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Downtown hair salon receives grants, reopens for services

On June 1, Retro Lux Hair Salon & Lounge at 436 W. Main Street in Merced reopened for customers to come in and get their hair done after making good use of two grants which helped to beautify the business, as well as make changes in preparation for the public to return safely in accordance with the guidelines. About the…

Merced Tattoo Shop paves way for booming industry

The history of tattooing spans thousands of years, and can be seen across hundreds of cultures. From traditional practices of tattooing to the modern-day use of the electric tattoo machine, the idea of walking-art is one that has enticed many to participate in the process of permanently tattooing oneself with artistic designs and…

Longtime entertainers find best audience closer to home

Randy Mortensen is sitting in a booth at Country Waffles in Merced. The 65-year-old entertainer is wearing a button-up southwestern shirt, and a red, white and blue cowboy hat. There’s nothing but wheat toast on a plate in front of him, but there’s a glimmer of anticipation in his eyes. He’s about to take out a nearly worn-out…

Millennial beekeeper mixes CBD oil with honey products

A small bee garden grows and thrives down the south side of Merced. It’s a little miracle of nature thanks to Jessica Gonzalez, the garden’s 28-year-old caretaker and beekeeper. Gonzalez originally comes from a background in computer science, but she has just celebrated her first year in the honey business with her shop, Happy…

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