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BigView – All You Need is Love!

Things we love
By Chris Murphy

What make something or someone special? Do you believe in love at first sight? (Yes I’m certain that it happens all the time) It could be the at Beanie Baby you got in the 90s or it is a handkerchief from your grandma or maybe the flowers from your wedding day. Maybe a beautiful sunrise, your new baby, holding hands, or the smell of coffee in the morning. All of these can mean love to different people. There is no right or wrong answer, it can be silly or serious, but most of all, love makes you happy, feel whole and special. True love is magic and we hope you all find it.

We asked our friends in Modesto to tell us about the things they love. You can also add yours to this story on our Facebook or at Let’s let the loving begin.
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Here are some great love notes to Modesto from our amazing readers and friends:

Well me & my boyfriend Bart love everyday in Motown! From walks on Virginia trail, to downtown and stopping by Concetta’s for a great dining experience. Then there’s coffee every morning at the Ah You estates! We even love our 4 block commute to work, we can even walk to work as it’s 10 minutes. There are always fun events to go to everywhere in our city, but look out you might end up in the ModestoView! We hit the cover once and yes, Bart is my Superman! ❤❤❤
Kristi Ah You

We get together with a group every year for Valentines and have steak and lobster and decadent desserts. Tradition and delicious 💕💞
Rebecca Beeler

Christopher Ortega It’s about family traditions, making dinner w/ your family, visiting new places and old alike, seeing old friends around town. Picking up Noah’s or the won ton soup from Phenix, ordering tacos from Viartas (DMV), classics from Harvest Moon like their Crab Toss. Going to Foodfixtruck for lunch, ordering the crab cakes and garlic & Brie from Tresettis, going to the farmers market, getting Sciabica olive oil, shopping @ O’Brien’s for all their cheese, ordering the lobster roll and cowboy roll from Sushi Garden. The MoBand Concerts in the Park, PorchFest, Edible Extravaganza, Graffiti Night, family movies in the park, the Christmas parade, Veterans Day parade, cultural diversity day, and all the other events our community puts together for the betterment of Modesto. We love Modesto!

Modesto has a small town feel~everyone knows your name type vibe.
Concert in the Park CITP is a Modesto favorite…Every summer with MoBand putting down the blanket early am and knowing in the evening friends & family will gather share food, wine and catch up. Truly a fun filled six weeks enjoying summertime!! I look forward to this event each year! It’s an event that brings back childhood memories sitting under the same trees…a tradition passed from generation to generation.
Susan J Powers

Modesto has the best event community. It’s the people that go to & help organize the events. The way they put things together to make everyone feel they are a part of Modesto as well when they are there, even if they don’t live there…that’s where I find Love in Modesto.
Seth D Baker

I enjoy walking down J St and 10th now that there are twinkly lights on the trees. My friends and I always enjoy hanging out at Fuzios and listening to the great music in the plaza on a Friday night.😀
Rhonda Allen

The Modesto View to keep me current about the Happenings in Modesto, Music at the plaza. Tours at McHenry Mansion, and the Modesto Museum, being involved with Modesto Chamber of Commerce to learn about Businesses and Business Owners, Yahoo
Ramon Mario

My boyfriend and I loved to have pancakes at Ridgway’s on East Orangeburg. It reminded us of Jim’s Diner in Austin where we would sit and talk for hours getting reacquainted. We met as teenagers in 1962 and reunited 50 years later. We decided to spend the rest of our lives together and he came to live with me in Modesto. He passed away last Halloween. We spent many happy times at our favorite restaurant.
Sheila Landre

We love summers in La Loma neighborhood, because everyone knows each other, and mixers are weekly. Great neighbors are what make the neighborhood such a special place. People rarely move out of the neighborhood itself, just into a different house!
Deborah Steinberg

This one’s easy. It’s the PEOPLE who make up our community of Modesto…so full of heart! If your hurting or in need..All one has to do is ask…and I can guarantee that someone will reach out. This community is my Ohana. I’ve lived in this city for nearly 50 years and so every inch of it feels comforting and familiar. My childhood home still stands at 1210 13th street. Every week we visit the Modesto library and pass that home on our way – and every time I can feel the warm summer days of the 70s and taste the homemade lemonade mom made from the tree out back I share stories with my daughter about tearing up downtown sidewalks on our big wheels driving the staff at Jack’s Ski Haus or the Modesto Bowl crazy. Modesto is home!
Yolanda Happy-Goil Newell

I love our museums, public parks and community performing arts!
Kaye Osborn

Modesto comes alive when the weather warms up and the love of community that you experience during the sweltering summer months is one of my favorite things. I’m looking forward to late evenings with friends…events like Concert in the Park, One Table Community Dinner and Porchfest are the best. Greeting old friends and making new ones keep me in love with this City of Great Neighbors.
Amy Vickery

What I love about Modesto is no matter where I seem to go, I always run into a smiling face of someone I know, either from business, music and social events and I love it when I’m recognized from doing the Chef View in the Modesto View! I have missed writing so much, my medical setbacks have kept my away. Hoping once I’m thru my horrific Kaiser arbitration I will be back and have the opportunity again to share with all of you. Love the Modesto View Crew!
Dana Johnson

Tresettis will be a special place to me always, and for so many reasons. But, at the far left patio table is where Dave kissed me for the first time. It was sweet and kind and beautiful, like him. He was winning handily at a game of Name that Tune (insert eye roll). It was our first official date. Micky by Toni Basil was playing and he asked me if he could kiss me. I said yes. Still saying yes almost 13 years later.
Kate Trompetter




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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.