The Milk Pail is the only place I've found that sells fruit-flavored yoghurt in 32 oz. containers. Their cheese selection is always wonderful, and they have a refrigerated case near the checkout area for cheese specials--always worth a look. As stated above, their produce is quite fresh and is usually less expensive than Safeway's. Try to go at mid-morning or mid-afternoon when it isn't so crowded.
Owner Craig O'Keefe is a lovely person to work with in selecting colors and finishes for your style of home. He always listens well to what you have to say and gives advice only if you ask for it. We have used his company twice now in 10 years and have been very happy with both results.
A good, old-fashioned hardware store where you can find what you're looking for just by asking the staff. We travel 15 miles to use this store because they have services like replacing a broken axe handle or sharpening a saw. It's a pleasure just to browse the shelves!
We love the Green Elephant's Burmese currys, but there are Chinese dishes as well. The service has always been excellent, the people friendly, and the prices reasonable. All in all, it's just a nice place to go on the spur of the moment without having to dress up.
We discovered this little gem in Portola Valley when we were treating friends from across the Bay, but we've been back many times on our own account. The atmosphere is cozy, and it's not too loud there for conversation. Everything I've ordered has been fresh and delicious. Jack loves the pizzas, but they have a good variety on the menu, sometimes with Greek influence dishes. Since the restaurant is in a strip mall, there is always parking.
The Elegant Stitch has been serving the cross-stitch and needlpoint needs of many San Francisco Bay Area needleworkers as well as those in Modesto and its environs for many years. They have recently moved to a new location at 664A Britto Court (which I haven't yet visited), but I'm sure it will be as wonderfully organized as their old shop on McHenry Ave., which was a visual delight.
Lois Mouriski, the owner, tries to get in new things as soon as they are released at Market, and her stock of threads, patterns, linen and canvasses is second to none. The threads especially are wide-ranging, with lots of overdyed specialty threads from many manufacturers.
The service I have had there is also world-class. Someone knowledgeable is always around to help you select a project or threads to work one, find the right colorways for a particular linen ground, or just to chat about what you're working on.
Twice a year Lois puts on a stitching weekend featuring a new project. Although I haven't gone myself, I have seen the needlework of friends who have participated, and the projects are always lovely. The whole weekend has a theme, and participants are given little gifts throughout the 2 days relating to it. It's more like a stitching retreat, only with something new to do and new friends to make.
My only complaint is that Modesto is so far from where I live that I don't get to the Elegant Stitch as much as I would like to. (Still, perhaps that's a good thing for my budget!)