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Barnwood Arms is Small Business of the Year
Barnwood Arms
Ripon’s Barnwood Arms gun shop owners were named one of the 75 Small Businesses of the Year throughout the state. Seen with 12th District Assemblyman Heath Flora on the floor of the Assembly are from left, Paul, Joe and John Mangelos. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Barnwood Arms gun shop and shooting range in downtown Ripon was honored by Assemblyman Heath Flora as a Small Business of the Year.

The Barnwood Arms is a family owned and operated business now in its second generation of ownership.  It was started in 1981 by brothers Joseph and John Mangelos while Joseph was a member of the Ripon Police Department and John ran the longtime Barnwood restaurant and Deli.

“As a locally owned company, we strive to be an active part of our community, supporting numerous area fundraisers and youth activities,” according to Paul Mangelos.  “We pride ourselves in being a full-service gun store and shooting range, supplying the needs of sportsmen, law enforcement, collectors and anyone with self-protection needs.”

Small business contribute to 75 percent of California’s gross state product and over half of the state’s private sector jobs from hardware stores to manufacturers, Flora said.  Small businesses have re-energized California’s communities and economy, he added. 

“California small businesses are the economic engine of our state,” according to Betty Jo Toccoli, president of the California Small Business Association.  The Barnwood Arms Gun Store ws celebrated for its successful small business and its contribution to its community.”

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