New businesses can provide a dose of self-care
by Maddy Houk
Nov 29, 2012 | 627 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Four new businesses in the Patterson area will help residents take care of themselves as wintry weather begins.

Locals can relax over specialty coffee, have their hair cut or styled, stop by a beauty supply store and finish with a sit-down talk with a local counselor.

A cup of coffee in Vernalis

Kendra Mora, a Westley resident, opened Wicked Rock Coffee, 2593 Highway 132, in Vernalis almost two months ago.

The drive-thru coffeehouse is open from 4 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday in a small building in the parking lot of Orchard Restaurant. Mora serves specialty coffees and light breakfasts, such as fresh-baked bread and bagels.

Mora said business has picked up during the weeks since the Oct. 1 opening, and she sees many familiar faces.

“I know a lot of Tracy, Vernalis and Westley residents,” Mora said. “They are all part of the community and drive by here. I knew the business would do well.”

For information: 221-2000 or

Salon serves whole family

Maenon’s Beauty Salon welcomes women, men and children to 220 N. El Circulo, right next to McAuley Ford.

Maenon Thomas opened the shop Oct. 1 with her daughter Cassandra Allen as receptionist. Stylist Virginia Smith completes the staff.

Thomas moved from the Bay Area to Patterson in 2008 and Allen, the following year.

“We all like this better, where it is nice and quiet,” Allen said. “I am raising a nephew who is 8, and it is wonderful for him.”

Thomas owned a restaurant, a janitorial service and a group home in the Bay Area, but this is her first beauty salon.

“This is a new adventure, and I really want it to work,” Maenon said. “So far, whatever I’ve went into has always worked.”

The shop has two styling stations, and Thomas plans to expand to the back rooms as she hires more stylists.

Customers can call for an appointment or drop by.

Maenon’s Beauty Salon offers highlights, braids and haircuts.

“I opened because I always hear of people saying they had to go to the East Bay or Stockton or Tracy to get hair done — braided, perms or whatever they wanted,” Thomas said. “African-Americans I am speaking of, but I don’t like stereotyping. I want the shop for everybody — whoever wants to come.”

Maenon’s Beauty Salon is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 220 N. El Circulo.

For information: 895-4555.

Beauty needs found here

Next door to Maenon’s is La Vogue Wig and Beauty, a new business run by Rosie P. Jones which also opened at the beginning of October.

Patterson residents can stop by 218 N. El Circulo for synthetic and human hair wigs, hair chemicals, hairbrushes, makeup, eyelashes, hair dryers and curling irons.

Jones is stocking up for the holiday season, including baskets of Mary Kay beauty products she has made up for gift giving.

“I’m looking forward to holidays, because women want to look good,” Jones said. “I’ll be swamped. Patterson is growing — that’s what I’m excited about. It’s growing. I am so happy.”

She moved to Patterson in 2002 from the Bay Area following her daughter, a local resident.

Jones, who said she likes to keep busy, retired from General Motors in 1998 and began working as a caretaker. She had a beautician license for many years and sold products in a beauty supply house.

La Vogue is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Beginning the first of January, the store will be closed Sundays and Mondays.

For information: 895-3918.

Sit down and talk

Ann Taylor, a licensed psychotherapist, is in the office that she opened in early October at Therapeutic Designs, 26 S. Third St., Ste. E, by appointment.

Taylor, who is also a licensed social worker, deals with relationships, anxiety, personality disorders and mental health.

She returned to Patterson after being away for eight years.

Taylor sees clients of all ages — men, women and children — in a relaxed living room setting with no desk and no computer. She said she tried to create a homey environment so her clients would feel comfortable.

“There’s nothing more rewarding than working with a client and seeing the changes as they progress,” she said.

She and her husband, Boyd Taylor, left Patterson in 2004 when he received a job offer. Recently, the couple and 5-year-old son Robert returned to town.

“I love Patterson,” Ann Taylor said. “I like a town that is a community — I really wanted to be in a practice that was part of a community.”

She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1999 from University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in social work in 2004 from California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock.

Retuning to Patterson was a plus for the family, she said.

“I’m really excited to see how Patterson is growing,” she said. “That’s why I came back — I wanted to raise my son in this environment and raise him in this community.”

She is available by appointment only and can also be engaged to speak to community groups at 895-3329.

Local businesses that are new to town or have news to share can call Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22.

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