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Insomnia Gym prepares for big move into Turlock Town Center

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Name of business: Insomnia Gym

Type of business: Fitness center

Location: 2930 N. Walnut Rd., soon to be 671 N. Golden State Blvd.

Hours: Open 24 hours to members seven days per week; Staff on site from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Contact information: 703-554-0305

Specialty: On-site meal prep

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Turlock resident Adan Escriba has yet to turn 30, but he already has nearly a decade’s experience as a gym owner and is only just getting started. 

His business, Insomnia Gym, a fitness haven that’s open 24 hours per day, will quadruple in size by the end of the year when its dumbbells, treadmills and squat racks move into the new 5,000 square-foot space waiting for them in the Turlock Town Center. 

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Development continues to thrive in Turlock

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While the pandemic may have put many things on halt over the past 19 months, one thing that didn’t stop in Turlock is the development and opening of new businesses in town.

Some businesses were lost in 2020, like Hometown Buffet, the downtown Dust Bowl taproom and In Shape on Geer Road, but the construction of new establishments has occurred on the regular since last March. Turlock celebrated the development of a brand-new Dutch Bros. Coffee shop, Sourdough & Co. and Domino’s Pizza near Stanislaus State, and the other side of town welcomed a Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen to the Turlock Town Center. 

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New technology gives homebuilders an edge as online food delivery expected to hit $151.5 billion

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PACIFIC GROVE, Calif., Sept. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- With online food delivery's worldwide revenue expected to rise to over $151 billion by the end of 2021, products that can make delivery safer or more convenient are in significant demand. As a result, this year's CES convention, one of the world's most celebrated tech shows, is expected to be filled with food-related options.

For example, Fresh Portal, a California-made delivery portal, allows people to keep deliveries safe in a built-in, temperature-controlled unit by the door of their home or office. The high-security portal can be remotely controlled via app or WiFi and even scans packages with a Far-UVC disinfection light to clean the food.

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EG beer and wine showcase coming to Old Town

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Uncorked & Uncapped, a festival that spotlights Elk Grove’s breweries and wineries, will debut in Old Town Elk Grove on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The VIP early admission passes are sold out, but general admission and designated driver tickets will continue to be sold through Sept. 22.

On tap are all of Elk Grove’s five breweries as well as five local wineries. The Turlock-based Dust Bowl Brewing Company will also serve samples of their ales at the festival. They plan to open a 3,000-square foot taproom on Railroad Street, next to the Old Town Plaza, later this fall.  

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Cannabis company Perfect Union expects to double revenue after ‘whirlwind’ retail expansion

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Sacramento-based Perfect Union continues to expand its retail footprint across the state with this week's opening in Napa of the cannabis company's 11th dispensary.

Over the last 18 months, Perfect Union has opened dispensary locations in Napa, Seaside, Riverbank, Morro Bay, Turlock, Weed, Shasta Lake and Ukiah. The company also has two locations in Sacramento and one in Marysville.

Perfect Union CEO David Spradlin said the company has had a number of projects in the pipeline since mid-2017, but the pandemic saw rapid progress on them starting in mid-2020. While the expansion may look like a whirlwind of growth from the outside, he said the company was prepared.

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Turlock’s Price Ford to expand next door with Price Honda

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The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors this week gave the go-ahead for another car dealership to be built on the outskirts of Turlock, with construction set to begin in the spring. 

Fans of Price Ford on Golden State Boulevard will be pleased to hear its owners are expanding into the vacant lot next door with the addition of Price Honda, which was approved by Supervisors on Tuesday with a few caveats. The five-acre parcel will be developed in two phases, with the completion of Phase 1 anticipated within 12 to 14 months of construction’s start in the spring and Phase 2 within the next 10 years. 

Despite a development restriction easement on the property which has been in place since 1966 and was supposed to last until 2033, the City of Turlock terminated the restriction and also entered into a tax sharing agreement with the County which will see the City collect 50% of the new dealership’s sales tax revenue and provide both Price Ford and Price Honda’s public sewer and water services. Portions of the sales tax revenue collected from the new Price Honda will be dedicated to future planning, design and construction of the Taylor Road interchange at Highway 99. 

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Wetzel’s Pretzels opens permanent location in Monte Vista Crossings

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After a summer season in 2020 traveling throughout Turlock in a food truck, Wetzel’s Pretzels is officially serving customers out of a new brick-and-mortar location at Monte Vista Crossings. 

Located in the former Dickey’s Barbecue Pit space next to Jamba Juice, Gyros & More and Panda Express, Turlock resident Tony Zaia couldn’t be happier to open his fourth Wetzel’s Pretzels restaurant in his own community. Zaia owns and operates three other locations in the Modesto and Merced malls and was forced to sell in Turlock out of the company’s food truck when the pandemic first hit last year. 

He had been hoping for a spot in Monte Vista Crossings for over five years, he said, and the community’s support of the Wetzel’s Pretzel’s truck only confirmed that Turlock would be the perfect landing spot for his next store.

“This has really been special here in Turlock. From day one when we brought in the truck until now, the community has been extremely supportive,” Zaia said. “COVID created an opportunity and when they called me to say there was an open spot, I jumped on it because I’ve been waiting for a long time. I knew that location is robust and busy, and so far it’s been true to my thinking.”

The new Wetzel’s Pretzels in Turlock celebrated its grand opening last Friday and the community celebrated, too. Now Turlockers have a permanent, one-stop shop for all of their pretzel needs, from knots topped with jalapenos and pepperoni to sweet, cinnamon-topped bites. 

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Backyard nursery offers plants at discounted prices

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Name of business: Green Aura Plant Life

Type of business: Backyard discount nursery

Location: 694 Mitchell Ave. in Turlock

Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. by appointment Sunday through Monday

Contact information: 209-202-8839;; @green_aura_plant_life on Instagram

Specialty: Indoor plants for all skill levels

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Like many people throughout the country and the world, Turlock resident Audrina Mae’s world was turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. The single mother lost her job thanks to the virus that shut the globe down, and as a result her mental health took a turn for the worst.

Also like many, Mae found solace in taking care of indoor plants — a quarantine hobby that not only helped pull her out of depression, but resulted in a business she could call her own.

“I found that plants were very therapeutic for me,” Mae said. “I really wanted to collect plants, but I couldn’t afford them.”

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Fair to offer shopping Pop-Up Palooza!

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Stanislaus County Fair visitors will have the chance to shop from local artisans and vendors as the Pop-Up Palooza will be open for business on the fairgrounds this year.

The pop-up shops will have free admission and be open to the public July 9-10, July 17, and July 23-24. Antiques, crafts, treasures and vendors of all sorts will be exhibited.

The first pop-up event will be hosted by Grandma’s Treasures of Denair and take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. On July 17, the Pop-Up Palooza will be hosted by Hey Turlock! The shops will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Grandma’s Treasures of Denair will return to host on from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 23 and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 24.

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Westside natives offer conchas, coffee and more with new food truck

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Name of business: Conchitas Truck

Type of business: Coffee and dessert mobile catering


Contact information: @conchitas.truck on Instagram

Specialty: Concha ice cream sandwiches

History of business:

Two childhood friends are hoping to cure Turlock’s sweet tooth with their new food truck, which puts a unique twist on a timeless Mexican classic.

Anne DiGrazia and Martha Jauregui both grew up on Turlock’s Westside, where their 25-year friendship first began. As children, they spent plenty of time looking forward to visits from the pan dulce truck and often indulged in the Mexican treat also known as sweet bread, or concha.

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