Sisters take a chance on fashion with boutique for both genders

January 13, 2009 

So what if we're in a recession with a side of depression. You still want to look nice, right?

Sisters Janeffer Agueda and Julie Caetano of Atwater are betting that nice clothing will still be in your budget with the opening of their new Modesto boutique, Grace & Daniel for Her and Him, in McHenry Village. The men's and women's clothing shop is named after Agueda's children.

Opened in November, the boutique (formerly the site of the Thomas Kinkade gallery) specializes in casual and evening wear for men and women and women's shoes and accessories.

Agueda said she and her sister select the merchandise from designers including Nanette Lepore, William Rast, Laundry by Shelli Siegel and Michael Stars.

She said the clothing in the 1,600-square-foot store caters to a variety of ages and is picked to appeal to wide audience.

This is the first clothing shop for both women. Agueda previously worked as a third-grade teacher, and Caetano was a hairstylist.

"It was just kind of always a dream of ours. We were always into fashion. We saw a gap in Modesto as far as boutiques go. So when we saw the great location that opened up, we thought it was a good time to jump in," Agueda said.

Grace & Daniel, 1700 McHenry Ave., Suite I-30, is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday. For more information, call 238-9100.

Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

With students facing SAT season, the new Club Z! In-Home Tutoring service is here to help. The national tutoring company opened a branch in September to serve the Modesto, Ripon, Riverbank and Salida areas. A branch has been open for a few years in Turlock.

Club Z Area Director Stuart Johnston, a Modesto resident, said the tutoring service is different from traditional learning centers because all the lessons are done in the student's home and all work is one-on-one.

Club Z provides study skills, homework, test preparation and other academic help for students from pre-kindergarten to adult. Subjects range from basics such as reading, math, science and history to foreign languages, music lessons and computer skills.

Tutoring runs $42 an hour for high school students, $39 an hour for younger students.

"The big difference is it's not just the amount we charge, but that you get the full hour of tutoring, one-on-one in your home," Johnston said.

For more information, call 572-4101 or visit www.clubztutoring.com. ...

Modesto's Royal India Indian Cuisine, which opened in September, has added a full bar.

The family-owned restaurant took over the site of the old Early Dawn Cattle Co. at Kansas and Emerald avenues. Co-owners Seema and Rimpi Hundal said they plan to add live music and possibly a nightclub area to the eatery later this year.

The 325-person-capacity restaurant also has a banquet hall that can be rented for families and offers catering.

Royal India is open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch, 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner on weekdays and until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information call 524-4400. ...

And finally, downtown Modesto's California Mongolian BBQ has closed.

In 2005, the restaurant opened with a build-your-own noodle bowl concept that allowed customers to pick their own meats, vegetables, noodles and sauces to be cooked while they waited.

Next door to the Barkin' Dog Grill and across from Tresetti's World Caffe, California Mongolian BBQ also served appetizers and salads, plus main dishes such as souvlaki, kebab and chicken breast.

No word yet on what will move into the space. The owners could not be reached.

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