Paula Cox loves her job.
The longtime interior designer still gets excited about working with clients to transform their spaces into special places, matching individual tastes to a style that makes folks feel right at home.
And now she has more room to showcase some of the many items available to people who are looking for something special. She and husband Doug have been stockpiling merchandise at their expanded Paula Cox Design Studio, Suite 45 in McHenry Village.
They opened a couple of years ago in an 800-square-foot shop at 1501 K St. in downtown Modesto. In May 2007, the business had grown to the point that they decided to move to their new 4,000-square-foot space, which is across the parking lot from Keller's.
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There, shoppers will find all kinds of lamps, vases, artwork, tapestries, mirrors, candles, boxes, shutters, tables, chairs, other furnishings and decorator accents. Paula Cox also carries an extensive selection of fabrics for covering windows, floors, furnishings and just about anything else. She prides herself on selling one-of-a-kind and hard-to-find items so customers know they're getting something special. For her, special orders are routine.
But what really makes this operation special is Cox, who brings more than
15 years of interior design experience to each client's table. Also an artist, Cox is very hands-on when it comes to drawing up the layout of each room and finding items that maximize each space with taste. Through each stage of the design process she involves her clients -- so they know what they're getting and get what they want.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 572-3470.
UPDATE SPECIAL: After being heavily damaged in a fire last year, the International House of Pancakes restaurant near Orangeburg and Briggsmore avenues in Modesto is expected to reopen this summer.
IHOP Corp. spokesman Patrick Lenow said the franchisee plans to rebuild the restaurant after demolition of the remains of the fire-damaged structure.
Though the restaurant's size and square footage will be roughly the same, Lenow said, the owner may opt to build a "heritage" design that's slightly different from the original.
The restaurant sits at the base of the Briggsmore overpass, just east of Highway 99. Built in the early 1970s, the restaurant with the distinctive blue roof caught fire in November while work was being done upstairs on its heating system. Occupied with staff and diners at the time, everyone escaped before the fire spread and gutted the building.
-- Ben van der Meer,
Bee staff writer
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What it is: Harrison Jewelers at 2962 Geer Road in Turlock. It's in the Raley's Shopping Center. Phone: 632-3089.
What it does: Harrison Jewelers is a full-scale retail jewelry store. It carries various cuts and colors of diamonds and other stones. The designer brands being sold at the store include Simon G, Verragio, Natalie K and Coast.
Who runs it: Mike Taylor and John Clark are the owners. Taylor and Clark have 60 years of combined experience in the jewelry business. The first Harrison Jewelers store is in Sonora and has been open for 14 years. The Turlock outlet opened in December. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
What makes it special: Harrison Jewelers is an independent jewelry store. It can custom order any design and does repairs on watches and jewelry.
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