Favorite place to eat: School Street Bistro. They serve great food there. I don’t eat there often, but save it for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries.

One thing not to miss: Head Downtown. I’d point them to the art galleries and window shopping. It’s a diamond for Lodi. There’s not a single branded business, and that speaks well for Lodi.

Favorite outing: I always take guests to the wineries. Harney Lane Winery, Acquiesce for the Rhone-style wines. I always take them to Woodbridge. It has a beautiful gift shop and it’s a nice place to go even if you’re not into wine.

One secret outsiders don’t know: I think it might be our parks. There are so many great little gems of parks around Lodi. You can have a birthday party there, or go for tennis. My family does picnics at the various parks.

Favorite place to browse: Fashion Safari. The people there are all sweet, and they find me great things for special events like the Art Center Gala. French at Heart is really cool. La Flourette over by the post office is wonderful. The women who run it have such a green thumb.

Something quirky or cool about lodi: A hidden gem is the Knowlton Gallery. The Knowlton is known around California and among artists as the place the go for art classes. They are high-end but a great studio for a weekend class.

Growth of public art: When Tony Segale and the Walldogs did those murals for Lodi’s 100th anniversary, that’s something we should be proud of. Today we have visitors coming around to see the painted transit boxes, and the creative bike racks, plus all the murals around town. Plus there are now three art galleries in Downtown. The merging of art and wine in Downtown is really pulling people in.

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