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BigView – Making Things and Memories

The BigView
By Chris Murphy

Making things and memories.
Now that we are in the world of all-digital streaming all the time and things craved are powered by batteries and are obsolete the day you get them, there is something kind of wrong about this. Not that we don’t love our technology, but there is nothing really special about a space grey digital device. You can’t make one at home, you can’t pass it down from generation to generation and it really doesn’t warm your heart like something homemade. Things that are made with care and wonderful experiences are the best gift you can give.

We are very lucky as Modesto is loaded with some amazing crafters and artisans. From the amazing local baked bread artistry of our FoodView featured Alchemy Bread to the funky felt creations of Wonky Felt, there is truly something interesting for everyone. Ahh, but you say, “Why can’t I sit in my jammies and order up all of my presents and have it delivered to my door one box at a time?”. You can, but you shouldn’t. ModestoView is here to make this really easy for you and celebrate our artistic craftiness at the same time. Our friends, Kate, Tricia and Ruhi have created ModShop in downtown Modesto that locates over 120 crafters in the small space of 3 city blocks along J street from 9th to 13th Street. You can literally get every one of your wish list items handled and at the same time, have invested in some great local talent and feel super good about yourself at the same time. ModestoView will be assisting with the music this year at a special stage at Ralston’s Goat. Best of all, there is an extra hour this year with ModShop beginning at 4 pm and the fun goes on until 9 pm.

Here are just a few of the makers that will be among the 120 vendors at Mod Shop. See see all of the vendors, please check out

Burch Bees- Sheila Burch.
This is that personal care that really makes you feel special and is super good for you and the environment with locally produced Beeswax honey and candles, lipbalm and simple balms.<>

La Chicana Crafts- Jasmine Gomez-Zavala.
These are some really cool Mexican Inspired Crafts, handmade dolls, hand-painted ceramic pots, shadow boxes for Ofrendas, hand-painted plaques, mini prayer banners and so much more.<>

Myth & Arrow Press- Christopher Garcia.
You have to love what we have a local printing craftsperson. Christopher produces small press and screen printed artwork and Zines. He plans to a booth run like a pop up shop that’s a actually a small press and will have have art for sale and live screen print demos. He also presents printing demos other times of the year. You won’t want to miss this. @mythandarrowpress<>

Lux Designs – Jennifer Dickey.
These are really fascinating pieces created by poured resin. She makes resin geode charcuterie boards, crystal and resin candle jars, resin beach scenes as well as crystal geode resin frames.<> Instagram @_lux_designs_

Kawaii Cactus Sierra Nay.
This is a teen vendor, making really fun Polymer Clay miniatures.<>

Think Big Little People – Royce Timoshevick.
This is really fun and practical Organic Children’s Clothing from sizes newborn to 5/6 years created by parents of little kids. Make sure you have a list of the new and young people in your life.<> @thinkbiglittlepeople

Recover Your Thoughts
This is one of my all-time favorite vendors featuring reclaimed library books that are converted into journals, notebooks and sketchbooks. There are fun titles from most every genre of literature you will love them @Recover.Your.Thoughts

Wonky Felt Sara Lytle-Pinhey.
These little art creations have created a life of their own and have become quite the curious celebrity via the pop up art presentations at Modesto’s 10th St Place. You can actually see these hand-sewn, whimsical felt characters, safety cones, hot dogs, wacky-waving tube guys, and more. There will be something that speaks to you. @wonkyfeltofficial<>

Tri-Chromatic Gallery- Dana Koster
Original art and prints. Goods by artists affiliated with Tri-Chromatic Gallery, including not-kid-appropriate Broad Sides, prints by Zoe Toscano, gift certificates for things like paint classes or massage art by Brook Heathcoat.<> @trichromaticgallery

Jordi Camps Illustration- Jordi Camps.
Handmade, screen-printed posters with original illustrations. Handmade sketchbooks with hand-printed, original cover. Jordi has created some amazing prints of local architecture and is a part of Mo.De (Modesto Design) and will also be showing other collateral.<> @superjordi

Sensory Dough by Kelsie- Kelsie Van Rys.
Handmade play dough scented with essential oils. Nontoxic, with aromatherapy properties. They will also have gifts sets that include play dough toys and/or children’s books.<> @sensorydoughbykelsie

We have the entire month of November to get ready for ModShop and there are some great events happening this month that get you into the spirit. Yes, the Christmas holiday season starts AFTER Thanksgiving here at ModestoView and we will help you enjoy the great tastes, the sites and the sounds of this great November, Thanksgiving and Harvest Seasons.

Black Friday Tips
Our advice, stay out of the long lines and spend this day shopping with our local stores. Or you can do like we did last year and do a downtown Modesto Pub Crawl. You will feel so relieved to not be shopping, but cruising around with your friends, supporting local restaurants and cafes and truly enjoying the day after Thanksgiving.

November 30
Shop Local on Small Business Saturday. This is the day when it is all about our local economy. When you shop local, you are not buying a CEO their third beach house, you are helping someone put their kids through school, play soccer and support the local business people that are the first to give back to the community. These are the people that are investing in our community so we should invest in them too. We do business here with our friends and we need to keep our $ local.

Modesto on Ice
Ice skating in Downtown Modesto is the glitter sprinkle on a great holiday seasons. ModestoView and Sierra Pacific are sponsors again this year for this great family and fun event. Skating sessions are daily from November from November 23 all the way through January 20th. There will be many theme nights, group skates and it is really easy to learn how to skate. Of course, the hot cocoa at the rink is amazing and it is always nice on the ice with the huge covered tent. You can sign up, do your waivers and schedule your ice time at

Rockin Holiday Preview
December will be here before you know it and you need to plan it out now. Thanksgiving is the 28th, so after you enjoy your family, run the Turkey Trot and shop local for Black Friday, it is time to get into the holiday groove and begin to celebrate. Just a fair warning, December is short this year so make sure you have your weeks planned out. Rockin’ Holiday decorations will reappear in 10th St Plaza beginning November 30. The Rockin’ Tree lighting will be right after the Modesto Holiday Parade on December 7, the theme this year is Candyland and we will welcome back the US 191st Army Band and their special USO style Christmas show also featuring Rockin’ Snow, Rockin’ North Pole, the amazing Rockin’ Holiday Pixel Tree and of course, Rockin’ Santa and the Rockin’ Elves. Dec 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 from 7-9 pm. See all the latest info at @rockinholiday on Facebook and Instagram #snowiscomingdec7 #classicmodesto

Be in the Parade
This is one of Modesto’s great holiday traditions and it would be a great idea if you were in the parade and even build a float or light up your vehicle. The theme is Candyland and the Parade will be on December 7 after the Dickens Fair and Holiday Farmer’s Market. You can get your parade entry here.

Ring the Bell
Salvation Army needs you to help keep the holidays bright for those in need. You, your family or your business can sign up to be a bell ringer at

Community Hospice – Fantasy of Trees
On display for two weeks at the Gallo Center for the Arts, you will see the heart of Community Hospice in all the beautifully designed, decorated and sponsored trees and wreaths by local designers in our community. Many have given of their talents, time and hearts all in support of the children served by Community Hospice’s Pediatric Palliative Care Program. Join the Friends of Community Hospice for their annual Fantasy of Trees luncheon event featuring the Designer Decorated Tree and Wreath Auction, Holiday Luncheon and Boutique and silent auction. Wreath auction closes Friday, December 6 at 1:00 p.m. Tree auction closes Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact the Community Hospice Foundation at 209.578.6370. Premier seating available on the lower level with special holiday gifts.
Friday, December 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
More info and tickets at

These are just a small preview sample of the amazing things happening this season. Check for updated info and new things do to. Get the ModestoView Ap at Itunes & Android Store

Let Us Know! If you know of something else going on, email us ASAP and we ill add it to our calendar<>

Make sure you tag your harvest and holiday pics #modestoview so we can share them too.



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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.