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Woman Offers Creepy Crawly Care

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.

February 10, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business

Real Estate Snapshot For 2010

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.

February 03, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business

Fabulous Nails Going Green

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.

December 30, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business

Shipping Christmas

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.

December 23, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business

Landscape Architect Lends Grace, Function To Projects

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.

December 02, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business

Spa Owner Offers Positive Pampering

Kara Crose, owner of Kara's Skincare Studio, wants to reach out to those in need and offer them a little R&R in the way of her new Positive Pampering program.

November 18, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business

Local Stores Push Early Deals

According to economists the recession is over but local and big box retailers may disagree as the shopping climate remains cool, prompting bigger and earlier holiday sales meant to draw those reluctant consumers into tackling those gift lists now instead of later.

November 18, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business

Kona’s Chips Offers Gourmet Pet Treats

Tom and Cynthia Darmstandler, owners of the gourmet pet treat company Kona's Chips, never imagined that when they started a very personal journey to create healthy treats for their beloved Pomeranian puppy Kona, they'd stumble upon a need within the pet-owning community.

October 28, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business

Oakdale Pet Station Adding Cat Condo For Shelter

It's no secret that Ron Panelli, owner of the Oakdale Pet Station and sponsor of Pet of the Week in the newspaper for the past 20 years, loves animals but what people may not be aware is that, once again, he's going that extra mile for his furry friends.

October 21, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business

Local Vet Earns UC Davis Fellowship

Wendi Dudley, DVM, is one of a handful of veterinarians granted a fellowship through the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the California Veterinary Medical Association, which will entail 20 days of study on a specific discipline at the UC Davis campus.

September 30, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Chrissy Warner, above, a lab scientist at Oak Valley Hospital, signs a steel beam at the new hospital's 'topping out ceremony' on Sept. 15. In the ceremony, people sign the final steel beam used to complete the frame construction of a building, which is then raised with a tree sitting on top. At side, Oak Valley Hospital District board members, employees, construction personnel, and others were present for the ceremony. John Friel, CEO of OVHD, spoke briefly before a large crane raised the beam and workers bolted it into place.

September 23, 2009 | | Local Business

Gold’s Gym Opens F Street Facility

It's taken longer than anyone anticipated - including owner Sanjiv Chopra of Zeus Fitness - but the massive, state-of-the-art fitness facility and newest location of the Gold's Gym franchise has staked its claim on Oakdale, opening the 25,000 square foot building on Monday, Aug. 31.

September 09, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business

Mr. Pickles Deli Shop Opens

It's hard to miss the dancing and waving pickle standing alongside East F Street. But just in case you missed it, Mr. Pickles Sandwich Shop has come to Oakdale and they're offering top-notch deli sandwiches made to make your mouth water.

September 09, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business

Bargain Shoppers Eager For Deals

The last of the '80s excess mentality is officially gone: Bargain shoppers rule and they're on the prowl for a good deal whether they're looking for furniture, clothing, or even electronics.

September 02, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business

Local Chiropractor Offers Lower Price For Service

Times are tough and in the wake of the economic downturn, people have been tightening their belts, which as Dr. Bruce Turley discovered, means sometimes his patients go without critical care.

August 26, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business

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