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Caf La Mo opens for business
Family owners Brityn Butrick, Gloria Smallwood, and Hillary Smith have infused a local and natural approach at La Mo Caf with a selection of teas, coffee drinks, and healthy eats.

After much anticipation, locals visiting downtown Turlock can now get their coffee fix as Wednesday marks La Mo Café’s first official day in business.

The café features a multitude of classic and unique drink options and boasts a full menu of coffee creations. From lattes and cappuccinos to the the Valencia, which combines bittersweet chocolate ganache, orange peel, espresso, steamed milk, and foam, the café offers a unique twist on classic coffee and espresso options.

 With all syrups made in house and Chai made from scratch, La Mo Café is offering craft drinks without any artificial ingredients. True to their natural approach, the café will also allow locals to choose from nine varieties of loose leaf teas.

With locally sourced coffee from Clayton’s in Modesto, La Mo Café is also taking a unique approach by offering a Community Coffee – a house drip coffee that is listed at the suggested price of $2.50 for a small cup, but allows customers to pay what they can afford.

 “All of our family [members] value and cherish our relationships within the community and we want to reflect that here,” said owner Gloria Smallwood.

“And we wanted this to be a meeting place for people to come and foster more relationships,” added daughter Hillary Smith. 

The cafe had a soft opening for friends and family on Monday where all the tips collected were donated to Teen Challenge, a local ministry for men battling addiction.

With several breakfast items such as bagels, oatmeal, and a rotating grab-and-go lunch menu, Café La Mo will also provide raw tamales for purchase that customers can take home and steam.

The family owned café flanks the entry of the downtown pocket space Shoppers’ Eden, in which the family owned restaurant La Mo Café—a subtle twist on words — resides. The coffee shop will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.