Word on the Street: The Spot Archery opens in Fresno

The Fresno BeeJune 1, 2014 

The Spot Archery has opened in Fresno, giving people a place to practice with their bow and arrows and a place to shop for them.

The business, at 3524 W. Gettysburg Ave. near Marty Avenue, opened over the weekend. It features 20 shooting lanes and a target wall where archers can pin traditional paper targets or animal-shaped targets. Lanes rent for $10 a day.

The business also has a retail side selling bows, including the traditional curving wooden bows and the more modern compound bows. It also sells supplies such as arrows, cases, backpacks and other items for hunting trips.

The Spot Archery joins Impact Archery, another practice place and store in Clovis. But the family behind The Spot Archery said they saw a need for such a business in Fresno.

"We just decided we would take advantage of the current need," owner DeAnn Walters said. "There isn't anything (else) up and down the Valley."

Co-owner Steve Walters is a longtime archer who learned from his dad and has been doing it since he was in junior high.

"He knows the technical side of bows and can fix them," she said.

Archers in the Valley use their bows for both target practice and hunting. Many hunt wild boar that can wreak havoc on farmers' fields, Walters said. Others travel out of state to hunt the pig-like javelina or rams.

Many come to places like The Spot to practice, Walters said. And they use different lingo than the rest of us.

"You don't call it getting a bulls-eye," Walters said. "They say, 'Hey, you hit the spot.' "

The Spot is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

More details about the business are available by calling (559) 492-2820, on Twitter at @TheSPOTarchery or on its Facebook page.

Try a farm stay

Hoping to emulate what farmers do in other countries, C. Jay Page of Reedley is opening up her organic farm to visitors.

Called a farm stay in the tourism business, Page wants to tap the demand from tourists seeking a real farm experience.

"People especially want a farm stay where there are farm animals," Page said. "And we have plenty of those."

Page River Bottom Farms in Reedley, 17780 E. Vino Ave., is home to beef cattle, Plymouth Rock chickens, white Dorper sheep and Berkshire pigs.

Guests at Page's farmhouse will be given a hearty farm-style breakfast and two rooms will be available with rates of $179 and $199 a night.

Page plans to open the farm stay in July or August.

"We are very excited about this," she said. "Friends who come and stay here say they slept so quietly."

For updates on the farm stay, check the farm's Facebook page at Page River Bottom Farm.

Bethany Clough and Robert Rodriguez contributed to Word on the Street. It was compiled by Clough. The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6431, bclough@fresnobee.com or @BethanyClough on Twitter.

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