Bethany Clough

Hobby Lobby sets a date, 2 shops closing and other shopping news

Hobby Lobby will open its Fresno story Aug. 8.
Hobby Lobby will open its Fresno story Aug. 8. AP

Whether it’s big-name chains or little independents, there’s a flurry of retail news to catch you up on this week.

Hobby Lobby

First, the big dog: Hobby Lobby has set an opening date. The Fresno store will open Monday, Aug. 8.

The store is almost finished with construction on Blackstone Avenue between Herndon and Sierra avenues on the site of the former Fashion Furniture Outlet Showroom.

Expect lots of giveaways and promotions on opening day. The company hasn’t released specifics yet, but the store typically opens at 9 a.m.

Lot 96

Last winter I told you about the little hidden gem Lot 96 Curiosities selling a quirky collection of vintage, decor, collectibles, artwork and salvage items.

The two ladies behind it have decided to close the store at at 1015 N. Van Ness Ave. at Elizabeth Street, which was open only on weekends.

Both are working full-time jobs in addition to the shop, and some concerns about the location, including it being up for sale, led to their decision.

But you haven’t seen the last of them yet. Lot 96 will be open the weekend of July 9 and 10 and their final weekend, July 16 and 17.

They will also sell succulents planted in little bronze ducks and other items at pop-up shops like the Old Town Flea market.

They encourage anyone who has their eye on something to contact them at (559) 709-7242 or send a Facebook message and they’ll set up at time to do business.

Hoot Nest

Another little shop that boldly made a go of it in Chinatown, Hoot Nest, is closing.

Saturday, June 25, was scheduled to be the last day for the vintage clothing store at 1427 Kern St.

But you haven’t seen the last of this place either. The owner plans to launch an online store selling a selection of unique 1990s items. They will also sell at pop-up shops around town like the ones hosted at Yoshi Now!

The owners will also continue to host ’90s nights at Strummer’s in the Tower District. The events have been drawing big crowds, with the next one planned for 9 p.m. July 15. They will play music videos from the 1990s and encourage people to dress in 1990s styles.

Hot Summer Nights

Speaking of Chinatown, the second Hot Summer Nights flea market is Friday, July 1. The event is near Central Fish at 1535 Kern St. and runs from 6-10 p.m.

This is a new event featuring vintage, crafts, junk, and more at 20 to 25 vendors. Food vendors will sell corn and Chinese food. The first Hot Summer Nights was last month and the next one will be in August.

Rock the Mall

Sierra Vista Mall’s series of free concerts is in full swing for people looking to combine shopping with a little music, dinner or a drink.

The mall holds the Rock the Mall concerts from 6-9 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays through August. The concerts are held at the Sierra Vista Mall Community Park in front of the Sierra Vista Cinemas 16 Movie Theater. People are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs.

Radio station 95.7 The Fox is hosting the night and giving away prizes from retailers and restaurant in the mall.

The concert lineup for the rest of the summer is as follows:

▪ Thursday, July 14th: One Hot Minute

▪ Thursday, July 28th: Marie Wilson Band

▪ August 11th: Sugar

▪ August 25th: Masters of Rock

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough