arts and cultureIssue 20

Inspiring Spaces: Downtown Turlock


Downtown Turlock has been on the rise for some time. What had once been a quiet strip of Turlock road blossomed into the bustling heart of the city that it had been in its heyday.

One of the first big names, Dust Bowl Brewing Company, opened on West Main in 2011. The owner, Brett Tate, attributes Downtown’s success to its unique aesthetic, such as the brick sidewalks and the flower pots.

Turlock’s downtown isn’t the first to set its sights on revitalization. Cities across the nation — even as close as Riverbank — have recognized the importance of a strong downtown. In fact, it’s a movement that’s continued through 2013 with Turlock’s Business Incentive Program, which offered $1,000 to new businesses.

The downtown area has seen substantial growth since 2013, and now can boast a plethora of successful businesses from shops like OneSixteen Bijou, Treasure Hunters, The Chic Shack, Farm House and Vintage Market to some of Turlock’s best food options like Ju Ju Thai, Latif’s Restaurant, Main Street Footers, and 10 East Kitchen & Tap House.

Other local favorites are Bistro 234, Café La Mo, La Mo Café, Memo’s Cocina & Tequila Bar, Lisa’s Cookie Jar, and California State University, Stanislaus’ Art Space on Main. And let’s not forget the aforementioned Dust Bowl Brewing Company.DOWNTOWN TURLOCK 1

Not even retrofitting could keep business from flooding into the prime location that Turlock’s downtown was becoming. Stephen Backus, co-owner of Red Brick Bar & Grill, moved his bar down to West Main Street and retrofitted the entire two-story building.

The downtown area is historic, beautiful, and growing even now. Someday, the city might be able to accommodate buildings five to six stories high — and then little Downtown Turlock wouldn’t be so little anymore.


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