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Business Beat: Rafting company expands to Oakdale

Owner David Voortman, gives a safety talk before before boaters get into rafts in 2013.
Owner David Voortman, gives a safety talk before before boaters get into rafts in 2013. Modesto Bee

River Journey Adventures, a rafting company in Knights Ferry, has opened a second location down the Stanislaus River in Oakdale.

The new center at 645 N. Yosemite Ave., just south of the Highway 120 bridge over the river, offers a place for customers to meet between trips between the Orange Blossom area and central Oakdale. The company has operated for 30 years out of Knights Ferry, plying another stretch of the Stanislaus.

River Journey Adventures offers rafting, kayaking, tubing and stand-up paddleboard trips. The rapids are Class I and II, ideal for beginners.

“We are excited for the opportunity to open up a new section of the Stanislaus that is perfect for both low and high-water years,” owner David Voortman said in an email.

More information is at or (209) 847-4671.

ELSEWHERE AROUND THE BUSINESS BEAT – Destination XL, a national clothing chain for big and tall men, has opened a store in northwest Modesto. It’s at 3250 Dale Road, in the Vintage Plaza shopping center.

DXL, as it’s also known, offers more than 100 brands in sizes starting at extra-large or 38-inch waist. It also has shoes, as well as wide aisles and large dressing rooms.

“The DXL store was built with the bigger guy in mind and directly addresses needs he’s expressed through customer feedback and focus groups,” David Levin, president and chief executive officer of Destination XL Group Inc., said in a news release.

The Modesto store is the 15th in California and the 150th nationwide for the chain based in Canton, Mass.

It is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. More information is at or (209) 521-1033.

▪ Hughson has three new businesses – a gift shop, restaurant and coffeehouse – that launched with help from City Hall.

The Business Assistance Program has $30,000 to help startup and established ventures in and near downtown. They can get loans for facade improvements, use office space in the business “incubator” next to City Hall, and tap the services of the Stanislaus Business Alliance and Hughson Small Business Development Center.

More on the three:

Magnolia Farmhouse Market offer flowers, plants, gifts, vintage decor and other goods. Mary Ruff opened it at 2331 Charles St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Shami’s Dog serves hot dogs, hot sandwiches, ice cream and other items at 2224 Santa Fe Ave. It is owed by Shami Youkhana. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for now but will change in summer.

Perks Coffee Co. sells coffee, Italian sodas, Panera bagels and other goods at 2400 Santa Fe Ave. It is owned by Matt Venema. Hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.

More information on the Business Assistance Program is at or (209) 883-4054.