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2018 starting off with closures of three Modesto businesses

Beverly’s Fabric, Crafts & Home Decor at the corner of Briggsmore and Orangeburg avenues is closing. The family-owned California chain has operated the Modesto store for more than 25 years.
Beverly’s Fabric, Crafts & Home Decor at the corner of Briggsmore and Orangeburg avenues is closing. The family-owned California chain has operated the Modesto store for more than 25 years. mrowland@modbee.com

A trio of Modesto businesses are starting out the New Year with closures.

Longtime Modesto fabric and crafts store Beverly’s is going out of business, the almost two-year-old The Big Bites - No Crumbs Left food truck has closed for good and just-opened 29 Degrees Sports Bar & Grill has gone dark temporarily.

Beverly’s has been a staple in the shopping complex at at corner of Briggsmore and Orangeburg avenues for more than 25 years. Situated between the Petco and Office Depot, the shop sold everything for the home crafter from fabrics to flowers and furnishings and much more. Beverly’s Vice President Bridget Young said the California chain, which has about a dozen stores statewide, is currently closing three stores: in Modesto, Concord and San Jose.

“Times change and shopping behaviors have changed,” she said. “We’re sad to leave the town after so long there.”

Before purchasing the building off the busy Briggsmore freeway exit, Beverly’s had a shop on McHenry Avenue for years. The shop currently has about 15 employees. Young said the store will close sometime in March, depending on inventory supplies. Until then the shop is having a going-out-of-business sale, with all merchandise starting at 30 percent off.

Find Beverly’s Fabric, Crafts & Home Decor at 2013 Evergreen Ave. or call 209-523-7530.

The Big Bites - No Crumbs Left food truck is also no more.

The business announced at the start of the year on its Facebook page that it had shut down. Co-owners Christine Aspesi and Wilbert Gaxiola opened the truck, which was nicknamed “Dewz on Wheelz” in July 2016. The association to the upscale downtown Modesto eatery was well earned; Aspesci is the wife of Dewz co-founder Scott Aspesi and Gaxiola a longtime employee.

The post said the the decision was due to “recent changes in our personal lives” and a need to “concentrate in other areas of our lives.” The post also notes that the truck is for sale so if anyone is looking to launch their own mobile business give them a shout. Contact them online at www.facebook.com/dewzonwheelz.

To round out the closure hat trick, downtown Modesto’s 29 Degrees Sports Bar & Grill is closed, but its owner promises not permanently. The restaurant and bar, which opened in August, has been dark for a couple of weeks. General Manager Alex Aguilar said they are “doing some changes and will be reopening soon.” The business’s Facebook page has also been taken down.

The sports bar previously served everything from sushi to burgers and pizza and touted its “coldest beer” in town. No word on how it will be revamped, but hopefully it can have some staying power. It’s 917 J St. location has been home to a series of bars, nightclubs and even a Christian bookstore in the past.

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