Portico, a design and home store in McHenry Village, may have a new name and a new site, but there is plenty of history there, too.
Sarah Grover purchased Portico nine years ago; her sister, Emma, joined her in business last year. After 25 years in one McHenry Village site, the store recently relocated across the center. Along with the move came a name change, prompted by a business on the East Coast trademarking the name “Portico.”
The sisters said they thought they could win a legal battle but didn’t want to go to the expense of fighting it. “We’ve been calling this site ‘Suite 52’ since we started moving, so it only seemed natural,” Sarah Grover said.
So the new name will be “Suite 52 Living,” though the sign in the window currently reads “Suite 52 Living by Portico” so longtime shoppers and clients will know it’s still the same business.
And if the Suite 52 doesn’t ring a bell, its former occupant likely will: Keller’s spent most of its 60-year history in that spot before closing in the spring.
The Grover sisters said they jumped at the chance to expand their business into a space that, Emma said, is three times larger than the former Portico address, Suite 27.
The new site offers the opportunity to better display everything Suite 52 Living offers, from custom artificial flower displays to home design to entertaining goods. One area is set aside for candles and the like, with another planned for coffee and packaged treats provided by a third sister, Rachel, a caterer.
“We really had to layer stuff in the old store,” Emma Grover said. The sisters also can showcase more furniture; the center of the store is separated into separate seating areas.
The Grovers said they have found success by offering personal attention to everyone who is looking for it. “We focus on that with our staff,” Sarah Grover said. “We are a service business.”
And then there’s the upstairs. For many of us who grew up in Modesto, the holiday season each year kicked off with a visit to the Keller’s upstairs Christmas gallery. The Grovers said they were eager to return to that tradition. “It’s a bit of nostalgia,” Emma Grover said. The Christmas gallery will be up and running in time for the 2016 holiday season.
A grand opening is set for Oct. 1. And a holiday open house is set for Nov. 4.
Find Suite 52 Living at 1700 McHenry Ave., Suite 52. Call 209-544-2354.
Elsewhere around the Business Beat:
If you live in the Turlock area and own pets – hi, there, Jack and Charlie – you probably have noticed that Pet Extreme has changed hands. The pet store, which has occupied a standalone spot in Monte Vista Crossings on Countryside Drive, now bears the logo of Pet Supplies Plus.
According to a news release, Pet Supplies Plus recently acquired the 10 locations of Pet Extreme in California. It will mark the change with a grand opening this weekend.
With the acquisition, Pet Supplies Plus expands into California and grows to more than 370 locations across the United States, the news release said.
“Founded on the belief that convenient, quality service for busy consumers was lacking in the pet industry, retail veterans, Jack Berry and Harry Shallop, opened the first Pet Supplies Plus in Redford, Michigan in 1988,” the release states. “Since then, the neighborhood-style pet store has become a household name in 27 states.”
Pet Supplies Plus specializes in a variety of furry – and scaly – friends, from dogs and cats to exotic birds, reptiles and fish. Find the new Pet Supplies Plus at 2840 Countryside Drive, Turlock, and online at www.petsuppliesplus.com. Call 209-656-7085.
The area soon will be a petopia, of sorts: A Petco store is under construction across the street.
And finally, welcome to downtown Modesto, Sam and Dave’s Market.
As reported this summer by my colleague, Deke Farrow, Sam and Dave’s is a general store on I Street. The result of a partnership between former Modesto Councilman Dave Lopes and Direct Flooring & Home part owner Sam Garrett, the store had its grand opening this week.
Find Sam and Dave’s at 1111 I St.