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On Rustica Kollection and the uptick of Iron Bird Lofts shops

I’m really excited about about all the new businesses opening lately around Iron Bird Lofts. Of course, Iron Bird Cafe is the main attraction down there, but a handful of other local consumer-aimed businesses are opening up too.

I made a note about this in a recent column about reasons to be excited about downtown in 2011, but figured this is worth expounding upon a bit.

Recently opened Iron Bird shops include Faithful & True Tattoo Studio (which has its grand opening tonight for ArtHop), Iron Bird Beauty Bar, The Dungeon MMA gym and Rustica Kollection. And let’s not forget that Iron Bird Massage has been open for a while too. Add Fulton 55 right across the street, and it’s a happening little area.

One place that’s getting a fair amount of attention is Rustica Kollection, it’s a boutique right across from Iron Bird Cafe that sells gifts, crafts, accessories and clothing with a wordly flair. All of its good are “fair trade” and hand-made. Fresno Famous has a nice feature on the shop, if you want more of the back-story. I stopped in there last week during one of my trips to Fulton 55 and took some photos to share here on The Beehive. Pictured below is owner Pablo Antinao, who moved to Fresno from Chile seven years ago.

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Rustica Kollection is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

For more info, go to rusticakollection.com.

Responses to "On Rustica Kollection and the uptick of Iron Bird Lofts shops"

james says:

Thanks a lot, Mike.

kiel says:

The bars, bistros and boutiques theory of revitalization.

Tony Martin says:

I just all the Art Hoppers out by Faithful and True! Awesome sight. The Rustica is an awesome shop and we are stoked to be near them! One block at a time!

Fresnan says:

This is great. I’m excited for Fresno to have businesses like this, let alone downtown. This is exactly what downtown needs. I wish all the best for these business owners! True urban pioneers.