Clovis News

Word on the Street: Trainer pumps up business

Athletic Performance, which started as an athletic training business in David Standifer's garage nine years ago, has continued to grow, most recently opening in a 4,000-square-foot location in Fresno.

The new location celebrated its grand opening this month and is more than twice the size of the previous Fresno location, said co-owner Standifer. The new place is at 5654 E. Westover Ave., between Shields and Clinton avenues near Clovis Avenue.

The business trains athletes, creates custom workouts and offers bootcamp fitness classes. Standifer said growth has been steady despite the recession, with about 50 clients a day using the gym.

Although gyms like Gb3 and Bally Total Fitness offer personal trainers, Standifer said his business is different due to its focus on sports and unusual methods, like flipping over tractor tires as a strength exercise.

It is the fourth location for Athletic Performance (

Retro Rag online

Tower District icon and longtime vintage shop Retro Rag has closed.

Bobby Minas, who owns International Furniture and is part of a partnership that owns the building Retro Rag was located in, said owner Diane Makasian closed the store after about 17 years.

Makasian could not be reached to comment.

"She wanted to stay home and focus on her Internet sales, because they're very strong for her," he said.

Her online shop is at

Paper or plastic

The Apple Store at Fashion Fair mall and other U.S. stores are now accepting cash for iPad purchases following a complaint from a San Francisco woman who was refused when she tried to pay with cash.

Apple accepted only credit or debit cards for the purchase of an iPad up until May 18. No reason was given on its Web site, but some news reports say it was a way to prevent people from buying iPads in bulk and selling them overseas at inflated prices.

Apple reversed its policy after the woman's story attracted national attention.

The iPad, which starts at $499, is Apple's tablet-like Web-access and application product.