MOLDESTO — Eve Edwards and Sue Wilhite have seen many changes in McHenry Village in the past 35 years. The sisters operate Eve & Me, a sportswear and accessories shop they opened with their mother, Marguerite Englehardt.
The name, Edwards told me, came from her name and her mom's initials: "Her name was so long it never fit anywhere," she said.
Englehardt had worked at the Dunlaps department store before branching out on her own. Her daughters said they have seen retailers come and go in the Village over the years, but their store has a loyal clientele of women between the ages of about 40 and 80.
Edwards and Wilhite are celebrating their 35th year in business with a party Monday.
One misconception the duo would like to put to rest, they told me in an email. "It has become kind of a joke for us, after 35 years in business some people still mistake us for a maternity store," they said. "We've never figured it out."
Eve & Me is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Score one for the local businessman. Many thanks to Bee copy editor Sharon K. Ghag, who provided the following tale: When Ghag was repairing her mom's vacuum cleaners, she looked on the Internet for parts, only to find the vacuums had been discontinued and parts no longer were being made.
Ghag turned to Modesto Vacuum & Sewing Center at 1600 McHenry Ave. Owner Gary Edwards knew exactly what she was seeking. The shop gave her the filter for one vacuum for free it was out of its packaging and a bit dusty and found a refurbished agitator brush for the other vacuum for $15. Edwards probably didn't even make the price of a cup of coffee on the transaction, but he was friendly and knowledgeable and treated a $15 transaction as just as important as a big sale. No wonder the store has been in business for 38 years.
If you find yourself in Modesto Vacuum & Sewing Center, tell them Sharon sent you. For more on the business, call (209) 577-2411 or go to www.modestovacandsew.com.
Beans Coffee is up and running on Kansas Avenue in Modesto. When I mentioned the opening in an earlier column, I neglected to include owner Perry Keyes' business partner, Camaron Keyes. The two also own the Mountain Mike's Pizza in Waterford and the adjoining Mountain Creamery.
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