Sad news for Old Town Clovis shoppers. Clothing store Urban Ornaments is closing. Business owner Teresa Darrow (who has always been a helpful source and genuinely nice person to this reporter) said the following on the store’s Facebook page:
Go say goodbye and hit up her sale if you want. And even though this is sad news, it’s nice to see there’s 57 comments on that post wishing her well.
Martin’s Bar opened last week in Old Town Clovis, taking over the space once occupied by The Cellar. The owners of Martin’s Bar put a lot of work into the building, at 446 N. Clovis Ave., between Fourth and Fifth streets. They added six big-screen TVs, a pool table, and new lighting for a stage for live music from singer-songwriter types. You can read my colleague Tim Sheehan’s piece about the bar that ran in Monday’s Word on the Street section here.
This bar is interesting for two reasons.
First, it’s been said that its predecessor, The Cellar, was a bit rough, shall we say? As one Yelp reviewer put it, “Is it just me, or does this place attract ghetto scums?”
New owners Risé and Mark Martin are hoping to change that, and want to create a “comfortable place with nightly entertainment for a more mature crowd.”
Second, the Martins also own the Heaven’s Gate Christian Book Store nearby on Clovis Avenue. Now, it’s not every day you hear of Christian bookstore owners opening a bar. But that doesn’t faze the Martins. From Tim’s piece:
Mark Martin said there’s no particular inconsistency, however, between operating a Christian bookstore and a bar. “Jesus turned water into wine, and there was wine at the Last Supper,” Martin said. “Drinking is not a sin; drinking to excess is.”
“We’re here to make sure people don’t abuse it,” he added. “If someone gets to a certain point, we’ll offer a cup of coffee on the house and just chat for a while until they’re ready to drive home.”
Lululemon Athletica, the yoga-inspired athletic clothing company, is opening a store in Old Town Clovis. If you’re one of the retailer’s loyal followers, this is a very big deal. The store doesn’t have any locations in the San Joaquin Valley, but some locals are still in love with its $98 yoga pants.
In a few weeks you’ll be able to buy them in a little spot in the DeWitt Building at 453 Pollasky Ave., in the breezeway between California Hot Dogs and Robin’s Nest Antiques. Opening day is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 12. The Vancouver-based store and its local workers aren’t talking to the media just yet, but the Clovis location is on the website and the sign is above the door. You can keep tabs on the store at its Facebook page.
To give you an idea of just how excited some people are about this store, I’ll defer to the previous occupant of the space, 3 Oaks Studio owner Vicki Shoemaker, who said: “All I know is everybody is really excited. I hear screams — screams of joy — coming out of there and women are going ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe they’re going to open.’” (Shoemaker’s business has moved to a bigger location at 481 Pollasky, by the way.)
Or as one blogger put it: “Lululemon: crack cocaine for the middle aged woman?”
The sign hasn’t changed yet, but The Old Hotel Bistro & Hearts Delight is open
Old Town Clovis folks are getting excited about the new business taking over the former Victoria Rose Restaurant. The historic hotel and tea house is now home to longtime gift shop Hearts Delight and a restaurant featuring downhome cooking.
They’ve moved Hearts Delight into the building. Now customers walk through two rooms of retail — the same purses, jewelry and little ceramic birdies that Hearts Delight has always sold — to get to the dining room in the back.
The new, smaller dining room is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, serving lunchtime comfort food like meat loaf sandwiches and other hofbrau-style sandwiches, black-eyed peas and corn bread. They’ll also host occasional dinners. The first one is Friday night. The coffee bar will remain and the business will continue to host tea, and baby and bridal showers. You can find out more info on its Facebook page.
Aside from the attachment Clovis residents have to the historic building, there’s also a feeling that “if Cora thinks that it will work, then it will work because she really is a good business woman,” said Carole Lester, head of the Business Organization of Old Town.
Anybody can go out and watch the end of the race, and enjoy the accompanying festivities in Old Town Clovis. Heck, organizers are pushing to make it a ditch day (Take the Day Off, they say). Not just anybody, however, can go where The Beehive is sending one lucky winner.
We’ve got a pair of passes to the VIP hospitality tent at the race’s finish line. It includes free food (from Save Mart and QN4U), free beer and the best seat you can get. In addition, our winner gets parking passes and tickets to the post-race party at the Clovis Rodeo Grounds.
Sounds pretty nice, right? Well, it could be yours. Just leave a comment below telling us your favorite story about taking the day off. Deadline to enter is 3 p.m. Tuesday. The winner will be chosen at random and will be notified by e-mail, so please leave a real e-mail address and check it. One entry per person. You’re ineligible if you’ve won something from us in the past 30 days. Complete rules after the jump.
1. BREAK INTO A VAULT Experience the forbidden at tonight’s performance from the Valley Burlesque Society. Not only is the show a bit of naughty fun, but its location adds to the voyeurism. It’s in the vault of the old Security Bank Building aka the current Pacific Southwest building. So you’re basically seeing things you shouldn’t in a place you normally shouldn’t be. How wickedly fun. [More]
Sawyers Vintage Service, which is having its grand opening Saturday in Old Town Clovis, has done a good job of catching my eye.
Sure, a place that services and restores vintage cars and appliances isn’t exactly the thing we write about on The Beehive all the time. But I’ve been enjoying Sawyers dedication to being “old fashioned.”
I got a letter from the two guys who run Sawyers last week. An actual letter. In the mail. It was typed on thick stationary. Well played, sirs.
Kevin Sawyers and Bryan Davis, who run the place, signed it as “proprietors” — not owners. Heck, their e-mail address is even email@example.com.
Yes, they’ve got e-mail and a Facebook page and website too — but let’s not hold that against Sawyers. This is 2012. Besides, it snagged stellar local band Motel Drive — which has a vintage-style rockabilly sound — to play its grand opening.
Here’s a little more about Sawyers, via its Facebook page: