November 5, 2010 § 1 Comment
I know I’ve mentioned this already, but I love old treasures. I love looking through thrift stores and such in hopes of finding a hidden gem. It gets me all giddy just thinking about it. New to You is a “gently used furniture and consignment boutique.” Their motto (that can be found on their website) is : “Reuse-Save Money-Save the Planet”
Are you KIDDING ME?! Did someone just say everything I love to hear? Yes. Yes, they did.
I remember checking out this place when they first opened. They were located right across the street from Fresno High–over by Echo Cafe. It was a cute store then, but they definitely have more in stock now. Their new location is a warehouse that’s packed full! It’s located at 3241 N. Marks Ave. #117, BUT it’s kinda tricky to find them. Although their address is technically Marks, they are actually on Weber, so don’t get confused like I did! Instead, Mapquest 3252 N. Weber and it’ll drop you off right on target.
Alonso is one of the owners, and he’s one of the most helpful guys you’ll ever meet. He walked me through his warehouse telling me about different furniture pieces and knick knacks he had in the shop. I was also informed that New to You has “5 dollar sales” at least once a month to make room for new or “old” inventory. To keep up with dates for 5 dollar sales and get a sneak peek at new store arrivals make sure to “like” their Facebook Page HERE and check out their website HERE.
Chance and I walked away with 4 goodies. We bought 3 chairs for the studio that we’re going to refinish (forgot to take a picture of them, sorry!) and I bought an ewwy gooie gorgeous 1950s-ish dresser that I CAN’T WAIT TO REFINISH! Ugh! And the prices? SUPER GOOD. My dresser (that is practically flawless) was sold to me for $125 folks–AND, AND Alonso himself delivered it. What a guy!
Let’s be fearless, Fresno. Get out their and be creative when you’re decorating your office, apartment, home or business. Let’s keep our money going to good Fresno businesses while we have fun in the process.
Do you have anything you need to furnish? Go to New to You and check their selection.
Here’s my dresser! Can you see me drooling?
I’m thinking about doing the dresser this color. I love the dreamy, light blue. Whatdaya think? I’m open for suggestions.
(picture via designsponge)
September 23, 2010 § Leave a comment
I’m all about natural and organic stuff. I’m kinda a weirdo about it. I love learning about it, I love looking at it. I just love it. The organic and all-natural craze hasn’t really hit Fresno at full speed yet. If you go down south or even up north to the hippie ya-ya nation that IS Santa Cruz you’ll find eco-friendly clothing, loads of organic produce and even all natural beauty products in a number of stores. In fact, there are many stores up north and down that cater to the “all natural” population (which is a lot).
In Fresno, however, these stores are few and far between. There are a couple here and there that have the loyalty of their long-time customers to keep them in business, but most Fresnans who are new to the all natural world don’t know where to go when they want eco friendly, organic, natural choices (other than Whole Foods, of course). Don’t get me wrong, I really love Whole Foods, but I’d rather get products locally first if they are available.
I walked in and was greeted immediately. The store’s atmosphere was welcoming and warm. I felt like I was entering a good friend’s home. I spoke to the manager and she gave me a little tour around the shop. They have a great selection of herbs and organic teas. In fact, I left with a beloved favorite (Yogi Relaxed Mind Tea). Their vitamin selection is outta control. Like for realzie. They also feature a wide variety of natural hair products, which I totally appreciate (Giovanni is another personal favorite). They have other goodies here and there from different grains and pastas to organic baby clothing. I really enjoyed my experience and look forward to becoming a frequent customer. B-Alive, Fresno! Support our nature loving friends.
B-Alive Vitamins can be found at the following locations
6757 N. Cedar Ave.
Fresno, CA 93710
6701 N. Milburn #140
Fresno, CA 93722
September 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
Somewhere between college and now I forgot the Library existed. While I’ve maintained a love for reading I forgot about how my tax dollars go to this amazing place where I can have access to knowledge for FREE! Being Armenian, I LOVE a freebie, but it took a reminder from my friend JR to reignite my love for the Fresno County Library. She’s a library frequenter among other wonderful things. Here’s a quick snapshot from her blog: click here.
Growing up I LOVED going to the library. I loved the vastness of books upon books. I loved the possibilities. I loved having to use my “inside voice”. I loved it all. We lived down the street from the Leo Politi Library. I have no facts to back this up, but I’m pretty sure it’s the tiniest little library in Fresno. For me, it was a wonderland. It’s where I first checked out From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. It’s also where I checked it out for the 30th time and where I began a love for art and museums because of the magical picture it painted of them.
As I have grown so has the library. It’s still a magical place, but what you may not be aware of is the tech upgrade it’s received. Grown ups don’t have “time” to go to the library. The library realized that. They created an incredible online database that looks surprisingly similar to your netflix queue and I am sort of obsessed with it.
On the Fresno County Library site you can search Books, DVD’s, Audio books, basically anything you would pay too much for at Borders. You can search titles an add them to your list. Here’s what your list will look like as you add titles.
I know, I’m a nerd. Deal.
Ok, from here you’ll click the request item button. You can set in your preferences how you want to be notified when it arrives and which library you want it to arrive to. The greatest part? They email you the week your item is due back! Just a nice little reminder to avoid late fees. Here’s an item I recently requested. Don’t judge.
I know, but I just can’t help myself.
I know position 30 looks daunting, but bear in mind this is a brand new release.
Seriously, I have had so much fun with this. I hope you’ll give it a try.
September 4, 2010 § Leave a comment
There sure is kiddies! We were putting together a list of some fun things happening tonight and then we realized Mike Oz has already done it for us. Check out the Fresno Beehive article:
That doesn’t tickle your fancy? Here are a few more for you.
The Good Company Players present Lend Me a Tenor at 2nd space.
Wine Tasting at Bella Vino Cellars.
Shakespeare in the Park 8pm , Woodward Park. FREE, but bring some cash to donate, if you so desire.
For even more options check out All Happenings.
Get to know Fresno this weekend, She may surprise you.
September 3, 2010 § 2 Comments
I’m going to try really hard to NOT make all my blog posts about Fresno food, but the more and more local restaurants I hear about, the more and more I wanna check out Fresno’s digs.
Today Chance and I visited a GREAT breakfast place over by the Fig Garden loop called Batter Up. It was my second time there and it was just as great as the first time. The atmosphere is kick back cracker jack with mismatched decor on the walls as well as pictures of customers scattered here and there. You order at the counter and then they kindly bring you your food. They’re known for their breakfast (pancakes mainly) however, they also serve lunch. I haven’t tried their sandwiches yet, but they look delish. The staff was super friendly and quick on their toes. Batter Up is a family owned business and the same family also owns Great Harvest Bread (all I have to say about that place is CINNAMON BREAD! HEY-OH! I’m telling you…SO GOOD).
Chance and I split the omelet/pancake/fruit combo and it didn’t disappoint. The pancake melted in my mouth, I’m getting hungry again just thinking about it.
Are you wondering where to go for your next after church breakfast and you’re sick of the corporate man at Mimi’s? Go to Batter Up and have an extra pancake for me.
I was trying to act like I was up to bat. People were starring.
Now, this logo does kinda make me uncomfortable for some reason, but as long as this little guy didn’t get near my pancakes I’m okay with him.
Veggie omelet with fruit mix and doughy pancake. YUM!