A lot of my “research” for this blog involves just dropping into stores on the weekends and seeing what’s up. I keep a running list of shops on my phone – any time someone mentions a place, I make a note to look into it later. So I’ll be honest: I don’t even remember how I found out about Envy Fine Clothing. But I went to check it out this past weekend, and I know I’ll definitely be going back!
Envy Fine Clothing, located in the Villagio Shopping Center at Riverpark, is a unique mix of quirky and stylish. There’s pretty much a little bit of everything, from the kind of funny socks you used to be able to find at Kwirkworld (RIP!) to party-ready dresses and fun trucker hats to designer denim.
The designer jeans are, of course, what I zeroed in on immediately. If you’re a regular reader, you know I’m always going on about how hard it is to shop local and buy designer. (See: my blog from just last week.) So I was thrilled to see that Envy carries all the big brands, including Hudson, 7 For All Mankind, Joe’s Jeans, Rock & Republic and True Religion. What’s more, Envy will even put their designer brands on sale. While I was there on Sunday, all jeans were buy one get one 40% off, Sperry shoes were only $19.99 and Steve Madden purses were also on sale!
The other thing that sets Envy apart from local boutiques? It takes child-friendly to a whole other level. While most small stores are either for women or children, Envy makes no such distinction. In addition to a selection of baby bags, toys and accessories, they carry bedazzled Miss Me jeans for little girls and a line of girls clothing called Persnickety, which in addition to being totally adorable is also charitable (and you know how much I love that)! Every time an item of Persnickety clothing is purchased, the company shares a portion of the proceeds with children in need.
And the cherry on top? Envy actually has a an area behind a gate where kids can play with toys while moms try on clothes in the dressing room. Talk about a unique (and totally awesome) concept! (For those of you who are a little child-illiterate like me, there are dressing rooms on the other side of the store so you don’t have to step on toys on your way. The best of both worlds, haha.)
Envy Fine Clothing is located at 7969 North Blackstone Ave. They also have locations in Tulare, Atwater, Merced and Modesto. You can check out their website for more information and also to shop online!
This Week in Baseball
- The Fresno Grizzlies have totally been on fire since Opening Day! They’ll be returning for their next homestand this weekend with a couple of cool promotions. The sure-to-be-coveted Giants World Series rings will be given to the first 5,000 fans on Saturday. Then Sunday is Fresno Ideaworks Day, with high school robotics, Lego league robotics, Nerd Derby, Cardboard Challenge and more. Says Fresno Ideaworks, “We’re building a community of the smartest people in town, from kids to retirees.” Make an invention out of cardboard to get in free! Cardboard Challenge finds its roots in Caine’s Arcade, a short film from 2012 about a kid in LA who built an entire arcade out of cardboard boxes. See it here: https://youtu.be/
- If you’re like me, and you don’t have the energy to make something out of cardboard, yours truly will be back with Curious George on Sunday at well, which means you can get $4 Field Level Reserve tickets by using the code “ValleyPBS” on the Grizzlies website!
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