With tough economic times in Stanislaus County, many residents are losing their health insurance because of layoffs or benefit reductions. In most instances, that means turning to local clinics for vital health care services.
Cristin and Jim McCoy know a thing or two about being judged but they're all about changing people's attitudes and tearing down the stereotypes as the two recently opened a tattoo gallery that's nothing like the ones you see on television. Comfortable and professional, custom photography on the walls, this isn't your run-of-the-mill street shop. The duo are all about the art, not the hype, when it comes to inking someone's skin. Want to know what makes them different? Read all about them and their newest business venture in the next issue of the The ...
Jared Grgich, part owner of the newly opened Grgich Carvery, knows a thing or two about good food, having grown up in the catering business and now he's serving up the family recipes in his hof brau-style eatery.
One area dentist is redefining the phrase "put your money where your mouth is." The day after Halloween, Nov. 1 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Dr. Sceville's office at 1390 West H St., Ste. D and receive $2 per pound (with a five pound limit). Dr. Jody Sceville is leading this anti-decay movement by giving away dollars in exchange for cavity-provoking, unopened candy.
If you've got a crafty streak or enjoy buying hand-made, one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and family, you might want to make a stop at Creative Minds, the newest shop on North Yosemite Avenue.Owned by mother/daughter team Lea and Carolynn Cypert, the idea sprung from Lea's house - literally.The walls lining the building are covered, floor to ceiling in craft materials, all of which came from Lea's personal collection gathered over the years."I had all the materials and I wanted to share," Lea said, whose own personal journey into crafting started when she was 9 ...
While the ROTA (Riverbank-Oakdale Transit Authority) trolley may no longer be in operation, the Dial-A-Ride bus is still tooling around Oakdale and Riverbank, making adjustments that reflect a sign of the current economic times.
When you first walk into Porter, the new furniture store on North Third Avenue in Oakdale, the first thought when your gaze lights on mango hardwood trays and big, colorful pillows hand-crafted from India might be, "this place looks filled with beautiful stuff I can't afford" but owner Jordan Plumb is ready to assure shoppers that even in a tight economy, affordable and chic don't have to be enemies of one another.Plumb, formerly a Modesto resident, made Oakdale her home four years ago along with her grandparents and mother. Today, at 24, she's realizing her dream ...
In a tight economy, everyone is looking for better value for money spent. As of July 1, a new fiscal year began, and in the wake of devastating budget cuts that slashed programs, killed jobs, and reduced services, due to dwindling funds funneling into the city's General Fund, it's more imperative than ever that residents find ways to spend their hard-earned dollars in the community where they live.The current sales tax rate in Oakdale is 8.375 percent yet only .95 percent of that tax is returned to the community. However, the city's share of sales ...
The North Side Regulating Reservoir is a project that was initiated in 1997 when the Oakdale Irrigation District acquired the first piece of land for the project. There were delays due to funding issues and then taking time to implement the Water Resources Plan to better plan for the reservoir, but the project began picking up steam in 2007 and is now very near completion - only about two weeks or less of work left as soon as the weather cooperates.
Even mention the word "lice" and people start scratching their heads and shuddering at the thought of the creepy crawly nuisances doing the mambo in their children's hair but for Oakdale resident Melanie Steele, the critters don't bother her at all - which is a good thing seeing as people pay Steele for her delousing skills.
In the absence of a crystal ball to gaze into to discern the health of the real estate market, industry analysts are busy deciphering hard numbers to determine how 2010 is shaping up in terms of economic recovery, and the status of the real estate market.
Elizabeth "Liz" Vo and her husband, Cach Vo, are bringing Fabulous Nails into the green era by transforming the 7-year-old local business into one that uses natural botanical blends imported from Oregon and Canada that are paraban-free for their facials.
Punctual people who wanted to avoid the Christmas shipping rush that typically happens each season actually started sending their packages out Dec. 7 but the real crush didn't get into full swing until the following week - and even then it wasn't as crazy as it has been in previous years, said Myrna Nordstrom, owner of the local UPS store.
Monica Perrone, a local, licensed landscape architect with more than 20 years experience, is one of those lucky people whose creative talent is balanced by an analytical mind, which comes in handy when she's approaching a project because she can immediately envision beauty without losing the details.