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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tucked away in part of the produce section at the Oakdale Save Mart, a group of youngsters snacked on wheat crackers and salsa while listening to a story on Saturday morning. Then they got to take a guided tour, looking over the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the store.
The gathering was the latest in the summer Super Produce Story Time series at the local supermarket, offered each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Silva chose the book 'Chicks and Salsa' to read on Saturday and offered salsa - with the healthier alternative of ...