A new business that rents reusable moving boxes and other moving supplies opened in Clovis in October.
Beeline Boxes recently partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help make its residents' moves greener and more efficient.
Russell Lee, who owns the company with his wife, Alison, said they found a better way to move than using cardboard boxes.
"Cardboard collapses. It gets damaged and dirty," he said. Beeline Boxes uses medium-sized industrial strength plastic boxes with lids that lock on and labels for organization purposes. Customers can order zip ties for added security.
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They also can provide wardrobe boxes for clothes, dollies and packing paper.
Beeline Boxes offers free delivery to customers in Fresno and Clovis and will deliver to surrounding cities for a $20 fee. Orders can be placed online at beelineboxes.com or by phone.
The company joins others in the area that offer boxes for moving, such as Discount Moving Boxes Plus and California Container.
Free Bird Co. expands
Free Bird Co., the hippie, Rasta, tie-dye clothing store in the Tower District, opened a second location in Fresno on Saturday.
Linda Whisenant, who owns the store with her husband, Doug, said they wanted to add more products and didn't have enough room in their current store.
"There's a larger home decor element \, more artwork," she said. "We wanna add in things like door beads."
The new store at 4777 N. Blackstone Ave. is three times the size of the current one, she said.
Other stores in town, like Brass Unicorn, carry some similar merchandise, but Free Bird focuses mostly on tie-dyed and Rastafarian clothing.
Cancer-screening center opens
A rectal- and colon-cancer screening center opened in Fresno in January.
The center recently hired another gastroenterologist to help with the screenings, starting next year.
Dr. Naeem Akhtar, medical director for California Colon and Rectal Cancer Screening Center, said he opened the center because healthy people often feel uncomfortable going to a hospital for a routine screening.
"This can be done out of the hospital in a homelike and friendly environment," he said. "Our patients have been extremely happy."
Akhtar, who has 25 years of experience in gastroenterology, said all parts of the screening, including consultation, diagnostic tests and colonoscopies, can be provided in one facility at 7121 N. Whitney Ave.
The facility fee is $400 and the doctor's charge is roughly $350, he said. They accept insurance.
Colon- and rectal-cancer screening also is available at any local hospital, as well as many local clinics.