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Downtown Riverbank Coffee Shop Shows Progress

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What does one do when COVID restrictions have your primary interest virtually locked down? Well, if you’re Riverbank High School head varsity football coach, you can open a coffee shop in downtown Riverbank.

That’s just what Coach Anthony Buich is working on, a shop called Coffee Bruin, to be opened on Santa Fe Street, between Third and Fourth streets. It’ll be at 3310 Santa Fe, right next to Get Toasted, and across the street from Pizza Plus.

Buich said he’s hoping to finish up, get inspections passed, and open by the end of February.

In the meantime, he’s been working at the shop, where the new coffee bar is beginning to take shape. This past week, he was working on stripping down the concrete floor, getting it ready to refinish.

There’ll be several stations at the bar, featuring coffee brewing styles like latte, cappuccino and espresso.

Since last May, Buich and his wife Tayler have been filling orders for coffee, taken via their Facebook page, for raw coffee beans, either plain or ground before delivery. And they’ve been able to serve an area from Turlock to Oakdale, delivering the orders themselves.

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Turlock mom turns bread baking into business

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Nearly two years ago, Turlock resident and stay-at-home mom Megan Olson decided she wanted to try baking a loaf of bread to go with dinner. Little did she know, that one loaf would lead to her own business run from the comfort of her kitchen. 

Kneady Wife Bread Co. was formed shortly after, when Olson’s friends and family tried the bread she had baked and decided they wanted more for themselves. Soon, word began to spread quicker than butter on a hot slice of sourdough. Olson now makes up to 150 loaves per week and has customers throughout the 209 area code, providing fresh-baked goods to not only Turlock but communities like Hilmar, Hughson and Oakdale as well.

Olson takes bread orders on Facebook and Instagram, where she posts menu information and details about upcoming pop-up shops she plans on attending. Online orders are typically picked up by customers from Olson’s Turlock home, and those who purchase from her in person at vendor fairs have to get there early since she usually sells out in under two hours.

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Denair resident creates scrunchie success one stitch at a time

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Style fads come and go, but Denair resident Courtney Van Fleet is turning her creativity into profit through one timeless accessory. 

The 25-year-old entrepreneur and Denair High School graduate first learned to sew in 2017 after her grandmother encouraged her to take a class, she said. Since then, her sewing skills have grown from hand stitching drawstring bags to now producing anywhere from 300 to 400 scrunchies per month through her business, Sew Stitch’n Cute.

Van Fleet’s customer base started out small, but when a friend posted a photo of a Sew Stitch’n Cute scrunchie in 2019, she gained hundreds of new followers on her Instagram page and was flooded with requests for the stretchy, fluffy hair accessories. The business today boasts nearly 3,000 followers and Van Fleet has turned her talents into a full-time endeavor, spending four to six hours per day sewing scrunchies, keychains, steering wheel covers and even masks.

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Sale tax revenues have dropped but not like in neighboring cities

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The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

While the sales tax revenue giants of Stanislaus County – Modesto and Turlock – are expecting significant reductions in sales tax revenue stemming from COVID stay-at-home orders since March 2020, Ceres city officials only expect mild decreases. That’s because Ceres has a smaller reliance on sales to meet budget demands than do the two larger neighbors.

“I’m hoping that it’s a minimal impact,” said Ceres City Manager Tom Westbrook. “When you look at Ceres as a whole, we don’t have a lot of those large sales tax generators, like the city of Modesto has the mall, which was significantly impacted; and the city of Turlock has Monte Vista Crossings. We’re kind of, hey, we’ve got some services, we’ve got some goods, we’re just kind of rolling along and so we didn’t feel the pinch that maybe those larger cities did.”

The city of Ceres showed minimal decreases in sales tax revenue for March, April, May and June of COVID. Westbrook said, in fact, that sales tax and Measure H public safety sales tax revenues came in slightly above what was projected because of the conservative approach.

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USF lunch trucks back in service

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The United Samaritans Foundation’s Daily Bread lunch trucks will once again be making their rounds throughout the county, feeding those in need following a 14-day hiatus due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

USF shut down all of its operations — including the nonprofit’s countywide lunch program that feeds approximately 1,700 people daily — on Dec. 21 after one employee tested positive for COVID-19. Consequently, all employees were tested and seven in total were positive for the virus, according to USF Executive Director Linda Murphy-Julien.

USF is now back in action following a 14-day shutdown to stop the spread of the virus between employees and a thorough cleaning of facilities, according to Murphy-Julien.

And, most importantly, according to the executive director, “full recovery is on the horizon for everyone.”

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San Francisco business owner blames indefinite stay-at-home order for spike in burglaries

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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Many San Francisco business owners are hoping city officials will intervene after an increase of burglaries city-wide are causing small businesses to pay for damages during an already tough time.

A popular set of restaurants on the Embarcadero are facing $10,000 in damages after a recent burglary.

"A whole bunch of outdoor heaters that were attached to umbrellas that were vandalized and some of them stolen. At Epic we actually had a break-in," said Pete Sittnick, Managing Partner of Waterbar and Epic Steak.

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Turlock florist ‘poinsettia-grams’ for the elderly sold-out after Kacey Musgraves shares on Instagram

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) — A celebrity shoutout on social media helped shine a light on a Turlock florist and her mission to bring joy to elderly residents in care facilities.

Heidi Cisco is the owner of Heidi Hearts Flowers and she told FOX40 she wanted to do something special for the holidays in 2020, specifically for those who are confined to a room during the pandemic.

“I was just asking myself what are my resources and what am I able to provide? And poinsettias felt like what I was able to do,” Cisco explained.

After country music star Kacey Musgraves shared news of Cisco’s “poinsettia-grams” on Instagram, Cisco said she began getting 10 orders a minute until they sold out.

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Solar Energy Partners Joins with The Salvation Army in Support of Local Communities in an Effort to Give Back During the Holidays

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Using digital QR codes and a link provided to them, SEP customer donations can make a real impact on families affected by COVID-19 all around the country. SEP services areas in and around Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County and Fresno.

TURLOCK, Calif., Dec. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Solar Energy Partners (SEP), one of California's highest rated and fastest growing solar energy brokerages, today announced that they have officially partnered with The Salvation Army, the nation's largest social-services organization, through their "Red Kettle" & "Angel Tree" programs to aid those in need. With a need to help 155% more people than usual this season, The Salvation Army supports homeless shelters, grocery assistance, and Bill-pay assistance - helping struggling households pay their utility bills.

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), solar companies are in a prime position to help rebuild the American economy quickly and more robustly than ever. Solar Energy Partners (SEP) offer homeowners the ability to switch their main power provider to solar energy at rates generally cheaper than what most electrical utilities can provide. With so many impacted by the Coronavirus COVID 19 Pandemic, there has never been a greater necessity for economic relief. The Salvation Army's Red Kettle program could see up to a 50% decrease in funds this year due to more online shopping, unemployment rates and store closures. SEP is stepping up to offer options so their clients can donate cash through Red Kettle. Customers will also have the option to donate a toy via Amazon or Walmart which benefits the Angel Tree Program.

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To comply or not comply? How Modesto restaurants vary in handling of COVID shutdown

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Owner and sushi chef Nicholas Vang make a California roll at Modesto Sukiyaki restaurant in Modesto, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020.

When Cheng Her and his business partner, Nicholas Vang, bought Modesto Sukiyaki almost a year ago, they expected challenges because they were new to the restaurant industry. But they did not expect a pandemic that has been a public health and economic disaster.

Her said business at their restaurant in the Frontier Town Shopping Center is down 60%. He and Vang have laid off their five employees and are relying on family members to help them run the restaurant.

The two business partners have followed all the pandemic restrictions since the initial stay-at-home order in March, and that includes the latest from early December that limits San Joaquin Valley restaurants to takeout service.

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New Domino’s Pizza indicative of Turlocker’s success

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Turlock resident Greg DeGrandis recently opened his second Turlock Domino’s Pizza location, further fulfilling a dream that began at age 18 when he first took a job making pizza and answering delivery calls. 

DeGrandis started his journey with Domino’s Pizza as a part-time employee, but it wasn’t until he realized he could one day own and operate a restaurant of his own that he began to look at his job as a potential career choice. When he moved his family to Turlock years later in 2009 to manage the city’s only Domino’s location on Geer Road, he took the first step toward achieving that goal.

In 2011, DeGrandis became the franchisee of Turlock’s first Domino’s restaurant and today owns 12 locations with more on the way. One of his most recent developments is a Domino’s Pizza location on Monte Vista Avenue which opened next to Stanislaus State and Dutch Bros Coffee last month.

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