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The Framery opens in new N. Main location
Manteca photog makes home business bookkeeping simple
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Bianca and Curt Pernice stand in front of their new store location in the 200 block of North Main Street and its new look for Manteca. - photo by GLENN KAHL
Bob and Anita Whitaker have been a film team at weddings for years – Anita doing the stills and Bob working as the videographer.  But Bob has gone outside the box with his “TaxMinimizer” project that has made home-based and small business record keeping simple.  It is based in Utah where it has really caught on – the actual center of  home-based activity in the country.

Whitaker has a catchy name for his business, “The Daily Plan-It.”  It’s something of a takeoff on “Superman” with possibly him in the role of Clark Kent.  Said he couldn’t use that because of copyrights but his phone number comes close with 888-Tax-“UberMan” or more simply

Before going public, the Whitakers used the system in their own business beginning 14 years ago.   They say they loved how they only had to write down their daily income, expenses and miles one time in the 20 organized columns while storing receipts in attached pocket envelopes.

CPA Tom Buck said the system is by far the best of all manual record keeping systems he has seen in 40 years of helping small and home-based business clients.  These accurate records will help make them completely IRS compliant, he added.

Always looking for an “out-of-the box” gift and I found just the ticket last week.  It was something that German Glas Werks had targeted for Mothers’ Day – grand pianos, cellos, violins and a few guitars.

The instruments ranged from six to 10 inches in size and would surprise anyone as a special gift.  They blew me away as something you would give to someone special in your life.  Of course you always find the unusual at the Yosemite Avenue gift emporium.  Proprietors Larry and Paul have told me they have drawn many of their customers from European countries who are driving through Manteca on their way back from Yosemite National Park.

For years the Manteca businessmen have had a “highway cleanup” sign posted on Highway 120, east of town noting they were taking care of the roadway.  It was this sign that caught the attention of many tourists on their way back to the Bay Area.

Curt and Bianca Pernice have moved their Framery business to the 200 block of North Main Street creating a warm and welcoming brick façade where they renovated the interior to become a work of art in itself.

The 3,500-square-foot building was formerly a lawnmower shop that has been transformed into a frame shop and an art gallery as well.  Pernice and his wife have been working 24/7 days over the past several months to get their business back up and running after moving from the 100 block of West Yosemite Avenue.

Their gallery is featuring new artists from the coastal areas of Northern California along with local artists including Charles Volkland and Jesse Marinas.  Nationally known artists also have their works on display including Ripsquek, of Monterey, and his famous children’s art works that are collected by adults.  Former Disney artist James Coleman’s works and those of Byerley Art can also be seen at The Framery.

Pernice is a former long-time Ripon city council member and Mayor of Ripon.  His wife is an accomplished  cardiac CCU nurse.  They are planning a grand opening celebration in the near future.

Sharon Haggerty is going to San Francisco with her daughter Holly and a co-worker  Tricia Wheelus at the Elegant Image Skin & Laser Spa to take part in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

Elegant Image in the 500 block of East Center Street is spearheading the fund raiser at their Manteca location.  The event will span two days and cover some 40 miles in the Bay Area helping to forever alter the lives of thousands affected by breast cancer worldwide.

Haggerty, a one-year breast cancer survivor, has committed to raising $5,400 for the cause and she would appreciate any help she may garner from the Manteca community.  She works for Dr. Philip Edington at the Center for Sight where she has been employed for 24 years.  She can be reached at work at 823-1154 or on her cell, 275-7667.

Former Manteca Bulletin advertising representative and staffer at Big League Dreams, Jowell Griggs, needs our support in her battle with cancer.  She has long been dedicated to serving the community while being loyal to her family’s needs.

Jowell, 42, has worked with the Boys and Girls’Club, Give Every Child a Chance, Ray of Hope, both the Manteca and Sierra High School boosters, sober graduation committees and the Fourth of July committee.

Because of her illness diagnosed in January, husband Leo is now the sole support and the Friends of Jowell Griggs are organizing a golf tournament for her as a fund raiser.  It will be held Sunday, June 14, at the Jack Tone Golf Course in Ripon.  

The committee is asking that any donations be received by June 5.  For more information contact Bob or Evelyn Agdoma at 823-3526 or 612-0869.  Donations may also be mailed to Friends of Jowell Griggs Golf Tournament, 22523 South Union Road, Manteca, CA, 95337.