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Appliances are arguably the backbone of any modern home — just ask anyone with a broken washing machine or clunky old refrigerator. Luckily, the professional team at Lowe’s is pumped up and ready to get any homeowner a new appliance.
Lowe’s carries refrigerators in all styles and finishes. Stainless steel is the most popular, but Lowe’s also offers white and black finishes. French door, side-by-side and four-door refrigerators are some of the coolest styles on the market today. Popular brands like Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Samsung and LG are sold at Lowe’s. You can also ask a sales associate about any refrigerator parts you might need.
Washers and dryers, whether purchased individually or in sets, are major items at Lowe’s. High-efficiency washers tend to be the most sought after by consumers, as families try to cut down on energy bills. Lowe’s also carries dishwashers, ranges, wall ovens, small appliances and cooktops.
With a credit card account from Lowe’s, customers can receive a 5 percent discount with every purchase.
3. Home Depot
1. Steven’s Bicycles
4045 W. Figarden Drive
1365 N. Willow Ave., Clovis
Whether it is for fitness, fun or family, Steven’s Bicycles has your bicycle needs covered. Professional cyclists and casual cyclists alike have made Steven’s their No. 1 destination for biking.
“We have been here since 1955. Parents have gotten kids their bikes, and now we see those kids as adults, coming in here getting bikes for their own children,” says Devin Bovee, manager.
Steven’s Bicycles offers two of the most sought-after names in the bicycle world: Giant and Specialized. Other brands sold at Steven’s include Electra, Haro and Felt. Steven’s has bikes for all types of situations: people looking for a bike for their daily commute, hardcore mountain bikers, aspiring BMX superstars and, yes, bikes for the little tykes.
Steven’s Bicycles utilizes top-of-the-line technology to help Valley cyclists get the most out of their bicycle purchase. The Body Geometry Fit system is a process that analyzes the way your body moves on a bike and adjusts the bike itself to suit your individual physical needs. Starting at $60 and going up to $225, this fitting process can change a cyclist’s entire cycling experience.
Steven’s Bicycles is proud to be more than just a retail store, but additionally a place to meet other cycling enthusiasts and have a good time enjoying a sport for folks of all ages.
“The cycling infrastructure in Fresno is growing,” Bovee says. “We started a lady cycle club, with around 500 members. We also do a lot of community-based rides, like rides in Woodward Park that end up at the food trucks. We’ve had rides in the Tower District. What we really like doing is focusing on being a community-oriented place, rather than just a store.”
In addition to winning first place for 11 years in The Fresno Bee’s People’s Choice Awards, Steven’s Bicycles has been crowned one of America’s Best Bike Shops for the fourth year, courtesy of the National Bicycle Dealers Association.
For Bovee, recognition from both the public and knowledgeable specialist groups is proof that Steven’s Bicycles is doing something right.
“We focus on customer spirit, not only customer service. We are here to take you on a ride, not just sell you a bicycle,” Bovee says.
2. Rubber Soul
132 W. Nees Ave., Suite 111
3. Sunnyside Bicycles
6105 E. Kings Canyon Road, Suite 104
1. Ooh La La
For a hand-picked, out-of-the-ordinary shopping experience, Fresno turns to Ooh La La because At chain retail stores, merchandise is dictated by higher-ups in the industry that order the same products across the country; Ooh La La knows that fashion is about the trends within a region and keeps up with the pulse of what is popular right here in the Valley.
“We are locally owned, Fresno natives. We try to bring in the trendiest merchandise at an affordable price,” say Norma Haynes, co-owner.
Ooh La La started in 2007 with its original location on Willow and Nees avenues in Clovis. Haynes and her sister, Janet Danielian, co-own the stores, which have grown into hubbubs where cute style and convenience merge. Ooh La La has a store in River Park and another sister store called Lola, which is in River Park, as well. According to Haynes, the clientele at River Park truly inspire the types of items they carry in store.
“Our River Park location has some edgier pieces for going out. We have fabulous dresses. I would say we are really well-known for our dresses, it’s become almost built around the dresses. We get people coming in saying they went to Macy’s looking for a dress and they couldn’t find anything, so Macy’s told them to come here,” Haynes says.
The location at River Park also has a NYX brand makeup counter that is a feature unlike many other Fresno boutique stores offer. Ooh La La’s shoes and accessories also have earned a cult following. VIP text club members can sign up to receive sale alerts and sometimes get exclusive deals.
For Haynes and Danielian, the community is of utmost importance to their business, and they try to be charitable whenever possible.
“We encourage people to shop locally. It’s good for our economy,” Haynes says. “We love the local vibe we get from the community. We give back [with donations] to Saint Agnes, Valley Children’s … we even did a blanket drive for the homeless at Christmas.”
At Ooh La La, character and substance are two principles that Haynes and Danielian strive to instill in their business practices.
“Our motto is that we are not selling clothes, we are really selling ourselves. We want that relationship with the customer where they know we are giving them our best,” Haynes says.
2. Revival 23
453 Pollasky Ave., Suite 107, Clovis
3. A U-Neek Boo-Teek
4561 N. Blackstone Ave.
7949 N Blackstone Ave.
Parents turn to Target because its cheery, clean and organized stores provide a casual atmosphere that makes shopping with children easy.
Target has toddler sizes 2T-5T. Girls and boys can find plenty of shirts, pants, rompers, leggings and cute little socks. Target’s kids’ clothing ranges from X-small (sizes 4-5) to XX-large (18). Target is one of the leading children’s clothing retailers to offer plus sizes for girls and husky sizes for boys, acknowledging that growing kids sometimes are too big for children’s clothes but not big enough for adult-sized clothes.
Target happily stocks many school uniform styles that are the foundation of a dress code-compliant wardrobe. Khakis, navy blue bottoms and various styles of skirts can be found in the $15 range, while uniform polos usually range from $7.99 to $12.99.
Looking stylish can still be affordable at Target, especially when customers take advantage of the Target RedCard: signing up for a debit or credit card with Target can earn you a 5 percent discount on each transaction. Kids go through clothes at a much faster rate than adults, and at Target, parents can be sure they are making every dollar count.
2. The Children’s Place
3. Old Navy
1. Plato’s Closet
1053 E. Shaw Ave.
At Plato’s Closet, looking like a million bucks does not have to cost a fortune. When fashionistas want the prestige and luxury of designer clothing, shoes and purses, Plato’s Closet offers a much cheaper alternative than buying new items at the mall.
Plato’s Closet is a secondhand store with style. Everything in the store was previously owned, which means shoppers can snag hot items at a fraction of the cost. For both ladies and gentlemen, this chain store has earned a reputation as a higher-end used clothing store. Whereas thrift shops might be full of unwanted, out-of-fashion pieces, Plato’s Closet devotes itself to carrying only the best.
Bring in your gently used, good-condition brand-name clothes and accessories to be evaluated by the professionals at Plato’s Closet. The staff will give you an offer to buy the items you bring in and, if you accept, you can walk away with some extra cash. Some of the most popular items Plato’s Closet buys are jeans, dresses, women’s tops, athletic wear and coats. Accessories like hats, sunglasses, purses, jewelry and belts are much-needed inventory.
Some items such as designer purses may need proof of receipt for authenticity for Plato’s Closet to buy it from you; call the store beforehand if you have any questions or concerns about the types of merchandise they will accept.
Because Plato’s Closet relies on Fresno to fill its shelves, buyers can rest assured they are purchasing items that people would actually wear. Plato’s Closet has stores across the country and several within California. Next time you are out and about, check out Plato’s Closet in Bakersfield, Visalia, Monterey or San Jose; each store is unique and constantly changing.
2. Orphan Annie’s
6735 N. First St., Suite 104
3. Princess & The Pauper
1755 W. Bullard Ave.
3. Repeat Performance
1429 N. Van Ness Ave.
Department stores have revolutionized the way American consumers choose to spend their hard-earned money, and now it seems we would be absolutely lost without them. Target is an exemplary beacon of this all-in-one attitude; shoppers can grab some dog food, find a new pair of slippers and purchase a new coffee table — all in the same location. With the recent addition of groceries to its stores, Target has drawn in even more customers.
It’s not an uncommon sight to see people pushing carts with one hand and snacking on the famous front-of-the-store popcorn with another. Most Targets have a Starbucks inside the store itself, in addition to the Target cafés that sell pre-packaged snacks and sandwiches, soft pretzels, healthy bottled juices and soft drinks.
Target has clothes, shoes, a large electronics department, a garden center, a pharmacy and the ever-changing seasonal section. Target’s beauty section has a beauty concierge to help customers find the makeup and skin care products that they need.
A small but important facet of Target’s business that differentiates it from other stores is the beloved Dollar Spot, usually located at the front of the store. Most items in the area cost $1 or close to $1, and boast products from signature names like Hello Kitty or Marvel.
Download Target’s mobile app and its coupon app called Cartwheel for a true bargain-hunting experience. With Cartwheel, shoppers can see the grand total of money saved after every trip to Target. Avid users have noticed that after a few months’ time, Cartwheel has become an essential part of their shopping routine.
For more items that are not available in store, check out target.com.
Domestic Auto Dealer
1. Michael Automotive
50 W. Bullard Ave., Suite 201, Fresno
Purchasing a domestically produced vehicle is often a conscious choice to support American manufacturing, and with Michael Automotive, making that decision does not mean one must sacrifice quality and world-class features.
Michael Automotive, which is the largest family-owned automotive group in Fresno, has earned a name for its numerous car dealerships including Toyota, Volkswagen and Scion, but its Cadillac and Chevrolet dealerships stand out from the pack as two very different approaches to American design.
At Michael Chevrolet, truck enthusiasts can find the iconic Chevrolet Silverado, known for its rugged and practical applications out in the field; the Chevrolet Colorado is another truck option for less intense, more casual truck usage. Chevrolet is well-known for its speedy, dynamic vehicles, like the Camaro and the Corvette, while also boasting family-friendly picks such as the Chevy Malibu or Chevy Cruze.
For eco-friendly drivers, the all-electric Chevy Bolt is a hit. It was named Motor Trend’s 2017 Car of the Year. Stereotypes of electric vehicles are shattered with this revolutionary piece of machinery — the Bolt EV can drive an estimated range of 238 miles, which could calculate out to three or four days before the next charge, according to Chevrolet.
At Michael Cadillac, appreciators of fine cars will love the design of Cadillac’s classic Escalade, an SUV made famous for its suave appearance and handsome finishes. Sedans and coupes offer equally as stunning aesthetics, but in a sized-down fashion; for a medium-sized vehicle with plenty of room for families, take a look at the 2017 Cadillac XT5, which starts around $39,395.
Michael Cadillac sponsors youth baseball, youth soccer, the U.S. military and other charitable organizations such as Toys for Tots.
Michael Automotive has served the Central Valley since 1985, and with its huge selection of products in stock, car buyers can expect to keep seeing them around town for years to come.
2. Hedrick’s Chevrolet
961 W. Shaw Ave.
3. Lithia of Fresno
North Blackstone Avenue and Auto Center Drive
1. Best Buy
Best Buy is arguably the biggest name in the electronics industry — according to the company, more than 70 percent of the United States population lives within 15 minutes of a Best Buy store, and the retail giant brings in more than $40 billion annually.
It’s easy to find nearly any electronic item in a Best Buy store, and when it is out of stock, the Best Buy website or app makes shopping for a hot new item effortless and convenient.
Televisions, audio systems and cameras helped build the company’s brand, but nowadays the influx of smaller electronic goods on today’s market has driven demand for tablets and smartphone devices. Apple products like iPhones, iPads, laptops, Apple watches and Beats headphones are popular during the holidays as gifts. Android phones from Samsung are also heavily sought-after by folks looking for durable tech for everyday use.
The latest trend of wearable tech such as Fitbits and smart watches are easy to browse and compare at your neighborhood Best Buy store. With recognizable brand names such as HP, Microsoft, Intel, Sony and the uber-popular GoPro, Best Buy is perhaps the only major retailer carrying such a diverse selection of electronic goods.
Sure, a drone might be more fun than a refrigerator, but Best Buy’s appliance department is equally as striking in its grandiose size. Best Buy sells technologically advanced kitchen appliances, but also laundry appliances, vacuum cleaners and outdoor appliances as well.
Not only does Best Buy sell electronics to consumers, it also collects used electronics as part of its recycling program. Nearly everyone has an old gadget collecting dust on a shelf in their home, and Best Buy can safely rid you of the machinery without causing damage to the environment. Best Buy estimates that for every minute its 1,500-plus stores are open, more than 400 pounds of electronics are recycled.
In Fresno, Best Buy is located in the River Park shopping center, while the Clovis location is near the Target shopping center on Herndon and Willow avenues.
3. The Apple Store
645 E. Shaw Ave.
1. A&M Flooring
160 E. Bullard Ave.
A&M Flooring was founded in 1940, when Alex and Morris Horwitz opened a small store on Belmont Avenue in Fresno. Today, the store is a purveyor of carpet, hardwood, laminate, rugs and tile.
Flooring is quite literally the foundation of the home — at A&M, the professionals believe flooring should have an excellent appearance and excellent durability. Flooring is something everyone uses, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Design consultants are available to customers in Fresno, Clovis, Visalia, Madera and Sanger; consultants can guide you to discover the perfect flooring solution for any budget in a way that aesthetically compliments your home.
With hundreds of options, it might seem overwhelming to narrow down the choices, but A&M’s pros have years of experience to help you along the way. A&M has flooring options for both residential and commercial buildings.
Repairs and installations are a breeze with A&M Flooring. Technicians trained in tile repair can help fix your damaged tile, and they recommend saving extra tiles with every purchase, in case a tile is chipped in the future. A&M can guide customers through installations and offer advice for first-time homeowners who feel a little bit lost in the process.
At A&M, customers are placed above all else. Schedule a free in-home measurement by calling (559) 448-1000.
3. Flooring Liquidators
1. D&L Roses
Since purchasing D&L Flowers about three years ago, owner Prisca Shiralian has maintained her mantra of bringing smiles to the Central Valley community. Her approach to business is to make sure that patrons associate D&L Roses with friendliness and helpfulness. Shiralian understands that not everyone is completely familiar with the names of flowers, and works to gently guide potential newcomers through the process.
“We try to create an experience,” Shiralian says. “We give everybody special attention and make sure their arrangements are what they want. We can work with customers to make sure it’s within budget, to help them pick a favorite color, and so on. No matter how small, we want to help.”
D&L Flowers has fresh-cut flowers for customers to create their own bouquets to give arrangements a personal touch, in addition to the traditional pre-designed arrangements. While roses are always a customer favorite, D&L Flowers has flowers for every occasion. D&L has become known for its $5 and $10 bouquets, which are popular choices for customers looking for a small way to brighten someone’s day.
The familiar yellow-and-white striped flower shop may look modest on the outside, but D&L Roses is quickly making a name for itself with major showstopping pieces.
“We do more weddings now — we did weddings before — but we were just at the bridal convention, Premiere Bridal Showplace,” Shiralian says. “Our flowers are very diverse. We have more of a variety than we used to have.”
Customers can purchase wedding bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres and coordinating reception centerpieces. Couples can select from numerous color options and find the perfect arrangement — whether one is a fan of the classic white floral scheme or prefer something bold, D&L Roses can add a touch of botanical beauty to nearly anyone’s special day.
Keep your eye out for another exciting development from D&L Roses coming this year: Clovis will soon play host to one of D&L Roses’ famous kiosks. While all the details have not been fully determined just yet, residents will be happy to know that the quaint floral store will plant itself at Herndon and Clovis avenues, in the Sprouts shopping center.
2. Lou Gentile’s Flower Basket
4918 N. Blackstone Ave.
3. San Francisco Floral
2071 W. Bullard Ave.
5080 E. Tulare Ave.
1. Mor Furniture
5156 N. Blackstone Ave.
Residents of the Central Valley appreciate the thrill of a good bargain hunt, but simultaneously strive to score a lower-cost item that will last for years to come. At Mor Furniture, Fresno has found a happy medium: quality is not sacrificed for home furnishings that are both durable and affordable.
With a whopping 32 stores in seven states, this family-owned company has demonstrated it has the competitive edge to go up against national stores, and the Haux family is proud of their Midas touch.
“We are ecstatic to win in the Valley and be recognized,” says Rick Haux, Mor Furniture president.
As the largest family-owned and -operated furniture store on the West Coast, with a whopping 32 stores in seven states, Mor Furniture understands the importance of keeping the family involved in the furniture-buying process. Mor Furniture plays kids’ movies throughout the showroom and offers complementary popcorn, cookies, coffee and soft drinks.
Mor Furniture knows that taking an extra step with keeping clients happy can go a long way.
“We always have high review on Yelp and other review services. It’s usually four or five stars,” Haux says.
Whether customers are searching for a simple $300 sofa or a $3,000 sectional with reclining seats and cupholders, Mor Furniture has a grand selection for even the pickiest of furniture shoppers. The luxurious showroom allows potential buyers the opportunity to take a seat and truly get a feel of how the furniture would fit into a real home environment, rather than looking at one online or in an industrial warehouse setting.
“We are the Costco of furniture,” Haux says. “Incredible values, same-day delivery … and we even offer prices by the room.”
For Fresnans in need of dining room, bedroom, living room or Kids & Teens furniture from trusted brands such as Ashley, AICO and Robert Michaels, give Mor Furniture a try — if you find your furniture purchase at another store within 30 days, Mor gives you double the difference back as part of its Double the Difference Price Guarantee.
2. Fashion Furniture
3. Macy’s Furniture Gallery
1732 E. Shaw Ave.
1. Save Mart Supermarkets
Save Mart Supermarkets opened its first store in Modesto back in 1952, leading the way for the grocery store industry that we see today. As a county deeply involved in agriculture and produce, Fresno has high standards. Save Mart Supermarkets fit in right alongside our Fresno farms.
“We’re honored to have been named Best Grocery Store again. It shows we’re consistently delivering products and services that today’s families want. As a Central Valley-based grocer, Save Mart focuses on offering great products that come right from our own backyard. We try really hard at making our stores reflect the Central Valley lifestyle, which means fresh comes first,” says Nannette Miranda, public affairs manager. “We’re coming up on the part of the year where more than 90 percent of our produce is California grown.”
Save Mart was one of the first grocery stores in California to start selling pre-packaged meats, garden supplies and gift items. Years after its breakthrough onto the California grocery scene, Save Mart is a staple store that nearly everyone in town has visited at least once. More than a dozen Save Mart stores are scattered throughout the Central Valley.
“We have the largest hot food offerings in the Valley. Our fresh-never-frozen chicken tenders, famous fried chicken and custom cakes remain top sellers. We’re trying out burrito/nacho/taco bars in many stores and hope to expand that to more locations soon. And our new artisan sandwiches are an instant hit. There’s no doubt sourcing locally and offering meal solutions, along with friendly customer service, keep shoppers coming back,” Miranda says. “We just celebrated our 65th anniversary as a company. That longevity can’t happen without loyal shoppers and our stores adapting to what they want.”
Fresno’s partnership with Save Mart has been mutually beneficial — through the company’s Shares powered by eScrip program, shoppers can donate up to 3 percent of purchases to local schools and charities. According to Miranda, Save Mart strives to represent California values in every aspect of its business model.
“Customers nowadays want to spend their money at companies that align with their values. We, at Save Mart, firmly believe in giving back to the communities our stores serve. We realize the company can thrive only if the community thrives,” Miranda says. “Customers can feel good about shopping at Save Mart.”
3. Trader Joe’s
5376 N. Blackstone Ave.
1077 N. Willow Ave., Clovis
Home Improvement Store
Lowe’s prides itself on 60 years of improving the business of home improvement.
The staff at Lowe’s has personal experience with each of their departments and have the training to walk customers through the oftentimes overwhelming process of selecting the right tools, hardware and appliances for their home. With the help of friendly Lowe’s staff, do-it-yourself projects seem more manageable and less daunting.
Professional home-improvers such as painters, construction workers and repair workers trust Lowe’s with their businesses; Lowe’s estimates that 30 percent of its overall annual sales are from commercial projects. Whether you own a home or a business, Lowe’s has services and product selection unlike any other major hardware store.
With each home improvement store averaging roughly 112,000 square feet of retail space, Lowe’s is a true destination for all things home. Flooring, plumbing, electrical, windows and home security solutions are just a few of the many departments within Lowe’s. Customers can even shop for home décor – Lowe’s is committed to pulling out all the stops.
Sign up for Lowe’s text alerts to be among the first notified of can’t-miss deals and limited time offers. Download Lowe’s mobile app on the App Store or Google Play for an enhanced shopping experience; find the exact items you are looking for, then locate them on a map of the store. Shoppers can also use the app to scan items and read more fully into their product details.
Lowe’s in Fresno and Clovis is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
2. Home Depot
3. Fresno Ag Hardware
4590 N. First St.
Import Auto Dealer
1. Fresno Lexus
777 W. Palmdon Ave.
Lexus has become such a household name in the United States that it is easy to forget the company’s Japanese origins. Lexus is the luxury vehicle division of Toyota, one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world, and carries Toyota’s similar design aesthetic into its brand.
But here in Fresno, Lexus is all about style, comfort and appealing to a broad range of hardworking Americans.
“A lot of people don’t know how affordable a Lexus is. It can be something the average buyer can afford, but they just don’t realize it,” says Mike Gibson, general manager.
The Lexus brand appeals to more middle-class shoppers because it is both a fun display of status and a strategically wise option for lovers of sensible features such as gas mileage, surrounding cameras and parking assistance. Simply put, with Fresno Lexus, patrons can expect to get a lot of bang for their buck.
With the pre-owned selection at Fresno Lexus, interested buyers can get their hands on the wheel of a Lexus for market prices under $30,000 — some are even lower than $25,000. Of course, Fresno Lexus also carries luxury SUVs, such as the 2017 Lexus LX or GX — perfect for car buyers with many passengers who want to ditch the cliché of the tired mini van. Environmentally conscious buyers are big fans of Fresno Lexus’ hybrid selection; the Lexus classic shapes of the Lexus ES and GS hybrid cars offer the simplicity of an everyday vehicle without compromising on style.
Fresno Lexus prides itself on encompassing both the images of a refined luxury company and an accessible, friendly neighborhood car dealership.
As part of its efforts to give back to the community, Fresno Lexus donated a two-year lease of a 2016 RX 350 to be raffled off at Granville Homes’ Home of Hope event in July 2016. According to Gibson, Fresno Lexus is constantly looking for ways to help out local charities and other organizations in need.
“We always try to give back to the Valley as much as we can,” Gibson says.
1. Mercedes-Benz of Fresno
7055 N. Palm Ave.
There is perhaps no greater example of exemplary service in a retail setting than the fact that Scott and Katie Biehl, the husband-and-wife team behind Mercedes-Benz of Fresno, give customers their personal phone numbers.
“We’re local ownership and our staff really goes above and beyond. We do a lot of charity events on the showroom floor that isn’t typical of most dealerships,” says Scott Biehl, co-owner.
The Biehls’ take on customer satisfaction has practically turned it into an art form; not only do Mercedes-Benz owners have full access to the dealership owners, they also receive access to a full coffee bar while shopping or having work done on their vehicles. Patrons can sip a latte or cappuccino while they enjoy a complementary car wash.
“We think that makes a difference. It goes a long way, it is truly the best experience [while at a car dealership],” Biehl says.
Mercedes-Benz of Fresno is full of surprises — the luxury brand known for its iconic German cars has more up its sleeve than the general public may know.
“We have hybrid and electric vehicles. A lot of people didn’t realize that we carry them, but we do. You can have a luxurious electric vehicle,” Biehl says.
With more than a dozen classes of vehicles, Mercedes-Benz is an import car dealer that has options for all types of car buyers. Shoppers can find bold sportscars, impressive cargo vans, classy compact cars and even trendy models like the Mercedes-Benz G Class G 550, a square-shaped car popular with celebrities.
Even among the Mercedes-Benz family, Mercedes-Benz of Fresno has a reputation for greatness: Fresno’s Mercedes-Benz dealership earned the Mercedes-Benz Best of the Best Award, which is given to a select few dealers nationwide. Mercedes-Benz of Fresno was fortunate enough to win the 2016 DealerRater Consumer Satisfaction Award.
“Our staff really cares for the customers … they know them by name,” Biehl says. “Customers have been buying from us for over 40 years. They keep coming back.”
2. Toyota of Clovis
895 W. Shaw Ave.
3. Clawson Honda
6346 N. Blackstone Ave.
1. Karkazian Jewelers
9447 N. Fort Washington Road, Suite 110
493 W. Shaw Ave., Suite B, Clovis
Since 1977, Karkazian Jewelers has been creating magical moments with both its one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry and assortment of brand-name favorites. Owner George Karkazian ctually began his career by going to watch-repair school.
“I graduated from a Swiss school. We repair all types of watches here. Most of the jewelers don’t have watch repair,” Karkazian says.
Karkazian notes the craftsmanship and careful attention to detail that is typical of local family-owned businesses is something people just won’t get anywherefrom a popular national chain at the mall.
“We are jewelers who make jewelry. If they want a wedding ring, we will make them one. Not custom made, because those you can pick from a catalog. We make special-made jewelry. You tell us what you want, and we make it for you,” Karkazian says.
Karkazian Jewelers carries popular bridal sets from brands such as Krizanti and Simon G., and are the only jeweler in Fresno that carries them. Karkazian has everything from trendy rose gold jewelry to earrings and pendants. Men won’t feel left out at Karkazian Jewelers once they take a look at the extensive selection of watches from designer names such as Rolex, Cartier, Movado and more. Karkazian Jewelers is also the only place in California that can repair Accutron watches. In addition, watch repairman can speak several languages, including Spanish, Armenian, Russian and Arabic.
For Karkazian, the wisdom he has picked up throughout his time as a jeweler cannot be undervalued, and he passes on many lessons to his staff.
“I tell the employees to be nice to customers, help them, not to use bad language, not to lie. I tell them to check everything with the repairs … even with a simple battery change, we check to make sure everything is running OK,” Karkazian says.
Come in to Karkazian Jewelers at either its Fresno or Clovis location to get free estimates, trade in your old diamonds and gold for new jewelry or get your jewelry cleaned. Karkazian Jewelers offers layaway and financing for jewelry through Wells Fargo.
2. Rogers Jewelers
7685 N. Blackstone Ave., Suite 108
2007 W. Caldwell Ave., Visalia
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3. Fresno Coin Gallery Jewelry & Loan
4616 N. Blackstone Ave.
Local Hardware Store
1. Fresno Ag Hardware
4590 N. First St.
Fresno Ag Hardware has the selection and convenience of a major hardware store combined with the good old-fashioned service of a traditional mom-and-pop shop.
“We are one of the oldest locally owned stores in Fresno, that gives us a reputation,” says Ian Williams, member of the board of directors. “We have 75 employees dedicated to customer service … if you go into one of those big box stores, there’s nobody around. We can take you by the hand if that’s what you need, or let you go your own way around the store. We’re here for the customers.”
Home projects are stressful enough as it is, so the staff at Fresno Ag tries to do everything they can to ease customers’ tensions with a team of employees that is deeply familiar with how to use the items they are selling. Employees are even encouraged to make recommendations for future products and changes in the business based on feedback from everyday shoppers. It’s something Williams knows is difficult, if not impossible, at a large retailer.
“That’s what makes us dynamic — we listen to customers. We believe that the best ideas come from our customers,” Williams says.
As a deeply family-oriented company, Fresno Ag makes a point to stay connected to
“Everyone who is invested in the business works here, it’s not like we have owners from another state. My grandma, who is 83, still comes in once a week and says hello,” Williams says.
Sometimes hardware stores get a bad rap for being boring, but Fresno Ag proves that hardware stores aren’t just shelves of nuts and bolts. Fresno Ag Hardware offers paint, garden supplies, plumbing, electrical and power tools among many other unique items such as house goods or seasonal supplies. Fresno Ag is also the only hardware store in town that is pet-friendly — yes, Fido doesn’t have to wait outside in the car.
Most recently, Fresno Ag Hardware has brought in a full-time mechanic to help repair items like broken chainsaws or perhaps a forgotten old lawn mower that has seen better days. According to Williams, the sporting goods department is in for a massive overhaul — a 1,500-square-foot addition will soon lure outdoor adventurists to browse through the huge expansion.
Being such a presence in the community is not an easy task. With the rise of many national chain stores, Fresno Ag Hardware has impressively held its own and owes its continued legacy to the citizens who choose to shop locally.
“We really value everyone who gives us constructive criticism. They keep us employed and in business. We just try to reciprocate that love back to the community,” Williams says.
2. Clovis True Value Hardware
1890 Shaw Ave.
3. National Hardware Supply
7173 N. Blackstone Ave.
Luxury Auto Dealer
1. Fresno Lexus
777 W. Palmdon Ave.
The staff and owners at Fresno Lexus know the term “luxury” should extend beyond the car itself — it should also mean a fantastic experience purchasing and servicing a vehicle.
“We care about the client first. With our clients, it’s a long-term relationship — many of our customers make more than one transaction,” says Mike Gibson, general manager. “Clients refer others because of the way they were treated. Our employees truly know the clients.”
Fresno residents typically spend a substantial amount of time driving around town, and with the Central Valley being so spread out, it’s easy to wear out a vehicle. At Lexus, luxury means more than leather interior; luxury is a dependable automobile with elevated yet practical features. Safety additions include such as the advanced multi-view monitor on the LX 570, which allows the driver to utilize high-definition cameras mounted on the front and sides of the vehicle to carefully assess one’s surroundings, elevates the simple act of watching for pedestrians and turns it into something from a James Bond film.
Fresno Lexus offers refined vehicles at a wide array of prices. Its extensive pre-owned inventory gives more buyers a chance to experience the excitement of driving off in a Lexus without simultaneously going overboard on their budget. Even several of the new Lexus models have a base price in the $30,000 range. For the affluent Lexus aficionado, Fresno Lexus It also offers high-end vehicles such as the 2017 Lexus LX, an SUV which starts at a base price of $89,880; for those looking to go a bit sportier, the 2017 Lexus GS F boasts a V-8 engine and 467 horsepower, starting at $83,940.
“We have some exciting new products coming up,” Gibson says. “The Lexus LT coup is coming out in spring. That’s an exciting car. Then in late 2017, we’ll have the new LS.”
For a complete list of Fresno Lexus’ available inventory, visit its website or make an appointment with a sales representative.
2. Mercedes-Benz of Fresno
7055 N. Palm Ave.
3. BMW of Fresno
7171 N. Palm Ave.
1. Sleep Train
In February, big news was announced for Sleep Train.
“Sleep Train has joined the Mattress Firm brand, renaming all 318 stores along the West Coast to Mattress Firm,” announced Shauna Nuckles of Revolution Public Relations for Sleep Train/Mattress Firm. “The change gives consumers added shopping benefits and expands the company’s award-winning Foster Kids program nationwide.
“By uniting under one name and one purpose, the Foster Kids program adds nearly 100 nonprofit foster care organization partners to help more than 400,000 foster children nationwide. Plus, consumers will benefit from Mattress Firm’s simplified ‘comfort by color’ shopping experience and a larger value zone of beds priced under $799. The company will provide a seamless experience for customers, maintaining all guarantees and warranties for past and future purchases.”
Sleep Train has been California’s No. 1 mattress retailer with more than 100 stores throughout the state and nine stores in the Fresno-Clovis area. Founded in 1985 by Dale Carlsen, the store offers an excellent selection of brand-name mattresses including Beautyrest, Sealy, Posturepedic, Tempur-Pedic, Stearns & Foster and Serta iComfort, at the lowest price — guaranteed.
“We’re committed to providing local customers the same great service and selection they’ve grown accustomed to,” says Ken Murphy, president and CEO of Mattress Firm. “After thorough evaluation of best practices to better serve our customers and community, we found strength in one united brand and purpose. By coming together under the Mattress Firm name, we can provide a better selection and better pricing based on our ability to buy in larger quantities. We’re excited that we’re now helping millions of people across the country sleep better while also collecting donations for foster children nationwide.”
Sleep Train’s company philosophy has included a commitment to give back to the community and has partnered with local foster care nonprofits in order to help foster kids. Currently, Mattress Firm is collecting donations for its Pajama Drive for local children in foster care. Donations are welcome at each store. Find a store or donate online at www.mattressfirm.com. All donations are distributed to regional nonprofit foster organization partners.
2. Mattress Land
3. Mor Furniture
5156 N. Blackstone Ave.
3000 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia
1. The Meat Market
454 W. Alluvial Ave.
1990 N. Fowler Ave., Clovis
Tri-tip is a customer favorite at the Meat Market, but don’t forget the wide variety of meat sold along with beef: pork, lamb, poultry and more, plus seafood.
“We have a niche market because we do custom cuts that are fresh daily and we have pre-marinated meats, ready to go,” says Monica Tasier at the Meat Market.
Started as a local family-run meat distribution service in 1976, the company grew into a retail meat market and specialty store with a location in Fresno and another in Clovis. The Grill serves as an in-house barbecue in both locations and a popular option for take-out or event catering. There is a menu online for both stores that includes current specials.
“We also have sauces and seasonings,” adds Tasier. “Our most popular is the Santa Maria seasonings for tri-tip. Unique to us is the in-house all-natural sausages in a variety of flavors.”
Along with the great cuts of meat are local wines, beer and side dishes. Look for something different during holidays or special occasions.
Want to know about secret deals and offers? Join the texting club by texting “STEAK” to 77948.
3. Sam’s Italian Deli
2415 N. First St.
Macy’s offers a full range of men’s clothing: formal wear, suits, blazers, casual wear, active wear, work wear, sleepwear and underwear. More than a dozen name brands are available as well as sports team apparel. A customer can shop for big and tall sizes in pants, shirts and suits.
Don’t forget shoes. Sizes are available up to size 18 and include dress shoes, casual and athletic footwear, as well as boots. Choose from a variety of accessories such as belts, hats, gloves, scarves, sunglasses, jewelry, wallets, watches, cologne, grooming products and more.
Just recently announced is an expansion of the retailer’s popular Ideology activewear line with the launch of ID Ideology, available exclusively at 250 Macy’s stores and online at macys.com.
“It’s not only professional athletes who inhabit fields, courses and tracks,” says Nancy Slavin, senior vice president of Macy’s Private Brands Marketing. “People who work in offices, coffee shops, hospitals, schools and everywhere in between are committing to their health and wellness, and are working out to reach their goals — that makes them athletes. With ID Ideology, we are getting them out of their old T-shirts and shorts, and into performance gear that will help take them to the next level.”
Macy’s website is a convenient tool for customers to order online, pay bills, buy gift cards, see special deals and promotions, get information on stores and keep up new arrivals and store events.
2. Patrick James
780 W. Shaw Ave.
1. Clawson Motor Sports
6334 N. Blackstone Ave.
Whatever anyone might desire in a recreation vehicle, whether it’s a snowmobile, motorcycle, watercraft or ATV, there’s a good chance Clawson Motor Sports not only has it in its showroom, the dealer can service it and stock parts and accessories for it. The dealer is known for having the largest selection in the Valley. Inventory includes brand names like Yamaha, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Can-Am, Victory, Kawasaki, SeaDoo, Arctic Cat and Polaris.
Clawson has sold motorcycles since the mid-1960; now it also buys and sells pre-owned motorcycles. The website has detailed information and photos about available vehicles, price quotes, financing, monthly specials and promotions.
What’s the most popular vehicle sold? “The weather and time of year really determine what is popular,” says Yvonne Kroll at Clawson. “Street, dirt, water or snow ... you will always find more to ride at Clawson Motorsports.”
In 1936, Jack Clawson started a boat building company, Clawson Boatworks. The company grew; Honda Motorcycles and a Honda Automotive dealership, the first in the Valley, were added. In 1975, the McKoane family became the new owners of Clawson Boatworks and Clawson Honda of Fresno, then later the new Clawson Truck Center. Clawson Motorsports is now part of McKoane Enterprises, with Jim McKoane’s children, Caroline, Larry and John continuing his legacy.
2. Fresno Harley Davidson
4345 W. Shaw Ave.
3. Wilson’s Motorcycles
284 W. Shaw Ave., Clovis
1. Guitar Center
5330 N. Blackstone Ave.
4254 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia
No matter what you need in terms of musical equipment, you’ll be sure to find it at Guitar Center, the world’s largest instrument retailer. Currently, there are more than 260 locations and the business ships to more than 100 countries worldwide.
“We offer musical equipment for all — the beginner, the novice, the expert and for everyone imaginable,” says Westin Conriquez, Fresno store manager. “We offer many products as a whole. Everything from pro audio equipment, recording, live sound, lighting, guitars, folk instruments, percussion, accessories, keyboards/pianos and band and orchestra equipment. We cover pretty much all the bases and have a new distribution center in California with all the equipment you can imagine. This also cuts down on shipping time. We offer many in-house services that customers are part of as well.”
Customers can also buy and sell used equipment. Some of the most popular pre-owned items are guitars: Gibson, Les Paul, Fender, Telecaster and Stratocaster are just a few of the well-known brands, along with Takamine, Martin and Taylor acoustic guitars. Guitar Center also has an “We have an in-house repair technician who works on many instruments and specializes in guitar maintenance and repair.
“We also offer in-house group guitar lessons, group ukulele, group recording classes and many other clinics that vary every month, all for free,Many customers request the Guitar Center Gear Card,” Conriquez says. “We always have excellent financing that helps save our customers money and they get cash back on all purchases now.”
Products can be tried out prior to purchase and there’s an experienced team on staff to answer questions and assist customers. An online clearance outlet lists “tens of thousands of instruments, pieces of equipment and accessories — all at less-than-retail prices.” Plus, there is free shipping on thousands of items to the Guitar Center location of your choice.
2. Gottschalk Music Center
328 Pollasky Ave., Clovis
355 W. Main St., Merced
3. Patrick’s Music
769 E. Barstow Ave.
Party Supply Store
1. Party City
Walking into a Party City store, you can’t help but smile.
There’s color everywhere with party music playing and banners, balloons and piñatas undulating overhead. Themed costumes and hats, along with matching tableware, party favors, candy, games, streamers and decorations, are available for any event imaginable at budget friendly prices.
“We’re all about celebrating life’s special moments all year long,” says Alycia Rea for Party City. “As the one-stop party shop, the need for party supplies for every season and occasion are across the board. From little children and adults to businesses and organizations, everyone stocks up to throw a Party City party.”
“Nobody has more parties for less,” is Party City’s motto. There are more than 850 company-owned and franchised stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Want to customize balloons, party favors or invitations for your event? “You can choose your color or label design, font style and color, text message and the quantity of favors you’ll need,” says Rea. “There are also special ways to announce a big event with custom invitations. From hundreds of different designs to choose from; nearly every holiday of the year or special occasion is available, including photo balloons. There are collectible wedding and bridal shower favors in an array of styles to match any theme and can be personalized.”
Soon to be added are a few nostalgic items to celebrate the highly anticipated live-action movie, “Beauty and the Beast.”
2. Bargain Party
453 W. Bedford Ave.
3. Best Party Rental
197 N. Sunnyside Ave., Suite 102
With more than 1,475 stores nationwide and approximately 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, Petsmart is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and products for the lifetime needs of pets, be it a dog, cat, fish, bird, reptile or other small pet. Along with food, stores offer care products and pet services, such as grooming, veterinary care, boarding, day camp and dog training.
“Pets are true members of the family and better behaved pets tend to spend more quality time with their families,” says PetSmart’s Jane Stringer, director of PetsHotel & Training Services. “Training offers curriculum appropriate for all life stages to help ensure pets are fully integrated family members and can spend cherished moments, events and time with their families.
“Expert veterinarian care is available in many of our stores, where Banfield Pet Hospital, operates full-service pet hospitals. These in-store pet hospitals operate independently of PetSmart and employ veterinarians who provide a full range of health care and emergency services.”
Petsmart offers space in the stores for in-store pet adoption partnerships with independent nonprofit organizations, such as PetSmart Charities and PetSmart Charities of Canada, helping to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year. Also available are digital resources for pet parents, such as PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com, OnlyNaturalPet.com and petMD.com, which offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S.
Visit the website for adoption events and services available at Petsmart stores.
2. Whitie’s Pets
5215 N. Blackstone Ave.
Photo Supply Store
1. Horn Photo
7945 N. Blackstone Ave.
Whether you’re a professional photographer or just beginning to hone your skills, the experienced staff at Horn Photo can help you find a camera that meets your needs. For nearly 80 years, the camera store has specialized in selling photography equipment, even as the industry and technology have evolved.
“We sell cameras and all the things that go with them,” says Stan Grosz, who (with wife, Shelly) purchased the store from its original owners 25 years ago. “We’re the top camera store in the area, from Hollywood up to Sacramento.”
The store sells all of the most popular DSLR camera brands, including Canon and Nikon. “They’re around 72 to 74 percent of the market,” says Grosch. The Nikon DL500, he adds, was the store’s best seller last year.
Once you have your camera, you’re going to need the gear to go with it. Camera accessories — lenses, bags, tripods and other equipment — are also sold in the store.
The prevalence of smart phone cameras hasn’t hurt business, Grosz says, adding, “You’ve got your iPhone and then you’ve got the DSLR. You’re using your iPhone for recording simple things in your life, then when you want to get better you move up to DSLR or mirrorless.
If you’ve recently purchased a new camera and are eager to improve your skills, Horn Photo offers a variety of classes and workshops, from brand-specific primers to classes that focus on portraiture and nature photography.
Plant and Garden Store
1. Gazebo Gardens Nursery
3204 N. Van Ness Blvd.
“Family friendly, dog friendly with live music from 5 to 9 p.m.” Not exactly a description you’d expect to find on a garden center’s website, but this is not an ordinary garden center.
“I think our customers like the fact that we aspire to be more than just a nursery,” says Scott Miller of Gazebo Gardens. “We host a popular beer garden with really great food trucks and local music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday all year long. We also have a café (Café Van Ness) that’s open seven days a week. We’ve hosted lots of weddings, community meetings, etc., over the last few years. We are located at the traditional starting point for Christmas Tree Lane. A customer recently described Gazebo as a ‘community center,’ and that description suits us just fine.”
The landmark garden center has been a family tradition for generations of loyal customers for nearly a century.
“Gazebo Gardens is located at a site that has been a nursery continuously since 1922, which makes us the oldest retail nursery in the Central Valley, and one of the oldest in California,” says Miller. “I have never even met anyone who remembers this neighborhood without a nursery here, so the element of nostalgia is certainly something people talk about.”
Experts in rose care, the full-service nursery grows more than 1,000 varieties of roses and carries its own line of rose food, “Bill’s Rose Formula.” Many of the plants, trees and shrubs sold at the garden are grown locally, so they adapt better to the Valley’s weather conditions, important for those triple-digit summer days. A special soil is even used to reduce transplant shock.
The contracting and landscape maintenance divisions of the garden have won many awards and distinctions, including the landscaping at Fig Garden Village and River Park Shopping Center.
Miller and his staff give gardening advice on the radio program, “Valley Grown,” from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays on 1430 KYNO AM.
Additional information and the event schedule are available at gazebogardens1922.com.
2. Belmont Nursery
7730 E. Belmont Ave.
3. Riverside Nursery
5215 N. Golden State Blvd.
1. Paul Evert’s RV Country
3633 S. Maple Ave.
“We sell Fun!” reads the sign at Paul Evert’s RV Country dealership. More than 10,000 customers have purchased fun in the form of RVs from Paul Evert’s RV Country.
According to internet manager, Craig Strohman, “Our dedication to our customers, selection of top brands and commitment to the RV community is what sets us apart.”
The 40-bay service center on 26 acres, just off of Highway 99, carries just about everything related to RVs: sales of new and pre-owned RVs, in-house parts department, financing, master-certified technicians, storage, detailing, service, parts and accessories, paint and body shop and most importantly, a caring staff. Paul Evert built a business selling RVs around parts and service, rather than building it around selling.
The business has expanded to locations throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, with the flagship Fresno location offering the most services. The inventory is vast and includes diesel motor homes from the finest manufacturers like Tiffin, Monaco and Holiday Rambler, gas motor homes, fifth wheelers, travel trailers, toy haulers and tent campers.
The dealership accepts trades and specializes in nationwide RV sales by providing free nationwide delivery and a “Fly N Buy” program. RV storage includes a free dump station, free water fill station and a free 10-point inspection. Established in 1987, The Paul Evert RV Club provides information on service specials and group trips of interest to members.
As a community service, Paul Evert’s RV is proud to sponsor “Hometown Heroes Radio,” honoring our service men and women.
2. Toy Hauler Liquidators
3186 S. Parkway Drive
3. Camping World of Fresno
3672 S. Maple Ave.
1. River Park
220 E. Paseo Del Centro
“Where shopping, food and fun meet work and play.”
There’s a lot to see, eat and do during a visit to River Park. The 100-acre property is located on Blackstone Avenue near the 41 freeway and is divided into sections for shopping, entertainment and dining. Landscaped beautifully with seasonal plants and water features, the public areas are as welcoming as the surrounding stores.
“Consumers always say they love the outdoor shopping experience in a very clean and well-kept, safe environment,” says Tracy Kashian at Lance-Kashian & Company, River Park Management Office. “With the movie theater, retail shops and all the great dining locations, it is hard not to want to spend the day or evening at River Park.”
The shopping center’s website has detailed information as to store locations, events and a map with store phone numbers, so it’s easy to plan an outing. The Leaf, River Park’s monthly online newsletter, has further information about local happenings.
“Lots of new things will be taking place this year at River Park,” says Kashian. “A new playground will replace the current one, remaining in the same location. All new furniture and sitting areas will be installed in the mall area, a few new tenants will be joining us and a couple current ones are being relocated. New and exciting things will be happening this year at River Park. Stay tuned on our social media so you don’t miss a thing.”
2. Fig Garden Village
790 W. Shaw Ave.
3. Fashion Fair
645 E. Shaw Ave.
1. Energy House
122 E. Bullard Ave.
Since 1984, Energy House has been instrumental in making its customers’ lives more comfortable by providing portable pools, wood, gas and pellet stoves, solar energy, ceiling fans and spas. The company’s professional team is highly trained, annually certified and has mastered the newest and latest technology of their products. For spas of any brand, Energy House offers complementary computerized water testing as well as a complete range of repairs, installations, replacements and diagnostics for all of its products.
According to Kevin O’Neal, store manager, “Our impeccable customer service sets us apart. Our business depends on referral and repeat business.”
Energy House carries various collections of Hot Spring Highlife portable spas, among them, Highlife, Limelight, Hot Spot and Fantasy. The popular spas are designed to provide superior enjoyment, ease, endurance and efficiency of use. Through advanced engineering, some of the outstanding features include the care taken to deliver innovations such as intuitive controls that make operating hot tubs easier, 100 percent no-bypass filtration for water that is filtered 100 percent of the time and multiple layers of foam insulation to maximize energy efficiency.
In March 2017 Energy House will showcase a new product, Aquatic Fitness. It works by utilizing a continuous stream of water for endless swimming and other exercises. Introducing the machine at the March Home and Garden Show, customers will be able to see first hand the underwater treadmill and rowing features at work.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” O’Neal says. “It’s heated, low impact and enables a low-stress workout. The machine comes in multiple sizes within a broad price range.”
2. J&S Pool and Spa
338 N. Minnewawa Ave., Clovis
3. Jacuzzi Premium Spas of Fresno
6630 N. Blackstone Ave.
Specialty Gift Store
1. JR’s Sports Collectibles
4249 W. Shaw Ave., Suite 103
605 W. Herndon Ave. Suite 800, Clovis
When you can’t find what you want where you want it, consider that to be an opportunity. That’s what When John Rosales, also known as JR, did when he couldn’t find collectibles in Fresno for his favorite team, the LA Rams, he considered that to be an opportunity. Nineteen years ago, the only merchandise for sports teams were for the 49ers and the Raiders. If you didn’t follow those teams, you were pretty much out of luck, he said, so he decided to open a sports store that would cater to all 32 NFL teams in a part of town where no sports stores existed.
“In the summer of 1998, I purchased $1,200 of licensed product from a local wholesaler and set up shop outside my brother’s stereo shop,” Rosales says. “With the help of another brother, Frank, who purchased a 8-foot-by-10-foot white tent, we started JR’s Sports.”
The new business was an immediate success. Several building expansions followed with its current location making the business one of the largest sports stores on the West Coast. Customers have a huge selection of NFL, MLB, NBA and NASCAR merchandise, apparel and collectibles. Popular items are apparel for men, women and children plus headwear, team jerseys, mugs, wallets, watches, blankets, T-shirts, automotive accessories and picture frames.
“With Little League baseball starting in March and April, we will see many parents coming in to buy tees and hats to match their child’s team,” says store manager, Noe Lopez.
Following several years of having its customers request a Clovis location, JR’s Sports opened its first Clovis store July 1, 2016, in the Clovis Commons Shopping Center at Herndon and Willow avenues.
“The store has been well-received by the city of Clovis and its residents,” says Lopez. “After being in our new Clovis location for only three months we have expanded the location to double its original size.”
Look for JR’S Sports Collectibles at Clovis Big Hat Days, the weekend of April 1.
2. Hallmark Gold Crown
7949 N. Blackstone Ave.
Sporting Goods Store
1. Dick’s Sporting Goods
The mission of Dick’s Sporting Goods is to be recognized by customers as the No. 1 sports and fitness specialty omni-channel retailer that serves and inspires athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best.
That’s quite a lofty goal from when an 18-year-old Dick Stack opened a fish bait-and-tackle shop with his grandmother’s $300, in 1948. Dick’s Sporting Goods now has
What first started in Binghamton, New York, spread to more than 645 stores nationwide. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company also owns and operates more than 90 combined Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, True Runner and Chelsea Collective specialty stores.
Ed Stack, Dick’s son, current CEO and chairman of Dick’s Sporting Goods, and his siblings eventually bought the store from their father.
“Dick’s Sporting Goods offers a wide array of products for any sports or outdoor enthusiast, says Aaron Pisk, community marketing manager. “We not only strive to have the best product, but we value ourselves in providing excellent customer service as well. We believe this combination allows for a great customer experience.”
The store is noted for quality athletic and outdoor apparel and footwear, plus gear for fitness, cycling, team sports, camping, hunting and fishing.
“Dick’s Sporting Goods is constantly evolving with the upcoming trends,” says Pisk. “One of our newest initiatives we are offering to our community under Dick’s Team Sports HQ is GameChanger, a live-scoring app that provides scorekeeping, live play-by-play updates and immediate game recaps for players, coaches and fans. In conjunction with providing an excellent customer experience in store, we want to be able to assist our league partners throughout the entire season.”
2. JR’s Sports Collectibles
4249 W. Shaw Ave., Suite 103
605 W. Herndon Ave. Suite 800, Clovis
3. Big 5
1. America’s Tire Co. /Discount Tire
America’s Tire or Discount Tire, was born in 1960, when Bruce T. Halle rented an old plumbing supply building in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with an inventory of six tires. Over time, the company grew to be the world’s largest tire and wheel retailer, with more than 925 stores in 32 states and plans for additional growth. For those on the West Coast, in California, Oregon and parts of Washington, the company is known as America’s Tire.
For more than 55 years, the company supplied consumers with name brands such as Goodyear, Michelin, Bridgestone and exclusive brands such as Arizonian and Fisk. America’s Tire also offers wheels like Konig, Liquid Metal, TSW and the premium brand, MB Wheels.
America’s Tire/Discount Tire also sponsors NASCAR Nationwide Series and Monster Energy AMA Supercross and Formula D.
“America’s Tire guarantees the lowest prices and delivers personalized service to make tire buying easy and hassle-free,” while striving to serve as their customers’ trusted and convenient neighborhood tire retailer,” says Sarah Broyles of Discount Tire, public relations. “For example, America’s Tire offers seasonal safety tips, including free tire pressure checks in-store as the temperatures change. America’s Tire retail stores feature a spacious showroom and waiting area, and America’s Tire employees are knowledgeable, friendly subject matter experts who build real relationships with customers.”
Among the services provided are tire rotation and balance, new tires or wheels consultation, tire inspection and flat repair. Employees are expertly trained and if the store does not have the brand a customer wants in stock, they will order it.
The company’s website has helpful tools. Customers can locate a store, search for and purchase tires and wheels, schedule appointments, register for email discounts and get helpful how-to guides.
2. Les Schwab
Used Car Dealer
7189 N. Palm Ave.
There’s more than one way to buy or sell a car.
If purchasing or selling a vehicle is on your least want to do list, visit CarMax for a liberating experience.
The dealership CarMax has tens of thousands of used cars across the country that are quality certified and come with a free history report. There are no hassles with upfront pricing and there is a five-day money back guarantee. Additionally, CarMax says it will buy your car no matter the age or condition and the offer is good for seven days. You don’t even have to buy a CarMax vehicle. Best of all, it’s all done with a smile.
“Our customers love the honest, transparent and high-integrity car-buying experience we deliver when they sell or buy a car at CarMax,” says Catherine M. Gryp, at CarMax Marketing. “For more than 20 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles.”
The sales strategy has been successful. There are now more than 150 stores nationwide with a sales volume of more than 6 million. Customers can use the website to schedule appraisals and appointments, make payments and get prequalified for a loan.
“CarMax is leveraging technology innovations to make the entire car-buying process simple and seamless for the customer,” says Gryp. “We know that many customers are interested in obtaining financing first while they are researching online and then finding a car that meets their budget. That’s why we recently launched online financing nationwide to help our customers get prequalified for a loan before they choose a specific vehicle or come into the store. They can get prequalified for financing from any computer or mobile device — and then finish their shopping experience more quickly in store.”
CarMax is widely recognized as one of the best businesses and best automotive retailers in the United States. A few recent awards in 2016 include Fortune 500 Company No. 191, Fortune, 2005–2016 “100 Best Companies to Work For” and “100 Best Workplaces for Millennials.”
2. Michael Automotive
50 W. Bullard Ave.
3. Lithia of Fresno
North Blackstone Avenue and Auto Center Drive
1 Clawson Motor Sports
6334 N. Blackstone Ave.
Along with personal watercraft like Ski-Doo, Sea-Doo and Jet Ski manufactured by Yamaha and Kawasaki, Clawson Motor Sports stocks a massive selection of new and pre-owned motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs and Side x Sides and snowmobiles at the dealership in Fresno.
Just check out the website to see photos and details of current inventory, accessories, financing, specials or promotions. You can also get a quote on a trade, make a service appointment or schedule a test drive online. Clawson services and carries parts for the vehicles it sells, and the facility is convenient to the neighboring communities of Clovis, Madera, Modesto, Visalia, Hanford and Sanger.
Jack Clawson first started the company in 1936 as a boat building company and then added Honda motorcycles in the mid-1960s, followed by other motorsport vehicles. In 1975, the McKoane family became the new owners of Clawson Boatworks and Clawson Honda of Fresno. In 1997, Sea-Doo watercraft joined the fleet followed by the Polaris line in 2004.
Since 1976, Clawson Honda of Fresno has been involved in the community; it is important for the company to give back.
“We are still active with Valley Children’s, The Central California Blood Center, veterans organizations, Clovis Unified and many schools in our community,” says Yvonne Kroll at Clawson Honda. The company has a pay-it-forward campaign called Clawson Cares. Throughout the year, Clawson Honda employees will participate in various generous acts of kindness and then encourage individuals to participate by finding a charity they are passionate about and paying it forward. Their philosophy is, “If we all take the time to care about our community and the individuals who live here, we will have the opportunity to see our efforts deliver a positive impact on our community, and we will all benefit from good will.”
2. Bohner Lacefield Marine
10724 Highway 41, Madera
3. Clovis Marine
2475 N. Fordham Ave.
Wedding and Formal Attire
1. David’s Bridal
455 E. Shaw Ave., Suite 172
For more than 60 years, David’s Bridal has been the go-to place for finding the perfect attire for weddings, proms and other formal events.
“What makes David’s Bridal stand out as a store to buy formal wear is that a bride-to-be can schedule her shopping appointment at David’s Bridal Fresno while her maid of honor is looking at dress options at her local David’s Bridal store in Kentucky knowing that she’s going to walk away with exactly what the bride envisioned her in,” says Lisa White, district manager. “Our store teams go above and beyond to ensure the entire bridal party has a consistent experience, no matter where they are based.”
The inventory is fluid and constantly changing. Right now, some of the largest selling items are the new Oleg Cassini Spring 2017 bridal gowns.
Seasonal trends are “sleeved ball gowns for brides and for social occasions, dresses with intricate skirts are on trend while two pieces are quite popular for the prom crowd this year,” says White.
As one might imagine David’s Bridal consultants share the pre-wedding experience with their customers.
“We had two beautiful brides in our store at the beginning of the month,” says White. “Their wedding is finally taking place this summer. Their wish was to find their gowns together without ruining the reveal moment on the big day. Our stylists set them up on opposite platforms across the store and their bridal party moved back and forth as they were trying on their chosen gowns. When they had both found the dresses of their dreams our brides rang the bell in true David’s Bridal tradition at exactly the same time, making their wish of finding their gowns together come true. It was such a special moment the whole store needed tissues. They were so joyful!”
2. Madeleine’s Bridal Boutique
457 Pollasky Ave., Clovis
3. Little Black Dress Boutique
1731 W. Bullard Ave., Suite 128
7639 N. Blackstone Ave.
1095 Herndon Ave., Suite 101, Clovis
Beverages from all over the world can be found at this specialty beverage retailer, where the philosophy is, “Shopping for beverages should be as much fun as drinking them.”
The first BevMo! opened in Walnut Creek, California, in 1994, with the Fresno store opening in 2003. A total of 158 stores are located throughout California, Arizona and Washington.
According to director of marketing, Hana Kim, weekly wine, beer and spirits tastings are popular with customers. “It’s a great opportunity for them to experience something new and different, and help them expand their taste preferences,” she says. “What also really sets us apart is our incredibly knowledgeable and helpful BevMologists in every store. Buying new wines and spirits can be intimidating to many people, and they are there to help shoppers with this process in a helpful and friendly way.
“Our ClubBev loyalty program is extremely popular at our Fresno stores, and across the entire chain, as more than 40,000 people have joined in order to save money and have access to unique offerings and sales in Fresno. Our new app has been well-received and our always popular 5-Cent Wine Sale continues to draw crowds throughout the year. You can purchase select bottles of incredible wines and get the second bottle for only a nickel. We continue to add a combination of unique wines as well as long-time favorites to the roster of wines offered in this sale.”
Tasty treats such as cheeses, crackers, caviar, candy and bakery items are readily available in stores, as are rare and special wines, glassware, party accessories and cigars.
Online ordering is also available.
“By being a ClubBev member, following us on social media and keeping an eye out for our emails and ads, customers will always be kept up to date on the latest news, sales and exciting events being held within stores,” Kim says. “We like to say we’re a ‘candy store for adults,’ and that means there’s always something new and exciting happening in our stores.”
2. Vino Grille & Spirits
1440 E. Champlain Drive, Suite 106
From formal wear to lounge wear, there’s an excellent chance you’ll find what you’re looking for at Macy’s.
“Assortment is what makes Macy’s stand out,” says Monica Gubrud, manager, media relations, Northwest Region. “Macy’s offers selections in every price range, from luxury to the more affordable. Something for everyone, fitting everyone’s needs. Macy’s is a one-stop shop for home, fashion and accessories, cosmetic, fragrance, as well as merchandise and events that surprise and delight our customers.”
Along with the name brands it sells, Macy’s also has its brand of private labels that are sold only at Macy’s and are designed for specific customers. The “Only at Macy’s” merchandise make up approximately 20 percent of the company’s sales.
“This spring, Macy’s will also carry an exclusive, new collection by famed designer Yigal Azrouel,” says Gubrud. “YYIGAL, an architecturally influenced, limited-edition line, embodies the sophisticated and feminine spirit of the Yigal Azrouel brand through signature tops, blouses, faux-leather motorcycle jackets, intricate dresses and a statement jumpsuit. Priced from $69 to $199, YYIGAL officially launched at 149 Macy’s stores and macys.com on Feb. 15.”
Also in February, Joyce Azria launched Avec Les Filles, a full collection of apparel and footwear ranging from $18 to $595, with the majority of pieces less than $100. Avec Les Filles apparel will be available exclusively at 155 Macy’s stores nationwide and online at macys.com.
“There will be small monthly events taking place in our Fashion Fair store starting in February (first theme is Valentine’s Day related). Details are still coming together for future events, but a prom event is also on the calendar for spring ’17,” says Gubrud.
3. Ooh La La
1305 N. Willow Ave., Suite 140
7725 N. Via Del Rio