Peoples Choice

2019 People’s Choice: Shopping

Bicycle Store

1. Steven’s Bicycles

1365 N. Willow Ave., Suite 150

(559) 797-0148

4045 W. Figarden Drive, Suite 105

(559) 229-8163

Whether it’s for fitness, fun or spending time with family, Steven’s Bicycles has your bicycle needs covered.

Professional cyclists and casual cyclists alike have made Steven’s Bicycles their No. 1 destination for biking. For nearly 65 years, the company has demonstrated excellence in the industry and inspired generations of cyclists.

“We are proud to be the longest-running bike shop in Fresno. 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, the manager of Steven’s Bicycles.

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BICYCLE SHOP: Steven’s Bicycles is the People’s Choice winner — thanks to the knowledge of staff like Blake Kutzbach, Mike Eaton, Nick Starne, Tanner McKeand and Brent Kutzbach.

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, of course, bikes for kids. It utilizes top-of-the-line technology to help cyclists get the most from their 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, the 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, it’s 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 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 Bicycles

132 W. Nees Ave., Suite 111

(559) 435-2453

3. Sunnyside Bicycles

6105 E. Kings Canyon Road, Suite 104

(559) 255-7433

Boutique

1. Ooh La La

1305 N. Willow Ave., Suite 140, Clovis

(559) 297-7770

7973 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 439-7770

For a hand-picked, out-of-the-ordinary shopping experience, Fresno turns to Ooh La La.

At chain retail stores, merchandise is purchased 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’s popular right here in the Central Valley.

“Our merchandise arrives daily and is affordable so you can build your wardrobe without going broke. Our clothing ranges from casual chic to special dresses for showers, graduations and date nights,” says co-owner Norma Haynes.

Ooh La La started in 2007 with the original location on Willow and Nees avenues in Clovis. Haynes and her sister, Janet Danielian, co-own the stores, which have grown into hubs where cute style and convenience merge.

According to Haynes, the clientele at River Park truly inspire the types of items they carry in-store.

“In August 2018, we moved our Fresno store to Villaggio Shopping Center near Pismo’s because we wanted a more personal shopping experience with our customers. The store has a warm and welcoming boutique feel,” Haynes says.

Ooh La La’s shoes and accessories also have earned them a cult following.

VIP text club members can sign up to receive sale alerts and sometimes get exclusive deals. Fans of the fabulous boutique should gear up for a big sale on the horizon.

“April 12-14 is our annual anniversary sale, where we celebrate 12 years in business in our community. We will have the cream-of-the-crop merchandise for spring, and always a fun time to shop with many surprises,” Haynes says.

For the co-owners, recognition from their patrons is of utmost importance.

“Our customers deserve the best from us. Our community supports our locally owned business and it is a special feeling building relationships throughout the years with our customers and different organizations who we support and give back to,” Haynes says.

2. Revival 23

416 Pollasky Ave., Clovis

(559) 593-5127

3. Holiday Boutique

1772 W. Bullard Ave.

(559) 435-1660

Children’s Clothing

1. Target

Multiple locations

(800) 440-0680

Target is an industry leader, and parents continue to turn to Target for their children’s clothing.

The clean and organized stores carries toddler sizes 2T to 5T in shirts, pants, rompers, leggings, socks and even underwear for girls and boys. Clothing for the kiddos ranges in size from X-small (sizes 4-5) to XX-large (size 18).

Target also offers plus sizes for girls and husky sizes for boys, knowing that sometimes growing children are too big for children’s clothes, but not big enough for adult-sized clothing.

What some people may not know is that Target also offers adaptive clothing for children. Cat & Jack’s adaptive collection is designed-engineered to fit the needs of all children. Reversible snap closures, abdominal openings, flat seams and other features make the clothing soft and snugly, and comfortable for children with special medical needs.

School uniforms in a variety of styles are also offered at Target. Khakis, navy blue bottoms and various styles of skirts can be found.

In addition, parents like Target’s clothing for children because they’re just cute. From trendy tops and bottoms, to accessories, children can be outfitted from head to toe with one trip to Target. And, parents can grab a Starbucks on the way out. Now, that’s a plus.

2. Old Navy

Multiple locations

3. The Children’s Place

Multiple locations

Consignment Store

1. Plato’s Closet

1053 E. Shaw Ave.

(559) 222-6700

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 high-end establishments.

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.

After 12 years of managing the store, Andrew Belleci purchased the store with his wife, Cambria. Transitioning from a management position to owner was a challenge, but, according to Cambria, it was all worth it.

“Our team in Fresno is really incredible. We have a new store manager and a really diverse team that’s made the process very special. We are a locally owned business giving you a personalized customer experience,” Cambria Belleci says.

Bring in your gently used, good condition brand-name clothes and accessories to be evaluated by the professionals at Plato’s Closet. They 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.

“Each season we put out a guide that shoppers can grab to see what we are looking for,” Cambrian Belleci says. “We encourage shoppers to follow us on Instagram, we always post new items and customers can even place items they want on hold.”

Because Plato’s Closet relies on Fresno to fill its shelves, buyers can rest assured that 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. Repeat Performance

1429 N. Van Ness Ave.

(559) 442-0129

3. Orphan Annie’s

6735 N. First St., Suite 104

(559) 449-8707

Domestic Auto Dealer

1. Hedrick’s Chevrolet

961 W. Shaw Ave., Clovis

(559) 291-7711

Hedrick’s Chevrolet is celebrating its 75th birthday in 2019 with a warranty deal that customers will certainly appreciate.

Anyone who buys a new Chevrolet from the Clovis dealership this year will receive a 30-year or 300,000-mile (whichever comes first) limited power train non-factory warranty covering the engine, transmission, drive axle and transfer case.

“We are celebrating all year long and with the celebration comes our promise on the warranty,” says Brett Hedrick, the owner of Hedrick’s Chevrolet.

Denny Hallowell started the dealership in 1944, and his son, James, eventually took over the business. In 1959, Bill Hedrick (Brett’s father) started working there, and he became a partner with James Hallowell in 1978. Hallowell retired in 2000, and the Hedrick family became sole owners then.

Hedrick’s Chevrolet sells the full line of Chevrolets.

One of the best selling models is the Silverado pickup truck, a consistent go-to for folks rooted in agriculture or building their success in construction. The 2019 Silverado — sporting many new features — is up to 450 pounds lighter than its crew cab V-8 predecessors. It’s also been completely redesigned and comes in an expanded range of eight models and six engine/transmission choices.

Hedrick’s inventory also includes the all-electric Bolt, the classic Camaro, the compact Cruze, the trend-setting Equinox sport utility vehicle, the roomy Impala, the sporty Malibu, the powerful Suburban and more models.

Chevrolet customers can count on the manufacturer to keep pace with technology and innovation, Hedrick says.

2. Lithia of Fresno

Multiple locations

(888) 328-3102

3. Michael Automotive

50 W. Bullard Ave., Suite 201

(559) 431-6000

Electronics Store

1. Best Buy

Multiple locations

There are things that simply go together: bread and butter, peanut butter and jelly, pen and paper, Best Buy and electronics.

The well-known retailer carries thousands of consumer electronics products across a wide range of brands and categories — ranging from home theater and computing to mobile, smart home and appliances. And since opening in 1966, Best Buy has had to adapt to the ever-changing needs of the modern customer. Translation: make premier tech and support as accessible as possible.

“We want our customers to be able to shop with us whenever, wherever and however they wish,” says John Vomhof Jr., a Best Buy Public Relations representative.

Seventy percent of Americans live within 15 minutes of a Best Buy store, he adds, where they can find advice, service and competitive prices. Its website and smart device app also provide fast shipping and store pickup options.

The Fresno and Clovis locations were remodeled late last year to feature Best Buy’s latest state-of-the-art vendor experiences with brands such as Apple, Samsung, Sony, LG and Microsoft — allowing customers to learn firsthand what these products can do.

Magnoila Home Theater showcases premium home audio, video and smart home capabilities, while Pacific Kitchen & Home highlights the latest in home appliances.

And for those who want the same Best Buy service on their own turf, there’s always the In-Home Advisor program.

“A Best Buy employee will visit your home, talk about your needs and develop a custom plan — all for free,” Vomhof Jr says. “It’s just a great way to explore what’s possible with technology in the comfort of your own home.”

2. Costco

Multiple locations

3. The Apple Store

645 E. Shaw Ave.

(559) 244-3400

Flooring Store

1

A&M Flooring

160 E. Bullard Ave.

(559) 448-1000

Founded by Alex and Morris Horwitz in 1940, A&M Carpeting started as a storefront on Belmont Avenue. Today, the family-owned store is a purveyor of carpet, hardwood, laminate, vinyl and tile. Located on Bullard Avenue near Blackstone Avenue, the showroom is a visual dream that has been remodeled to give customers a unique experience when purchasing flooring.

“We offer the latest and greatest handpicked products,” says Rob Santos, the sales manager of A&M Carpeting.

There are more than 35,000 products of flooring to choose from. Featured brands include Mohawk Industries, Karastan and Cambria. It might seem overwhelming to narrow down the choices, but the professionals at A&M Flooring have years of experience to help you along the way. They can guide you to discover the perfect solution for your budget in a way that aesthetically complements your home.

The professionals at A&M Flooring also believe flooring should have an appearance and durability to withstand usage 24/7. They can also help with repairs and installations, as well as offer advice for first-time homeowners who feel a little bit lost in the process.

Schedule a free in-home measurement by calling (559) 448-1000.

2. Flooring Liquidators

6649 Blackstone Ave.

(559) 227-7387

727 Clovis Ave., Clovis

(559) 325-3664

3. Bedrosians Tile & Stone

3567 W. Shaw Ave.

(559) 275-9990

Flower Shop

1. San Francisco Floral

5080 E. Tulare St.

(559) 268-0111

2071 W. Bullard Ave.

(559) 449-1109

With more than 100 years under its belt, San Francisco Floral has definitely seen it all. The southeast Fresno florist is a third-generation family business helmed by owner Andy Azzaro. According to Azzaro, business is blooming.

“The flower industry has changed with a lot of technology. Millennials aren’t the type to want to walk into a store and order flowers, so we’ve had to make adaptations. Online sales are getting bigger and bigger. But we are still an old-school, brick-and-mortar flower shop,” Azzaro says.

Azzaro believes that when it comes to flowers, experience can’t be beat.

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FLORAL SHOP: Andy Azzaro in back, shown with his son Nico and wife Linda, is the owner of San Francisco Floral, which has been handed down through several generations and is a People's Choice winner. Not pictured is his daughter, Bianca. Gary Kazanjian Gary Kazanjian

“My grandfather purchased the nursery. My 93-year-old uncle and my father were born at the home on the property,” Azzaro says. “I come from a long line of florists, and because we’re the oldest [flower shop], we have the best understanding of how orders go. We buy our flowers directly from growers, not wholesalers that mark-up the prices. We cut out the middleman.”

San Francisco Floral doesn’t keep all its flowers in store, and instead has a specialty greenhouse exclusively all their own. Flowers are picked up from growers then allowed to flourish in the conditions of the greenhouse — as many Fresnans know, our natural dry heat isn’t the best atmosphere for tropical plants.

San Francisco Floral prides itself as being a member of the local community, and the store pays tribute to the generations of Fresnans making a living the old-fashioned way.

“If you’re gonna buy flowers, you’re gonna want to buy local so you can see what you are actually buying. The best thing is to talk with someone who knows about the flowers,” Azzaro says.

2. Lou Gentile’s Flower Basket

4918 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 243-9143

3. Kiku Floral

3714 N. Valentine Ave.

(559) 266-5480

Furniture Store

1. Fashion Furniture

255 W. El Paso

(559) 440-9600

For nearly six decades, Fashion Furniture has been a staple in the Central Valley. You’ll find a huge selection of furniture and mattresses to work with your style and budget. The 50,000-square-foot showroom, located near River Park shopping center, also operates Flexsteel Home by Fashion, Moe’s Home Collection by Fashion and The Sleep Retreat by Fashion.

For your living room, browse for couches, recliners, ottomans, benches, chaises, bookcases, entertainment centers and fireplaces that can make you feel warm and cozy. Options for your bedroom include beds, nightstands, armoires and mirrors. Make a statement in your dining room with tables, chairs, stools and china cabinets in various sizes. With a wide selection of mattresses, frames, comforters and pillows, you’ll find comfort at affordable prices.

Fashion Furniture supports local organizations like the Fresno State Bulldog Foundation, the Green V Society, Habitat for Humanity Fresno and Nancy Hinds Hospice.

2. Mor Furniture

5156 N. Blackstone Ave.

3. Macy’s Home Store

1732 E. Shaw Ave.

(559) 222-6611

Grocery Store

1. The Market

7088 N. West Ave.

(559) 432-3306

The Market is truly a local success story. In an industry dominated by chains, the northwest Fresno store is independently owned by folks who live here.

Stocking the store with products from other local businesses is important to Joe Pressutti, president of The Market. Those products include grapes, raisins, wines, olive oils and sauces from the Fresno State Agriculture Department.

The Market also goes local with beer from Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co., milk and dairy products from Producers Dairy, cracker breads from Valley Lavosh Baking Co. and USDA Choice Angus beef from Harris Ranch. Customers can even refill their Lanna Coffee cold brew growlers in the bakery department.

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GROCERY STORE: Locally grown, fresh produce is a staple at The Market, a People's Choice winner. Gary Kazanjian Gary Kazanjian

“Carrying local foods makes sense because we are in the heart of a world-renowned food producing area,” Pressutti says. “The products are high quality and extremely fresh. It also allows us to support other local businesses and jobs and improve our community.”

Mindful of today’s health-conscious shoppers, The Market offers more than 800 gluten-free and organic items. In addition, the store’s delicatessen carries fresh salads, sandwiches, hot food entrées, soups and side dishes. Many delicatessen items change daily so customers can choose from a wide variety.

“Our entire team would like to thank our loyal customers and friends for this recognition,” Pressutti says. “We are especially grateful to receive this award for the second year in a row.”

2. Trader Joe’s

8478 N. Friant Road

(559) 433-6478

1077 N. Willow Ave, Clovis

(559) 325-3120

3. Save Mart Supermarkets

Multiple locations

Home Improvement Store

1. Fresno Ag Hardware

4590 N. First St.

(559) 224-6441

Fresno Ag Hardware can kick start home improvement projects — and bring new life to established neighborhoods — with hardware, plumbing and electrical supplies.

Kitchens are the heart of any home, and cabinets can get a facelift by replacing knobs, pulls, hinges and drawer slides stocked at Fresno Ag. Hard-to-find vintage parts are the store’s specialty.

Installing a sprinkler system? Fresno Ag has PVC fittings and pipes. Redoing a bathroom? Fresno Ag carries toilets, bathroom faucets and other accessories.

The store can help cut energy bills with LED bulbs and smart thermostats by NEST. The electrical and lighting department also stocks new dimmer switches to replace outdated toggle switches. If increased home safety is the goal, Fresno Ag offers surge protectors, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and home security systems.

Lawn and garden projects can improve a home’s appeal and value. Fresno Ag has chainsaws, shears, loppers, gloves, nutrients, perennial flowers and more. With a thorough understanding of the Valley’s unique climates, the store carries only brands it’s confident will work here.

“We have a team of people who are passionate about teaching the people of Fresno how to fix, maintain and make their home a more enjoyable place to live,” says Ian Williams, the manager and communications officer for Fresno Ag. “We spend a lot of time researching products that the community needs. We are always bringing in new products to try, and if we don’t have it in stock, we’ll order it for you.”

2. Lowe’s

75 Shaw Ave., Clovis

(559) 322-3000

7651 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 436-6266

3. The Home Depot

Multiple locations

Import Auto Dealer

1. Toyota of Clovis

895 W. Shaw Ave., Clovis

(559) 291-5544

Toyota of Clovis sells vehicles from a manufacturer with an “unparalleled” commitment to quality and safety, says Jon Hagan, the general manager of the Clovis dealership.

“Toyota listens to dealers and consumers to deliver a superior product with a customer-first mentality,” Hagan says. “In our constantly changing industry environment, I could not be more impressed with Toyota’s forward thinking in all segments, including alternative fuel and hybrids.”

Toyota’s Camry is the best-selling mid-size sedan ever, and 2018 began a new chapter for the model. “You have no idea until you drive a new one,” Hagan says. Camry offers consumers several options: the economical LE, the sporty SE, the even sportier XSE and the luxury XLE.

Options in sport utility vehicles continue to improve with the 2019 RAV, and a new Highlander is expected on the market later this year.

For consumers looking for heavier-duty vehicles, the mid-size Tacoma and full-size Tundra offer tow capacity and payload coupled with a comfortable ride. “From farm to the mountains, from the lake to dinner, these trucks will get you there safely with confidence,” Hagan says.

He adds that a new model of the Supra sports car is expected to be reintroduced this summer.

2. Fresno Lexus

777 W. Palmdon Drive

(888) 709-6304

3. Mercedes-Benz of Fresno

7055 N. Palm Ave.

(559) 438-0300

Jewelry Store

1. Karkazian Jewelers

493 W. Shaw Ave., Suite B, Clovis

(559) 297-0201

9447 N. Fort Washington Road, Suite 110

(559) 434-9009

When you think of a customized jewelry experience, Karkazian Jewelers comes to mind — especially for Central Valley shoppers.

For more than 45 years, George Karkazian has turned his background of cutting diamonds and watch repair school training into a successfully, family-run business with two locations in Fresno and Clovis. All watch and jewelry repairs are done in-house, says Karkazian, and frequently assist customers with designing and redesigning custom jewelry pieces for customers and their loved ones to enjoy.

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JEWELRY STORE: Karkazian Jewelers creates custom settings and personal touches. The locally owned store is a People’s Choice winner. Gary Kazanjian Gary Kazanjian

For 2019, Karkazian predicts the dainty, rose gold trend to continue blooming into spring, as well as mixing gold-colored stacking rings. But even as Karkazian Jewelers grows and evolves with the tastes of its customers, there’s one underlying principle that will always remain.

“The most important thing to our business is the relationships we have with our customers,” Karkazian says. “We treat our customers like family.”

2. Lewis Diamond Co.

7406 N. Fresno St.

(559) 431-5373

3. Rogers Jewelers

7685 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 449-7590

Local Hardware Store

1. Fresno Ag Hardware

4590 N. First St.

(559) 224-6441

Valley residents know: Fresno Ag Hardware has it all — or at least appears to.

The store has 10 departments: hardware, plumbing, electrical and lighting, tools, outdoor living, paint, housewares, workwear, sporting goods, and lawn and garden. The inventory seems almost limitless.

Take the hardware department. It stocks more than 18,000 items and can order tens of thousands more. “There’s no job too big or too small that we can’t handle,” reads the store’s website.

A few examples: Fresno Ag’s helpful and expert staff can keep old door knobs working by replacing and lubricating vintage parts. The staff also can cut cable, rope, vinyl and webbing to length. Need nuts, bolts or washers? The store carries metric and standard sizes. Road warriors needing chrome for their motorcycles will find it competitively priced.

Such variety extends across the store. The plumbing department has more then 7,000 items in stock, and the tool department carries more than 6,500 products. Offering customers many choices is part of Fresno Ag’s philosophy.

Those choices include many national brands. They include Valspar paint, STIHL chain saws and other power equipment as well as Big Green Egg, Traeger and Weber premium line barbecues.

Fresno Ag is part of a cooperative of about 5,000 hardware stores connected to Ace Hardware.

“For the past 142 years, Fresno Ag Hardware has been the go-to place for the Fresno community,” says Ian Williams, the manager and communications officer for the store. “Our goal is to maintain and exceed that reputation for years to come. We make sure that every person on our team understands that the purpose of our company is to help people and have the right products in stock.”

2. Clovis True Value

1890 Shaw Ave., Clovis

(559) 325-6730

3. National Hardware

7173 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 439-2767

Luxury Auto Dealer

1. Fresno Lexus

777 W. Palmdon Drive

(888) 709-6304

Fresno Lexus offers Valley customers the sensational 2019 ES, which debuted on the national market late in 2018. “It has our clients very excited about new technology on a core product,” says general manager Mike Gibson.

Built on a new chassis and featuring a sleek coupe-like profile, the 2019 ES offers more space for driver and passengers. The engine specs are impressive: 302 horsepower 3.5 liter V-6 engine and eight-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The ES also is available in a hybrid and for the first time in an F sport model.

The 2019 ES has higher specs than its 2018 counterpart in horsepower, fuel economy, torque at rpm, number of transmission speeds and 0 to 60 mph acceleration (measured in seconds).

Also added to the Lexus lineup in 2019 is the new UX crossover sport utility vehicle. “This is a very economical and versatile crossover that provides a new demographic to our brand,” Gibson says.

Fresno Lexus values a long-term relationship with every client, he says: “Our dealership strives to serve others in every aspect of our business. Each interaction is an opportunity to provide relevant, high quality service.”

2. Mercedes-Benz of Fresno

7055 N. Palm Ave.

(559) 438-0300

3. Haron Motors

2048 Ventura St.

(559) 237-5533

Mattress Store

1. Mattress Land SleepFit

Multiple locations

At Mattress Land SleepFit, it all starts with the foundation. Since opening its doors in 1996, the Central Valley store aimed to establish a new way of selling mattresses — one that relied on customizing the shopping experience so customers find the best fit for them. After all, great days begin with a good night’s sleep.

“The mattress is more important than anyone knows,” says CEO James Smith. “We spend one-third or our life on a mattress. And like shoes, we don’t buy the wrong size just because it’s on sale, right? Now, we have a science/data-based ‘fit’ process that is easy to use, free to the public and works great!”

Mattress Land SleepFit’s innovative bedFIT diagnostic system creates a digital map of a person’s unique body and pressure points to find the best postural support possible. From there, Mattress Land employees pair customers with the mattress and pillow that best match their individual sleep profile. And to do that, Smith only allows the best on the floor.

“Our management team spends a lot of time testing and selecting products using this proven bedFIT system,” he explains. “In fact, I’m so confident in this process I will not allow any products to be floored unless they pass very stringent testing guidelines offering best-in-class support/pressure relief.”

Clients can find a wide selection of sleep products at its 22 locations, ranging from TempurPedic, Sleep to Live, Sealy, Kingsdown and SleepFit. Look out for the opening of new Mattress Land SleepFit stores this year, as well as the introduction of exciting products that are intended to help you find your best sleep.

2. Macy’s

Multiple locations

3. Fashion Furniture

255 W. El Paso

(559) 440-9600

Meat Market

1. The Meat Market

1900 N. Fowler Ave., Suite 120, Clovis

(559) 256-1390

454 Alluvial Ave., Fresno

(559) 436-6688

The Meat Market started as a small, family-owned meat distribution business in 1976. Today, The Meat Market has blossomed into a multi-location retail market that doubles as a specialty store known for serving tri-tip and gourmet sausages.

Butchers keep the counters stocked with custom-cut beef, chicken, lamb and pork, as well as seafood. Sausages — made in-house with fresh ingredients — come in a variety of flavors.

The Fresno and Clovis locations feature an in-store restaurant, The Grill, which offers take-out service. The menu features made-to-order sandwiches, such as the Famous Santa Maria tri-tip, and specialties, such as Philly Cheese Steak and Texas-style brisket.

The wine inventory includes a wide selection from local wineries, including Engelmann Cellars, Cru Winery, Fresno State Winery, TOCA Madera Winery and Solitary Cellars. There are also blends from the Central Coast, Napa Valley, Sonoma and Lodi.

2. Sam’s Italian Deli & Market

2415 N. First St.

(559) 229-9346

3. Costco

Multiple locations

Men’s Clothing

1. Macy’s

Multiple locations

No one would have guessed that the small, fancy dry goods store that opened on the corner of 14th Street and 6th Avenue in New York City in 1858 would grow to be one of the largest retailers in the world. Today, Macy’s serves customers coast-to-coast and internationally through approximately 650 stores, online at macys.com and through the Macy’s shopping app for mobile devices.

A full range of men’s clothing is available, including formal wear, suits, blazers, casual wear, dress shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts, jeans and even pajamas, lounge and sleepwear. Dozens of brand names are available, including Alfani, Armani Exchange, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Dockers, INC International Concepts, Levi’s, Michael Kors, Nautica, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sean John and Tommy Bahama and Tommy Hilfiger.

Activewear brands include Adidas, Champion, Columbia, Nike, Puma and Under Armour.

Adaptive clothing by Tommy Hilfiger is available for men as well, including shirts and pants with magnetic buttons, sweaters with a hoop and loop fastener on the shoulder and jackets with a magnetic zipper.

Pastels are back for men this spring, according to The Edit on macys.com. Shop for pastels by brands such as RVCA, Alfani Men’s, BOSS, Calvin Klein and Lacoste.

Men’s sizes at Macy’s include big and tall sizes, too, so men can find the perfect fit. Macy’s also features a variety of accessories, including belts, hats, gloves, wallets, watches, grooming products and more. Men’s shoes are available in sizes up to 18 in dress shoes, casual, boots and athletic footwear.

2. Patrick James

780 W. Shaw Ave.

(559) 224-5500

3. Kohl’s

Multiple locations

Motorcycle/ATV Dealer

1. Clawson Motorsports

6334 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 435-5020

Clawson Motorsports stocks a massive selection of new and pre-owned motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, personal watercraft and snowmobiles at the dealership in Fresno. Founded by Jack Clawson in 1936, the family-owned company sells motorcycles and ATVs from top brands like Honda, Can-Am, Kawasaki, Polaris, Suzuki and Yamaha. It also sells personal watercraft by Ski-Doo, Sea-Doo and Jet Ski.

Mike Stovall, the assistant general manager of Clawson Motorsports, says the inventory for 2019 is expanding to include the Can-Am Ryker, the Yamaha Niken and the KTM 790 Adventure R.

Conveniently located on-site, you’ll find the parts and accessories department as well as the service department. Top factory-trained technicians are available during business hours.

Since 1976, Clawson Motorsports has been involved in the community — giving back to Valley Children’s Healthcare, My Job Depends on Ag, Keep Youth Journeying Onwards, the Central California Blood Center, Clovis Unified School District and local nonprofit organizations.

By going to the website, you can make an appointment for a test drive, view new and pre-owned inventory, shop for parts and merchandise, and hear about specials and promotions.

2. Harley Davidson of Fresno

4345 W. Shaw Ave.

(559) 275-8586

3. Mathews Harley-Davidson

548 N. Blackstone Ave.

555 N. Abby St.

559-233-5279

Musical Merchandise

1. Guitar Center

5330 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 221-2222

If it’s got strings or keys and can make music, you’ll probably find it at Guitar Center in north Fresno. The store has a wide inventory of new and used instruments, ranging from electric and acoustic guitars, ukuleles and mandolins to drum sets, keyboards, sound systems and music books.

Top guitar manufacturers include Yamaha, Fender, Epiphone, Gibson and Ibanez.

“We’ve seen a huge rise in string instrument sales, banjo, mandolin, anything with strings,” says Westin Conriquez, the store manager. “With the world we live in, it’s kind of one of those things that’s been untainted. It’s a pure and basic thing, the love of music.”

And if you’re looking for lessons in how to play your instrument of choice — including your voice — the store can help. About 150 people with a wide range of abilities and musical backgrounds have registered for classes offered through Guitar Center, Conriquez says.

The curriculum is standardized across the chain, so students who have to move can continue their lessons at their new local Guitar Center, picking up where they left off, Conriquez says.

“Lessons are still such a new thing for us, and people are excited about it,” he says.

Students get a chance to perform at public recitals, including a holiday recital last December. “It was really cool to see,” Conriquez says. “I’d never seen as many musicians performing at once, all working together.”

2. Gottschalk Music Center

328 Pollasky Ave., Clovis

(559) 298-4400

3. Patrick’s Music

769 E. Barstow Ave.

(559) 224-7287

Party Supply Store

1. Party City

Multiple locations

For DIYers, sites like Pinterest are a hub of creative inspiration — the spark needed to craft, construct and plan the perfectly themed party. For everyone else, there’s Party City.

Since 1986, the party supply store has deployed its party scientists to develop innovative products, stay up-to-date on the latest trends and brainstorm fun and wacky party ideas so you don’t have to. Whatever the occasion, Party City has got you covered.

Its 850-plus retail locations house everything from tableware, balloons and stationery to party favors, personalized banners and a fully stocked costume department. Party City’s Kazzam service can connect you with prescreened party services near you that are not available in stores, including face painters, inflatables, photo booths and event rentals.

Still have reservations about your party-planning skills? Check out the website’s regularly updated Party Ideas blog for more insights and how-to’s to give you the boost you need to throw the best party possible. After all, helping you create unforgettable moments is what Party City is all about.

2. Bargain Party Rental & Sales

453 W. Bedford Ave.

(559) 431-1234

3. Expo Party Rentals

3714 N. Valentine Ave.

(559) 495-3300

Pet Store

1. PetSmart

Multiple locations

If you want to see pets smile, stop into a local PetSmart. The stores are filled with everything pets of all shapes, sizes, barks, meows, chirps or slithers will love.

Founded in 1986, PetSmart Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. It employs approximately 56,000 associates and operates more than 1,650 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart PetsHotel dog and cat boarding facilities.

PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products and offers unique pet services including training, pet grooming, boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp and in-store pet adoptions. Veterinarian care is available in many 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, together with nonprofits PetSmart Charities and PetSmart Charities of Canada, invite more than 3,500 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 8 million adoptions — more than any other brick-and-mortar organization.

In May 2017, PetSmart acquired Chewy.com, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.

2. Whitie’s Pets

5215 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 438-4343

3. Petco

Multiple locations

Photo Supply Store

1. Horn Photo

7899 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 225-5080

“Big, better and easier to get into.” That’s how Stan Grosz describes Horn Photo’s storefront in the Villaggio shopping center. In 2017, the iconic photo supply store moved from a smaller storefront at Villaggio to the more spacious quarters it now occupies.

“The new store is fantastic,” says Grosz, the co-owner along with his wife, Shelly. “Our back parking entrance makes an easy in, easy out for customers.”

Some important things have not changed. Customers checking out the latest cameras from Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Leica, Panasonic Lumix, Olympus, Promaster and Sony still find knowledgeable sales people willing to take time on transactions. They will assess needs and guide customers to the right equipment.

Horn’s inventory covers a wide variety of camera bodies, lenses, flashes and other accessories — enough to satisfy amateur and professional photographers, plus anyone in between. As an added bonus for customers, Horn Photo is the only camera dealer in the area that operates a rental program. Prices are calculated on varying daily rates, and discounts are available on midweek rentals.

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PHOTO SUPPLY STORE: Horn Photo owners Stan and Shelly Grosz and staff celebrate another People’s Choice win.

For hobbyists aiming to feel more comfortable with their cameras, Horn Photo offers a number of classes throughout the year. Classes include Camera Essentials: Creative Control and Exposure, Portraits and Composition, and separate introductory classes for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras.

Grosz proudly says Horn Photo is one of the last brick-and-mortar, locally owned camera stores in Central California. “We have it when you need and want it,” he says.

2. Costco

Multiple locations

3. Walgreens

Multiple locations

Plant and Garden Store

1. Gazebo Gardens

3204 N. Van Ness Blvd.

(559) 222-7673

Gazebo Gardens — once an outpost on the outskirts of Fresno — is today a busy green space in the heart of the city. The nursery helps home and commercial landscapers transform their properties in this unique climate by growing hand-picked species that will thrive in the San Joaquin Valley.

“We are real plant nerds — if it’s for sale here, chances are we’ve tried it out in our gardens at home first to make sure it works,” owner Scott Miller says.

Gazebo Gardens also provides expert landscape, building maintenance and janitorial care to commercial properties throughout the Valley. “We are very proud of our track record maintaining the largest, busiest shopping centers in the county,” Miller says.

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PLANT AND GARDEN STORE: From the best selection of plants in the area to evening events with food trucks and creative classes, Gazebo Gardens has it all. Pictured here are Aaron Buchheim, Brian Guerrero and Dianna Shafter.

History burnishes the standing of Gazebo Gardens in the community. It opened in 1922 at Van Ness Boulevard and Shields Avenue, making it the oldest continuously operated nursery in the Valley, Miller says. Today, Gazebo Gardens is a popular destination on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings when the nursery hosts a beer garden with food trucks and live music. Nearly 150,000 people visited the beer garden in 2018.

“When I first started mowing lawns over 30 years ago, I never could have predicted we’d end up taking care of shopping centers and running a music venue,” Miller says. “We’re all just so happy and grateful that the road has led us to where we are today.”

2. Belmont Nursery

7730 E. Belmont Ave.

(559) 255-6645

3. Willow Gardens Nursery

10428 N. Willow Ave., Clovis

(559) 299-5402

RV Dealer

1. RV Country

3633 S. Maple Ave.

(559) 486-1000

Buying from RV Country is a way to build family memories while hitting the road to see California and the rest of America.

The Fresno dealership sells motor homes, travel trailers, tent trailers, fifth wheels and toy haulers. Some recreational vehicles have luxury appointments that include game systems, flat screen TVs and touch screens to control the inside environment. RV Country’s inventory covers many manufacturers. Some of them are Entegra, Genesis, Grand Design, Holiday Rambler, Jayco and Keystone.

One customer wrote on RV Country’s website: “We really enjoyed purchasing our RV from you and we love it. Thank you for your professionalism.” Another customer wrote: “There was no pressure, no spam emails, no spam phone calls. They simply gave me the information that I needed to make my decision.”

RV Country was previously known as Paul Evert’s RV Country. But Evert retired after 57 years and passed leadership to his business partners. “Paul requested the name be changed and all agreed on RV Country,” says Charlie Power, the vice president and director of operations for RV Country. “RV Country continues to bring an impressive track record in sales and customer service.”

RV Country lost one of its service buildings in a February 2018 fire, but the dealership’s employees pulled together and business went on as usual, Power says. Deals continue to be made and three new buildings are going up.

“Not much has changed if you think about it,” Power adds. “Yes, a name change and a few new buildings, but the employees are still the same, and they’re selling and servicing the same great products and helping families enjoy the good life.”

2. Camping World

3672 S. Maple Ave.

(855) 772-8275

3. RVs For Less

14334 CA-41, Madera

(559) 822-7848

Shopping Center

1. River Park

Blackstone and Nees avenues, Fresno

River Park shopping center’s motto is “where shopping, food & fun meet work & play,” and that pretty much sums up the 23-year-old north Fresno center. Bordered on the west side by Blackstone Avenue and on the east by Highway 41, River Park boasts more than 100 shops, eateries, health and beauty service businesses and service businesses spread over slightly more than 100 acres.

In 2018, River Park intensified its efforts to host events and entertainment throughout the week, says Tracy Kashian, the vice president of marketing and public relations. “We wanted to make sure we had something going on all the time so people can get used to going to River Park and having something to do.”

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SHOPPING CENTER: River Park is the People’s Choice winner for Best Shopping Center. It is easy to see why. The center comprises shops, entertainment venues and restaurants and even hosts a weekly farmers market.

Do you like salsa or swing dancing? Mondays are your day, with a rotation of dance offerings throughout the month — including hip hop when the month contains a fifth Monday, Kashian says.

Seniors Club is on Wednesdays, with a variety of activities that include a Walking Club, Tai Chi, free coffee and discounts.

River Park now hosts farmers markets twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. And for those who want to focus on fitness, there are several free activities: yoga on Friday mornings and High Fitness and boot camp on Saturday mornings.

“The Shops at River Park is trying to be the spot where if you’re not really sure what to do, head over there because there’s something always happening,” Kashian says.

Retailers are benefiting from the increase in foot traffic from visitors, she says. “Even if they’re not shopping that night, at least they’re there, they’re seeing the stores and they’ll come back another time.”

What sets River Park apart from its competitors? Kashian says safety is a high priority since many businesses are open later at night. “We have the movie theater, we’re entertainment, we’re outdoor and we’re shopping — we’re the mix of all of those together. You can do all of it or one portion of it.

“We work really hard at keeping our shopping center clean and up-to-date. We’re always looking for what Fresno wants, and we try to bring it to our center.”

2. Fig Garden Village

Palm and Shaw avenues

3. Fashion Fair Mall

645 E. Shaw Ave.

(559) 224-1591

Spa Dealer

1. Homecrafters Spas & BBQ

70 E. Herndon Ave.

(559) 435-7727

Homecrafters Spas & BBQ believes face-to-face time with customers is crucial.

“We spend time discovering if the customer is looking for therapy, relaxation, escape, connection or entertainment, all of which can be found with owning a Marquis Spa,” says Andy Hebert, the owner of Homecrafters.

Marquis Spas are made in the United States, and they’re known for quality construction plus advanced technology and hydrotherapy. Marquis Spas has participated in more than 800 Make-A-Wish spas, and Homecrafters has worked with the local chapter of Make-A-Wish for the last 18 years.

Homecrafters has more than 20 different spa models in its showrooms, and it also has qualified staff to help customers determine the perfect size, shape and accessories to fit their needs. But Homecrafters’ customer service does not end there. “We can do backyard site checks for spa placement as well as help design backyard products, including outdoor kitchens, fire products and patio covers — all custom built by us,” Hebert says.

2. Jacuzzi Premium Spas

6630 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 261-0326

3. Energy House

122 E. Bullard Ave.

(559) 432-1500

Specialty Gift Store

1. JR’s Sports Collectibles

4249 W. Shaw Ave., Suite 103, Fresno

(559) 277-3536

605 W. Herndon, Suite 800, Clovis

(559) 575-8250

OK, how cool is this? JR’s Sports Collectibles sells team color moccasins. Fans of the National Football League can slip into comfortable moccasins that are scarlet (49ers), blue (Rams) and black (Raiders) and are adorned with team logos. Moccasins with other teams’ color schemes and logos (including the Giants, Dodgers and Warriors) also are available. “Awesome,” one person wrote on Facebook.

JR’s is always up to date with its merchandise. So it’s no surprise that the store quickly had T-shirts and caps to commemorate Fresno State’s 2018 Mountain West football championship.

Parents can accessorize their children’s rooms at JR’s. The store has pillow cases, curtains, rugs, bedding, trash cans, wall posters, wall clocks and more with a child’s favorite team from the NFL, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League.

JR’s is owned by John Rosales, who also goes by JR. He started out more than 20 years ago selling merchandise inside a tent and today he has the largest independent sports store in California. The Fresno and Clovis locations have a combined 11,400 square feet.

“We are excited to announce we are launching our online store this spring,” Rosales says. The web address will be shopjrsports.com.

2. Hallmark Gold Crown

Multiple locations

3. Foundry Collective

601 Pollasky Ave., Clovis

(559) 960-2538

Sporting Goods Store

1. Dick’s Sporting Goods

Multiple locations

(877) 846-9997

There’s really no physical activity that DICK’S Sporting Goods doesn’t cater to. Because even with 730 stores nationwide, its customer-centric slogan is a mantra to operate by.

“At DICK’S, we believe in putting our customers at the center of everything we do,” says Aaron Pisk, DICK’S Sporting Goods Central Valley Community Marketing Manager. “This mindset has allowed us to provide three key differentiators to customers: convenience, expert advice and selection.”

Customers can find equipment and gear for their basketball, baseball and camping needs — as well as those that aren’t mainstream, including Spike Ball, KanJam and croquet. Even more, DICK’S offers services such as GAIT analysis and baseball glove steaming for additional customer convenience. Its website and app are great resources for those who want to browse DICK’S extensive product lines, as well as delivery and in-store pickup options.

See, creating a superior customer experience is of utmost importance, and that includes providing an assortment of top-notch, exclusive products that meet the needs of today’s consumer. DICK’S offers a number of private label brands, including the female-focused CALIA by Carrie Underwood and golf brands like Walter Hagen, Maxfli and Tommy Armour. These brands are designed in-house by DICK’s Sporting Goods experts, explains Pisk, to assist in its goal of giving consumers premium products at an affordable price point.

“DICK’S Sporting Goods is excited and grateful to be recognized as ‘Best Sporting Goods Store’ for the 2019 Fresno Bee People’s Choice Awards,” he adds. “We are lucky to be apart of such a great community and look forward to helping serve our athletes and customers in the future seasons!”

2. REI

7810 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 261-4168

2. Big 5 Sporting Goods

Multiple locations

Tire Dealer

1. Les Schwab

Multiple locations

Les Schwab Tire Centers are so focused on customer service they will patch a reparable flat for free even if it’s not their tire.

The company also offers a number of free services with the warranty on its new tires. Those services include old tire disposal, tire rotation, tire re-balancing, air checks and road hazard protection. “We aim to make everyone who walks into a Les Schwab store a customer for life ...” says J.B. O’Neal, area manager of South Central California and manager at Fresno’s West Shaw Avenue location.

Employees are valued, too. Many have worked for Les Schwab for decades, and the company’s policy is to promote from within the ranks. “Our employees are at the center of what we do and the reputation we have built, and we’re proud to employ more than 7,000 of them across eight states,” O’Neal says.

Les Schwab Tire Centers also believe good corporate citizenship. In Dinuba, for example, the company has helped raise more than $120,000 for three academies at Dinuba High School that help prepare students for college and careers.

Les Schwab believed in such core values when he started his business in Prineville, Oregon, in 1952. He passed away in 2007. Today, Les Schwab Tire Centers can be found in 480 communities in California and other western states.

“Les believed in treating customers like family and investing in our communities to help create places where we all can thrive,” O’Neal says. “We keep Les’ vision at the heart of everything we do and continue to celebrate his legacy in our work, which we’re honored to see the community of Fresno appreciates.”

2. America’s Tire Company

Multiple locations

3. Costco

Multiple locations

Used Car Dealer

1. CarMax

7180 N. Palm Ave.

(559) 490-6501

Visiting a dealership can be stressful. The moment you step foot onto the lot, you’ve been targeted — an associate is going to try their darnedest to make a sale. Well, that is unless you’re at your Fresno CarMax.

The 25-year-old used car retailer decided to create a new type of car-shopping experience for customers, implementing a more ethical, fair and haggle-free culture that has helped CarMax become the country’s largest company of its kind. And with 40,000-plus CarMax Quality Certified cars in its inventory and a total of 190 stores nationwide, this philosophy has definitely found its audience.

For one: People like knowing they’re purchasing a reliable, safe vehicle. CarMax’s Clean Title Guarantee and 125-plus point inspection requires every vehicle sold at CarMax meet its thorough inspection, which includes everything from checking the proper operation of all engine components and systems to leaks, corrosion and excessive wear. No cars are sold to customers as is, and typically undergo an average 15 hours of renewal work by its team of ASE-certified mechanics. To add another layer of transparency, every vehicle comes with a free vehicle history report so you know exactly what kind of life the car led before finding you.

And CarMax aims to help make that process easier, too. Customers can browse through models online, the CarMax Shoppers app or at one of its locations to find the best car that meets their needs with its personalization filters that alert you when it’s found a match. Additional tools such as CarMax’s car payment calculator and prequalification process can narrow down which vehicles are within your specific budget. Throw in a test run and in-person meet-and-greet with the car you’re interested in purchasing, and CarMax has surely won your business, right?

Punch the brakes — it’s not quite done yet. CarMax’s experienced associates don’t work on a commission-basis, allowing them to find you the best car for you with no hidden strings attached. The prices you see online are the same as in the lot. And by working with multiple financial institutions, drivers are bound to find a financing option that’ll get you on the road in no time.

2. Selma Auto Mall

2755 Auto Mall Drive, Selma

(559) 896-5000

3. Honda North

750 W. Herndon Ave., Clovis

(559) 377-6055

Watercraft Dealer

1. Bohner Lacefield Marine

10740 CA-41, Madera

(559) 431-0336

Bohner Lacefield Marine is making a splash in the Central Valley. It was opened by Emil and Elizabeth Bohner in 1939. Today, the family-owned and -operated dealership sells new and pre-owned boats from companies like Tigé Boats, White River Marine Group and Monterey Boats.

Ryan Lacefield, the general manager for Bohner Lacefield Marine, says the dealership “couldn’t be more excited” to launch Tracker Off Road in the spring/summer.

The on-site service department employs certified technicians who are experienced with parts and accessories for various companies, as well as repairing fiberglass and upholstery. The dealership also offers indoor and outdoor storage for boats.

2. Clawson Motorsports

6334 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 435-5020

3. Clovis Marine

2475 N. Fordham Ave.

(559) 291-5737

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Wedding and Formal Attire

1. Little Black Dress Boutique

1731 W. Bullard Ave., Suite 128

(559) 439-2032

The one-stop shop for dresses, wedding gowns and menswear for formal occasions is Little Black Dress Boutique in northwest Fresno.

Keri Frazier is the owner behind the boutique, which opened at Bullard and West avenues in 2012.

Four years later, she expanded the inventory to include wedding gowns and menswear — courtesy of Jim’s Formal Wear, the largest rental company in the United States.

Frazier says wedding gowns cost less than $1,200 — with the average price at about $900.

The bridal party is also set with dresses for bridesmaids, the mother-of-the-bride and the flower girl.

The hot colors for 2019 are coral and lavender, Frazier adds. The average price for prom and formal dresses is $159. As for menswear, the latest styles include three colors of brocade tuxedo jackets.

Frazier also takes pride in helping the community.

The boutique is part of the Dream Dress Drive — a partnership between the Assistance League of Fresno and The Cinderella Project. Last year, more than 250 prom and formal dresses were donated to local underprivileged junior and senior girls in high school.

To hear about deals and promotions, follow the boutique on Instagram and Facebook @LittleBlackDressFresno.

2. Madeleine’s Bridal Boutique

457 Pollasky Ave., Clovis

(559) 299-2619

3. David’s Bridal

455 E. Shaw Ave.

(559) 230-2748

Wine Selection

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1. BevMo

7639 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 431-2626

1095 Herndon Ave., Suite 101, Clovis

(559) 472-7871

Wine tasting is about more than wine. It’s an experience. And lucky for us, BevMo! has locked into this thinking, working to transform each neighborhood store into a fun, informational destination for customers with every visit.

The No. 1 specialty beverage retailer on the West Coast, BevMo! prides itself on a wide assortment of alcohol-infused goods — its aisles filled with the latest selection of big brand and locally crafted wines from around the world. Need a gourmet snack to pair with said wine? No problem. How about glassware to-go? You’re covered. Not sure what else your vino experience needs? Well, the store associates definitely do.

BevMo!’s in-house connoisseurs are on hand to assist with product information, wine recommendations and party-planning advice so your event — no matter the size — goes off without a hitch. Still, BevMo! goes a few steps further.

The retailer provides same or next-day delivery for all of your wine requests, and partners with customers to find and provide the perfect wine that complements your unique event. It also brings the party to its own locations, pouring the BevMo! team’s new and old favorites into customers’ glasses at its wine tasting events each week.

To top it off, BevMo!’s free membership program, ClubBev!, sweetens the deal by giving members access to limited-release products, exclusive events and more.

2. Costco

Multiple locations

3. Sam’s Italian Deli & Market

2415 N. First St.

(559) 229-9346

Women’s Clothing

1. Macy’s

Multiple locations

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s Inc., serves customers coast-to-coast and internationally through approximately 650 stores, online at macys.com and through the Macy’s shopping app for mobile devices. Established in 1858, Macy’s is an iconic brand, delivering fashion and affordable luxury through powerful assortments of the best brands.

Women’s clothing runs the gamut from activewear to dresses, jeans, lingerie, sweaters and swimwear to wear to work. Women’s sizes include juniors, maternity, plus sizes, petite and petite plus. Popular brands include Alfani, Calvin Klein, Eileen Fisher, Free People, INC International Concepts, Lauren Ralph Lauren, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Nike, Style & Co, Tommy Hilfiger and more.

Women can also find shoes, handbags and jewelry to complement their new outfit.

According to The Edit on macys.com, pastels are back for 2019. Pair pastels with more pastels for a one-two punch that makes a striking monochromatic statement. Look for clean silhouettes to keep your look simple, smart and balanced. Play a game of fashion mix-and-match to refresh your look with brands such as Vince Camuto, Calvin Klein, INC International and Karen Kane.

2. Ooh La La

1305 N. Willow Ave., Suite 140, Clovis

(559) 297-7770

7725 N. Via Del Rio

(559) 439-7770

3. Nordstrom Rack

7883 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 440-0111

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