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Rad Rags Scrubs newest Small Business Incentive recipient
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Local designer Susan Baker decided to refocus her tie-dyed clothing business on a new product line medical scrubs.

Name of business: Rad Rags Scrubs

Type of business: Clothing manufacturing

Location: 430 Crane Ave., Suite 112

Hours of operation: Currently, by appointment

Contact info: 668-6802, 485-4068,,

History of business: For more than 25 years Susan Baker has made custom tie-dyed clothing.

Baker travelled to shows and festivals, proffering her Rich and Dye-namic Dyesigns – putting the “R-a-d” in Rad Rags.

But, recently, Baker has found herself caring for her mother at home, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. That’s restricted Baker’s ability to work the show circuit like she used to.

 “I had to branch out and find something different, other than going to shows and festivals,” Baker said.

So Baker decided to refocus her business on a new product line – medical scrubs.

Rad Rags Scrubs opened up shop in Sondeno Plaza last month, giving Baker a fixed location to sell her scrubs. And the City of Turlock has helped Baker get started, offering her $1,000 for opening up shop as part of Turlock’s Business Partnership Incentives Program.

“Every business that opens up, we’re doing better, and you’re going to do well here as well,” said Councilwoman Amy Bublak, who spearheaded the incentive plan.

The program offers the no-strings-attached $1,000 check to businesses which open in vacant storefronts and meet certain criteria, such as completing a business plan.

As of July 1, the incentive program had helped 12 Turlock businesses this year. Those businesses have created more than 30 jobs.

“I believe, as the council does, that small business is so important to Turlock,” said Mayor John Lazar, during a check presentation ceremony on Nov. 27.  “You’re not just a small business, you’re America.”

Business specialty: Rad Rags Scrubs is all about custom, locally-produced clothing. All of Rad Rags’ garments – scrub tops, bottoms, and dresses – are custom made in California.

“I promote USA industry,” Baker said, “not foreign imports.”

Many of the new scrub designs feature some of the tie-dying which has been Baker’s bread-and-butter over the years. No two tie-dyed garments are exactly the same, she said.

In addition to the various tie-dye colors and designs, Baker hopes to offer different prints, accommodating all scrub shoppers.

“This is the beginning,” Baker said.