Newly opened Flower Child Boutique is a women’s clothing store with a modern twist on 1960s style.
You won’t find any incense burning (though there are photos of Janis Joplin) in this store at 7845 N. Palm Ave. in the Park Place shopping center at Nees Avenue. Instead, you’ll find a modern store with new clothing that’s inspired by the era. There are flowy white tops, casual long, black dresses with feminine shapes, flowered scarves and faux leather jackets.
Owner Luci Garcia used to work in sales at Harley Davidson, and you can see a little bit of motorcycle style creeping into the store in the form of black clothing and fringe.
“I definitely wanted something that was edgy,” she says.
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One of most popular items, a black faux leather tank top that’s “conservative in the front, party in the back” sells for $58.
Garcia opened the shop after leaving the motorcycle world and getting a degree from Fresno State in family and consumer science with an emphasis on fashion merchandising.
Flower Child carries the Free People brand, owned by the parent company of Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie.
The store is aimed at the 30-something and late-20s shoppers. It’s next to children’s store Ga Ga CHIC, which moved there from Fig Garden Village. In the first week Flower Child has been open, it’s attracted moms from next door who are looking for something a little more stylish than yoga pants.
Flower Child is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. You can find out more about the shop on its Facebook page and Instagram under user name “Flowerchild_Fresno.”
While you’re in the neighborhood, BB Pepper Encore is a few doors down. It quietly opened there about a year ago. It’s the same owners of the BB Pepper people remember that once had several locations around Fresno in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The one at Park Place is an upscale clothing store with a few different things going on, including dresses made of neoprene. Yes, the same synthetic rubber that hand weights are often coated with and fisherman’s waders are made from — but a lot more stylish.
The Clover Canyon brand dresses are bold and colorful and hold their shape.
“And because they’re neoprene, they hold you in the right places,” says sales clerk Sandi DeFrancesco.
The store is also carrying earrings made by the store’s manager under the brand Caryatid, and earthy jewelry made with gemstones from around the world by Camille Cole. And the store’s buyer and one of the owners makes modern jewelry made from chains and other metallics.