Word on the Street: No Surrender Laser Tag opens in Fresno

Fresno Bee staffJuly 29, 2013 

A new laser tag business modeled after the Call of Duty video game opened this month in central Fresno.

No Surrender Laser Tag is at 5179 N. Blackstone Ave., near Whitie's Pets.

Players in two teams sneak around barrels and military storage units in the 7,000 square feet of playing space. They strive to accomplish missions such as disarming a briefcase bomb or claiming a light-up cube -- which, when pressed, triggers an announcement that "team alpha" has captured the cube.

Players have their choice of pistols, sniper rifles, shotguns and assault rifles. Unlike many laser tag weapons, the guns don't shoot a visible laser, and the owners say the vests players wear are lighter than others.

Married owners Peter Chang and Irina Kvon said they opened the business because they wanted to create something for tweens and young teens to do.

"Our goal is to create a video game in real life," said Chang, who has a 13-year-old son.

The couple used to own more than 10 Wireless to Go Cricket dealerships before selling them to open No Surrender.

The games are controlled with cell phones and much of the technology was created by Omar Thompson of Fresno-based MyScribble Interactive.

Players pay $10 for 30 minutes of play, with yearly membership discounts. No Surrender also hosts birthday parties and other events and invites companies to use laser tag as a team-building exercise.

Details: No Surrender Laser Tag on Facebook or (559) 981-2046.

Simplifying solar

Fresno native Stephen Torres says his hometown's sunny skies made it a natural place for him to launch a new business aimed at helping people compare and choose solar energy providers.

Sunible.com represents Torres' effort to compile data about the solar-power industry and make it easy to understand for people who are considering putting solar panels on their rooftops. Torres, who since 2011 has been based in Oakland, selected Fresno as the launch market for Sunible.com's solar database because the Fresno-Clovis area ranks among the top solar markets in the state. More residential solar power was developed last year in Fresno than in Los Angeles, Torres said.

"We could have launched Sunible in any California city, but Fresno just made so much sense," he said.

Sunible provides ZIP code-based data about solar installers who operate in an area, the number of home solar systems they have installed, the estimated price per watt from their equipment, reviews, and other information.

Torres' family has a long history of entrepreneurship in Fresno. His grandfather was Frank Caglia, who for decades owned and operated Electric Motor Shop, Orange Avenue Disposal and the Warnors Center for the Performing Arts. "I wouldn't be where I am today without having grown up in Fresno," he said.

Sunible is an extension of another Torres enterprise, PV Solar Report, which since 2011 has provided solar industry data to installers and other commercial solar professionals.

Details: (800) 979-2215.

A new Viu

A full-service medical spa, Viu Spa, recently celebrated its grand opening in Fresno.

The spa, at 5740 N Palm Ave., south of Bullard Avenue, offers injections including Botox, and other wrinkle reducers and fillers. It also offers vitamin infusions and various skin treatments, facials, waxing and eyelash extensions.

The business employs a doctor and a registered nurse and employees speak English and Spanish.

Details: Viuspa.com or (559) 283-8799.

Bethany Clough and Tim Sheehan contributed to this report. It was compiled by Clough. The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6431, bclough@fresnobee.com or @BethanyClough on Twitter.

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