Word on the Street: Teacher opens Clovis Bicycle Company

The Fresno BeeDecember 30, 2012 

An Orange Cove elementary school teacher has opened a cycling store in the outdoor section of the Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis.

The Clovis Bicycle Company sells bikes for the entire family, carries clothes, accessories and also repairs bicycles. The 2,650-square-foot store opened Nov. 23 next to Starbucks.

There is something for everyone although the store caters to female cyclists, said owner Susan McGuire, who lives in Clovis.

McGuire fell in love with the sport two years ago and decided to open a store to run after she retires from more than 15 years of teaching.

"I was here visiting a good friend who is involved in the cycling community and was introduced to cycling in this area," McGuire said. "The people in this area have been so friendly and welcoming to me, and I decided to open a shop here to serve the needs of women cyclists."

The business, McGuire said, will give her a chance to participate in community events to promote the sport such as the Amgen Tour, which has come to Clovis twice, and other Old Town Clovis festivals.

"We're really into being part of the community," McGuire said.

The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit clovisbicycle.com.

Wine and sundries

The Fort -- part upscale wine shop and part convenience store -- is getting ready to open in the RiverView shopping center at Friant and Fort Washington roads.

The owners took over the space once occupied by the Mexican Treasure import store near the Ever After boutique, remodeling the store and painting the ceiling to look like a cloudy blue sky.

The Fort has one wall full of 250 bottles of wine, selling everything from the inexpensive Barefoot brand wine to Dom Perignon champagne -- and a $400 Ace of Spades champagne in a gold bottle with its own carrying case. Overall, the store sells mostly higher-end wines, said Sunny Sandhu, who owns the store with his father, Raj Sandhu.

The other side of the store carries beer -- from locally made Tioga-Sequoia to Budweiser -- along with sodas and sports drinks. Candy, fountain drinks, a Slushee machine, a humidor holding cigars and a rack of tobacco products round out the front of the store.

The store is scheduled to open this week, probably Tuesday, Sunny Sandhu said.

Fitness frenzy

Just in time to take advantage of New Year's resolutions, businessman George Brown has opened his newest GB3 George Brown Sports Club in northwest Fresno.

The 44,000-square-foot workout club at Herndon and Milburn avenues opened the day after Christmas.

Brown said business has been jumping from the start. But the club won't hit its full stride until Jan. 7, he added. That's when the club begins offering a full range of aerobics and fitness classes, along with day care for members' children.

"There's tremendous pent-up demand in northwest Fresno, and the best time to open is right now," Brown said.

His contractor, Jeff Johnson, managed to build the club from the ground up in just seven months to open it in time for the new year.

The new club -- Brown's fifth in the Fresno-Clovis area -- features a glass balcony with a line of workout machines overlooking Herndon Avenue. Each machine has a TV screen so patrons can watch television or listen to music while they exercise.

The club is open from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Details: Gb3clubs.com or (559) 448-9300.

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

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