Clovis News

Word on the Street: Gary O expands business

The owner of an Old Town Clovis furniture store known for its custom pieces and wall beds has opened a second location at a time when other furniture stores in Fresno are shutting their doors.

Gary Osterberg, owner of Gary O Furniture, opened a discount store Tuesday in an old athletic shoe store building on Shaw Avenue in Clovis in front of Walmart.

The 20,000-square-foot building, which includes warehouse space, has discontinued, slightly damaged and new furniture pieces at low prices.

"We wanted a different store to offer more stuff everybody can afford," said Kristie Eddings, general manager.

The move will allow Osterberg to expand his showroom on Clovis Avenue at 3rd Street. Furniture sales at the store increased 25% last year, Eddings said.

The key to success in this business is to offer something different, Osterberg said. The new location gives Clovis residents a much-needed furniture store. Most of Fresno's furniture stores, such as Mor Furniture and a Fashion Furniture outlet, are on Blackstone Avenue. Fashion Furniture's main store is in River Park.

Training journey

Art Correa said the opening last month of The Bod-e2 Shop, his new personal training business in Clovis, represents his latest step in a lifelong journey of perseverance.

The Fresno native, an athlete who graduated from Roosevelt High School, credits perseverance for getting him out of the violent neighborhood where he grew up. It also helped him cope with his mother's death and take custody of his younger sister, and got him through Fresno State, where he received a degree in kinesiology.

And it helped him land jobs as a trainer at several Fresno health and fitness clubs, where he attracted a loyal following of clients and set the stage for opening his own business.

"I've always had a strong mind and a strong will to succeed," Correa said.

At The Bod-e2 Shop (www.thebodeshop.com), which opened Dec. 20 in the Parkway Trail shopping center at Willow and Nees avenues, Correa preaches a combination of fitness and nutrition.

Besides helping clients craft personalized nutrition plans, Correa puts people through their paces on cardiovascular machines and movement-training equipment.

A yogurt explosion

Two young entrepreneurs wanted to open a frozen-yogurt shop in Southern California, but they fell in love with a small location at Fresno's River Park.

"In Southern California, you open up a yogurt shop, but it's a dime a dozen," said Jonathan Choe, a partner. "We saw this spot and loved it."

Choe and his partner, Ajay Hira, franchised a Yogurtland and opened the first Fresno location Dec. 8. The self-serve frozen-yogurt shop is next to Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

The store has 16 flavors of frozen yogurt and 43 toppings.

Yogurtland is the latest in a slew of frozen yogurt shops to open in Fresno, including Tuttimelon at Fashion Fair Mall and Yodigity Yogurt on the southwest corner of Bullard and West avenues.

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