Clovis News

Word on the Street: Thrift shop opens in Clovis

Monday's "Word on the Street" column on page A9 incorrectly reported that the Old Town Thrift Shop is on the east side of Clovis Avenue near Barstow in Clovis. It is on the east side of Clovis Avenue near Eighth Street.

Thrift stores are struggling to stay stocked during this economic crisis, but that hasn't deterred people from opening new ones.

David and Kristine VonHurst have opened Old Town Thrift Shop with David's mother, Alana Walker, on the east side of Clovis Avenue near Eighth Street in Clovis. The 2,800-square-foot building used to house County Motor Sports.

David VonHurst is a contractor who, with the real estate decline, hasn't been getting as much construction work. Kristine VonHurst worked in retail until having a baby. Today, they help run Old Town Thrift, which sells collectibles, sterling silver jewelry, dolls, vases, paintings and, according to Kristine VonHurst, "all sorts of weird things."

They frequently attend auctions to find merchandise for the store.

Old Town Thrift opens as the recession has led to cuts in donations but increased sales at thrift stores throughout the Valley. With Valley unemployment rates increasing, cash-strapped customers are hungry for bargains.

Old Town is one of a string of new thrift stores. A former hardware store in the Tower District has been renovated and reopened as Neighborhood Thrift soon after Second Hand Rose debuted in the Save Mart center at Shaw and Armstrong avenues in Clovis.

Old Town Thrift Shop is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

State parole workers get new office

A vacant piece of property at the corner of Divisadero and G streets is being developed as the newest office for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The department provides parole supervision and is relocating its office from 2600 Tulare St. to G Street.

The new location is also adjacent to an existing Department of Corrections office.

The new 12,000-square-foot building is being constructed by Musson General Contracting of Fresno.

Among the building's features will be plenty of natural light, water-efficient landscaping and parking stalls for low emission vehicles, said Michelle Musson, co-owner of the construction company.

The project is expected to be completed by March 2010.

Martial arts studio moves to NE Fresno

Quan's Bushido-Kai Marital Arts has moved to its new location in northeast Fresno.

The karate and kickboxing business celebrated its grand opening last weekend on Blackstone Avenue, just south of Herndon.

In business for nearly 30 years, Quan's added kickboxing classes recently, which proved to be very popular, said manager Jason Ellis.

"It quickly outgrew the facility we were in," he said of the former First Street and Bullard Avenue location.

The new location, at 5,000 square feet, is 1,000 square feet larger than the previous one.