I love where I live, and I also love what I do. I'm lucky to be able to work in a profession in which I get to build relationships; one that has me meeting new people each and every day and helping them to build new lives in my beloved city. I'm lucky enough to work in a profession in which I can marry cutting-edge technologies and marketing techniques to good, old-fashioned, nose-to-the-grindstone work. I am lucky enough to work in a profession that allows me to work as an advocate for my clients; to use every tool at my disposal to get a job done well for them, and with as little stress and expense as possible.
I love my city. I love my job. One inspires my excellence for the other.
Fresno? I say FresYES
Recently, I got the chance to talk to the BBB about the importance of supporting small businesses, and what being a small business means to me.
Check out this great video put together by the BBB and then take a look at the list of small businesses below. They are each doing something special for today, Small Business Saturday, which is held the Saturday after Black Friday every year.
If you can, be sure to check out these local shops today, but remember: they would appreciate your business all year long!
• Crazy Squirrel Game Store
464 E. Bullard Ave. Ste. 105, Fresno
Just in time for the holidays, check out newly released board games! Take a look at Crazy Squirrel’s website here for hours and information.
• Raphio Chocolate
783 E. Barstow Ave. #G, Fresno
Today, this small batch chocolate maker is offering a private guided tour where you will touch the cacao beans, smell the nibs, taste the chocolate from stone grinders, see the aged chocolate blocks, and sample various single origin chocolate bars. Follow them on Facebook to find out about future tours.
• Petunia’s Place
6027 N. Palm Ave., Fresno
This independent bookstore will celebrate Small Business Saturday with a Festival of Authors and Artists. Local authors and illustrators will greet customers and sign copies of their books. Find out more here.
• Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co.
745 Fulton St., Fresno
Know a beer fan? (Maybe it’s you!) This local brewing company will be bringing out new winter merchandise, offering discounts on apparel, and doing beer/merch combo deals today! Check out the event here.
• Vineyard Farmers Market 17th Holiday Gift & Craft Show
100 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno
The Vineyard Farmers Market on the corner of Shaw and Blackstone is a year-round opportunity to shop local. But on Saturdays today through Dec. 22, they will also give you the chance to check out artists and pick up unique photography, pottery, jewelry, tie-dye, and more. Get more info here.
• Clovis Antique Mall
532 5th St., Clovis
The Clovis Antique Mall will be offering shoppers discounts on this Small Business Saturday. The antiques and vintage fan in your family will appreciate a unique gift! And on Dec. 16, attend their Sunday Funday Sale for prizes, refreshments, and discounts.
• Neighborhood Thrift $10 Bag Sale
353 E. Olive Ave., Fresno
Neighborhood Thrift’s World-Famous Bag Sale is taking place today. Stuff, cram, and jam as much clothing as you can into a bag for just $10! Find out more here.
• Cocktails & Crafts
Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero St., Fresno
This special event is your chance to shop a variety of local artists and crafters who don’t have a brick-and-mortar store. Support local creators! Details here.
• Small Business Saturday in Downtown Fresno
Take some time during your shopping adventures to take a stroll through downtown Fresno. The area has a bunch of new restaurants that could also use your support today. Walk around and try something new!