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Tidy rows of blueberry bushes stand as high as six feet tall and stretch for as far as the eye can see at VanderHelm Farms. Fresh, juicy blueberries dangle by the hundreds from each plant, ready to be hand-plucked and taken home for pie recipes, healthy snacking, or emergency paintball ammunition. The VanderHelm family takes pride in inviting the community to forage through their bounty of seven different types of highbush blueberry, such as Snowchaser, San Joaquin, and Legacy. Regardless of variety, blueberries possess many healthful attributes on top of their deliciously tart taste, including antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that help alleviate the effects of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other age-related conditions.

1678 Albers Road
Modesto,
CA
US

Many dentists use a UV light to whiten their patient’s teeth, but only the beauty experts at Twilight Teeth reasoned that clients could use the same light to tan their skin while whitening their teeth. The UV lights of their tanning beds shine on bodies and illuminate smiles, comfortably held open by a mouth guard and coated in gel. The gel activates under the light and contains 25% peroxide—among the highest concentrations in the industry. Since the gel is painted on instead of held in place by a whitening tray, it can brighten high beams with minimal discomfort. Clients who can’t stay at the tanning salon can take home a kit, which substitutes a portable UV light or a mason jar filled with baby stars.

2401 East Orangeburg Avenue
Modesto,
CA
US

For more than 25 years, the buyers at Bianca's Prom & Pageant have traveled to London, New York, and beyond in search of the latest prom, pageant, homecoming, and formal dresses. Shoppers reap the fruits of these fashionable labors, perusing styles by designers such as Sherri Hill, Jovani Couture, Tony Bowls, and more. In order to cut down on the chances of running into a prom-night doppelganger, the shop maintains a high school dress registry, ensuring that no one will be wearing the same dress on those special nights. As an additional draw, Bianca's Prom & Pageant will even match prices found on authorized online prom retail websites.

1700 McHenry Ave, Ste 36
Modesto,
CA
US

Barley & Wine initiates beer-lovers into the world of home brewing with a panoply of beer kits, bottling equipment, and thorough classes on the art of brewing itself. Regardless of the medium, students learn the intricacies of the different brewing processes, from fermentation and malt extract to using yeast or choosing the proper equipment. During in-person courses, accomplished home brewers divulge secrets they've learned after living inside a fermentation barrel for three months. Their online shop contains all of the necessary equipment as well, with ingredients, tubing, and books on the subject.

1125 Lone Palm Ave
Modesto,
CA
US

Stylist Christina?s bag of hairstyling tricks includes texture and razor cuts, deep-conditioning formulas, and permanent waves. She also specializes in highlighting hair in hues that complement skin tone, the season, and clients' favorite Power Ranger.

1700 Mchenry Ave
Modesto,
CA
US

Paula Gauthier loved working at Yesterday’s Books through high school and college so much that she ended up there, years later, as a manager. When the owners retired, she and her husband, Phillip, decided to buy the store and continue its more than three-decade run as a repository of new, used, rare, candy-coated, and out-of-print books. Today, the Gauthiers continually update a collection of more than 100,000 titles, all categorized into sections such as general fiction, classics, theology, and children's books stacked on floor-to-ceiling bookcases. They also stock eight always-unlocked display cases with rare books, such as a first edition of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin that would buckle the knees of any bibliophile, history buff, or person named Tom. Other collectibles range from a specially bound copy of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six to a signed volume by Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of the Tarzan and John Carter series.

The Gauthiers have also brought modern updates to the shop, such as replacing the paper-based store-credit system with an electronic one, which even gives members an online account to track available funds. Phillip observes that some regulars swap out up to 50 books per visit. In addition to book collections, the Gauthiers maintain a catalog of CDs, DVDs, and sheet music.

3457 McHenry Ave
Modesto,
CA
US