A pair of longtime Fresno friends have taken their year-old home-staging business to another level. Veronica Mechem and Amber Gorman, owners of New Vision, opened a store May 17 that sells repurposed and shabby chic furniture called New Vision's Re-Loved Home Furnishings.
It was a natural move, Mechem said, as the women started buying and redoing furniture to use in the homes they staged for homeowners and Realtors.
"We started going to secondhand shops, estate sales and auctions to get furniture at a great price and redo it," Mechem said. "The response has been great."
The friends still do some home staging, but are putting more time into redesigning furniture for their 1,100-square-foot store at 2569 W. Shaw Ave., between Marks Avenue and Van Ness Boulevard.
The women specialize in using chalk paint to transform chairs and tables, but they also sell accessories such as pictures, frames and animal statues.
"This is more fun and less work," Mechem said. "With staging, you become movers and are moving furniture constantly. We enjoy this much more."
The store is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
For information, call (559) 285-6674.
Books for grown ups
Petunia's Place bookstore has sold children's and young adult books for decades, but recently began carrying books for adults.
After Fig Garden Bookstore closed in 2011, Petunia's Place owners realized the city didn't have an independently owned seller of new books for adults.
The store still mainly sells books for toddlers through high-school-age teens, but now has a big bookcase dedicated to adult best sellers. They include nonfiction and poetry, and various types of fiction, including romance and historical fiction.
"We wanted to be sure that our customers would be able to purchase adult books as well," co-owner Jean Fennacy said. "We don't have enormous shelf space (but) we're happy to do orders."
Petunia's Place is at 6027 N. Palm Ave., in the Opus 1 shopping center near Bullard Avenue.
Details: (559) 438-1561.
Grocery Outlet is continuing its aggressive expansion in the Valley with the opening of a store in Dinuba.
The discount grocery store, at 667 North Alta Ave., opens at 8 a.m. Thursday, with a grand opening at 8 a.m. Saturday. Gary and Cheryl DeCoursey own and operate the store.
It employs 35 people.
America's Tire has expanded to Visalia.
The new store is at 3921 S. Mooney Blvd., near W. Cameron Avenue. It sells tires and wheels.
The Arizona-based company has three stores in the Fresno/Clovis area.
Details: (559) 429-3027.
BoNhia Lee and Bethany Clough contributed to Word on the Street. It was compiled by Clough. The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6431, firstname.lastname@example.org or @BethanyClough on Twitter.