Sharing stories from the people and organizations that make Stockton, California unique. Brought to you by Visit Stockton.
Just when you thought we couldn’t do any more, Visit Stockton decided to hit the airwaves. The “This is Stockton” podcast is a celebration of the people, events, and happenings of our town. Episodes will be released on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, featuring interviews with local celebrities, Stockton pop-culture moments, and highlights of upcoming events.
If you have an awesome Stockton story to tell, know a great interviewee, or other ideas for the podcast, be sure to share them with us. You can find supplemental images and tidbits on our Instagram at @thisisstocktonpodcast.
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On today’s episode, Gianna Vicari, owner of Trail Coffee Roasters, joins us to talk about the history of her coffee shop and how it because a staple to the Stockton community. Gianna also talks about her family farm in Nicaragua where she sources Trail’s coffee beans, where the name “Trail Coffee” comes from, and the Trail After Dark events that are held in the shop.
Stockton’s Main Street Market is a bimonthly spring & summer event that brings the best of the area's food trucks, craft vendors and live music together on Downtown Stockton Main Street! Rochelle Brown from Makers Made and Stephanie Iaccino from Parents by Choice join the show to discuss how they helped create this event and what to expect at this year’s market.
The international award winning Stockton Flavor Fest is BACK , May 19th-21st, at the Weber Point Events Center. The three-day festival will highlight global food, local art, live music, cooking demonstrations, and much more. Let Wes and Amy help you plan what spots to visit during this packed event by listening to today’s episode of This is Stockton, and lets celebrate what makes Stockton so unique!
This week, Wes and Amy take you out to the ballgame for today’s episode of This is Stockton! The Stockton Ports have existed since 1941 and have been minor league affiliates of the Oakland Athletics since 2005. Jordan Feneck, the general manager of the Stockton Ports, joins the show to talk about his role within the team and to give the scoop on this season's promotional nights at Banner Island Ballpark.
Today on the show, we're joined by Stockton native and America's Got Talent season 15 winner, Brandon Leake. Brandon shares his inspirational story of how he’s overcome adversity, and how he hopes to use his platform to be a voice for those without one. Tune in to hear an incredible conversation about Brandon's goals for Stockton and some exciting programs he has in the works!
Today’s episode of This is Stockton is a true homecoming story! Visit Stockton has released a petition asking Disney and Marvel Studios to incorporate Stockton in their upcoming Fantastic Four blockbuster movie. Wes, Amy and Anthony discuss Stockton’s extensive comic book history, including the story of the city being dubbed “The Birthplace of The Fantastic Four,” as well as some of Stockton’s film history, featuring movies like Flubber, All The King’s Men, Cool Hand Luke and Indiana Jones. What do you say, Marvel? Lets bring the Fantastic Four back to their birthplace!
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Michael McDonald, the founder of Michael’s Heavenly Sweets, joins the show to talk about his love for baking, some of the delicious treats he offers through his cottage services, and how he turned his hobby into a business. We also talk about some of the ways he gives back to the Stockton community, through teaching financial literacy to kids, and his organization, “Cool Dads of 209.” Stay tuned for Anthony’s pop culture moment about the history of the area around Stockton’s Banner Island Ballpark, home of the Stockton Ports.
Steven Herder, owner of The Golden Rose Barbershop, which has operated as a barber shop for over 100 years. joins Wes and Amy to talk about his history as a barber. We discuss the “luxury men’s grooming” services he offers, the ecosystem of operating a business in Downtown Stockton, and the history of his second location on the Miracle Mile. And be sure to stay tuned for a Pop Culture Moment with Anthony about the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Stockton.
Be sure to check-out Steven's interview as part of our This is Stockton video series!
Today we visit the Haggin Museum, Stockton’s most iconic landmark. Susan Obert, Executive Director of the museum, joins hosts Amy and Wes to talk all about its nearly 100-year history, the rotating and permanent exhibits you can find, and special events. Be sure to stay-tuned at the end of the episode to hear about some of Stockton’s upcoming events!
We head to the Stockton Arena on the Downtown Waterfront and talk with the Stockton Kings, the G-League affiliate of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. Head coach and former Sacramento Kings star Bobby Jackson joins Amy & Wes to talk about how he got into coaching after his playing career and what it’s been like to coach minor league basketball. Additionally, we chat with Aaron Morales, the VP of Business Operations for the Stockton Kings, to chat about the team’s community involvement, special promotions, and more fun to expect during the team's season.
Grab your stretch pants, because today’s episode of This is Stockton is all about local restaurants and dining. Wes and Amy talk about their favorite places to eat in Stockton as well as some new places to try heading into 2023. Plus, catch Anthony’s Pop Culture Moment where he details the history of some of Stockton’s iconic restaurants.
This week, Darcy Ford-James, the co-founder of Stockton Soul and a music teacher in our public schools, joins us to talk about this amazing soul orchestra. We chat about Darcy’s history with string instruments and why she is passionate about teaching others about Black American Music. In Anthony’s pop culture moment, he tells the story of the jazz pianist and famous Stocktonian Dave Brubeck.
Holiday shopping is here, and there’s nothing better than shopping small and finding a unique gift from a local business. Lauren Tarullo, owner of Cena Luna, joins us to talk about her shop on Stockton’s historic Miracle Mile, sharing insights into the items offered in her store, her selection process, and what it’s like owning a shop on the Mile. And don’t forget to stick around as Anthony tells us all about some of the famous films that were shot in and around Stockton.
In this holiday season episode of This is Stockton, Wes, Amy and Anthony give you the the best holiday fun you can expect to see in Stockton around the holidays and share some of their favorite personal traditions— Wes and Anthony are pretty intense holiday decorators! They also share about some fun things that Visit Stockton does throughout the holiday season.
In this episode of This is Stockton we learn about University of the Pacific Athletics! Wes and Amy bring on Mike Hermann, the Senior Associate Director of Athletics, to share about the university’s famous student athlete alumni, special ticket packages for Men's Basketball, and the special youth clinics/camps they offer. In this episodes pop culture moment, Anthony’s sheds more light on University of the Pacific’s notable sports alumni.
Mariah Taloa blends Samoan and Filipino cultures in delicious pastries at Taloa’s Bakery. In this episode she joins Wes and Amy to talk all about her pastry business and her signature dessert, the Filamoa. Mariah also discusses the Kommunity Hub, the nonprofit that helps out local businesses, and produces the FAHM Festival. Stay tuned after Mariah’s interview as Anthony tells you about some of Stockton’s spooky history and the ghost that lives in Visit Stockton’s office.
Explore your inner child in this weeks episode of This is Stockton, as Wes and Amy are talking to Marianne Prieto of The Children’s Museum of Stockton. Learn more about the history of the museum, some of the fun and engaging exhibits you can find at the museum and how they have grown since opening their doors in 1994. Also, Anthony is going to chat about Stockton resident and former NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez.
On this episode of This is Stockton, Saul Serna of The Catalyst Art and Wellness Studio joins Wes and Amy to share more about his hybrid art/wellness studio located in the Yosemite Village neighborhood. Listen as he talks about how The Catalyst was created and the services that it offers. Also, Anthony comes on to talk about the history of Stockton’s many theaters.
In this week's episode of This is Stockton, Laura Garcia, the owner of Terra Coffee, joins Wes and Amy to talk about the history of her coffee shop located in the quaint Yosemite Village neighborhood. Listen as Laura describes the different and interesting ways that Terra locally brews their coffee as well as the variety of events you can enjoy at the coffee shop. The pop culture moment features Anthony sharing the history of the legendary business that previously occupied Terra Coffee’s storefront, the Blackwater Cafe.
Get out your cosplay and bring your autograph book, because Mike Millerick of StocktonCon joins Wes and Amy to talk about Stockton's largest pop culture convention! Listen as Mike talks about the history of StocktonCon and peek at some of the celebrity guests that will be at 2022 convention at the Stockton Arena, like Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy), John Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and Eric Vale (Dragon Ball Z). In the pop culture moment, Anthony tells listeners the story of how Stockton, California became the birthplace or Marvel's Fantastic Four.
Welcome to Stockton, California! Join hosts Wes Rhea, Amy Alpers and Anthony Esteves as they take a deep dive into what makes historic Stockton so interesting; from its iconic landmarks to its professional sports teams and year-round family-fun festivals and events. Our hosts also share their favorite spots in Stockton and outline what to look forward to on the This is Stockton podcast.
Travel to Stockton's past and look back on a special place that lives in the memories of Stocktonians.
What do you get when you mix a local radio personality, a legendary comic book publisher, and a popular comic book superhero team? You get an epic moment that will live forever in comic book history.
From the first of its kind on the west coast to the collegiate home of some famous names, the University of the Pacific has quite an intriguing tale to tell...
Since 1849, Stockton has been home to years of history. With history comes the potential for hotspots that may go bump in the night. Here's just a few known locations in Stockton alleged to be haunted. This is Haunted Stockton.
No matter the obstacle on his path, José Hernández's "out-of-this-world" dream turned him into an inspiration for his San Joaquin County community and the nation.
Before Stockton became known as Hollywood North in the 1960s, It was well known for having a growing list of theatres housing live entertainment and moving pictures.