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New owner for longtime Modesto tile business

Owner Janice Cothran, center, is seen at Dorothy’s Tile & Stone with showroom support specialist Sarah Hunsinger, left, and sales representative Vanessa Hunsinger.
Owner Janice Cothran, center, is seen at Dorothy’s Tile & Stone with showroom support specialist Sarah Hunsinger, left, and sales representative Vanessa Hunsinger. aalfaro@modbee.com

Home remodeling, which went wild before the big real estate crash that started in 2008, is back in a big way. Folks are reimagining their kitchens, redoing their bathrooms, fixing up their master suites.

And it is nice to see local businesses that cater to those kinds of projects doing well. One of them, Dorothy’s Tile & Stone, has a new owner and offers some new services.

Janice Cothran and her husband, Paul, bought the Carver Road business last year from Dorothy Elliott, who operated it for 19 years. Prior to that, it was Sacramento Tile for about 20 years.

Elliott had planned to retire at the end of 2013, Cothran said.

“My husband had been a tile setter for 28 years,” she said, “so we offered to buy it.”

Going into business for themselves was intimidating at first, said Cothran, whose own background is in business but not retail. But they soon established themselves and did “surprisingly well,” she said.

So well, the couple recently expanded into a space across the street, “which allows us to add solid-surface countertop installation such as granite and quartz to our list of services we provide,” Cothran said. “All of the work we have done in the last year and a half has made Dorothy’s a one-stop design center.”

What sets Dorothy’s apart from other stores is very personal customer service. She will even bring samples to customers’ homes so they can get an idea of how the product will look.

“We do provide a real design service for people who can’t afford an interior decorator,” she said. The store provides flooring, countertops, backsplashes, and “we can even sell sinks,” Cothran said. If you need cabinets done, they have a list of people who can help there, too.

“We work with a network of contractors that do very good work,” she said. “It’s a friendly thing.”

But the biggest key to success is simple, Cothran said: “We love what we do.”

Dorothy’s Tile & Stone is at 925 Carver Road, Modesto. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment Sunday. Call 209-521-9395.


ELSEWHERE AROUND THE BUSINESS BEAT: If you would like to work at Chipotle, you have a pretty good shot at it Sept. 9. The fast-casual chain will open all of its locations in the United States from 8 to 11 a.m. that day as it seeks to hire 4,000 people. More information and reservations are available online at http://nationalcareerday.com.

▪ And finally, that’s a wrap, it appears for Charlie Brown’s.

Reader Cathy Mendoza wrote in to ask what was happening with the downtown hamburger eatery at J and 13th streets. It seems to be closed for good. A sign on the door alerted customers to an equipment failure, but the business remained closed for several days.

I tried to call, but the number was disconnected. It’s a pity; Charlie Brown’s made a tasty burger and fries. It was in the former Tasty Taco, also a really good spot for lunch.

Hopefully, something new will go into that location soon.

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