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Fred’s Firearms Opens Storefront

What started out four years ago as a home-based hobby for Fred and Jennifer Smith, owners of Fred's Firearms, has turned into a full-fledged, thriving business prompting the husband and wife duo to open a storefront on West F Street in Randy Plaza.

August 15, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Grocery Outlet Opening For Shoppers

With many people still struggling with the economy, finding new ways to stretch the budget is a challenge but with more businesses, such as the new Grocery Outlet grand opening Saturday, Aug. 4, that challenge is met with plenty of choices.

August 01, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Valley Ripe For Fruit Production

Peach grower Jim Santini has spent every summer in a peach orchard since he was about four years old. His father planted his first peach orchard in the mid-1950s when Santini was about two.

July 25, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Business


Nuts Rank As Valuable County Crop

Nut farmers like Doug Ott and Dale Van Groningen of Oakdale don't seem to do it for the money – they call it fun – but they and growers like them produce the second most valuable agricultural crop in Stanislaus County.

July 18, 2012 | John Branch | Local Business


A Business Minute

This week's business to be featured in the Leader's newest community-centric "A Business Minute" is Yosemite Coffee and Eatery, which is owned by Ted and Betty Ann Souza. Get to know what makes Oakdale business special.

June 27, 2012 | | Local Business


Mid Valley Foods, Inc. Earns Major Award

The U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Fresno District Office announced that Les and Cheri Casey, owners of Mid Valley Foods Inc. in Oakdale have been selected as the 2012 Central California Small Business Person of the Year.

May 09, 2012 | | Local Business


Rene’s Boutique Offers Bargain Do-Dads

Rene Limirande, owner of Rene's Boutique on North Fifth Avenue, knows how to appeal to a girl on a budget.

May 02, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


10 Questions - Q&A With Dr. T. Jasper Cummins

How long have you been a practicing chiropractor?

April 18, 2012 | | Local Business


A Business Minute

The next business to be featured in the Leader's newest community-centric "A Business Minute" is Oak Valley Hospital Gift Shop, which is owned by Oak Valley Hospital District. Get to know what makes Oakdale business special.

April 18, 2012 | | Local Business


A Business Minute

This week's business to be featured in the Leader's newest community-centric "A Business Minute" is Sonia's Pet Sitting, which is owned by Sonia Felton. Get to know what makes Oakdale businesses special. Answers submitted by Sonia Felton.

April 04, 2012 | | Local Business


Changing With The Times - Steves Chevrolet Undergoing Major Remodel

Steves Chevrolet is one of many GM Chevrolet dealerships undergoing a major remodel as part of a new corporate sponsored program that will unify the dealerships with a highly visible corporate brand, much like that of Starbucks.

April 04, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Butterfield Jewelers: A Step Back In Time

Don Butterfield, owner of Butterfield Jewelers, is a man who knows quite a lot about how things used to run when Oakdale was a 'two-horse town' but he knows even more about repairing clocks, which is his specialty.

March 28, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Expansion Project Equals Success For Mid Valley Foods, Inc.

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.

March 28, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Curves Collects Groceries In Lieu Of Membership Fee

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.

March 21, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Business


Carving A Niche – Part II - Shoe Repair Business Flourishes During Recession

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.

March 21, 2012 | John Branch | Local Business


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Articles by Section - Local Business


Local Barbershop Adds Third Generation To The Floor

There's been a noticeable change to Norm's Barbershop at its West F Street location in Oakdale.

January 28, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Fitness Studio Looks To Revitalize Community Health

There's a small secret in the way of fitness a handful of community members have caught wind of: Revitalize Fitness is looking to reshape not only how people perceive weight loss, but overall health.

January 21, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Businesses, Junior Achievers Feted On Friday

A number of local businesses and teens actively involved in the community will be saluted on Friday night, part of the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner.

January 14, 2015 | | Local Business


New Location, Same Care - Veterinarians Seek More Space For Better Service

It has been over two decades since Mel Tanner, DVM, opened the doors of his South First Avenue Vet Hospital. The quaint and cozy Oakdale's Olde Towne Vet Hospital situated in amongst unassuming little residences has become a refuge and comfort for many local pet owners.

December 31, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


United Way Organizations Benefit From RV Sales

Throughout the month of January, Best RV Center in Turlock will donate $100 for every vehicle sold to United Ways serving the Central Valley. United Ways from Sacramento to Fresno will benefit from this drive.

December 24, 2014 | | Local Business


Local Businesses Host Downtown Jingle Event

Doors will be open and treats aplenty, as some downtown businesses keep their doors open a bit longer on Friday, Dec. 12 to participate in a special holiday Jingle All the Way event. Over half a dozen boutiques and shops in the North Third vicinity will extend their business hours to 8 p.m. Friday, welcoming the community to do some night time shopping.

December 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Downtown Shop Targets Specific Clientele

Kristine Fallentine, owner and key name behind Kristine's Designer Clothing, has something unique to offer the Oakdale shopper. The recently opened 145 N. Second Ave., Oakdale location is just in time for the holiday season and their sought after unique customer.

December 03, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


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