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Visalia is a true California city. It has history, vibrant arts and food scenes, and a local community that is helping to shape the city from within. Visalia is overflowing with locals who are passionate, talented, and inspired by all the city has to offer. We are telling the stories of local individuals who make life in Visalia . . . uniquely Visalia.

These locals share their insights on what to do, see, eat, and enjoy in Visalia, bringing a unique spin through his or her experience in food, art, music, sports, and more. Select a local below and dive into the world of these influential residents so that you too can visit Visalia like a local.

Jill Gearin, Broadcaster for Visalia Rawhide Baseball

Meet Jill Gearin, who became one of only 3 female broadcasters in the 160 minor league baseball teams across the US and Canada, when she was hired in 2018 as the voice of the Visalia Rawhide, the local AAA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Evan Boling, Funky Art Collector and Barber

From the interesting memorabilia that hangs on the wall, to the precision haircuts he gives his customers, a trip to the barber shop is a rite of passage. We cut to the chase to find out his favorite local spots. 

Pedro Mendez, Restaurateur

From motivational quotes to love advice for his single friends to supporting other local restaurants, this man is part Dear Abby, part gym coach and part Pope Francis. Find out what he loves about Visalia.

Brian Poth, Executive Director of the Source LGBTQ+Center

As an actor in Hollywood, Brian has portrayed a murderous wife killer as part of his body of work that includes Six Feet Under, 3 seasons with CSI Miami, and Criminal Minds to name a few. See what restaurants and attractions play a starring role in his current life here in Visalia.

Larry Lewis, Nature Photographer and Architect

A respected architect, Larry (here with his son at Franklin Lake) is also an amazing nature photographer. Perhaps there is not much difference between the two: both are creative pursuits that seek to bring order to their surroundings and to capture the beauty of a view. Explore Visalia through his lens.

David Daniels, Master woodwork and local craftsman

Dave is a master woodworker and local craftsman who transforms the old into something new. His one of a kind pieces from locally sourced woods, like trees salvaged from orchards, are given new life as functional works of art. See what places make the cut for Dave.

Marina Rojas, the Visalia Fox Theater

Community oriented and vivacious in personality, Marina has become a standout on Main Street, just like the icon she works for. Marketing and Development Manager of the 90 year old Grand Dame of Downtown Visalia, the Fox Theater, Marina works throughout the community to put Visalia center stage.

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