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.
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.