Here’s the thing: I am, of course, a proponent of shopping locally. There’s nothing like supporting small businesses and passionate shop owners. But I’m also practical, and I know that sometimes you need that really good deal, and boutiques can’t always offer that because of their higher business costs.
That’s why so many of us will make special trips just go to the Gilroy Outlets, right? But we don’t really need to travel that far to get a good deal! In fact, our neighbors to the south have a great shopping experience for you at the Tulare Outlet Center. It’s a great way to get the deals you want while still keeping your spending in the Valley!
The Tulare Outlet Center, located about an hour down the 99, has plenty of big-name shops. I like to go there when I need to refresh my work wardrobe at Ann Taylor Loft and Banana Republic, or when I need to get gifts at Coach or Bath & Body Works. Other stores include Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Forever 21, Wilson’s Leather Outlet and lots, lots more.
The best part about the Tulare Outlet (besides the much shorter drive) is that it’s easy to make it a whole day for the family as well. You can have lunch at the Bravo Farms Restaurant, buy new outfits for the kids at OshKosh B’gosh and send the hubby to the Nike Factory Store. Or if they get really bored and won’t stop bugging you while you’re trying to find your new Coach purse, you can send the to the Galaxy Theatre to see a movie, haha.
To be honest, for many years, I had heard about the Tulare Outlet Center but never visited. As soon as I finally did, I realized that it’s totally worth the drive. So the next time you really have an itch for outlet shopping, go give it a chance!
This Week in Baseball
- The Grizzlies have announced a couple of great festivals as part of their big push to get fans out to the games. The first is the free pregame H Street Festival on Opening Day. The celebration on April 9th features a performance by Fresno band Strange Vine, Golden Stick Wiffle Baseball League games, free pony rides, a bounce house and more. Gates to the park open at 5 p.m. so you can catch batting practice. On-field entertainment begins at 6:20 p.m. and the game starts at 7:05 p.m.
- On May 16th, the Grizzlies and Heineken USA are co-sponsoring the first-ever Grizzly Music and Arts Festival at Chukchansi Park. The musical line-up will be headlined by Fresno native Fashawn, indie-rockers Delta Spirit, Iamsu!, Ty Segall’s FUZZ and Kool John. The festival will also have a skate demo, carnival games, vendor booths featuring local artists and food trucks. VIP tickets are available for $30 on the fresnogrizzlies.com and inclue a meet-and-greet with artists in the Phoenix Club, an artist pin set and access to a viewing area by the stage. But fans who attend any Grizzlies game between April 9th and May 11th can exchange their game ticket for a festival ticket at the stadium courtesy booth after the 6th inning.
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