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A new face on The Beehive

Please join us in welcoming our colleague Bee reporter Bethany Clough to The Beehive.

Many of you probably already follow Bethany on the news blog, Twitter (@bethanyclough) and Facebook, where she shares juicy details about local restaurants and shopping sites. Now she’ll share those tidbits and other musings on The Beehive.

Here’s a little bit about Bethany, in her own words:

I’ve worked for the Bee for 11 years, most recently writing about restaurants and retail, the most fun beat at the paper. Eating and shopping, doesn’t get much better than that (especially when going to the mall is part of your job).

I grew up in the country in western New York (I was a five-county dairy bowl champion when I was 13) and went to journalism school at Syracuse University before moving to California for a volunteer position with Habitat for Humanity.

I still volunteer for them, including on the cookie committee, which makes cookies for the worksite and events. Love to bake and cook.

I’m little but husband got me into weight lifting and now my goal is to bench press my body weight (I’m 68% of the way there).

We wanted to delve a little deeper, so the Beehive crew asked Bethany some questions.

What restaurant have you written about that you think is a must-try for Fresno?

Pinot Wine Bar. Everything I have ever had to eat or drink there was to die for. Plus, you can dress up and or dress down and not feel out of place.

What is the most interesting business you’ve discovered in Fresno?

Creative World Studios. If you need a life-size replica of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, they’ll make it for you. They make all kinds of gigantic sculptures, like giant popcorn for atop concession stands.

How often do people mispronounce your name? (And how do you pronounce it?)

All. The. Time. It’s pronounced “Cluff,” which rhymes with tough. It’s Welsh.

We know one of your favorite places to visit is Death Valley. Have you seen any UFOs?

No UFOs, just plenty of railroad and mining history that thrills my inner history geek. Plus amazing vistas. And wild burros.

If you were on death row, what would your request for your last meal?

Pita chips and hummus from Alla’s Armenian Restaurant, eggplant parmesan from Oggi, a steamed artichoke with lemon butter, a margarita — blended, no salt — made with Patron tequila from Toledo’s, and the pecan pie that Rousseau used to carry on its menu. They don’t really go together, but they’re all fabulous.

If you could be in any TV show that’s currently on the air, what would it be?

I think it’d be fun to kick some creature butt with the blutbad from Grimm.

Since you write about restaurants and shops, what’s one thing Fresno doesn’t have that you think it most needs?

An H&M. They’d do great in this market. There’s one in Modesto and I think it’s just a matter of time before they open one here.

What store are you most likely to max out your credit card?

Anthropologie. Love their dresses and skirts.

What’s your Internet pet peeve?

PEOPLE WHO TALK IN ALL CAPS. WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING AT ME?

Responses to "A new face on The Beehive"

Donald Munro says:

Welcome, Bethany!

Marc says:

Totally agree with the H&M addition needing to happen!!!

Christy says:

I’m still sad about Heather leaving… so it may take me awhile to warm up to someone new.

Marty says:

Ah, Bethany’s great – you’ll love her!

Bethany Clough says:

I am certainly no Heather. I could not even hope to imitate that unique greatness, but I hope you’ll enjoy my restaurant and shopping posts nonetheless.

Kristen Johnson says:

I totally want an H and M in fresno too, the clothes are decently priced and interesting, would totally shop there is fresno opened one here.

Bethany Clough says:

I know, right?

blake says:

Yay Bethany! Looking forward to your posts.
…but Dairy Bowling?…I don’t get it. Does it involve milk bottles?
(and yeah, I’ve never pronounced her name properly….do you guys know that Dr. Seuss book?…the one called something like…I don’t know…I should google it first..but it uses words like ‘cough’, and ‘through’ in the title…they all *look* like they should rhyme…but none of them are pronounced the same—that funny English (I mean Welsh) language.)

Bethany Clough says:

It’s the nerdliest form of 4-H, Blake. There has been poetry written about my name (well, about the poet Arthur Hugh Clough’s name). And it’s kinda Dr. Seuss-like now that you mention it. Check this out: http://yoursinbooks.com/2011/07/english-language-pronunciations/

Stephen says:

Like Blake, I have never pronounced her name correctly, so I just call her Bethany and leave it at that (it should be CLOW!! Ugh)

And Christy, we all miss Heather, but not to worry – Bethany covers her own beat so she won’t tread on the memory of HMac.

And hey, Beehive Monkeys? Can we get it back to where we can click on the “comments” button to access the comment form? Thanksmuch.

Bethany Clough says:

Just to confuse things further, there are people who pronounce it “Clow.” But they’re Dutch. We’re Welsh.

Matt says:

You write great stuff Bethany, love the dairy bowl experience..was a dairy 4-H’er myself. Will have to try this pinot wine bar!

blake says:

There’s an easier Welsh name: “Jones”.

Duke Basil says:

Will you still do the NEW RESTAURANTS….AND closures…?

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