Biz Beat

July 19, 2014

Business Beat: ‘Community’ coffee coming to Turlock

Downtown Turlock’s La Mo is celebrating its third anniversary by brewing up an experiment – a coffee shop that will serve both those who can afford to pay and those who can’t.

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Downtown Turlock’s La Mo is celebrating its third anniversary by cooking up an experiment. This isn’t a new Mexican dish, though; it’s a coffee shop that will serve both those who can afford to pay and those who can’t.

“Community” coffee, as it’s called, has been successful in other cities. As far as I know, it’s the first time it’s been tried around here. Each coffee drink will have an assigned price, but people will be asked to pay what they can. The idea is that some folks will pay the regular price, some a little more, and some a little less, and it will all work out in the end.

Co-owner Gloria Smallwood said everybody should have access to a good cup of coffee. I have to agree with that; I consider coffee a necessity.

This is the third time La Mo has expanded. It first took over the space across the courtyard from the original restaurant. Smallwood said she had no idea the concept would be as popular as it has become, but she’s thrilled with the success.

Café La Mo, as it will be called, will front Main Street. Smallwood said the owners are hoping for an opening in early August.

Elsewhere around the Business Beat

Brandman University will have a job fair for teachers on Thursday.

According to a news release, representatives from the Patterson Joint Unified School District, Manteca Unified School District and Stanislaus County Office of Education will be on hand, trying to fill job vacancies including teachers of single subjects, multiple subjects and special education within multiple school districts.

In addition, workshops will be held on how to become a substitute teacher, apply for educational jobs and interview for a career in education.

The job fair will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the campus, 5222 Pirrone Court, Salida.

Register to attend at

• Rabobank in north Modesto has moved. The Standiford Avenue branch has relocated to Pelandale Avenue. According to a news release, the new locale is more visible and modern. The Standiford Avenue branch closed July 11, and the Pelandale location started business Monday. It’s at 3801 Pelandale.
• The city of Modesto is seeking applications for its annual Business Recycling Awards, which honor businesses and organizations that make outstanding efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle waste products.

The competition is open to any business or nonprofit organization within the city limit. Winners are selected in three categories: small (under 20 employees), medium (21 to 100 employees) and large (more than 100 employees).

Honorees will be notified and recognized at a City Council meeting Sept. 16.

Applications are available by calling the Solid Waste Division at (209) 577-5495, going online to or sending an email request to Applications are due Aug. 15. For more information, contact Vicki Rice at (209) 577-5495 or

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