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This year spring has not only brought with it sunshine and warmer weather,

but also a sense of hope as more businesses reopen after pandemic restrictions saw many temporarily close or scale down offerings.  We need to support all of our local businesses as they recover from the government shutdowns.

There is no better time to get out and explore everything the 209 has to offer - grab a burger or steak at Juniors’ in Tracy, head down to Merced County to pick up a bottle of Corbin Cash’s finest sweet potato spirits and celebrate Easter at Columbia State Historic Park. You can find out about these 209 places and more in this Spring 2021 issue.

We are privileged to continue to shine a light on local talent. In this issue, you can read about Turlock native Ashlyn Ruder and her journey to the coveted “American Idol” golden ticket. As Ruder seeks the national stage, Merced musician Seven Year Sleep keeps to his roots while making an impact.

All of this and more are in this, the sixth-anniversary issue of 209 Magazine. As always, we appreciate you being a part of our community and hope you will support the businesses and organizations that partner with us.

As our communities continue to recover and prosper, we will highlight everything that makes the 209 the best place to live, work and visit.


Hank Vander Veen

Publisher, 209 Magazine

hvanderveen@209magazine.com