Urban Ornaments’ sleek storefront with floral accents beckons for fashion-forward passersby to come inside and browse a voguish collection of inimitable women’s attire and dazzling jewelry, which earned the shop a mention in the Best of Fresno 2011. Always detailed and playful, Urban Ornaments' apparel boasts feminine flourishes for striking effect, such as embroidered roses that weave their way across a gauzy blouse or kaleidoscopic patterns populating a swoop-necked mini dress. The store's stylists recruit apparel by brands such as See Thru Soul, Kut, Lollia, Yellow Box, and La Vie Parisienne, and they can add new threads to store racks every day. Additionally, they can help bolster ensembles and street-fighting skills with bold, chunky jewelry and studded handbags. The colorful shop also unveils a number of gift ideas, such as candles, handbags, picture frames, and hats for covering up a bad hair day or a small family of magical rabbits.
Whichever smokeporium you choose to patronize, you'll be greeted by a plush interior lined with more wood than the HMS Pinafore, punctuated by guffawing conversation and the squeak of soft leather chairs. While the odd fresh-air enthusiast takes a breather on the outdoor patio, dive into a 20-count box of Drew Estate Isla del Sol smokesticks ($99), a basket pipe made from Italian briarwood ($30), or the loose-leaf joy of the Dark English tobacco blend with Latakia and "Oriental" flavors ($8.50 for 2 ounces), best served poured piping hot with a little cream and a biscuit. Cigars Limited serves up lifestyle products as well: the man-pampering Art of Shaving four-step shaving cream and aftershave balm kit ($40), fine 12-once bags of FG Beans coffee, and the manliest product of all, woodwick candles ($20 each).
A Book Barn offers bookish nematodes a wide array of new publications and used booklets, stuffing its shelves with everything from historical fiction to semi-autobiographical fantasy novels to essays about the upcoming crab-people invasion. A Book Barn specializes in children's books ($1–$15)—pick up Jon Scieska's subversive The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales ($12.75 for used hardcover)—as well as Californian historical non-fiction. Browse the general-fiction and non-fiction sections, especially the shop's eclectic used section, for old-school titles such as Franz Kafka's The Great Wall of China: Stories and Reflection ($10 for hardcover), which rub spines with newer popular titles such as Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner ($4.25 for used paperback). A Book Barn carries about 25,000 volumes in the store, but book inquirers seeking hard-to-find Steven Seagal medical-fiction novels can search through more than 90,000 publications in their warehouse via Amazon.
Upon first glance, Le Roi French Bakery looks a bit like a castle. Roses and metal curlicues line the space, where bakers flit in and out of a pair of saloon doors. Named for the French word for king, this bakeshop’s confections are enchanting and majestic, like a towering mountain of Magic 8 balls. At the counter, a brightly lit case brims with classic European treats such as éclairs, napoleons, tarts, and parfaits. The scent of espresso wafts by as staffers froth fresh milk for lattes and cappuccinos. Like a fairy tale about princes and princesses, these details inspire daydreams as patrons leaf through albums stuffed with hundreds of custom-cake ideas, including tiered wedding cakes adorned with fondant flowers and round delights flanked with fruits, frostings, or ladyfingers.
On the surface, asthma, low libido, migraines, and indigestion all seem very different. But they do share a common thread: they’re all conditions that Dr. Samuel Y. Kim treats with acupuncture. The proud owner of a PhD and a license to perform acupuncture, Dr. Kim uses his expertise during sessions of eight-bodily-constitution acupuncture. This specialized discipline emphasizes treating the root cause of an ailment as opposed to its symptoms. It also incorporates a broader way to help prevent disease, which is why Dr. Kim also offers consultations on optimizing diets to establish and maintain good health.
The Cat's Meoow Shop’s online shopkeepers gather stylish designs from around the fashion world for their virtual showroom, enticing guests with chic accessories, tops, and gear for men and women. The jewelry section boasts eye-catching pieces such as earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, while the womens' department completes full-fledged outfits with handbags, jackets, and shoes. Men also add the finishing touches to their looks in the guy's selection, which boasts outerwear, inner wear, and accessories suitable for a night at the club or a sleepover with their stuffed animal collection. The shop’s travel department even helps travelers look good on the go, populating trips with stylish carrying cases and briefcases, as well as monogrammed luggage.