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Yonan family transforming former Turf Club into event venue
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Construction on Turlock’s new event venue, The Grand Oak, is expected to be completed in August. - photo by ANGELINA MARTIN

Name of business: The Grand Oak

Type of business: Event venue

Location: 1450 N. Soderquist Rd.

Hours: Booking for fall 2019 and beyond

Contact information: 209-620-4433,

Specialty: One-stop shop for venue, catering and more

History of business:


The Yonan name is synonymous in Turlock with some of life’s most precious moments; their flower shop, Yonan’s Floral, has provided bouquets and arrangements to community members for years, and many go to the family at Yonan’s Jewelers for all of their sparkling needs.


Now, the Yonans are turning the former Turlock Turf Club location into an event venue like no other, where the local community and surrounding towns can celebrate weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and more for years to come.


“We have the jewelry store, the flower shop and we also have a travel agency now, so we really cater to weddings and noticed there’s a lack of venues in the area,” Sarah Yonan said. “You have to book two, three years out at most of the places around here, so we figured why not meet that need?”


The new venue, named The Grand Oak, features a “classic yet modern” design, Yonan said, and upon its completion in August will offer a ballroom complete with six enormous crystal chandeliers, wood floors and even an outdoor terrace and fireplace.


Though it’s not open yet and construction is still underway, The Grand Oak is already available for booking for October, which is nearly filled, and beyond.


“It means a lot to us because we ourselves really enjoy celebrating each other and celebrating life, so to open a place that can help other people do that is really important to us,” Yonan said. “We’re in the business of celebration — you get a piece of jewelry to celebrate or you buy flowers to celebrate, and this is just an extra step and way to help people celebrate as well.”


The venue will feature six large televisions inside as well, Yonan said, which can be used to air presentations at corporate meetings or entertainment visuals at a party. The building also has livestreaming capabilities, so if guests are unable to attend a wedding, they can watch from their computer at home.


The venue’s sound system and lights are inside of the walls, making for less clean-up time and a multitude of options, and those who rent the venue can also purchase packages that include everything from tables and seating to silverware and alcohol, if need be.

“We’re a one-stop shop, so you don’t have to bring a lot of things to the venue,” Yonan said. “Whether you’re a wedding or private event, you’ll feel like you’re being catered to in every way because we handle everything.


“We want you to just show up to your event, have a good time then leave  and not have to worry — it’s unlike anything else.”