Fresnans don't have to drive to Clovis to get their cowboy boots anymore.
Boot Barn opened last week at 3324 W. Shaw Ave. in Fresno, next to Home Depot. The store carries a lot more than boots in its 10,000 square feet. It focuses on work and Western wear for "anybody that lives the country lifestyle," says district manager Richard Young.
That means clothing for men, women and children, along with hats, jewelry, purses and home decor. And of course, boots: work and cowboy boots for men, embroidered and blinged-out cowboy boots for women, and tiny pink John Deere boots for kids.
In addition to the Carhartt jackets and fluorescent coats for people working near traffic, the store carries casual wear for men and women.
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Like the Clovis store, shoppers often seek out the popular Miss Me brand jeans with rhinestones on the pockets, along with other going-out clothing.
A corner devoted to home decor includes wall art of horses and crosses.
Details: (559) 276-0107.
The third "Stuff Sale" happens Sunday, Sept. 28, in the Tower District. The quarterly craft fair, flea market and antique fair features 25 eclectic vendors. It runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 644 E. Olive Ave. in The Landmark's parking lot.
The holidays are just around the corner — so close that a stocking stuffer store is opening in Sierra Vista Mall on Wednesday. The mini, temporary store The Stuffer will open near Kohl's.
It will carry stocking stuffers, ugly Christmas sweaters and white elephant gifts — say, a coffee mug shaped like a toilet.
The store is run by the same people who operate Kwirkworld in River Park, which explains the cheekiness and the potty humor.
The Stuffer is designed for people who already have their big gifts crossed off their list, but are looking for a little something extra, says owner Kirk Psenner.
"It's that random crazy mix of stuff you want to put in a stocking that you don't get from Amazon and you don't get from Target," he says.
A sampling of stocking stuffers for sale: a "pull my finger fart pen" (yes, it really has sound effects), bacon-flavored mints and a tiny desktop drum set. You can see more of what the store carries online at www.thestuffer.com.
Employees will wear aprons that say "How may I stuff you today?" The store will be open until Dec. 24 and everything will be 20% off during October.
Other stores are already selling holiday merchandise. The Costco on West Shaw Avenue started stocking wrapping paper, ornaments, decor and toy gifts a few weeks ago. All the area Costco stores are getting new Christmas products daily.
Vonda's, the locally owned boutique known for transforming itself into a holiday wonderland, has already started setting out its Santa napkins and other Christmas items. The store, at 7949 N. Blackstone Ave., is in the same shopping center as California Pizza Kitchen. It is gearing up for its big holiday open house Oct. 18-19.
Details: (559) 438-9900.
If you're wondering why I'm talking about Christmas when it's not even Halloween yet, well, let's take a step backward and talk about Halloween.
The Halloween costume stores are open and have been since about the beginning of September. There are three major stores in the Fresno area this year. They have far too many locations to list here, but the locations are listed at each retailer's website.
Spirit Halloween is the biggest, with stores up and down the Valley, www.spirithalloween.com.
Spooky Halloween has five stores from Porterville to Clovis, www.spookyhalloweenstore.com.
Halloween Express has one store in Clovis at 1445 Shaw Ave. next to Toys R Us, www.halloweenexpress.com
Discounts at dd's
The newest dd's DISCOUNTS has opened at 432 W. Shaw Ave. in Clovis, near Peach Avenue. Owned by the same parent company as Ross, dd's offers extreme discounts on clothing and home decor.