Miniature rocket ships, puppets and princess dresses are the tools of the trade at the newly opened Our Playroom business in Clovis.
Our Playroom is a 2,400-square-foot play space for kids, on Shaw Avenue in Clovis between Toys "R" Us and Office Max.
"The best way to think of us is we're an alternative to a park," said owner Jennifer Marmolejo. "We have a big room full of toys to play with."
She said she wanted to create a space where parents could relax and talk. Our Playroom is not a daycare center and parents must stay with their children.
For $8, a child can play all day.
The business also offers classes for kids, including ongoing Wednesday gardening classes, and family fun nights with pizza. Details are on its website at www.ourplayroom.net.
Marmolejo, a mom of three under age 7, wanted to open the business after seeing similar ones in Los Angeles. Her family moved to the area recently for her husband's job. Marmolejo also works as a lactation educator at local hospitals and dressed up as Snow White and Cinderella for kids birthday parties when she was in college.
Nerds will come to your workplace now that Nerds On Call has expanded its computer IT services to businesses in Fresno.
The Redding-based business has provided in-home help for computers in the area for four years, but last week expanded into the business side of IT.
Fresno is the first city that Nerds On Call is offering its business services. If successful, it will expand to other cities in the 15-location chain, said spokeswoman Shawn Bell.
Nerds On Call hired an additional worker to handle the business side for both large and small companies. Services include server maintenance and the creation of back-up for files. Details available at www. callnerds.biz.
Nerds On Call joins several other similar businesses, including Federico Consulting Inc. and BCT Consulting.
All in the family
Robert and Kim Craigo have taken over ownership of FASTSIGNS in Fresno.
Located at 2745 W. Shaw Ave., the company creates graphic solutions for things like building signs and trade-show displays.
The Craigos, who bought the franchise after the previous owners retired, said they were shopping for a business that the family could run together. Their two sons are also involved in the store.
"We always wanted to have our own family business, and pursuing this opportunity with FASTSIGNS was the best fit for us," said Robert Craigo, who manages the day-to-day operations.
Before becoming a small business owner, Robert Craigo spent 28 years with Walmart as a store and district manager. Kim Craigo enjoyed 14 years with Young Learners Pre-School in Selma as a teacher's aide.
The store's production team encompasses more than 25 years of experience in the sign and graphics industry.