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Couple picks Oopsa Daisy Florist

When Chris and Gary David were looking for a small business to buy, finding one they could grow was essential. The new owners of longtime Modesto flower shop Oopsa Daisy Florist think they've found that and more. They recently bought the business at 1230 H St. from Fred Stellato, who opened it in 1986. Stellato was considering retirement, but the Davids persuaded the floral designing whiz to stay on for a while to help train the staff. The Davids don't have any experience in this business, so Stellato also is working with them to ensure the shop he started continues to flourish.

The husband and wife team has added some new wrinkles, including some interior remodeling that allowed them to add a small wedding chapel inside the shop. With seating for 15 to 20, the chapel is for those who want an intimate ceremony. Wedding packages cover the cost of the minister, flowers and chapel. For those who want something more elaborate, Oopsa Daisy can deliver limo service, flowers, music, photography and more to larger venues. The shop even gives referrals to caterers and other wedding-related businesses, a full bouquet of services. Photographer Larry Morse will work out of the downtown shop as well.

Besides the new chapel and wedding services, Oopsa Daisy will continue to provide floral arrangements for anniversaries, birthdays, funerals, special events and those "just because" moments, such as, "Oops, I forgot our anniversary." The shop carries a large assortment of fresh cut flowers, silk and live plants, balloon bouquets, cards and gifts, including wine and fresh cookie baskets. And special orders are a specialty. Oopsa Daisy delivers as far south as Merced and as far north as Stockton.

By the way, Marilyn, the shop's resident parrot, is still around. But the exotic noises she makes may not be a good fit with chapel services. So, she may eventually join Stellato, her owner, in retirement. But they'll leave behind a business with deep roots in the community, one the Davids are confident they can make even stronger by tending it carefully. For more information, call 523-1839.

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What is it: Caffe Genowa at 3025 McHenry Ave. in Modesto recently has changed ownership. Phone, 571-3337.

What it does: Caffe Genowa offers breakfast and lunch menus that include breakfast sandwiches, a full-service espresso bar, panini and deli sandwiches, Italian sodas and salads. Some specialty sandwiches include the CHP panini (chicken breast, ham, basil pesto, avocado, provolone and cream cheese on focaccia bread) and the meatball sandwich (ground beef meatballs in marinara sauce with mozzarella cheese on a toasted French roll).

Who runs it: Juanita Cline is the owner. Cline has owned other deli shops in the Bay Area. Caffe Genowa has been open for two years; Cline took over Aug. 1. Hours are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What makes it special: Caffe Genowa offers a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere as well as daily specials, such as a barbecued tri-tip sandwich every Friday. It offers free wireless Internet access.

What is it: DeHart Plumbing, Heating & Air Inc. recently moved to a new building at 311 Bitritto Way, off Pentacost Drive near Kiernan Avenue, in Modesto. It left the 209 Kerr Ave. site it had occupied since 1952. Phone, 523-4578. Web site, dehartinc.com.

What it does: DeHart does residential and commercial plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and sheet metal work. The firm also designs and builds projects. Its new 20,000-square-foot home has an expanded office area, sheet metal shop with energy-efficient lighting, and the latest in equipment and technology. It also houses heating and air conditioning service departments. Two of its main suppliers will have shops in the complex, enabling DeHart to receive materials quicker. There's also a high-tech classroom for employee training.

Who runs it: Rod DeHart is the owner. DeHart Plumbing, Heating & Air Inc. is a family-owned business that has been open since 1946 and now serves most of Northern California. It moved to its new location at the end of July. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

What makes it special: It is a well-established area business that focuses on quality and customer service.

Have an item for Business Beat? Send it to David W. Hill, Business Editor, The Modesto Bee, P.O. Box 5256, Modesto 95352; or dhill@modbee.com.

Compiled by Jillian Hanks, Bee Newsroom Assistant

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