If there ever was a testament to the power of hard work, determination and a belief that everything happens for a reason, Mid Valley Foods is that example.
With some 10,000 locations nationwide, it's not surprising that Curves enjoys a booming business in each of the three local communities of Oakdale, Riverbank and Escalon.
Entering the shoe and boot repair business when he was 14, Javier "Harvey" Melgoza of Harvey's Shoe Repair in Oakdale has spent almost 40 years practicing the trade and still likes his work.
(Editor's Note: This week, we begin a new three-part series on local, longtime businesses that have carved their own niche in the downtown area. Look for the second feature story in the March 21 issue.)
This week's business to be featured in the Leader's newest community-centric "A Business Minute" is chiropractor Dr. John T. Brennan. Get to know what makes Oakdale businesses special.
The recently opened Grocery Depot on East F Street is offering shoppers one more way to save a few bucks on their monthly grocery budget - and judging by the enthusiastic turnout within their first week of opening, shoppers are pleased with the additional choice.
Ditch the frou-frou work-out togs with the matching top and bottom and glittering logo blazoned across the rear; ditch the cutesy socks and trendy shoes but most importantly - ditch the excuses.
As part of a multi-generational animal grooming family from Valley Home, Trendy Paws and Claws owner Terah Amerine knows a thing or two about making Spot look his best.
Smiling faces filled with holiday cheer were plentiful at downtown Oakdale's fourth annual Old-Fashioned Christmas on Dec. 2. Downtown merchants, decked out in their best Christmas décor, stayed open late and offered specials to holiday shoppers who flocked to Third Avenue to check out the open houses and start – or wrap up - their Christmas gift buying.
The Oakdale CIVICS (Citizens Volunteering In City Services) volunteer program, kicked off with the first local business to commit to the cause on Saturday, Dec. 3 at The Yogurt Station.
Hollywood Hair salon owner Cristi Zehr had always wanted to open her own salon but the right moment didn't align with her life until she'd been styling hair for 17 years. Most recently, six of those years were spent cutting hair at Hair Masters 2000 and she loved her job. But the time finally became right and Zehr took the plunge. In May, she opened Hollywood Hair salon with her good friend and fellow stylist Melissa Hunt and she hasn't looked back since.
It's the ultimate empowerment for a woman - celebrating her curves, loving her body exactly as it was made - and committing that empowerment by capturing it forever in images.
When doctors diagnosed Mary Carey, an attractive saleswoman by trade and an all-round take-charge kind of woman, with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare and particularly aggressive form of cancer, her reaction was understandable.
This week's business to be featured in the Leader's newest community-centric "A Business Minute" is I Love Paris, which is owned by Eleanor Colombo and Jill Haney. Get to know what makes Oakdale businesses special.
Growing up different in a small town created some rough times for the 2008 OHS graduate but David Soria, owner of the David Allen salon in Oakdale, is proving that different can be fabulous.
Just outside the Oakdale city limits, in a strip mall that has a convenience mart advertising processed food snacks and high-sugar content refreshments to travelers along Highway 120 lays another business within the same complex.
The Bank of Stockton started breaking ground for a new Oakdale branch at 1376 E. F St. on Friday, March 7. Pictured, from left, various city officials and executive staff members of the Bank of Stockton. Bank VP Douglass Eberhardt II, Councilman Don Petersen, City Manager Bryan Whitemyer, Thomas Shaffer, Chamber of Commerce President Ed Viohl, Chamber CEO Mary Guardiola, Pam Stephens, Manager, Oakdale Bank of Stockton Branch, Mayor Pat Paul, Douglass Eberhardt, President and CEO, Bank of Stockton and Mary Elizabeth Eberhardt, Director, Bank of Stockton. The location is the old Richardson Motors property.
Patrons of the Oakdale Save Mart contributed more than $2,100 toward the supermarket's Holiday Shares program, which ran Nov. 13, 2013 through Jan. 2, 2014, to benefit Oakdale Community Sharing.
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If you have a sweet tooth then you were probably at the Sconza Candy Sale on Saturday, Oct. 19 sorting through different varieties of candy that they offered guests at a discount. This was the Fourth Annual Candy Factory Sale that they plan to continue on an annual basis. The sale is held once a year on every third Saturday in October.
Competing with over 4,500 bicycle shops across the United States, David Enz and the Oakdale Bicycle Shop were presented with one of 162 unique awards as "America's Best Bicycle Shops for 2013" by the National Bicycle Dealers Association.
Colleen O'Connell, owner of Curves at 111-113 N. Third Ave., Oakdale, is passionate about helping women get a complete workout.
With "Made in America" no longer the standard in what we buy, one Oakdale woman has put forward a simple easy-to-use website to assist consumers to find American made items.
Citing its best year since forming, the Oakdale Tourism Business Improvement District announced a near $65,000 windfall for its coffers based on a full 2012 financial report.
While the economy remains tough, you may see some empty storefronts or the occasional 'going out of business' sign, but that is not the case for locally owned and operated A&M Tires and Wheels at 9837 Highway 120 in Oakdale. Small business owner Alex Ruiz opened the doors to A&M approximately two years ago and business is good. Tires and wheels are his business and he started in the tire industry in 1995, working for Big O Tires in Oakdale and Manteca before branching out with his own private shop.
The new owners of the flower shop at 304 F St., downtown Oakdale, are a family. Leanne Hunteman and Cydni Staal are a mother and daughter team that work very well together. Other family members have jumped on board to help the business bloom, like Staal's daughters, Hannah, Haleigh, Elizabeth, and her brother, Matt Gordon. Judy Elam, Leanne's cousin, is the store manager and according to Hunteman, a true cowgirl. Elam is also a calf buyer and makes trips to Oregon to pick up cattle when she's not busy in the shop.
Entrepreneur Katelyn Hasley has created a new business in Oakdale called Goods2Go. What is Goods2Go, you might ask? It is a local delivery service designed to provide Oakdale residents with the convenience of not having to leave their home or business to get items they need.
The last of the turkey soup has been frozen and the pumpkin pie is just a fond memory. Thanksgiving is long gone and that means it is time to get down to some serious Christmas shopping. Unfortunately, serious Christmas shopping sometimes means a lot of driving, often in wet, wild weather because, as most people know, 'serious shopping' means going to Riverbank at the very least. Or does it?
There was quite the stir in the parking lot at Drs. Jeff and Jody Sceville's dentist office, on Thursday, Nov. 1. The Sceville's were hosting the third annual "Candy Buy Back." They give youngsters the opportunity to turn in their candy for cash and then the candy will be shipped to soldiers overseas. They had a thank you card station set up so that anyone could design a card for the troops which will be shipped to them with the candy. They buy the candy back for $2 dollars a pound, the kids get a 'goodie bag', and ...
The owners of the Oakdale Bicycle Shop may have changed, but the main featured item is still bicycles. Dave Enz took over the shop on Oct. 1 and has plans to do some renovations. Ed Battisfore is the store manager and Andre Hummer is the head mechanic. Enz commented that all three of them have worked together for many years. The Oakdale Bicycle Shop is at 445 E. F St., Oakdale, and the hours of operation are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to ...
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