Clovis News

Word on the Street: New scrap metal recycler

SA Recycling launched a new "extreme" scrap metal recycling service on Earth Day known as "1-800-GOT-SCRAP."

The company offers to pick up scrap metal, such as old appliances, bikes and nonrunning cars, at customers' convenience for a $25 fee. There is no limit to the number of appliances for pick up, and 1-800-GOT-SCRAP will pay for any cars they pick up.

COO Cristi Rossi said the company found it was particularly difficult for everyday people to recycle old appliances. Offering the pickup service for one flat fee makes things simpler, she said.

"Now everybody can participate in reducing their carbon footprint," Rossi said.

The company has been calling the service "recycling on steroids."

Customers also can take scrap metal to one of SA's recycling centers and receive cash. Payment is given based on the weight of the metal.

There is a recycling center in Fresno at 3489 S. Chestnut Ave., as well as centers in Tulare and Porterville.

1-800-GOT-SCRAP joins other recycling services, such as 1-800-GOT-JUNK and locally owned Electronics Recyclers and Bruno's Iron and Metal.

Mineral gallery expands

Foxtail Gallery, a mineral gem gallery in Old Town Clovis, has moved to a new, larger location to display more of its inventory.

"The building itself is a lot more open," co-owner Ethan Eliason said. "It feels more like a gallery when you walk in."

Eliason said renovations included exposing and restoring the original brick walls of the building and adding more lighting.

The gallery specializes in minerals and fossils for collectors or for decorative purposes. The new location is at 614 Fifth St. -- just around the corner from the old building. The gallery reopened for business June 4.

Foxtail joins other mineral galleries in the area including Fresno Gem & Mineral Society.

New Lifestyle Furniture store

Lifestyle Furniture of Fresno has opened a location this month called Furnish 123 that offers simpler pricing.

Owner Larry Hoang said customers can choose different styles for each furniture piece within a set without changing the price of the set. In other words, a customer doesn't have to buy certain pieces of furniture together to get a deal.

"It gives people more flexibility to select furniture for their home," Hoang said.

It opened for business at 61 E. Shaw Ave., in the building that used to be luxury car dealership Auto Gallery.

It joins other furniture stores in the Fresno area market, such as Gary O Furniture and Crazy Bernie.