It’s the last week of the year, a perfect time for The Beehive to look back at our favorite moments of 2010.
We’ll have posts each day this week on different topics. We started on Monday with our favorite event and continue today with our favorite Fresno addition. A business? A website? An event? Anything new and wonderful within our community? Check out our picks, then leave your own in the comments.
MIKE OZ: I don’t even drink coffee, but my favorite local addition is still Iron Bird Cafe. A thriving third space where people could work, hang out, hold events, have community meetings, etc. is exactly what downtown needed. It’s already seeing results. The Iron Bird Lofts, of which the cafe is the centerpiece, has quickly turned into a thriving part of our growing downtown. Well done, Iron Birders.
KATHY: I really appreciate Fresno’s bike movement with ibikefresno, which has been great about promoting biking events and encouraging people to ride more around town.
DONALD: My favorite addition is a spanking-new theater company that offers great possibilities for the local scene: StageWorks Fresno, under the artistic direction of Joel Abels. The company debuted with great promise in September with a skilled and moving production of “[title of show].” The lineup for 2011 has me excited as well, including “The Light in the Piazza” in March and “Ragtime” in September, both local premieres.
JOAN: I like seeing small, locally-owned businesses helping each other, so my favorite new thing is Wishon Row. Earlier this year, owners of this string of businesses on Wishon Avenue started thinking as a unit — and promoting Wishon Row as a unique Fresno experience. That means you’ll see Cafe CorazÃ³n encouraging people to shop at Twee Boutique, or The SupportR driving customers to Cafe CorazÃ³n and Twee. On Thursday nights, Dusty Buns Bistro joins the mix, making the bistro bus an honorary part of Wishon Row.
HEATHER: I gotta go with grocery chain Fresh and Easy. It’s nice to have an alternative to high-priced stores like Vons, Savemart and Whole Foods — especially one that is good about answering questions/complaints on Twitter. Plus, even though I live clear across town, I highly enjoy shopping at the downtown (Tulare and R) location whenever I’m in the area. There’s rarely a crowd in the late evening, and it’s conveniently located near the 41.
YOUR TURN: So … favorite new thing in Fresno. Whatcha got?