a host of office items.

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Ramiro Sanchez

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Ramiro Sanchez took his talent for painting to Los Angeles Trade Tech and came back to Corcoran to paint almost everything in sight, from downtown murals to business signs. He talked about his career as the Business to Business guest at the Corcoran Rotary Club luncheon last week.
Born in Texas, he has spent most of his life in Corcoran. During a four-year-period, he did sign-painting in the Houston, Texas area.

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