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BigView – ModShop Craftiness is Back in 2022

By Chris Murphy, Ruhi Sheikh, Trisha Rosenow and Kate Trompetter

This is the most refreshing and invigorating season of the year. The days and evenings get cooler, the leaves are beautiful for walks in the park and November seems to be where we change gears. Just so we all are clear, and despite what you see in the stores, November is for fall harvest and Thanksgiving. The Christmas holiday season doesn’t start until AFTER Thanksgiving, so let’s not rush ourselves and savor this month of fall tastes, smells and crafty experiences. Thanksgiving day is for family and friends and everyone needs a day off.

ModShop is Back!
By Ruhi Sheikh

Mod Shop will be hosted on November 26, 2022, in downtown Modesto. This year at Mod Shop we are taking it back to our original platform of highlighting the uber-talented folks in our community, on a more scaled-down platform. This allows our vendors to have more booth space and gives our shoppers more space to walk comfortably and safely. In addition to supporting our handmade artisans, we want to give downtown businesses a day to shine on Small Business Saturday. We have extended our hours from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm, which gives families lots of time to enjoy the afternoon on into the evening, with time for enough downtown Modesto nightlife. We will have busking musicians performing, and a drum circle.

This year ModShop will host around 75 vendors in 6 locations. VMI School of Rock, Dragonfly Art for Life, City Center Courtyard (located next to the Modesto Chamber Office), Tresseti’s Wine Room, Mistlin Gallery & Greens on Tenth. In addition to our Makers, we will host MoSt Poetry Center’s lovely poetry-on-the-spot booth with all proceeds benefiting their non-profit.

We are also excited to invite former MJC photography and ESL student Thelma Salivar to showcase her photography exhibit. “Titled, Letters Home Photography Project.” This exhibit tells the story of immigrant families and how they are documenting their life now to share with their families back home. Thelma would like to help fellow immigrant families and students share their stories as well, and will be assisting with taking photos to send back home.

Mod Shop is thrilled to partner with Modesto Subaru, a business that truly believes in supporting the arts in our community. #SubarulovesModesto

Here is a small sampling of Maker’s that will be participating at Mod Shop this year.

Lux Designs:
Lux creates resin pour artwork and charcuterie boards with a nature-inspired and beachy vibe. Jennifer Dickey from Lux Designs
creates beach screens, geodes, and marble pours using epoxy resin pouring on wood and marble.
Instagram: @_lux_designs_

The Mossery:
The Mossery is created by Jaime Waddell-Humble. She creates high-quality wall art using preserved moss and other natural items. Many of you may have seen her pieces adding a vibrant flair inside of Commonwealth in downtown Modesto. Jaime brings nature into your home with moss art.
Instagram: @themossery_ca

Coastal Moon Art:
Coastal Moon Art is born from the creative mind of Jennifer Ringer. Jennifer creates ceramic planters, jewelry dishes, wall hangings, and ornaments. Coastal Moon pieces add interest and an design element to any space. These handmade and one of a kind, ceramic, calligraphy & painting pieces are inspired by the beautiful world we live in.

Broadsides is a beautiful collaboration between Dana Koster’s pithy poetic words and Chelsea Americas vibrant powerful art.
Broadsides will be bringing their witty postcards, stickers and art to Mod Shop. Instagram: @broad.sides

That Fly Lord:
ThatFlyLord is the brain child of tattoo artist Scotty B. You may have seen some of Scotty’s life-size flying creatures featured on the side of a building on College Ave. Or scrumptious mushrooms, butterfly and beetle pieces featured on stop signs in downtown Modesto. This year, Scotty will be bringing his handmade designs to Mod Shop.
Instagram: @thatflylord

Kate, Ruhi & Tricia
Mod Shop
facebook & instagram: @modshop209

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Black Friday Tips
Our advice, stay out of the big box store long lines and spend this day shopping with our locally owned stores. Or you can do like the View Crew 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.

Small Small Saturday
Shop Local on Small Business Saturday. Coincidentally this is the same day as ModShop. 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.

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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.