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Needful Things sells yarn, decor, taffy

Needful Things sells yarn, decor, taffy

TURLOCK — For Charlene Fry, owning her own store was a longtime dream. She and her husband had been involved in several other startups — including a sandwich shop and…

The Eleanor Project helps women help women

The Eleanor Project helps women help women

STOCKTON — Networking and making connections can be key in building a successful career or business. But there aren’t a lot of outlets specifically for women in the Central Valley.…

Rita’s gives franchisees recipe for success

Rita’s gives franchisees recipe for success

MODESTO — Nick Schutte was never nervous about bringing an East Coast cult treat to the Central Valley. For him, the proof was in the product. “I had a really…

Little chip saves big on computer power

Little chip saves big on computer power

STOCKTON — The Central Valley may not be Silicon Valley, but innovative technologies are still emerging from here. One potentially groundbreaking innovation comes from Current RF, which produces chips that…

Modesto’s Goodspeed Motoring focuses on specialty cars

Modesto’s Goodspeed Motoring focuses on specialty cars

MODESTO — It’s fitting that Jeremy Goodspeed ended up working in the automotive industry. After all, Goodspeed is the perfect name for the job. His business, Goodspeed Motoring at 5404…

Startup Spotlight: Road Finch takes your brand on the road

Startup Spotlight: Road Finch takes your brand on the road

STOCKTON — Pedro Avila wanted to develop a form of advertising that grabbed people’s attention and reached them on a personal level. So, he combined a billboard with a bicycle…

Tinker Tank provides tools to spark innovation

Tinker Tank provides tools to spark innovation

MODESTO — A kitchen island, car speaker boxes, a custom guitar and jewelry are just some of the projects “do-it-yourselfers” are constructing at Downtown Tinker Tank, a new business that…

Startup Spotlight: Stockton filmmaker feeds creative ‘obsession’

Startup Spotlight: Stockton filmmaker feeds creative ‘obsession’

STOCKTON — Making a career out of documentary filmmaking isn’t the easiest of things, but that hasn’t stopped Sara Washington. From her office at Huddle workspace in downtown Stockton, Washington…

Oakdale drain manufacturer set to expand

Oakdale drain manufacturer set to expand

OAKDALE — Safe Drain, an Oakdale business that makes drainage systems to control spills and protect stormwater systems, has served the area for a quarter center, but now it’s on…

Modesto business offers great escapes

Modesto business offers great escapes

MODESTO — If you’re looking for a way for your employees to bond, you might sign up for an escape. Escape Modesto opened recently downtown. The adventure-style activity, with a…

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