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Bad news for me, good news for customers in Turlock, Modesto

Dented Chef Too is opening as an extension of Crowns Creative Kitchens, next door to the longtime family-owned business on Oakdale Road in Modesto.
Dented Chef Too is opening as an extension of Crowns Creative Kitchens, next door to the longtime family-owned business on Oakdale Road in Modesto. jlee@modbee.com

I have awful news to share this week. Actually, it’s awful only for my wallet.

There’s a new incarnation of one of my favorite stores, and a longtime Modesto bakery is opening a storefront in Turlock.

The Dented Chef Too opened recently on Oakdale Road in Modesto. Judi Rackley, who closed the 13th Street store when she retired last year, sent me an email about the new place a few weeks ago.

Liz Beshwate, who helped get the Dented Chef Too open, filled me in some more. The new store is an extension of Crowns Creative Kitchens, a longtime family-owned business. “Everybody here has always visited the Dented Chef when it was open,” Beshwate said. “We started bringing in small amounts of kitchenware.”

But there wasn’t room for a big display. That changed when the site next door, a small house, became available. Beshwate said it has a homier feeling that met with Rackley’s approval. The store opened Oct. 30.

Find the Dented Chef Too at 3338 Oakdale Road. The store is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The other hit to my pocketbook will come in a few weeks, when the folks behind Edith’s Gourmet Baking Co. open Crust & Crumb on Main Street in Turlock.

Edith’s is a mainstay of farmers markets in Modesto and Turlock. Among the many tasty treats the bakery produces is a pumpkin bread that my son – otherwise known as the Kid Who Does Not Eat – adores.

Crust & Crumb, which will feature artisan pizza as well as baked goods, is set to open at 428 E. Main St. There isn’t an opening date yet, but the owners said they will keep me posted. I will be sure to pass along the info when I get it.


Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

This is some truly sad news: Skip’s Music is closing its Modesto location.

I got a few calls from customers heartbroken over the news that the music store, which has been open since 1989, will close its doors. Manager Mario Ortega confirmed that Sunday is the last day.

Ortega said the decision to close the store came about because of the continued challenges of an economy that has only slowly rebounded in the past few years. And because of the shift to online sales.

“Manufacturers sell direct, and it doesn’t give retailers an edge anymore,” Ortega said. “It just seems that folks in general are more apt to order something online.”

Skip’s will maintain its locations in Sacramento, which has been open for 40 years, and in Elk Grove, only 10 years old.

While Ortega said the closure is unfortunate for his staff of five, he is focusing on the positive.

“We have been part of people’s lives from childhood up,” he said. “What we always kind of prided ourselves here on was old-school customer service.

“It’s good to be a part of that.”


And finally:

Though this space often focuses on businesses that are opening or closing, it’s nice to include longtime businesses, as well. On that note, I wanted to share a note I received from reader Deb Wallick about Fisherman’s Galley restaurant on McHenry Avenue in Modesto.

She said she recently attended a holiday lunch at Fisherman’s Galley. She lauded the “over-the-top” quality of food, as well as the prices and genuine service.

“The Central Valley and beyond must reaquaint with such a nice restaurant,” she said.

Find the Fisherman’s Galley at 3008 McHenry Ave. Call 209-527-3450.

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