Retail Therapy: Readers weigh in on buying local

The Fresno BeeDecember 7, 2013 

Forget about Best Buy. The buy local movement is going strong in Fresno.

Many readers have let me know that they’re ditching the big-box stores and seeking gifts from locally owned shops this holiday season.

They’ve got good reasons for doing so. More of the money stays in the community when you buy from a mom-and-pop store. It creates jobs. When you buy at a local store instead of online, your sales tax dollars go toward your police, parks and zoos. And, you’re a lot more likely to find something unique that everybody hasn’t seen on their weekly Target trips.

I asked readers on our blog and Facebook where they shop local. I filled in a few of the blanks and here’s what we came up with. This is a sampling and not meant to be a comprehensive list of local retailers. If you don’t see your favorite local store on here, go to and add it in the comments section.

In the meantime, here’s some favorite local stores and some gift ideas from their owners.

For kids

Duct tape — the colorful, patterned kind — is taking center stage at Professor Toy in the Villaggio shopping center. The tape is used in craft kits to make bracelets, purses and outfits for a stuffed dog. The Duct Tape Doggie Fashions kit costs $21.99. The store is at 7897 N Blackstone Ave. in Fresno and 3448 S. Mooney Blvd. in Visalia.

Kwirkworld, in River Park

Crazy Squirrel Game Store, 464 E. Bullard Ave, Suite 105.

Bobbi Dazzler Baby & Kids, 1766 W. Bullard Ave.

Ga Ga CHIC, Fig Garden Village

For women

LuLu’s Boutique opened last month in Old Town Clovis at 543 Bullard Ave. It sells women’s clothing and accessories. The Bello jeans with the blinged-out pockets range from $29 to $60. And the $28 statement necklace features multiple strands of gold and black.

Vonda’s Gifts, 7949 N Blackstone Ave.

JULIA jewelry store, River Park

David’s clothing and accessories, 1034 G St., Reedley

For men

Ammunition is the top-selling Christmas gift for men at Fresno Ag, at 4590 N. First St. Boxes of ammo wrap up nicely under the tree. If your guy doesn’t own a firearm, weather vanes are popular sellers, too.

Sierra Running Company, 9447 N. Ft. Washington Rd.

Sassano’s Men’s Wear, 448 Pollasky Ave., Clovis

Crump’s menswear, 7416 N. Fresno St.

Herb Bauer Sporting Goods, 6264 N Blackstone Ave.

Food gifts

Craft beer is hugely popular lately and “bottle house” Das Bierhaus, at 619 E. Olive Ave., has lots of it. Shoppers can mix and match a six-pack of 12-ounce bottles for $9.99. Or, slap a bow on a 22-ounce local beer, such as anything from Fresno-based from Tioga-Sequoia.

Bella Frutta, 1959 N Willow Ave., Clovis

Raizana Teas, 2011 Tuolumne St.

Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market, 5368 N. Chestnut Ave.


Vintage on Fourth is selling “air plants” in hanging glass terrariums made by a local woman. They come in different sizes and cost between $22 and $69. The prehistoric-looking plants need to be spritzed with water only occasionally. The store is at 608 Fourth St. in Clovis.

All Things Fresno, 1424 Fulton Ave.

Foxtail Gallery, 614 5th St., Clovis

Dragon’s Treasure, 816 E Olive Ave.

Belmont Nursery, 7730 E Belmont Ave.



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