Memories in Roseburg Square soon will be just that.
After 24 years in business – the first 21 in downtown Escalon – Jan Dornan has decided to retire and close her home and garden shop.
“It’s time,” she said.
Dornan has been thinking about retiring for the past year or so but struggled to make the decision.
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“This is my passion,” she said. “It becomes you.”
In addition to selling furniture and accessories for the home and garden, Dornan also helps clients decorate their homes. The store sells drapes and upholstery, too.
“When I leave a customer’s home, if they’re smiling, I’ve done my job,” she said.
Dornan, who said she always had a flair for decorating, went into business for herself in 1990, after leaving a job as an executive secretary. She started with a small storefront in Escalon, eventually growing to take up three spaces before moving her business to Modesto three years ago.
“It was either sink or swim,” she said. “It was stressful, but a different kind of stress.”
The store will be around for a while, as Dornan has a warehouse full of merchandise that will move in as other items are sold.
Though she is retiring from running the store, Dornan doesn’t plan to give up the business altogether. She will retain clients and work independently from home.
ELSEWHERE AROUND THE BUSINESS BEAT – Central Valley Automotive Group is building a $3.5 million Infiniti dealership at McHenry and Claratina avenues. According to a news release, the dealership is scheduled to open in December.
“We feel our sales will double with the new dealership and design,” owner John Gardner said in the release. “The closest Infiniti dealerships are in Livermore, Elk Grove and Fresno, and none has the all-new Infiniti Brand Design.”
Many thanks to my former colleague Jack Doo, who wrote the Biz Lines column in The Modesto Bee several years back, for passing along the release.
• Ts and Tops, a local screenprinting and embroidery business, is having an open house this week.
In December 2012, Jenn Parman and husband Matt took over the business, which has been around since 1983.
“We immediately added a sign division into the business, as Matt has nearly 20 years’ experience in this field,” she said in an email. The business does stitching and screen printing in-house.
“The newest division of the business has us installing storefronts, wrapping fleet vehicles, wrapping custom vehicles and even changing colors of vehicles,” Parman said.
The open house is set from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the business, 1101 Kansas Ave. Call (209) 575-1492.
• Langlois Music in McHenry Village hasn’t skipped a beat even after a car drove through the front of the shop on Monday.
Nobody inside the store, or the optometry office next door, was hurt, though the car pushed a piano through the adjoining wall. The driver, identified by Modesto police as Maria Oyervides, 54, also was unhurt.
Staff at Langlois said despite the crash, the store has continued operations and music lessons as usual, not missing a single day.