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Stanislaus County restaurants, customers celebrate re-opening indoors in red tier

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MODESTO, Calif. — Businesses in Stanislaus County are celebrating after finally being moved into California's "red tier" of re-opening on Tuesday afternoon.

The red tier means restaurants, movie theaters, churches, and other businesses can re-open indoors at 25% capacity. Many of the business owners and even some regulars say they're breathing a major sigh of relief.

"I've been missing it really, really, really bad," Marshall Rivers said.
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Bob’s Take-N-Bake under new ownership

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When Julie Wiggs made the decision to sell her Ceres pizzeria she had no intention of selling the family name and the secret recipes to Bob’s Take-N-Bake pizzas. But when a family member saw the business for sale on social media, she called her cousin and told her they wanted a piece of the pie.

Cheryl Pometta called Wiggs and mentioned that her daughter was interested in buying the business, which was started in 1983 by Bob and Linda Wiggs -- Julie’s parents and Pometta’s uncle and aunt. Both Pometta and her daughter, Lacey, had worked for Bob’s at one time or another, so they already understood the operation of the business.

“At first I was hesitant to sell the business altogether, but I knew I had to do it,” said Wiggs, a mother of three, a soon-to-be grandmother who is busy running her Bob’s Take-N-Bake shop located in the Roseburg Square in Modesto. “It was just consuming so much of my time and right now I have so much going on in my life. I just know that this is the best decision all around.”

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Stanislaus County businesses await move into California’s red tier

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STANISLAUS COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — Business owners were disheartened Thursday to hear that Stanislaus County would remain in the purple tier, the most restrictive tier in the state’s reopening plan.

Rich Lowdermilk is the owner of Buckhorn Grill in Modesto, which opened just two years ago.

“When the food comes out right, people are usually, ‘Wow, this is, you know, some of the best tri-tip I’ve ever had,’” Lowdermilk told FOX40.

He’s just one of many restaurant owners in Stanislaus County who have been struggling to survive during the pandemic.

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Cannabis revenues to drop

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Yet another developer agreement for a cannabis retailer was amended by the City Council on Monday in light of a more local competition which will result in less revenue for the city.

The Ceres City Council voted 3-2 to approve changes to the agreement that allows Pacafi Cooperative, Inc., to pay less in fees to operate its Patient Care First dispensary at 1442 Angie Avenue in Ceres.

At the time of the first developer agreement was inked, the Patient Care First began operating in December 2017 with only selling cannabis to medicinal patients. But it later began selling recreational marijuana after California voters approved recreational cannabis use among adults. In the past three years, other jurisdictions like the city of Turlock and Stanislaus County also followed Ceres’ example and began allowing dispensaries, which have cut into sales.

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Secondhand boutique moving into permanent downtown home

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After just under a year of providing the community with an affordable option when it comes to clothing, consignment boutique Little Red Door is preparing to open its own brick-and-mortar location in downtown Turlock. 

Little Red Door opened last fall as just a small space inside of downtown shop Rustic Roots — a humble beginning that sisters and boutique owners Marissa Miranda and Isabella Cisneros now look back on fondly as they prepare to welcome customers to their new space on the corner of East Main and Thor. 

The boutique aims to give discarded fashion a second chance through a selection of up-cycled clothing hand-picked by the duo. Miranda and Cisneros frequent thrift shops in search of quality fabrics and one-of-a-kind items seldom found in stores today, from vintage Levi’s jeans to handbags from the 60s.

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Stanislaus County Announces $2M Grant Program

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created a crisis for local arts, cultural, and youth-serving organizations. The public health requirements for safely operating these programs present numerous challenges to nonprofit financial models and affect the design, nature and scale of youth and arts/culture programs.

Considering these challenges and because of the vital role played by these nonprofits, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors approved $2 million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds specifically for county nonprofit organizations providing arts, cultural, and/or youth services and programs.

The intention of this funding is to stabilize and secure the ongoing operation of these nonprofit services that are critical to young people and/or contribute to the vibrancy of Stanislaus County. For more information and to apply for this grant visit:

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Dutch Bros Coffee opens to frenzy in Turlock

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Dutch Bros Coffee opened its highly-anticipated Turlock location over the weekend, bringing java, jubilation and traffic jams to the corner of Monte Vista Avenue and Crowell Road.

The country’s largest privately-owned drive-thru coffee company began construction on its new location earlier this year and is one of several in the area owned and operated by Isaac and Amy Schaaf. The husband and wife also own the Dutch Bros in Oakdale, which coincidentally opened over Labor Day weekend last year, as well as the future Modesto location scheduled for an October opening.

Dutch Bros is known for its massive menu of drinks, which includes everything from coffee and smoothies to teas and sodas. There are over 10,000 drink combinations to choose from, but Isaac Schaaf noted that the Rebel Energy drinks and the seasonal crème brûlée pumpkin cold brew are among the shop’s best sellers.

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Perfect Union Launches New Seaside Dispensary

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Perfect Union, one of California’s fastest growing cannabis dispensary operators, launched a new retail store today in Seaside, CA, expanding their growing retail footprint. The new store is one of 4 new locations that will be added to the Perfect Union family in the third quarter of 2020. The company is the top cannabis retailer in the Sacramento area with 3 locations and recently expanded to the Central Valley with a new store in Riverbank, CA. They will open two new stores in Morro Bay and Turlock in the back half of September.

“We are very excited about our new Seaside store,” said David Spradlin, CEO of Perfect Union. “We have a proven model for launching and successfully growing the Perfect Union concept in new communities. The city of Seaside is a great fit for us, and I look forward to helping grow and strengthen the community through our presence. This is another important step in solidifying our position as the leading cannabis retailer in California.”

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Turlock’s new Dutch Bros Coffee set to open Friday

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TURLOCK, Calif. — Dutch Bros will be opening their first-ever Turlock location on Friday.

The coffee chain touts itself as the country's largest family-owned drive-thru coffee company with 12,000 employees in nine states and 400 locations. Turlock will be the chain's 407th shop.

“We're so excited to be part of the Turlock community," said Isaac Schaaf, operator of Dutch Bros Turlock. "We can't wait to see everyone Friday at the grand opening!"

Dutch Bros specializes in coffee, smoothies, freezes, teas, their Dutch Bros Blue Rebel energy drink, and a nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee.

Turlock's new Dutch Bros has its grand opening on September 4 from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 1201 West Monte Vista Avenue.

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Turlock family transforms event center into new drive-in movie theater amid coronavirus

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TURLOCK, Calif. — A Turlock family is refusing to let the coronavirus and business restrictions dampen their ambitions.

The Yonan family announced that they'll be transforming their new event venue into a drive-in movie theater amid state coronavirus restrictions.

Dubbed the GO Drive-In, the theater is expected to start up in late August and play older movies like the Sandlot, Grease, Breakfast at Tiffany's and other classic movies, the Yonans told ABC10.

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