Clovis News

Word on the Street: Clovis swimsuits back to basics

The CEO of a Fresno company that builds websites has launched a new venture: a swimsuit store.

Moda Star opened in Clovis' Sierra Vista Mall in May selling bikinis and T-shirts.

Opening the store wasn't that much of a stretch from what owner and Clovis West High School graduate Greg Richburg already does. As chief executive of Netricks Solutions, Richburg's company designs and writes code for websites, and has created several sites that market swimsuits. From there, he became a distributor of the suits.

When his wife had trouble finding a basic black bikini, Richburg decided to start designing his own. He hires manufacturers from around the world to produce the Moda Star brand bikinis.

Richburg said many other designers make trendy swimsuits -- like crocheted bikinis or ones made with ripped fabric -- that can go out of style quickly.

The Moda Star line is more basic, featuring basic colors, patterns and styles of its tops and bottoms that can be mixed and matched. The store also sells other brands of bikinis and will add T-shirts in the winter months.

A new Chinese choice

A new Chinese buffet restaurant has joined a plethora of Asian restaurants in southeast Fresno.

But A-Star Buffet and Banquets at Kings Canyon Road and Willow Avenue is counting on diverse offerings -- including American food, sushi, a stir-fry and grilling station and salad, fruit and dessert bars -- to set it apart, manager Yen Li said.

Two meeting rooms can seat up to 200 people.

Li has worked at restaurants her family owns for 17 years and manages A-Star for her uncle Pei Li, who owns order-from-menu Asian restaurants in Seaside and Santa Maria.

But Yen Li said a buffet offers more value for nearby residents. "Now with the economy down, this is something more people can afford," she said.

The restaurant opened about a month and a half ago. Its hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. There's no website yet, but the phone number is (559) 255-8799.

Trading bank brands

The former Wachovia Bank branch on Palm Avenue north of Fresno's Fig Garden Village shopping center now wears the Wells Fargo brand after a merger of the two financial institutions.

Wells Fargo signs replaced the Wachovia logos on the building -- on the northeast corner of Palm and San Jose avenues -- in mid-April. A grand opening celebration Friday marked the formal transition.

The event featured donations of $10,000 each to two community organizations, the Fresno Regional Foundation and Baird Middle School. The branch also recently hosted a reception at which Wells Fargo officials presented a $100,000 grant to the United Way of Fresno County.

Wells Fargo is among a cadre of banks in and near Fig Garden Village, including Bank of America, Central Valley Community Bank, California Bank and Trust, Comerica Bank, Compass Bank, Murphy Bank and Westamerica Bank.