Biz Beat: Camp 4 mural honors Robbins

pguerra@modbee.comAugust 17, 2013 

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— If you happen by Camp 4 in downtown Modesto, you can do more than grab a nice glass of wine and some nibbles — though that was perfectly lovely the last time I was there.

You also can watch the progress of the first community mural, an effort by volunteer group Murals in Motown. Local artist Aaron Vickery is painting a piece on the Needham Street side of the Camp 4 building at 1508 10th St.

Fitting for the building, which housed the Royal Robbins clothing store for years, the mural honors Robbins, a local hiking celebrity, and the Yosemite National Park he so loves. Camp 4, of course, is run by Robbins' son, Damon, and named for the famed climbers camp at Yosemite.

A reception is planned once the mural is complete, date to be announced. In the meantime, volunteers are seeking out more businesses interested in highlighting other Modesto heroes and success stories.

Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

Say this for Krispy Kreme: The doughnut maker knows how to throw an opening.

The new Riverbank shop opened last week to a hearty crowd led by the Sisco family, which camped there for a day and a half to be first in line. The family's prize: free doughnuts each week for a year.

The Riverbank family of Troy, Sheila, Logan and Beau arrived at the Crossroads shopping center Sunday evening at 6:30 in anticipation of the 5:30 a.m. Tuesday opening. Still, camping out for doughnuts — was it worth it?

"It will be in about three seconds," Sheila Sisco said as the workers inside got ready to open the door.

Krispy Kreme is at Crossroads, at Claribel and Oakdale roads.

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Haven Women's Center, a nonprofit organization that helps victims of domestic violence and their families, will receive the coins from Vintage Faire Mall's various fountains.

Each year, a committee selects one community group to get the money.

Janice Curtin, senior marketing manager for the mall, said in an email, "We accepted written requests from nonprofit groups and organizations to be the recipients of the fountain coins and received an overwhelming response from many worthy groups. ... It was a very difficult decision for the committee."

Haven representatives or volunteers have to put in some work to get the money — it's collected four or five times a year and has to be cleaned before it's deposited in a bank.

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