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Biz Beat: New stores, eateries set for Crossroads in Riverbank

Construction continues Wednesday on new shops at Crossroads shopping center in Riverbank.
Construction continues Wednesday on new shops at Crossroads shopping center in Riverbank.

Crossroads, you could say, is at a Crossroads. The established Riverbank shopping center is taking a big step forward with the addition of several new businesses in the coming weeks.

Several people wrote in this week asking if I knew what was going in there. Well, thanks to help from a city of Riverbank employee, I can tell you some of it.

So far, eateries Panda Express, Chipotle and Dickey’s have filed business licenses, said Janet Smallen, senior community development specialist for the city. There are two other tenants who have not yet applied for licenses. I heard some rumors that Five Guys, a fast-casual burger restaurant with a faithful following, might be one. I called the corporate office last week to see if I could confirm that – or learn the rumor was mistaken – but no word yet.

One new business that has opened is the 1985 Gallery.

This boutique, specializing in high-end shoes, is operated by Ryan Sibitz. After growing up in the northern San Joaquin Valley, Sibitz moved to the Bay Area, where he worked in recording and production, he said. “Near my house was the flagship of this store.”

Sibitz decided to move back to the area, and he brought the store idea with him. The 1985 Gallery sells “baby shoes to men’s and women’s shoes,” he said. “We have things for all shapes and sizes.” He said his main demographic would be teenagers through those in their mid-30s.

And if you want to feel really old, ask Sibitz how the store got its name. Actually, I’ll just tell you. One shoe the shop specializes in is the Nike Air Jordan, which made its debut in, yep, 1985.

Gallery 1985 is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. You can find the store on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

ELSEWHERE AROUND THE BUSINESS BEAT: Apparently everyone is crazy about Mango Crazy. The Floyd Avenue eatery, which I wrote about when it opened last year, is expanding into a second location. Owner Larry Rivera said in an email that he just signed a lease to open a second Mango Crazy at 615 Kansas Ave.

“It is a main artery in Modesto and a great place to serve our famous ceviche for lunch,” he said. You can also go there for mangonadas, tostilocos and other items.

▪ It’s beginning to look a lot like ... Halloween!

The annual temporary Halloween shops have started to open in Modesto and Turlock. The locally owned Halloween Guys store opened Friday, owner Ray Pogue said. It’s in the same spot as last year, the former Ross store near Vintage Faire Mall, at 2363 Veneman Ave. in Modesto.

Once again, the Higbee Horror Haunt people are on scene, building their annual haunted house inside the store.

I asked Pogue what some of the top trends are this year. He said there is a lot of enthusiasm for do-it-yourself costumes: “The idea of using accessories from many different themes, styles and costumes to put a unique ‘twist’ on your costume.”

For the littles, Frozen characters remain a hot item, as are Minions, Avengers, Star Wars, Ninja Turtles and Paw Patrol characters.

Along the same festive lines, one of my favorite downtown Modesto stores has moved, just in time for its biggest season of the year.

Daydreams & Nightmares has moved into a new home (on its Facebook page, always good for a smile, the location is referred to as its “final resting place”). You can find the store at 417 Seventh St.