Opening a new shop next to a gas station might not seem like a typical choice for a clothing store, but at T&T Closet & Consignment it just adds to the hidden-gem charm.
The fledgling consignment shop recently relocated to 180 Clovis Ave. near Second Street, graduating from the Barnyard shopping center site after 11 months in business. The store more than doubles in size with the move.
Inside you can find Express tops, blinged-out denim, a new pair of Coach shoes, a White House/Black Market blazer and the occasional prom dress.
The store sells nicer, casual women's clothing and accessories. Most items cost between $9 and $15. High-end jeans such as 7 for All Mankind sell for $29 to $40.
Owner Ly Sing Raymundi is looking for more consignors to fill up the new space. All the clothing must be nicer casual name brand — no Target or Walmart — and in good condition.
The additional space allows her to begin carrying some home decor and furniture. She's already added some chairs and vases, but she is looking for more.
You'll also find art by local artist Laurie Moe. Her mostly black-and-white "pop portraits" of celebrities — I'm betting the Justin Bieber one will go fast — and pets line the walls. She also does custom orders of local people.
Inner City Threads will open the doors to its new store in Iron Bird Lofts Tuesday.
The locally owned company sells clothing designed by Fresno native Michael Macias, and clothing from other labels. Macias describes his clothing as urban and edgy, with some pieces made from Middle Eastern fabric.
Inner City Threads has a philanthropic twist. It donates about 30% of its profits to Poverello House and similar rescue missions in San Francisco and Southern California.
The store plans to host occasional ladies nights, bringing in independent sellers of products the store doesn't carry, such as shoes. The next one is June 28.
Inner City Threads first opened in May in Biz-Werx, the renovated former San Francisco Floral building downtown owned by Granville. But Granville wanted a retailer in the nearby Iron Bird Lofts, so Inner City Threads jumped at their offer of a much bigger space at 1901 Fulton St., Suite 101.
Shoe lovers have a lot more options with some changes at Fashion Fair mall.
Shoe Palace is open in the outdoor portion of the mall. It's known for selling the popular sneakers that inspire young men to line up for hours. The store gets new releases from Nike and other brands, including Air Jordan, along with DC skating shoes, Puma and "any type of Vans possible," says manager Aaron Infante.
The store also sells TOMS shoes, the brand known for giving shoes away to children in need. It sells both mens and women's TOMS, including the wedges.
Inside the mall, Foot Locker has added a "House of Hoops" boutique inside the store. It sells new releases and exclusives, including Air Jordan, Nike Air Force, Lebron Shoes and Kobe Shoes.
More than 150 people lined up two hours before the House of Hoops grand opening.
Elsewhere in the mall, Francesca's has opened, selling clothing, shoes, gifts what the company calls "baubles," — chunky necklaces, hair jewelry and stainless steel "wine pearls" that are frozen and dropped into a glass of wine to keep it cold.
People like to use the word "eclectic" when describing this store, which explains why the online store sells a solar-powered Queen of England figurine who waves her little gloved hand.
Despite having more than 350 stores, Francesca's hangs onto its small boutique identity, only carrying a few of each item it sells in its stores.
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