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BigView – Celebrating Local

The BigView
Local For The Holidays
By Chris Murphy

If you have been a reader of ModestoView for 10 years or if this is your very first issue, you can tell that we are all about local living, local music, local food and most of all, shopping local. Modesto is loaded with great people that we all do business with together. The freshest food, the best service and the most custom experience is done shopping local. Sure, it is good that Modesto is big enough to have the major chains as they employ many locals, but there are many opportunities to keep our dollars here at home and we have some really cool and interesting stuff. Here are just a few little holiday teasers. Needless to say there are many more great local products and we will feature more during the month at If you have great local tips, email us at>

Cornell’s Records
Vinyl lovers celebrate. Wow we have a new locally owned record store in downtown Modesto.
Cornell Militaru has opened the first new independent record store in years. They have a cool eclectic collection of vinyl, lots of world, classic rock, vintage and current punk, soundtracks and so many more. This is a place to come browse and talk about music. Support local record stores and local bands.
1807 G St, Modesto, Ca

These are amazing. Reclaim is turning old vintage luggage into really cool boom boxes/external speakers. There are so many options and no two are alike. They even have Bluetooth Find them at and @reclaimrd

Gift of Kings
The Three Wise Men, yes the original three we are told, walked the globe to deliver Frankincense and Myrrh to the baby Jesus. If you have ever wondered what those spices were, you can find out from Inland Fog, who make a whole variety of scents of soaps, lotions and bath salts. See their full line of wonderful locally made products at

Good Vibes, Scents and Karma for the Holidays
Intrinsic Elements COMING SOON

Rays BBQ Sauce
Do you love tasty spicy BBQ sauce? Ray has a special “secret secret” sauce that will blow your mind. You have to call him at 209-577-1906 to get some or check out the Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market.

Yummy yummy Almond butter grown from local almonds and then blended into super tasty tubs of Almond Butter for your sandwich and dipping needs. This seriously needs to be in your kitchen for regular snacking.

Classic Modesto Gifts
The McHenry Mansion is home base for all things vintage Modesto. Find yourself if the spirit of Victorian-era Modesto when you tour the McHenry Mansion and then head over to the visitor center and gift store next door in Downtown Modesto. You can get a really cool rockin’ Santa ornament, special Mansion ornament and even McHenry Mansion tea. Great gifts for your Modesto loving friends.
McHenry Mansion Gift Store
924 15th St Modesto 209-549-0428
Open Noon-4 Sunday – Friday

Local Music at Deva
Deva Café is one of our local treasures. They have been a home base for local indie and eclectic music for two decades. Their Sunday morning breakfast features live local music every week. Deva is also a place you can find local music by local musicians. So stop by Deva, get a great meal and latte and shop for local music.
Deva Café
1202 J St Modesto

Graffiti Gifts
Don’t you wish there were really fun Modesto themed gifts? There are! You can stop by the Modesto Graffiti USA Diner in downtown Modesto and set up your friends with a cool Graffiti mug, fuzzy dice, Cruisin’ shot glass, Race For Pinks T-Shirt or even a onesie for a baby. Let’s share and spread the message that Modesto USA is the home of American Graffiti and give one of the rockinest and coolest gifts of the season. All profits go to support local charities.
Modesto Graffiti USA
1220 J St, Modesto, CA Wed –Sat 11-5 pm
Shop online at

Zoe’s Coffee and Bean Counter
Do you love coffee like we love coffee. You can enjoy roasted in Modesto coffee from two of our favorite places. Zoe’s has been roasting and brewing around Modesto since 1987 and they offer many flavors and varieties. Plus, they are a welcome treat at the Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market. Our friend Ian Grimbleby decided that his love of coffee lead him to start roasting his own beans. Everyone loved them and now you can too. Coffees and teas are some of the best gifts you can give. Check out the flavors here.

And you thought they just made amazing Olive Oil. But no, they make the other part of the oil yin and yang, vinegar. Flavored vinegars are the perfect addition to your favorite appetizer, dip, dressing or entrée They make fantastic gift packs, easy for mailing and you can’t go wrong.

Stewart and Jasper
Let’s make this easy. You can stop at the Stewart and Jasper store in McHenry Village and get wine, nuts, chocolate dipped fruit, dressings, salsas and so much more. You can basically take care of every foodie in your life in one quick visit and if you play it right, stay for some tastings. 1700 McHenry. 209-577-6887

Crow Trading
I love this store and there is always something interesting. Jennifer and Skip Williams scan the globe for cool vintage stuff and really interesting photos, collectible and ever interesting furniture. Check out the cool Chinese thread winders we discovered in a recent visit. Crow Trading is at 1208 J St, Modesto 209-579-2173

Local Music
Friends encourage friends to listen to local music. Local bands record local music. They sell these amazing disks full of original songs that you will love. Deva Café has local music and you can explore the local music at and browse the hundreds of local bands with links to their music. Listen to MAMA (Modesto Area Music Association) music today.

Local Food
Friends, this is as good as it gets. A gift certificate to a local restaurant is the most amazing thing. All of them sell them so you can go to your favorite place, you can have dinner and you can share that experience with your friends and family. Order up and share the gift of tasty living.



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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.