Furniture is in Jordan Plumb's blood.
The daughter of the owners of longtime former Modesto antique shop Sarah Francis, Plumb opened Porter 136 in Oakdale at the end of May. The boutique furniture and home décor store has a mix of old and vintage wares. The style is a mix of chic urban and eclectic rustic. Pieces range from large tables and couches to small lamps and specialty soaps.
At 24, Plumb said following in her parents' footsteps came naturally. Opening her own place gave her the opportunity to be her own boss and express her creativity.
"It's the most rewarding thing when someone tells you it looks so good in their house," she said. "It's me picking out (all the merchandise) so it feels really good when they like it."
Plumb runs the 1,800-square-foot shop alone. So far interest in her store has spread through word of mouth. She said customers have compared her shop to those in Napa and San Francisco, and even New York.
While downtown Modesto's Sarah Francis closed about a decade ago, her family is happy to see her get into the business herself.
Oakdale's Porter 136, at 136 N. Third St., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 322-3416.
Elsewhere around the Business Beat:
Come celebrate the grand opening of Modesto's Azucar Latin Grill & Mojito Bar.
Open since December, the eatery at 10th and J streets is feting the occasion with a block party Saturday.
Enjoy live Latin music, food and drink specials outside in the Tenth Street Plaza in front of the restaurant. Attendees are encouraged to dress in Miami attire. The event is free, and free appetizers will be available from 6 to 7 p.m. with full dinner and menu offered all night.
Named after salsa queen Celia Cruz, Azucar serves South and Central American cuisines from Peru, Argentina and Mexico and offers more than 20 flavors of its signature drink, the mojito.
The block party will run from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday. For more information, call 522-6300. ...
H&R Block is holding a job fair to fill positions in its Modesto, Turlock and Ceres branches.
The national tax preparation firm is hiring about 60 employees in the Modesto district including office leaders, tax preparers and client service professionals.
The company also is looking for bilingual Spanish speakers.
Interviews will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at the H&R Block office at 2720 McHenry Ave. Applicants should bring résumés. ...
For more information, call the employment line at 526-7024.
And finally, the Cool Hand Luke's Steakhouse & Saloon in Merced has closed.
The restaurant is part of a chain owned by Dynaco Inc. Food Services, which also owns the Western-themed steakhouse's still-open Riverbank location.
A company spokeswoman said the closure was because of stalled negotiations with the landlord, and it was unclear whether the Merced site would reopen elsewhere.
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