Fresno gunstore aims to be female-friendly

September 4, 2011 

A firearms store designed to be inviting to women has opened in northwest Fresno.

LRStone's Firearms, at 3058 W. Bullard Ave. near Marks Avenue, held its grand opening last month.

Owner Leona "Lee" Stone welcomes both male and female customers, and sells firearms, stun guns, pepper spray and other defense devices.

There is a wide variety of firearms and accessories, along with the occasional pink-gripped handgun and pink set of ear protection for the shooting range.

"For women especially, buying a firearm is a bit intimidating," she said. "I wanted something that was woman friendly."

The store also carries the Gun Tote'n Mamas line of handbags with holsters inside. Stone plans to hold the National Rifle Association's Refuse To Be a Victim classes at the store.

Stone is a former general contractor who began carrying a gun after concerns about meeting with subcontractors alone at job sites.

Her store joins other specialty gun shops in the Fresno-Clovis area, including William B. Mayfield Firearms, John McCormick's Guns & Ammo and The Range Pistol Club, and sports stores including Herb Bauer Sporting Goods.

A new twist

After 10 years in the funeral industry, the Fraser family of Three Rivers is adding a new twist to its business: a gift and souvenir shop.

Red Barn Gifts & Sequoia Souvenirs opened Saturday in a red, barnlike building at 40838 Sierra Drive, next to the Comfort Inn in Three Rivers.

The shop sells candles, wind chimes, jewelry and other gifts. It also will include a room with art for sale by local artists.

Owners Susan and Rick Fraser continue to run their Internet-based businesses InTheLightUrns.com and UnitedPriority.com, distributing urns, biodegradable basket caskets for green burials and kits for water burials of ashes.

The new location will feature a memorial gallery where customers can view the basket casket, urns and products like jewelry and key chains that carry a small amount of cremated remains, locks of hair or crushed flowers from a gravesite.

The last page

Scrapbooking store Pocketful of Treasures in Clovis is closing.

After 15 years on Shaw Avenue near Minnewawa Avenue, the store couldn't survive the economic downturn, said co-owner Megan Rude.

"Times are tough for people and it's hard for them to be able to have extra income," she said. "Unfortunately we're not a necessity."

The store will close in mid-September.

Bethany Clough and Tim Sheehan contributed to Word on the Street. It was compiled by Clough. The reporter can be reached at bclough@fresnobee.com or (559) 441-6431.

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