Pilar Chavez has long believed that feeling good about one's appearance is a spiritually uplifting experience. So in 1984, beneath the swaying palms of Farmersville, California, Pilar opened an eponymous salon that fosters joy through beauty. Amid teal walls and fully stocked product displays, Pilar and her styling team transform bland hairdos into flattering coifs with multidimensional color. Additionally, they spiff up nails with mani-pedis, remove body hair with wax, and simulate natural tans with airbrush bronzers or paintbrushes and chocolate syrup.
Inside Exeter Hobbies, off-road RC cars zoom around the indoor track, and hobby planes and helicopters await clearance for take-off on nearby shelves. A treasure trove for both child and adult hobbyists, the full-service shop also stocks R/C boats, plastic models, and trains.
The Sequoia Shuttle whisks its passengers from Visalia to Sequoia National Park, a 400,000-acre nature preserve that houses General Sherman, the largest tree in the world. During rides, an informational video prepares riders for the natural wonders ahead, ensuring that the trees’ height doesn’t intimidate insecure basketball stars. Once in the park, visitors choose from three free in-park routes, which provide easy access to campgrounds, parking lots, and landmarks such as the Crescent Meadow and the Giant Forest Museum. The Sequoia Shuttle cuts down on the exhaust fumes and noise pollution that private vehicles inject into the park atmosphere, preserving a peaceful environment where critters can roam and trees can nurse their woodpecker-induced concussions.
Hole in The Wall Pizza is doing something right. That something earned the eatery the 2013 Readers' Choice Award for Best Pizza from the Porterville Recorder. Piping-hot pizzas piled with toppings emerge from steaming ovens, including The Hole pizza, a 28-inch behemoth that serves up to 14 people?or 7 ravenous werewolves. Besides pizza, diners can opt for hot sandwiches and calzones or pair their pies with draft beers.