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I don’t know about you but here at 209 Magazine, we are definitely ready to put an end to the year 2020. While the year was full of many challenges, the one bright spot was seeing how many businesses, organizations and communities banded together to overcome obstacles. It’s a testament to the spirit of those in the 209 that we are still going strong as we head into 2021. 

As always, 209 Magazine has highlighted a few of those resilient businesses and organizations in this issue. There are heartwarming stories, like the those in the Crows Landing community who worked to save their small foothills chapel from wildfires and the partnership that created The People’s Fridge, a source of free fruits and vegetables for those living in Merced. 

We are also highlighting area restaurants including Delhi’s Elegant Bull and My Mimosas in downtown Modesto.  

While it may be more convenient to shop solely online this holiday season, there are great local shops that can make your last-minute gift buying easy while supporting the local economy. We hope you go out of your way to support local businesses. From gifts for someone with a sweet tooth to treasured finds for the holiday decor enthusiast, the 209 offers some of the best when it comes to finding the perfect present just in the nick of time.  

Thank you for taking the time to read 209 Magazine. We welcome your comments, calendar events, and stories. We hope you will support the businesses and charities that have chosen to partner with us. We appreciate them and look forward to being the most relevant magazine in your home, a place called 209. 


Hank Vander Veen

Publisher, 209 Magazine

hvanderveen@209magazine.com