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She's the go-to gal for party provisions

For some, throwing a party is a pretty simple deal. It's a matter of getting friends together and making sure everyone brings some food to share as well as something to drink. BYOB works for me.

But folks who want to make their party a little more special sometimes find that getting started can be the biggest challenge. What's the budget? What's the theme? Where's a good place to find decorations and accessories?

Not to worry, says Silvia Staggs, that's her specialty. Staggs owns Get The Party Started at 2363 W. Main St. in Turlock. Her 1,500-square-foot store is tucked away in the Turlock Cinema Center, between West Coast Beauty Supply and Funworks, just west of Highway 99.

Though her shop is small, it's well-stocked with party supplies of all kinds. She carries a variety of items for children's birthdays, bridal and baby showers, bachelorette parties, anniversaries, seasonal events and more. From Spider-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean and auto racing to Hannah Montana, Bratz and princess themes, Staggs has the decorations, plates, banners, table coverings and accents to match specific desires. She works with people to develop their party themes and provides them with options for pulling it together.

Staggs also sells gift wrap, balloons, piñatas, party favors and such. Her small shop allows her to update her merchandise often and highlight seasonal decorations, currently Halloween and Thanksgiving. She's even adding NFL football stuff, because sometimes a 12-pack is just not enough. A first-time business owner, Staggs works to keep her prices low and offerings plentiful. She knows that's the best way to Get The Party Started.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 669-0883.

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Who runs it: Dave Davison is a first-time business owner. D&D Graphx has been open for two years. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and by appointment only on Saturdays.

What makes it special: D&D Graphx also does custom motorcycle painting.

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