Modern By Design

Modern by Design owner Candy Gonzalez has incorporated the Vely’s Floral line into her store in downtown Newman. 

By Cruz Fernandez

Mattos Newspapers

NEWMAN - Modern By Design, which opened its doors in September offering the community affordable designer clothes and gifts, recently expanded to include floral arrangements.

Seeing an opportunity to collaborate with another local business, Modern by Design owner Candy Gonzalez said she invited Irene Velasquez, owner of Vely’s Flowers and Gifts, to offer her floral arrangements in Gonzalez’s shop. On Feb. 1 Vely’s Flowers became available exclusively at Modern by Design.

Vely’s had previously operated out of a Fresno Street storefront.

Gonzalez said she believes combining the businesses was mutually beneficial.

Gonzalez handles most of the floral arrangements, she told Mattos Newspapers, but Velasquez will come in to assist on special occasions.

Floral arrangements can be created for any occasion, including baptisms, weddings, anniversaries, proms, funerals and more, she noted.

Adding the floral line was the perfect opportunity to expand the business and provide her customers with more services, Gonzalez noted.

 “I’m already a gift shop,” Gonzalez said, adding the floral line gives customers a better opportunity to find the perfect gift for any occasion.

Gonzalez said she was working in the medical field when she decided to open Modern by Design.

“I had to plan something that would provide a better future. I also wanted to help people in the community without a lot of money, especially people who work the fields and late at night,” she shared. Modern by Design offers a variety of product lines, including apparel for the whole family, cosmetics, perfumes, jewelry, toys, gift bags and more. Their clothing line includes designer brands at affordable prices, Gonzalez told Mattos Newspapers.

Located in downtown Newman at 1220 Main St., Modern By Design stays open late so customers don’t have to travel to Turlock or Modesto. Gonzalez emphasized that she values her customers and their suggestions.

“I tell my customers to let me know,” she said of welcoming suggestions. “I’m here for the customer, not myself.”

Modern by Design is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cruz Fernandez is a staff reporter and weekly columnist at the West Side Index and Gustine Press-Standard. He can be reached at or by calling (209) 243-8105.