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BigView -Gifts and Happenings

Great gift ideas
Shop local this year and as often as you can. We have so many creative people, cool people making great things and many of them make perfect gifts. Plus we have so many local restaurants, and food companies that offer gift cards and make gift packs you can give. Some are online and some are at local markets, but most importantly, give them a try. Here are some of the view crew’s fave ideas. We will be sprinkling these all over our December issue.

These are amazing, cool boom boxes/external speakers made from vintage luggage. They even have Bluetooth Find them at and @reclaimrd

Be part of the “Bread” crowd.
The hottest ticket in Modesto isn’t some velvet rope, backstage passes or front row seats, but it is the super hot and in demand Alchemy Bread company. Fresh, delicious organic bread made daily that sells out almost as fast as Bonnie O’hara can bake it. To avoid regular sell out disappointment, you can get on her weekly bread subscription and get ready for special delivery. You might even see her on her bike.

Rachel’s Kitchen
How about something really yummy? The preserves from Rachel’s Kitchen make any scone or simple piece of toast a totally new experience. Made right here in Modesto. You can find them at Portico or online

Thomas J Collection
Wow, we love these cutting boards and you can’t go wrong with one that is beautiful and durable. Check out theme creative pieces at

Bean Counter Coffee
Locally roasted coffee is wonderful. These beans are amazing and you will savor every cup. Coffee always makes a great gift for your friends, family or even yourself.

Put the Mansion on your tree!
One of our all-time favorite Modesto gifts is the McHenry Mansion tree ornament. We have given these as gifts and they are on the trees of all of our family members. Make sure your and your friends’ trees have the mansion. McHenry Mansion Gift Store 924 15th St, Modesto, CA 95354 209-549-0428



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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.