Retail Therapy: Tsu Tsu Boutique among new Old Town Clovis stores

The Fresno BeeMay 31, 2014 

Old Town Clovis just got a lot more shopping options with three new stores opening in the last month.

Among the newcomers is Tsu Tsu Boutique, the second location of a resale boutique that has been thriving in the Tower District for two years.

The Clovis store, at 438 Pollasky Ave., took over the space The Knit Addiction left behind. Tsu Tsu sells gently used women's clothing geared toward women age 25 and up.

This is no thrift shop, however.

The trendy dresses, shorts, tops and shoes in the store mix with high-end denim and sought-after Dooney & Bourke and Coach purses. One rack is devoted to popular high-waisted denim shorts, many of which owner Osry Tsudama rips, bleaches or otherwise embellishes herself. Another rack has business wear, including work-appropriate blazers.

The store will begin carrying jewelry and accessories soon.

Prices range from $139 for that new Dooney & Bourke purse to $12.99 for a leopard-print dress with a vintage feel.

Most of the clothing in the store comes from customers who bring it in for a process that's similar to consignment. Customers can bring in clothing to sell on Thursdays and Fridays. They are paid 30% of what the store will price items at and paid on the spot.

Customers can get cash or use the money as store credit.

Both Tsu Tsu boutiques do lots of business on Instagram and Facebook, posting photos of new items and holding them for customers.

Details: (559) 322-1550 or www.tsutsuboutique.com.

Knit Addiction

The Knit Addiction, the space that Tsu Tsu's took over, is closed. Owner Micheline Golden got a new job as Fresno Unified School District chief information officer — but we haven't seen the last of the knitting community that orbited around the store.

Golden plans to resurrect Knit Addiction in the form of an online store debuting in mid-June. It will carry the same hard-to-find, local yarn and spinning fibers as it did in the store.

Keep tabs on the Knit Addiction Facebook page for news on the online store. The page will also continue to connect the community of knitters, who still host monthly knitting get-togethers.

Brick & Mortar

A furniture with a twist store has opened at 618 Fifth St. near Full O Bull.

Brick & Mortar sells new furniture, but with an upcycled look. Owner Andy Rodriguez is keying in on the raging popularity of furniture that is repainted or otherwise altered.

But all of his sofas, tables and chairs are new. Some of it is made from reclaimed wood but newly made.

Rodriguez has worked in the furniture field for years and most recently worked at Macy's Furniture.

Details: (559) 940-7460 or www.bmfurnituredecor.com or www.facebook.com/bmfurnituredecor.

Once Upon a Time

At the other end of the spectrum is newly opened Once Upon a Time, which sells shabby chic items, gifts, antiques and repurposed furniture.

The store, at 440 Pollasky Ave. — coincidentally next door to Tsu Tsu — has 14 vendors. Several vendors used to be located at Fulton Folly's in the Tower District.

But what sets Once Upon a Time apart is the repurposed items it carries. There are nightstands painted in a bright blue with birds stenciled on them, repainted chairs with recovered cushions and old doors turned into chalkboards.

The store carries more traditional antiques and shabby chic items too, and has a section with vintage toy tractors and other items that may appeal to men.

 

The columnist can be reached at (559) 441-6431, bclough@fresnobee.com or @BethanyClough on Twitter. Read her blog on www.fresnobeehive.com.

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