2023 Best of the South Valley

Voting is over, come see who won!

You voted for your favorite local businesses, now it’s time to see who won!

“Good For You” Food

PK Deli &
Pita Kabob

Established in 2004, Pita Kabob is located in downtown Visalia and specializes in Mediterranean food. They recently opened PK Deli & Bakery, an onsite deli and market, and they continue to deliver high quality, fresh food to their customers.

227 N Court Street
(559) 627-2337


Advanced Body
& Laser Center

Founded by owner Lesa Shows, ABLC knows that every person is unique, and believes their treatment plans should be too. They pride themselves in creating a customized experience for each and every client. They have two locations
in Visalia to serve your needs.

115 N Akers Street
(559) 636-0808

Sweet Treat


You can visit Baked Visalia every Saturday morning at the Visalia Farmers Market or at their downtown location on Church Street. Get there early for the freshest selection of hand pies, cookies, bagels, cakes, and many other delicious treats. in Visalia to serve your needs.

110 S Church Street
(559) 318-7656

Brewery / Taproom

Brewing Co

Visalia was Barrelhouse Brewing Co.’s first location in the Central Valley. They have 26 taps and offer a wide range of specialty beers in cans. The beer isn’t the only thing that keeps visitors coming back; they also offer live music and rotating food trucks on a regular basis.

521 E Main Street
(559) 713-6690

Boutique Shop


The first of its kind of shop in Visalia, Sugar’s Succulents specializes in California grown succulents. Enjoy workshops and growing tips when you visit. They hand-select every plant and will also customize arrangements as gifts or potted plants for your home.

717 W School Avenue
(559) 798-4837


Blueprint Fitness
& Boxing

Blueprint opened its first location in Visalia in 2008, and has grown with locations in Tulare, Hanford, and soon
in Porterville. Their concept of high-intensity boxing, interval cardio, and weight training is based around being light and fun, as well as low-impact for joints.

1033 S Mooney Boulevard
(559) 258-4298

Coffee Shop

Coffee Lab

This local coffee shop not only serves specialty caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks, they also offer delicious breakfast meals and homemade donuts. They recently acquired a location in Fresno’s Tower District and will soon open a spot in Tulare.

513 E Center Avenue
(559) 624-1334

Food Truck

San Marcos

From-scratch recipes like their quesabirria tacos, keto tacos, and San Marcos burritos keep customers coming back. In addition to their food trucks, they now have a location inside Green Apple Market in downtown Visalia and are open Monday-Friday.

7954 Lacey Boulevard
(559) 750-7008

Artist / Artisan

Velvet Clay

Catch local artisan Geneva at the next craft show or special event to experience all that her creativity has to offer. She handmakes polymer clay earrings in many different styles and colors, but you might just gain a friend after visiting her booth.

(559) 799-7747

Cocktail Lounge


Pair your favorite cocktail with a view while watching the sunset at Visalia’s only rooftop restaurant and bar lounge. Try cocktails named Writer’s Block, Rooftop Fling or the classic signature drink, The Darling. The mimosa flight with brunch is a local favorite, too!

210 N Court Street
(559) 713-2114

Event Venue

Bello Vita Venue/
The Woodlands

Offering indoor and outdoor amenities to meet your needs, this is the ideal place to celebrate a wedding, birthday, or special event. But it’s more than a private venue—the owners host food trucks and movie nights for the community during select times of the year!

4211 W Goshen Avenue
(559) 372-9822

Kids Activity

Children’s Museum

ImagineU strives to inspire the value of creative play through a safe and fun hands-on environment. They aim to encourage the wonder of imagination, the excitement of exploration, and the love of learning through their exhibits and interactive spaces.

210 N Tipton Street
(559) 733-5975

Breakfast / Brunch

Corner Cafe

“The food is worth the wait” is the common response from customers after enjoying a hearty breakfast or lunch. This Visalia staple offers a cafe experience and bar service. Locals say to try the biscuits and gravy, chile verde omelet, or avocado toast.

5217 W Goshen Avenue
(559) 734-4267

Manicure / Pedicure

Nails & Spa

Whether looking for a place to relax or if you’re in need of quick service, they’re committed to providing great service and care. Keeping up on beauty trends and ensuring a clean and safe environment is a priority to them.

4022 S Mooney Boulevard
(559) 636-6236


Matlyn May

Matlyn is a wedding and lifestyle photographer who enjoys bringing out life’s happiness in her photos with natural and warm tones. She aims to make her clients comfortable by letting them be themselves and have fun while capturing special moments behind the lens.


See all the Finalists

“Good For You” Food

Farm Fresh Bowls
Pita Kabob
Sol Bol
The Salad Shop
Watson’s Veggie Garden

Sweet Treat

Baked Visalia
Bread Savage
Goodies Cookies & Cakes
Max’s Cookie Company
The Frosted Muffin


Advanced Body & Laser Center
Central Valley Medical Aesthetics
Core Aesthetics
Creekside Day Spa
Maven Skin & Beauty

Brewery / Taproom

1852 Brew Co.
BarrelHouse Brewing Co.
Brewbakers Brewing Co.
Kaweah Brewing Co.
Sequoia Brewing Co.

Boutique Shop

Joshua Tree
Letter & Grain
Pacific Treasures & Gourmet
Sugar’s Succulents
Sweet Memories Flowers


Blueprint Fitness & Boxing
Pulse Cycle
Quadrant Fitness
Kaweah Health Lifestyle Center
The Space Yoga Studio

Coffee Shop

Component Coffee Lab
Exeter Coffee Co.
Mavericks Coffee Company
Top O’ the Morn Farms
Vali Coffee

Food Truck

Balisong BBQ
Braised Kitchen
Crab It While It’s Hot
Tacos San Marcos
Up in Smoke

Artist / Artisan

Antonio Cuellar Ceramics
Fusteira Wood Designs
Art by Heidi Steinman
Velvet Clay Creations

Cocktail Lounge

Bistro Di Bufala
Cellar Door
Fugazzis on Main
The Vintage Press

Event Venue

Bello Vita/The Woodlands
Merryman Station
Historic Seven Sycamores
The Darling Hotel
The Gardens Tulare

Kids Activity

Adventure Park
Imagine U Museum
McDermont Field House
Roller Towne
Soccer City 1852 Visalia

Brunch / Breakfast

butter + milk
Mama K’s Diner
Table 57
The Corner Cafe
Valhalla Restaurant

Pedicure / Manicure

Bebe Nail & Spa
Happiness Nails & Spa
Nice Nails & Spa
Rockstar Nails Spa
Rose Nails & Spa


Evan Ross Photography
Karen Vargas Photography
Libtres Photography
Matlyn May Photography
Sal Marro Photography

The Rules & Details

We’re excited to announce our innaugural Reader’s Choice Award recognizing the Best of the South Valley. It’s our way of celebrating the things that make the our valley great. Know someone that has an exceptional business, service, or experience? Start nominating today!

1. How do I get my business on the ballot?

Best of South Valley opens with a write-in nomination round. You, your friends, customers, and supporters go to the online ballot and enter your name for the appropriate categories—Best Sweet Treat or Best Kids Activity or Best Brunch Spot. We make it easy to share a direct link to the appropriate category via email, text, or social media. After nominations close, we take a week to count the number of nominations for each entrant. Top nominations advance to the final round.

2. How do the winners get selected?

Readers vote between finalists in each category. You may vote up to one time per day in each category. When the finals close on February 28th, we start counting the winners, which are announced on March 17th.

3. How can I win?

The best way to win is to campaign. Most nominees will need to muster their loyal customers, friends, family (and maybe even their kooky aunts) to support them. Basically, this is a great platform to get the word out and garner some grassroots support for your business.

We have Best of the South Valley campaign assets ready for you to drop in your own images and use on social media, flyers, posters, and more. That’s all the help we can give you. Good luck out there.

4. When does this all happen?

Nomination round: Nominations open Friday, January 6th through Tuesday, January 31st.

Finals: Finalist voting in each category opens Wednesday, February 1st through Tuesday, February 28th.

Winners: Winners will be announced on Friday, March 17th and then published in our April issue!

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