David Carrizales is an ambitious young entrepreneur who just opened the first of what he hopes will be many businesses in downtown Fresno's Mural District.
Three weeks ago the 26-year-old former casino worker opened Euphoria 1612, a nail and hair salon, in GV Urban's new live and work development on Fulton Street.
He is the owner and manager of five stylists and one manicurist who work in the small, 900-square-foot commercial space under his second- and third-floor apartment.
"I had some money saved up, and my dad pitched in to help," said Carrizales, whose parents used to own a Mexican restaurant in Fresno. "(My dad) asked me to bring him a business plan and we went with it."
The stylists cut hair, do highlights, perms and updos, Carrizales said. In the future, he hopes to turn the second-floor apartment into a space for skin care treatments, waxing and massages.
"We're trying to build a brand," Carrizales said. "We want this to be a place to come, relax and enjoy your time."
Carrizales wants to attract more people to downtown Fresno and hopes to one day open a Mexican restaurant in the neighborhood.
A century of service
Boice Funeral Home in Clovis recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.
The company opened in 1913 in a building near Fourth Street and Pollasky Avenue under the name Beal Brothers Funeral Home.
By 1929, the Boice family was ready to grow and built a new funeral home and residence on the southwest corner of Third Street and Pollasky Avenue where it has continued to operate.
"Boice Funeral Home thanks the Clovis Community for allowing them to be an important part of your life for the past 100 years," said Lyndel James, manager of the funeral home.
The Boice family operated the funeral home for many years, but sold the operation to longtime family friends at the Lisle Funeral Home of Fresno.
Today, Boice Funeral Home is a member of the Dignity Memorial Network of more than 1,800 funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers.
New hardware store
A quintet of owners, including three sisters whose family is rooted in the hardware business, have opened a new True Value hardware store in Clovis.
Clovis True Value opened for business Sept. 16, and a grand opening celebration is set for Oct. 18-20. The 12,600-square-foot store is at 1890 E. Shaw Ave., just east of Fowler Avenue.
The Clovis store is an independent retailer with membership in the Chicago-based True Value Co., a wholesale hardware cooperative with national sales of $1.8 billion in 2012.
The store, which has about 15 part-time employees, is intended to provide shoppers with product lines to compete with big-box corporate hardware chains.
The owners of the new store are all from Fresno: Steve Bassett and his wife, Vicki, Lynda Rosetta-Hall and Donna Rosetta-Hansen and her husband, Brad Hansen. The Rosetta family was involved in the hardware business for many years, Steve Bassett said.
Bee staff writers BoNhia Lee, Robert Rodriguez and Tim Sheehan contributed to Word on the Street. It was compiled by Lee. The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6495.