The founder of the new Trin Spa Skin and Wellness developed a passion to help people take care of their skin after she learned how to treat her own cystic acne problem.
So instead of becoming a teacher as she had planned, Katrina Casillas-Yokoyama went to esthetics school.
After earning her certification, she spent five years working on commission in a big Fresno salon and rented space in smaller shops before deciding it was time to go out on her own.
In July, Yokoyama opened the Trin spa in a small 840-square-foot space of the West Shaw Financial Center on West Shaw Avenue, between Van Ness and Marks avenues.
Yokoyama does facials and airbrush makeup, but is known for her waxing, including eyebrow, bikini and Brazilian waxes. Her spa has a private bathroom for clients, a service room and a small meditation room where clients can have some tea or snacks before or after a treatment.
"I want them to be able to enjoy themselves and stay 20 minutes more before they have to go into the real world," Yokoyama said.
What's it like to be on her own?
"It's harder work and it's more time," Yokoyama said. "I have to come earlier and clean and stay later and clean and make sure things are good and prepped, but I'm glad I can supply a certain ambience for my clients."
Niacc-Avitech Technologies, a company that repairs, tests and certifies aircraft components and produces airplane parts, has relocated its operations into a portion of the Pelco/Schneider Electric industrial complex in Clovis.
The two-mile move from a pair of buildings at Clovis and Clinton avenues in Fresno to Dakota Avenue and Pelco Way not only consolidates Niacc-Avitech's operations under one roof, but also gives the company more room to explore the development of new products, said founder and general manager Jeff Andrews. The new site is about 42,400 square feet, compared with about 33,000 square feet on Clovis Avenue.
The company employs about 105 people at the Clovis plant, and has 13 more at a satellite operation in Las Vegas.
"The largest part of our business is testing and recertifying various aircraft components — in the wing, under the floorboards, in the engines," Andrews said. Those include electrical, fuel, hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
Niacc-Avitech also manufactures new electrical components and wire harnesses for both commercial and military aircraft.
Andrews founded Niacc in 1983; he stayed on as general manager after Heico Aerospace bought the company in 2003.
Circle K opens new store in Fresno
A new Circle K food and convenience store has opened in Fresno.
The store opened Sept. 17 on the northwest corner of First and Ashlan avenues, helping to bring some life to the small shopping center.
The location sells lottery tickets, beer and wine and snacks. It is open from 5 a.m. to midnight daily.
Circle K is a national convenience store chain owned by Canadian retailer Alimentation Couche-Tard.
This is the company's third location in Fresno. The others are on North West Avenue and Olive Avenue.
Bee staff writers BoNhia Lee and Tim Sheehan contributed to Word on the Street. It was compiled by Lee. The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6495.