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Business Beat: A new, sweet, savory spot in Modesto

Andy Lopez and Larry Rivera, co-owners of Mango Crazy, offer some unique treats, such as the mangonada, a mixture of fresh mango, mango sorbet, lime juice, chamoy, hot sauce, salt, chili powder and a tamarind candy-wrapped straw.
Andy Lopez and Larry Rivera, co-owners of Mango Crazy, offer some unique treats, such as the mangonada, a mixture of fresh mango, mango sorbet, lime juice, chamoy, hot sauce, salt, chili powder and a tamarind candy-wrapped straw. dnoda@modbee.com

Mango Crazy is a great spot for the health-conscious, with smoothies, sorbet and fresh fruit cups. But you also can pick up some less figure-friendly fare, such as Tostilokos.

I saw a number of reviewers on Yelp lavishing praise on Tostilokos, so I asked co-owner Larry Rivera exactly what the dish is. As he explained it, Tostilokos is a bag of Tostitos chips topped with cucumber, pork rinds, jicama, crunchy peanuts and tamarind candy, blended together with lime juice, hot sauce and salt. With a touch of Clamato.

Gee, those foods don’t really sound as if they mesh.

Laughing, Rivera agreed. “You wouldn’t think that those things would come together in a simple bag of chips,” he said.

But it does. As one Yelp reviewer described the dish: “It’s full of savory sour goodness.”

Goodness is pretty much all they have found since Rivera and his buddy Andy Lopez opened Mango Crazy in the Village One shopping center earlier this year.

They took over a former Mexican ice cream shop at the center. And though they still specialize in Hispanic treats, Rivera and Lopez have expanded their business to include typical ice cream shop fare, such as milkshakes and banana splits. They offer Wi-Fi in a clean, modern shop that is designed to bring people in to hang around for a while.

The specialty of the house is the mangonada, a dessert popular in Mexico that has started to catch on stateside. It’s made of mango sorbet, lime salt and “a little bit of hot sauce,” Rivera said. He described the dish as “sweet, spicy and cool.”

Apparently, the approach is working. “It’s been a hit here in Village One,” Rivera said. “We’ve been doing unbelievably well here.”

Lines will form to the door on weekends. And though Rivera was concerned the recent cooler weather would result in a drop in business, that hasn’t happened.

“Monday (last week) was one of our busiest Mondays yet,” Rivera said. “We’re rocking.”

Find Mango Crazy at 3020 Floyd Ave., Modesto. It’s open daily from noon to 9 p.m. Call (209) 324-6087.

Elsewhere around the Business Beat

Organizers of a free job fair set for Tuesday promise up to 500 jobs will be available to those looking for work.

“Modesto’s HIREvent will feature a variety of public- and private-sector employers looking to hire,” according to a news release. “Free one-on-one résumé help from employment counselors will also be available.”

Fields to be represented include food processing, transportation, industry, law enforcement and sales.

The job fair is set from noon to 4 p.m. at the Clarion Inn Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road. A list of available jobs can be found at www.hirevents.com. For more information, call (888) 843-5628 or go to www.jobjournal.com.

▪ Last week, I wrote about Black Friday, which is increasingly becoming Gray Thursday as stores open earlier on Thanksgiving Day. Best Buy, a popular stop for Black Friday shopping enthusiasts, this week released its holiday hours.

According to Charly Charlson, who works in Best Buy’s marketing department, the electronics retailer will open at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Most Best Buy stores will then close at 1 a.m. Friday, reopening at 8 a.m.

According to a news release from the company, some folks have started camping out in front of Best Buy stores nationwide. I haven’t heard of any local campers, but if anyone hears different, or plans to camp out for a few days for a great deal, give me a holler.

Have an item for Business Beat? Breaking News Editor Patty Guerra can be reached at pguerra@modbee.com or (209) 578-2343. Follow her on Twitter @PattyGuerra.

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