Biz Beat

Good news for Modesto antiques fans, bad news for coffee and jewelry aficionados

A section selling bows at Remember When Antiques and Collectibles is pictured on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Modesto.
A section selling bows at Remember When Antiques and Collectibles is pictured on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Modesto.

It seems like everyone who grew up in Modesto and is of a certain age has a memory tied to Paul’s Rexall Drugs. For me, it’s my favorite stuffed animal ever, a small basset hound my dad bought me there that I have to this day (and that I rather uncleverly named Lassie).

It seems fitting, then, that the business that moved into the West Orangeburg Avenue spot occupied so long ago by Paul’s is called Remember When.

The store, a collection of antiques, shabby chic and handmade merchandise, moved earlier this year from a spot it occupied on McHenry Avenue for 10 years.

“We wanted a location with some frontage,” manager Michelle Jones said.

The site also is convenient for parking lot sales, and for a shared customer base with nearby Roseburg Square, which houses a few antiques and consignment shops, owner Kerri Aguiar said.

Aguiar has always had an interest in decor and antiques, sparked by her grandmother. After working as a hairstylist for 27 years, Aguiar said she was looking for something new. She originally opened Remember When on Scenic Drive before moving to McHenry.

The Orangeburg location boasts more space, including a second floor that includes a room to be dedicated to plus-size clothing on consignment. Items ranging from aroma beads to jewelry to handmade decorative items like a really cool light-up glass fish take up most of the rest of the space. One room houses the occasional tea party, Aguiar said.

Sixty vendors have their wares available for purchase, and the stock changes daily, said Aguiar, who also runs estate sales on the side.

“There’s something for everybody,” Jones said.

Deb Mitchell agreed. She stopped in last week to pick up something a friend had ordered and stayed to look around.

“When you come with a friend, you don’t get to see it all,” she said.

Find Remember When at 1031 W. Orangeburg Ave., Modesto. Call 209-544-1385.

Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

I am sad to share that Countryman’s Village Jewelers, which operated in Modesto for 37 years, has closed its doors. The mainstay at McHenry Village announced the closure last month on its Facebook page. Its last day was Saturday.

“... it is time to close this chapter and start a new one,” owners Marie Countryman and Rhonda Irizarry said in the post. “We are so thankful to all our family, friends and customers that have supported us throughout the years, we couldn’t have done it without you and words can’t express our gratitude.”

And finally, I got really jazzed a couple of weeks ago to share coffee news with my fellow “caffiends.” Kevin Valine, who covers the city of Modesto for The Bee, sent me an economic development report that included information about two Dutch Bros. Coffee locations set for town.

I haven’t had Dutch Bros. coffee, but I have heard that it’s good stuff. The privately held chain, founded in Oregon with a single pushcart in 1992, has locations in Fresno and Sacramento among its more than 250 sites.

Alas, they won’t be adding Modesto to the list anytime soon.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Wheatley said the company pulled out of the locations after finding a problem – she didn’t elaborate on what it was – during due diligence.

However, she said, “That doesn’t mean we’re not coming to Modesto. We’re still looking.”