Chamber will celebrate businesses and beautifications with awards
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: February 08, 2013
Business and beauty as well as the business of beauty are among those to be lauded Tuesday at the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce annual Awards Luncheon honoring the Citizen, Large Businesses, Small Businesses and Beautification Projects of the Year.
At the February 12 awards luncheon Fred Robinson will be honored as Citizen of the Year. Also to be lauded are Large Businesses of the Year Cal-Pipe and Vintage Production California LLC, and Small Businesses of the Year Tisa Grant’s Tisa’s Salon & Spa and Garden Market, owned by Maria and Victor Almazan. The 2012 Beautification Project Awards will honor America in Bloom and Santa Paula Chevrolet/John Macik.
Mayor Ralph Fernandez will also address the State of the City at the awards luncheon, which will be held at the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum.
Large Businesses of the Year Cal-Pipe and Vintage Production California LLC, were selected, said Chamber President John Chamberlain, because “Each company will add significantly to Santa Paula’s economy through creating new, well-paying jobs and investing in the community.”
Small Businesses of the Year Tisa’s Salon & Spa and Garden Market “have been in business for a number of years,” during which time, Chamberlain said, both have proven to be “civic-minded businesses and great service providers.”
Grant’s business also beautifies as well as helps the community: Chamber Membership Services Director Barbara Kroon said, “Tisa and her crew donate their time and talents to Locks of Love and also work events such as the Santa Paula ACS Relay for Life, Hot Summer Jazz & Art, the St. Paddy’s Day celebration at Garman’s, and many others,” donating the proceeds from “temporary tattoos, hair extensions, haircuts, feathers and such” to the worthy cause. Grant also staged, “A Cut-a-Thon for Sophia Andrade and supports just about anything she is asked to.”
Kroon said Grant is a “self-made businesswoman... recently she was telling me about how she has fond childhood memories of establishments on Main Street and how strongly she wanted to keep up that atmosphere, therefore choosing the site on Main Street” that she renovated and opened as a premiere salon. “Tisa provides well paying jobs to locals,” said Kroon, “and keeps many women - and men - looking good!”
In addition to keeping a “local gem’s doors open and providing a quality product,” Kroon said, “I know Victor and Maria Almazan of Garden Market are very supportive of local schools.” The couple purchased the famous business operated for decades by the late Mich and Helen Yamamoto and expanded the offerings to include hot food to go, catering services and famous tri-tip available in ready to eat sandwiches or as ready to cook yourself from their extensive meat counter.
“Victor and Maria have staged fundraisers for many schools and sports teams for years now,” and are dedicated to area youth and their activities. In addition, Garden Market is a must sample stop when they support fundraisers such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley Taste of the Valley and Santa Paula Police & Fire Foundation/Chamber of Commerce Moonlight at the Ranch.
The Beatification Project Award also was expanded to two recipients, the nonprofit America In Bloom and Santa Paula Chevrolet.
“America In Bloom demonstrates dedication and volunteerism and a can-do spirit” that Chamberlain said is evident throughout the city. “Santa Paula Chevrolet,” led by Dealer/Operator John Macik, “has done a significant enhancement to the footprint” of the award-winning dealership on West Harvard Boulevard that reflects not only its desire to maintain an attractive and functional location, but also the company’s loyalty to Santa Paula.
Mupu Grill and Rabalais Bakery & Bistro are catering the event.