A new indoor firing range in Clovis, tucked away in an industrial neighborhood near Clovis and Shields avenues, is attracting recreational shooters and people who want to learn to fire a handgun for the first time.
The Firing Line opened in March, manager Jake Belemjian said, becoming the second indoor gun range in the Fresno-Clovis area. The first, The Range, opened in 1994 in northwest Fresno.
"We recognized there was a need," Belemjian said. "Fresno is a large market, about 500,000 people, and Clovis has another 100,000. If you look at most large markets in the country, most of them have two or more indoor ranges."
The business opened with a dozen 25-yard shooting lanes for handguns, and plans to add six rifle lanes by this fall.
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Belemjian said about 80% of customers bring their own handguns to shoot, but the staff also has rental handguns and ammunition available for those who don't already own a gun.
"Our goal is to provide a facility and an inviting environment for people to enjoy firearms," Belemjian said. "Recreational shooting is a huge activity, and we want to show that safety and fun are two things that can go together."
In addition to lane rentals for practice shooting, the Firing Line staff also offer training classes for concealed-weapon permits and gun safety as well as one-on-one instruction. The business is awaiting its dealer permit for handgun sales, Belemjian said, and plans to hire a gunsmith for gun service, repair and restoration.
The business is at 1173 Dayton Ave. in Clovis. It is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Details: thefiringlineclovis.com, (559) 294-9400.
Longtime local agriculture journalist Patrick Cavanaugh has joined forces with a Florida-based radio network to create a new venture: AgNet West Media.
The partnership with Southeast AgNet Radio Network in Ocala, Fla., will provide agriculture-related radio programming for California and the Western region.
AgNet West Media includes Cavanaugh, Gary Cooper and Robin Loftin, founders of Southeast AgNet Media Group. Laurie Greene will be West Coast operations manager.
AgNet West radio programs are in production and affiliate stations and clearances are being arranged. The network recently launched its website -- agnetwest.com -- to provide news and weather information.
The network plans to air weekday radio programming focusing on specialty crops; livestock and dairy; tree, nut and vine crops; and general agriculture news.
"It has long been a dream of mine to be part of a local farm radio network to complement my other ag media interests and to better interact with audiences in California and the West," said Cavanaugh, who also is co-owner and editor of Vegetables West and Pacific Nut Producer magazines.
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OMG NailSpa has opened in Sierra Vista Mall.
The nail salon and spa opened a little over a week ago in the outdoor portion of Sierra Vista Mall near the movie theater.
It offers manicures, pedicures, facials and waxing. The salon also offers luxury manicures and pedicures that include soaking hands and feet in paraffin wax.
"It's very soothing for them," owner Luc Nguyen said.
Nguyen is a Tulare County sheriff's deputy. The business is managed by his brother-in-law Duke M. Nguyen, who managed the family's previous location, VIP Nails & Spa. Luc Nguyen owned VIP and Luxor Nails & Spa before selling them.