August Greetings ModestoFriends

August Greetings ModestoFriends

The End of Summer
Ahhh, the sights and sounds of summer. You think you have a few more months, then snap, it is over. But ModestoFriends, we can’t let summer off so easily. We need to make sure we squeeze every drop of summer out and enjoy every taste. We have ModStock and Xclamation Fest this month and friends from all over the region will come together here in Modesto.

We had an awesome Graffiti Summer, we celebrated our 4th of July and soon, the kids will be hitting the books and kids will be going back to college. So what are we going to do with the next few weeks? Well, one thing you can do is help contributed to the One Purpose Scholarship program to raise money for CSU Stan students. I am a proud alumnus of CSU Stanislaus and we all need to rally around our local 4-year university. Students in our area are getting fantastic educations, masters and doctoral degrees and we are educating the next generation of brightest and best. Friends, we need our college kids to come back and be the turbochargers of the next 50 years. We need new start-ups, new companies relocating and we need expansion from our existing companies. We need to reverse the brain drain and bring our kids back to a vibrant Modesto. I am so excited that my daughter Madison and her new husband Ryan Leupp have moved to Modesto from Los Altos. We need more stories like this. We need a downtown that is welcoming to the young professional and other that makes the want to be here. Places like Commonwealth, Concetta and Raw are really creating some good vibes. We have a new Rockabilly barber on 10th St, and Jacobs has Urbano on H and is opening Jacobs on 12th St, not to mention our other fave places. X Fest will bring this all together on Aug 22 and this will be a party for everyone.

We need you, our ModestoFriends to get out and explore our city. Have you been downtown to check out the new places that have opened? Did you go to Music in the Plaza on a Friday night? Have you been to a jam at the Barkin’ Dog our checked out a show on the patio at Minnie’s? There is so much going on that you need to check out. But now we need more. We need to make our 10th St an epic promenade from the Doubletree to the Gallo Center. We need to spiff up J St from 9th all the way up to 5 points. What can you do? You can start by checking out the calendar of events at and try something new a couple of times each week. The more people come downtown, the more people will want to open new businesses. The more you tell your friends that things are happening, the more will get involved.

Our friends and the city and the county need to step up and make it easy to open a new business, whether it is a legal firm or a new restaurant. We need cooperation and a can do attitude that fosters new start ups. We all have to work together. We need a Graffiti Museum, we need more nightlife, we need more galleries and boutiques for art and clothing as well as gifts and snacks. We need an aggressive Convention and Visitors’ Bureau that will be reaching out and attracting business to Modesto. The economy is bouncing back and we need to help Modesto bounce big!

This is our call to action. This is the time to put our heads together and see what we need to do to attract other new business to area. We need to continue to make Modesto, THE destination of the central valley and welcome visitors from around the region and the world. We want people to shop locally for everything possible so we build our economy from the inside. Now is the time and Modesto is the place to live, work and raise a family.

ModestoView is the place for you to learn about all that is going on. There is something for everyone to do. ModestoView is the best and most complete way to learn about our city and get the positive buzz for things happening. Not only is ModestoView talking about these things, we are helping to create new events and activities in Modesto. No other publication works so hard to make Modesto better I thank you so very much for reading and spreading the good word.

Thanks so much,
Chris Murphy
Publisher and Founder – ModestoView

On the Cover
We welcome our former AllAges View editor Madison Murphy Leupp back to Modesto. She and her new husband Ryan Leupp are in the summer spirit, zipping around on a cool little Vespa and enjoying some great cocktails and checking out our patios like the one at the Boardroom. Thanks to John Weinholz at Cycle Specialties for loaning us this cool Vespa and we hope you go over to their showroom at 1201 Carpenter Rd and check them out. 209-524-2955



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.