Women in Business • August 31, 2022| 1
Celebrating WOMEN IN BUSINESS AUGUST 31, 2022
Dedicated to all the women who help to innovate ideas, gather and produce products and build successful businesses, large and small, in the Oakdale, Riverbank and Escalon area.
A special supplement to
The Oakdale Leader | The Escalon Times The Riverbank News
2 | August 31, 2022 • Women in Business
Passion For Produce Yields Successful Business
Photo By Teresa Hammond She is the oldest of four Ruvalcaba siblings and Madison Ruvalcaba is involved in many facets of running their business, SONS Farm Fresh fruit stand, on Oakdale’s east end. They have expanded their offerings and operation since first opening in 2018 and hope to continue growing in the future.
Soroptimist International of Oakdale Celebrating 68 years of service to our community!
By TERESA HAMMOND Madison Ruvalcaba comes from a long lineage of hard workers. Raised on her family ranch on the northeast end of Oakdale, the Oakdale High alum knows what it means to both get your hands dirty, as well as live off the land. It was the crazy “fun” idea she shared with her three siblings, however, which unbeknownst to her at the time would ultimately result in a career change she did not see coming. Madison, along with her siblings Jackson, Allison and Hudson are the owner/operators of SONS Farm Fresh Fruit Stand on the east side of Oakdale. With each sibling having “son” in their names, the fruit stand name came to be. First opening in 2018, the hobby of bringing fresh fruits and veggies from
KRISTEN EATON AND TEAM APPROACH INSURANCE SERVICE FROM A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW.
Our organization helps women and girls live their dreams through our Dream Programs and other scholastic programs. We also provide hands-on and monetary support to our community. For more info, check our Oakdale Soroptimist Facebook page, website www.oakdalesoroptimist.org, or E-mail email@example.com. Please join us for our upcoming events: Mixer, Sept. 22, 2022, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm, Oakdale Tourism & Visitors Bureau Holiday Luncheon Fundraiser, Dec. 7, 2022, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Community Center
Motor Madness Fundraiser, March 25, 2023, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm, Community Center Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.
Our team knows that thoroughly understanding your perspective is the key to achieving the results you desire. We work as your insurance coaches with your best interest in mind. To learn more about the Eaton Agency, call us today! You’ll find it a pleasure to talk with an insurance agent who sees things from your point of view. Please visit our website and spend a few minutes getting to know us. www.kristeneaton.net Hablamos Espanol
840 East F Street, Suite A, Oakdale, CA 95361 • (209) 847-1775 Lic: 0B46372 • NMLS MLO #: 1082638
Women in Business • August 31, 2022| 3 their family farm to the community during the summer, quickly blossomed into something much more. The fruit stand is at 1936 E. F St., Oakdale. “I grew up wanting to become an elementary teacher,” Madison shared. In 2021 she graduated from Master’s University with the realization that her career path would take a change. “Fast forward to our fifth year, this year 2022, I have expanded and I absolutely love it,” she said of the stand starting as a summer business to its current mid-April through October season. “I never would’ve thought that would turn into my fulltime career.” The eldest of the four siblings, the young but savvy businesswoman shared she and brother Jackson are the only full-time family staffers, as siblings Allison and Hudson are still in high school.
“You can almost always find the four of us working at our fruit stand,” she said. “However, my siblings and I all play many other roles when it comes to running our fruit stand. Madison’s roles include managing the additional 11 employees, creating the labels and management of the Social Media pages. “One of my favorite things about my job is creating the best memories with my family and coworkers,” she said of working the farm as well as the fruit stand. “My siblings and I have always been close. Working and owning a business together is so fun. I also love creating friendships with people traveling from all around the world.” The fruit stand offers a variety of locally grown fruits, vegetables, nuts, dried fruit, bread, sauces, oils and so much more. From mid-September through October, they also host a
pumpkin patch complete with several unique pumpkin varieties. “We have traditional orange, small, large, jumbo, Cinderella and gourds,” she shared. “Think of any color pumpkin and we have it.” As business continues, so too does the family’s passion for the products and what they bring to their customers. “After a busy day of work, we close up at seven and head back to the farm,” she stated, sharing that they often discuss the business over a good meal, or return to the farm to continue picking. Now in their fifth season, the SONS definitely have plans for their future endeavors. “In five years, I see SONS Fruit Stand expanded,” the eldest sibling said. “My siblings and I would love to incorporate a u-pick farm at our fruit stand location. We also have ideas for
our pumpkin patch that we want to incorporate every year.” Reflecting back on where they started versus where things are today, Madison shared some insight as to what she feels contributes to a successful business. “I think what makes a good business is to find something you’re passionate about and give it your 110 percent every single day,” she said. “It’s a lot of hard work to run your own business so you need to also make sure to balance that with rest time for yourself so you’re able to keep working hard. You need to treat your customers well and give them the best quality possible.” The career path, though not leading to a classroom, nevertheless has proven to be a fruitful choice for Madison. “I absolutely love being a farmer.”
Women in Business Oak Valley Community Bank WHERE OUR FAMILY TREATS YOU LIKE FAMILY
to protect you ithhen30looking years for in insurance the industry Lucywhat brings • HOME value most, finding an agency that is locally owned, W experience, knowledge, professionalism, dependable, available, and day has out. experience is and service to youKriese, day these in and Besides important. At Stewart values have been deeply • AUTO being an agency owner with her husband she also rooted, multi-generationally through both the Stewart and bringsfamilies corporate experience dating insurance back to 1928company and will continue to be • BUSINESS Kriese prominent aspects of business asfrom we assist withAs all so she knows theourbusiness all you sides. of insurance needs, we help protect what matters anyour Independent agentas she represents a variety most to you and your family. Lucy Stewart, an independent • FARM of carriers which to look forknows the best agent with more thanallows 30 yearsher of experiences, that product for your needs at the best price. your time is valuable. With a breadth of knowledge,Lucy both • HEALTH inhusband, the Corporate and Private sectors,so Lucy her service partner/ knows your time is valuable as and a full Brian Stewart, areofable to provide with the agency writing all lines insurance sheyou welcomes most accurate information in theALL ever-changing market. • BOND the opportunity to service your insurance She is a broker for all lines of insurance and welcomes new needs now and in theallfuture. her for aGive no opportunities to service of yourContact insurance needs. • LIFE obligation quote by their new office. her a call today for aor “nocome obligation” quote.
100 LAUREL AVENUE, OAKDALE • 847-8025 Lic#: 0F60672
Oakdale Branch Manager
Escalon Branch Manager
Oakdale • Sonora • Modesto • Turlock • Patterson • Ripon Escalon • Stockton • Manteca • Tracy • Sacramento • www.ovcb.com
4 | August 31, 2022 • Women in Business
Discovering The Beauty Inside And Out By SARAH LAWSON
From using her mother’s high-end makeup from her purse, to pursuing her passion and maintaining a growing business, makeup artist Jennifer Ledo Uribe has a tight grip on her position in the makeup industry and she is not letting go. Oakdale born and raised, Jen first got her taste with makeup during her junior high school years, when she began using her mother’s makeup. As she moved in to high school, her curiosity with the various makeup products on the market only grew. She realized that she was good at art and blending all sorts of colors, and from early on she knew that becoming an artist is what she wanted to do. Her family has lived in Oakdale for multiple generations, and she was a member of the Oakdale High School
Class of 2002. After graduating at the age of 17, she enrolled in beauty school through California Beauty College while continuing her full-time job at The Nutcracker, a former Oakdale restaurant in the location Firenze Ristorante now occupies. A year later she got her cosmetology license and then after turning 18 left her restaurant job and began her first makeup job with the company of MAC in Walnut Creek California. “Makeup was my true passion, and MAC accepted anyone and everyone,” she stated. “I was never accepted in my school days, but MAC was a place where I was accepted.” She worked for MAC for a total of 18 years, working at different stores from Berkeley, to Sun Valley Mall, to Stoneridge.
After leaving MAC she decided to open her own freelance makeup business and move back to Oakdale in 2018. She has two sons, Lucas, 6 and Lincoln, 4. Taking on the freelance job back in her hometown gave her the opportunity to spend more time with her kids and husband. Her house when she moved in already had an extra room attached to the garage with its own door leading to outside; which she said worked well for a studio and feels it was just meant to be. Not only does she have clients that she sees at the home studio, but she also gets much of her clientele through doing travel parties. She specializes in weddings, bridal showers, and maternity shoots. She
Makeup artist Jennifer Ledo Uribe is the owner/operator of JenLedoBeauty.
Oakdale’s Mortgage Team! Your Local Professionals Reinforced by Corporate Strength From Left to Right:
Laura Saippa Escrow Assistant - 15 years Claudia Espino Escrow Assistant - 1 year Lissa Williamson Sale Executive - 25 years Vicki Lucas Escrow Officer - 33 Years Alisha Word Branch Manager / Escrow Officer - 20 Years
Chicago Title provides Real Estate related title and escrow services. Our local staff has extensive and diverse experience specializing in Subdivisions, Commercial, Resale, Refinance, Real Estate Owned (REO) and Short Sales.
1473 East G Street, Ste. 1A, Oakdale (209) 848-1315
The Reviews Are In As a first time home buyer, I was unsure of how to buy a home. Allison and her team were there for me through every step of the process. The progress was incredibly fast. I would recommend them any time to all first time home buyers.” Sarah - Client Allison and her team are AMAZING! They made this entire experience a breeze. There was constant communication and honesty about every step of the process. Every member of her team is awesome! I would HIGHLY recommend Allison and her team to anyone who need assistance.” Ashleigh - Client
Loan Officer | NMLS #248573
D: (209) 848-8130 C: (209) 505-0993 102 Grove Avenue, Suite A Oakdale, CA 95361 firstname.lastname@example.org academymortgage.com/allisonschwartz
Corp NMLS #3113 Equal Housing Lender Licensed by the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation Under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act MAC822-1476578
Women in Business • August 31, 2022| 5
Taking her time with every client to make sure it not only looks good but that the client enjoys what she sees when she looks in the mirror, Jennifer Ledo Uribe has followed her dream and carved out a career as a makeup artist.
also does the hair and makeup for proms and formals. Over the last year, she has done makeup for more than 500 people just in Oakdale residents alone. Many bridal parties including weddings book over a year in advance. “I already have a wedding client for December of 2023,” she expressed. “I always have more than enough time to do last minute looks and usually have weekends and weekdays available for booking days in advance versus months or years.” Her goal is to have her own studio storefront some place or have a spot in a salon, eventually hoping to move out of the home studio. She also used to host makeup classes while at MAC and has the inspiration to start teaching again to new artists or people who are just interested in learning. The artist said she enjoys the creative freedom that working with someone on their makeup to find that
special look gives her and noted that the skin is where it all begins. “The skin is the foundation of the look, it is where we find the most self-acceptance,” she stated. She struggled with acceptance all through school; makeup not only helped her work through that but also helps others that are going through the same things find their beauty. “If I could go back to my teenage self with only a couple minutes to speak with her, I would tell her that it is going to get so much better, these years are going to be gone in a flash. You are so worthy of love and acceptance, and success just the way you are. You are a super fun person even if people do not give you the time of day to see that side of you; you are enough,” she said. Jen started her business JenLedoBeauty on her own, appreciating the way she can now balance family and her dream. What mainly began to grow her business into what it is today was Continued on page 6
Dani and Jackie of Escalon Body & Frame
Making your vehicles beautiful again for over 40 years
Reputable • Honest • Experienced We work with all insurance companies. Meet the ladies of Escalon Body & Frame, who will assist you with your damaged car. Efficient and professional, they will make sure your vehicle is repaired to the very highest standards of performance. To ease the difficult process of an auto accident, the staff will help with the insurance claim and billing. Customer service is of paramount concern and you will be treated with the utmost courtesy. Jackie celebrates 22 years with Escalon Body & Frame. Dani Quintana is the new estimator and brings years of experience to her new position. Stop in and say hello BEFORE you need us! OAKDALE LEADER ESCALON TIMES • RIVERBANK NEWS
2228 Main Street, Escalon • 209-838-7783
Diane Rovedatti, CFO & Sonia Casares, President
Established in 1999, Valley Pension Services, Inc. is a Third Party Administration Firm that specializes in retirement plan design, installation, administration and consulting services.
www.valleypension.com 1200 Scenic Avenue, Suite 101, Modesto • 209-572-7410
6 | August 31, 2022 • Women in Business the support of the clients she began with; they would post their photos of their wedding, maternity shoots, and dances in school and others would see their makeup and reach out to Jen to do theirs. “Any other women who want to start their own business, the only advice I have to give is to believe in yourself, you are worthy, and no matter how small you
think you are, no matter how many other people are doing the same thing you are, you have to not pay attention to them and only focus on the value and purpose you have,” she expressed. Her makeup looks can be found on her Instagram JenLedoBeauty where she can also be contacted through DM or email at JenLedoBeauty@gmail.com.
TOP QUALITY SERVICE WITH A TOUCH OF CLASS Let us help turn your house into a home!
PROUD SMALL BUSINESS OWNER
CALL FOR YOUR FREE ESTIMATE
You can also request a quote by text (209) 606-1559
The before and after photos of client Caitlyn Barreda, transformed by the makeup work of Jennifer Ledo Uribe. Photos By Sarah Lawson
Women in Business • August 31, 2022| 7
Locally Owned Stewart Kriese Insurance Puts Clients First By MARG JACKSON Being able to tailor policies for each individual client is a hallmark of the Stewart Kriese Insurance Agency, Inc., at 100 Laurel Avenue in Oakdale. Broker Lucy Stewart, who co-owns the agency with her husband Brian, has been in Oakdale serving the insurance needs of residents for more than 20 years and has been in the insurance field for over 30 years. The longtime local business became the Stewart Kriese Agency when the Stewarts purchased the Kriese Agency and combined the two, bringing decades of expertise to their clients. “I enjoy being able to help people out and educate them; help them with their insurance needs,” Lucy said. “We write all lines and we are an independent agency as opposed to a direct writer, we write for many different companies.” That gives the firm flexibility and they can shop around to make sure their clients get the best possible value for their money, no matter what their coverage needs are.
MERANDA ULRICH TECHNICIAN
Lucy Stewart is co-owner of the Stewart Kriese Insurance Agency in Oakdale.
KATIE COSNER VP OPERATIONS
LUPE ORDAZ TECHNICIAN
The women of
“We can tailor it,” Lucy explained. “One product might be better with one carrier; another could be better with someone else.” In that case, the client might see car insurance through one firm, life insurance from another, homeowners from yet another; whatever the best value is, the agents at Stewart Kriese will work to find it for you. As to how Lucy got involved in the business: “We laugh about that question because no one ever said they want to be in insurance when they grow up,” she explained, chuckling. Right out of college, Lucy got a job in the accounting department at an agency. “I thought it was going to just be until I got a real job,” she admitted. “Then I became an underwriter, then an assistant vice president; that was with CalFarm (Insurance) out of Sacramento.” Lucy majored in business, with a focus in marketing, at Chico State and also got a management certification from UC
SOFIA MEZA DELIVERY DRIVER
Davis after she started working in the insurance field. “We write a lot of ag (policies) because of where we’re at,” she added. “We serve clients all over California and we also write out of state, throughout the Western states so now we can be accommodating to those who are moving.” The Stewart Kriese office is at the corner of Laurel Avenue and West F Street in Oakdale and Lucy said the staff there is “constantly learning” and goes through continuing education classes to keep their licenses active and to stay updated on the latest trends and changes in the field. Stewart Kriese staffers are also active in the community and Lucy is involved with the Independent Agent Association on the county level and the state level and is a past President of the organization. They can be reached by calling 209-847-8025. The agency offers home, auto, business, farm, health, bond and life insurance policies.
ASHLEY NAVA CLERK
SARAH BROUSSARD PHARMACIST
WE ARE HERE TO SERVE OUR PATIENTS Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm and Saturday 9am-12:30pm
SARA GARCIA BOOKKEEPER
CHRIS COURTNEY, RN VACCINE NURSE VOLUNTEER
keep our business thriving!
KARLIE REEP LAB TECHNICIAN
YOUR VACCINE HEADQUARTERS SIGN UP TODAY!
JESSICA SING TECHNICIAN
KELLEY SUNDBORG TYPIST
JACKIE BUSTOS CLERK SUPERVISOR
RENE MORENO LAB TECHNICIAN
8 | August 31, 2022 • Women in Business
Owner Heather McClain shows just a small portion of the colorful, catchy T-shirts for sale at the Patched Pumpkins Boutique, at 2001 Main, Escalon. Originally an online only store, McClain now has expanded to a storefront as well.
A corner of the Patched Pumpkins Boutique is dedicated to ‘Cougar’ gear for fans of the Escalon High School teams and they plan to change the lines out for the different sports seasons throughout the school year.
With a large presence on social media, owner Heather McClain said this area of the Patched Pumpkins Boutique in Escalon is utilized by many people for taking selfies and also showcases some of the other products offered in the store.
Jeans, jewelry, key chains, hats, handbags, shoes and more are offered at the Patched Pumpkins Boutique in Escalon. Shoppers can find something for everyone on their list at the store, which features a Western flair.
Photos By Marg Jackson
Introducing the Professional women of…..
C.T. Brayton & Sons, Inc., General Contracting and Construction Management firm, family-owned since 1946. We believe that a business is no better than the people it employs; therefore, we place great emphasis on the people we hire to represent our company.
Vicky Siegfried Controller
Bonnie Muniain Senior Staff Accountant
Sandy Azevedo Billing/Payroll Specialist
Sonja Azevedo Contract Compliance
Alinah Tidmarsh Billing Clerk
Pam Galbreath Project Coordinator
Katie Manzo Project Manager
Harlee Araujo Office Clerk
Jennifer Valenzuela Receptionist
Women in Business • August 31, 2022| 9
Patched Pumpkins Offers Online, Storefront Presence By MARG JACKSON
Heather McClain started her business in September of 2019 – Sept. 1, to be exact – and was online only for two years. Now, she also has a storefront along Main Street in Escalon and said between online and in store, her Patched Pumpkins Boutique is enjoying a growth spurt. “We opened online only and COVID actually helped us,” she admitted, noting that when many stores shut their doors during the height of the pandemic, shoppers went online. That trend helped her business flourish at a very unique time in history. However, she is excited to be open at 2001 Main in Escalon, ready to celebrate her third year in business and loves offering shoppers the opportunity to come in to the shop and see the wide variety of products there, while still maintaining the online side of the business. Born and raised in Oakdale, Heather said the boutique opened initially as a “baby only” boutique but then started to add more lines, including a huge focus on products for “the Western woman in us all.” Product lines now are more for men and women as
opposed to babies, but Heather said it felt like a natural progression and she loves to have people come in and peruse the merchandise. There is still a large selection of children’s clothing and items as well. Proud to be a third generation Oakdale Saddle Club member, Heather said they do offer a wide range of clothing and accessories with a Western flair, but also have Cougar merchandise for those Escalon High School supporters. As far as the name goes, it is an homage to family. “My grandmother is a quilter,” she said of the ‘Patched’ portion of the name, “and the ‘Pumpkins’ are my two kids.” Son Shaun is 13 and is an eighth grader, while daughter Harper is three and often comes to work with mom. Heather also noted that her husband Steven was instrumental in getting the Main Street location ready for business, with plenty of display space, dressing rooms and an office all a part of the layout. A 2010 Oakdale High School graduate, Heather said she learned about business
ownership from her parents, who own a pallet company in Stockton. “I come from an entrepreneurial family,” she explained. She also likes to re-purpose items, and many of the display racks and shelves have been created out of other products. And, as a businesswoman, she has learned the importance of supporting others in their endeavors, with candles and soaps from fellow entrepreneurs also featured in her shop. “We offer items for the Western side of life,” Heather said, with something for all ages and tastes. Shirts are the biggest sellers, she said, especially those with the modern western themes, and she said they also pride themselves on being supportive of military and first responders. They offer sizes from small through 3X in the store. “I am a firm believer in people feeling beautiful in their own body,” she said of finding just the right item for shoppers. A graduate of both MJC and Stanislaus State, Heather majored in psychology and said she can bring that background into the business world as well.
“Honestly, I love the people,” she said of what she enjoys most about owning a business. “It sounds cheesy and corny but I have made so many friendships and I love being around people, I love the relationships we’ve made here.” Starting out online, they have shipped to locations across the country, to many different states. “We have 14 left to ship to,” she noted. Heather’s goal is to have customers in every state, a goal she is working toward. “I love it,” she added of the business. “I love that we’ve been able to branch out and reach so many people.” She also loves filling the online orders for store pick-up, as customers can order their products online and she will package them, ready for a quick pick up for those ordering from the local area. Store hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, email Patchedpumpkinsboutique@gmail.com or call 209-691-6046.
LISTEN TO THE NEXT EPISODE L AU R A CAT R I N A R E A LT O R ®
(M) 209.604.1799 @MS.LAURA .LOU LCAT R I N A@ PM Z .CO M W W W. LCAT R I N A . PM Z .CO M CAL DRE #01961756
Listen in on your favorite podcasting platform and 209Magazine.com
1410 CALIFORNIA STREET STE A - 1, ESCALON, CA 95320
"Relationships matter, make them count"
Talkin’ 209 with V & T
10 | August 31, 2022 • Women in Business
No Quit Attitude At Menchie’s Leads To Prosperity
BY VIRGINIA STILL Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Riverbank celebrated two years in business in July. Opening during a pandemic in 2020 was quite the challenge but owners, the husband and wife team of Sunny and Satvir Athwal, persevered. “She (Satvir) really worked hard through it (COVID-19) even though she had some health issues,” said Sunny about surviving COVID. “They all love her. We have to say thank you to the community of Riverbank, Escalon, Oakdale, and a part of Modesto. They wanted to come in and support us. They come here and when they leave, they feel good.” The pandemic was not the only challenge for Satvir as she braved learning a new language, a culture, and a business along with having health issues, this woman in business charged forward. Satvir was born and raised in India and has been in the US since 2013. She has worked a few different jobs where she gained some experience including being a CNA which helped build her confidence. This is the first time that she has managed a business and is a co-owner.
“There was a big difference,” remarked Satvir about coming here to the states. “My culture was totally different and then the language was totally different for me. But my husband and my family helped me so much to make sure I learned everything, especially my husband. I give credit to my husband. He helped me learn the culture and get my driver’s license so I can start working. I am happy. I am really blessed I am in America.” The self-service Menchie’s frozen yogurt (fro yo) bar has a variety of flavors, 32 toppings, fresh fruit, five syrups, and waffle cones that are made fresh daily. They have birthday parties and do customized cakes. Menchie’s is at 2231 Claribel Road in Riverbank, Suite 1A. Although the custom cakes look like she has been doing it for a while, this is another first for Satvir. She customizes, decorates, and makes them from scratch. “I really enjoy decorating cakes,” noted Satvir about the custom cakes. “I’ve never done it in my life. I have just been doing it on my own. I was surprised.” They have had a few fundraisers at the yogurt shop and most recently hosted
a gathering for National Night Out in Riverbank. They change some of the flavors every other week but keep the customer favorites like chocolate, vanilla, cookies and cream, and Dole pineapple. They have regulars and some that frequent them on a daily basis so keeping them happy is important. The quality of ingredients that Menchie’s uses was another reason the Athwal’s pursued the business. They use real yogurt with live and active cultures, use natural ingredients with no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors or flavors and have vegan and gluten free options. “When they come to Menchie’s we want to give them a great experience with good quality, great service, and make sure we make their day and the Menchie’s concept is to make people smile,” stated Satvir. “We want to make sure that every customer is treated like family.” A highlight for Satvir is the customers and especially the kids. She loves talking to people and shared that it is important to listen. One of her favorite things is when the kids give her a hug.
They are currently hiring and are thankful for their hardworking crew of about nine employees. “You have to work hard and give 100 percent to the business,” expressed Satvir about having a successful business. “Make sure that you are on top of everything like cleaning, sanitizing, making sure everything looks nice. You have to treat every guest very nicely, but all of that is equally important. I like being a boss because I love my employees, I love my customers, and I love talking to them.” In the future, the Athwal’s may open another Menchie’s but until then they will enjoy the community and continue to bring smiles and good quality fro yo to customers. “We really like working with people,” added Sunny. “We like being here. It is a good environment and our clientele is very nice. Customers are nice. It is not easy having your own business but I love it. It is challenging and there are times you want to give up but if you have willpower and think you can do it and have support then keep on going.”
Gale Willms Health Insurance Services Ashley Vella
Managing Partner FDR 3639
Advanced Planning • Funerals • Cremations We are honored to serve the families of these communities with two locations that offer full service burial, cremation, funerals, monuments, live streaming services and pre-planning. The families we serve are our top priority and we care for them as though they are our own. We are thankful for the opportunity to help others during a time of grief and healing. Please stop by or call our chapel for more information about any of our services.
www.deeganfuneralchapels.com Deegan Funeral Chapel • 1441 San Joaquin St. • Escalon (FD932) • 209-838-7321 Deegan Ripon Memorial Chapel • 111 S. Palm Ave. • Ripon (FD987) • 209-599-3413
ale has been a life-long resident of this area and involved in the insurance industry since 1997. Her goal is to make sure you have the right health insurance plan at the right price, therefore providing you with the best health care protection. In addition to offering a full range of health care plans, Gale specializes in Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplements, and Medicare prescription plans. If you are turning 65 or have questions about Medicare and the Medicare plans being offered, let Gale’s knowledge and expertise assist you in making these decisions stress free as possible.
Call Gale today at 613-8768 for all your insurance needs. Lic # 0C06975
Women in Business • August 31, 2022| 11
There is no shortage of toppings to add that extra special touch to your frozen yogurt treat at Menchie’s in Riverbank. Customers serve themselves at Menchie’s frozen yogurt bar, co-owner Satvir Athwal shown here demonstrating who you are able to choose one or a mix of as many flavors as you want to create a unique flavor profile.
Photo By Virginia Still
Photo By Virginia Still
Self-taught in the art of cake decorating, Satvir Athwal of Menchie’s has created many unique cakes for customers, tailoring it to their specific celebration and tastes. Photo Contributed By Satvir Athwal
Welcoming customers to Menchie’s in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Riverbank are the husband and wife team of Sunny and Satvir Athwal, who want to make sure everyone has a great experience and enjoys their visit to the frozen yogurt shop. Photo By Virginia Still
It’s a fun experience at Menchie’s, as you pick the flavors, syrups and toppings to create your own flavorful refreshing treat. Photo Contributed By Satvir Athwal
Located in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Riverbank, Menchie’s opened in 2020 and is a popular spot for residents around the region, stopping in for frozen yogurt, gelato and custom crafted cakes. Photo By Virginia Still
• Thread lifting • Dermal Fillers • Botox • Microneedling RF • Hair restoration for men & women
Standing Left - Right
Regina Hidalgo Lori Contreras Owner
Sales Professional Sales Professional
Oak Valley Jewelers
GRACE KWON-HONG, M.D. 1213 Coffee Road, Suite Q Modesto
Stop by and Visit
We are OPEN! 105 N. 3rd Avenue, Oakdale 209.845.8179
We have Layaway for the Holidays Free Gift Wrapping Onsite Jeweler Thank you for Voting us Best Jewelry Store for 8 years! 1449 East F St. Ste. 103-B Oakdale 209-847-1131 • oakvalleyjewelers.com
Clockwise from lower left: Karen Brainard, 1 year, Accounting; Michele Flanagan, Human Resources, 22 years; Zoe Kilkenny, Operations Coordinator, 7 years; Dr. Caroline Ylioja, Nutritionist, 3 years; Dr. Marit Arana, Nutritionist, 19 years; Not pictured: Yvonne Ortega, Accts Rec, 22 years; Lesly Muncy, Acct Rec/ Sales Asst, 18 years; Judy Bradley, Receptionist, Semi-retired
A. L. GILBERT
304 Yosemite Avenue, Oakdale | 209.847.1721 Serving California Ag Industry since 1892