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Last-minute shopping? Here’s when the malls close

Last-minute shopping? Here’s when the malls close

MODESTO — If you enjoy the rush of last-minute holiday shopping, you’ve got lots of company. According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, 12 percent of shoppers plan…

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…

Firehouse Subs supports area firefighters

Firehouse Subs supports area firefighters

STOCKTON — If you like eating sub sandwiches and helping the community, Firehouse Subs may be the place for you. The national franchise opened a Stockton location on June 11,…

Cyber Monday deals now a continual stream of sales

Cyber Monday deals now a continual stream of sales

NEW YORK — Black Friday sales hit new highs, spurred in large part by online sales. However, those online deals may be cutting into the online sales barrage known as…

Majority of employees shop online at work

More than half of employees use work time to shop online, a survey from CareerBuilder found. According to CareerBuilder’s annual Cyber Monday survey, 53 percent of workers said they spend…

Women in jewelry business: a Ciccarelli family tradition

Women in jewelry business: a Ciccarelli family tradition

By MELISSA HUTSELL Business Journal writer MODESTO — In a nation where female founders still fall far behind their male counterparts when it comes to business ownership, Carla Ciccarelli owns…

Malls fight for a piece of the holiday action

Malls fight for a piece of the holiday action

STOCKTON — With the holiday season right around the corner, shopping centers expect to see a spike in business. Even better, projections indicate that increase will be greater than we’ve…

Modesto’s Fresh Express makes fast, fresh meals

Modesto’s Fresh Express makes fast, fresh meals

MODESTO — How about this for dinner? Bell Pepper Pizza: a green pepper shell brimming with fresh ingredients including homemade marinara sauce, mushrooms, shredded broccoli, grass-fed chicken breast, cheese and…

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…

American Halloween spending to hit an all-time high

American Halloween spending to hit an all-time high

WASHINGTON — Americans are expected to spend an all-time high of $8.4 billion on Halloween this year according to the National Retail Federation. The federation, which has conducted a yearly…