Twee Boutique & Gallery promotes community-minded commerce by stocking its charming shelves with merchandise produced by independent artists, designers, and craftspeople from the Fresno area, most working within a 20-mile radius of the shop. As you take a stroll through Twee, feast your rods and cones on the boutique's handmade one-of-a-kinderies, including well-crafted stationery and greeting cards ($3–$16), jewelry ($12–$50), purses and messenger bags ($20–$50), and all-natural soaps and lotions ($3–$5). Treat your consumer-conscious dachshund to a handmade dog collar ($14), or get hooked on Fresno buttons by designer Alexa Westerfield ($1), recently featured on FresnoBeehive.com.
Amateur horticulturalists can rest assured that Gazebo Gardens understands the valley climate and carries plants that thrive accordingly. Resurrect your garden with one-gallon perennials ($3.95–$7.95), a gift that makes a return on your investment year after year with colorful beauty. Two-gallon mini roses (starting at $12.95) in all the flavors of ROYGBIV will show your garden that you truly care. Steal the eye of your beholder with 36” tree roses ($39.95) or standard three-gallon floribunda or tea roses ($13.95–$24.95), or ensure floraful futures for subsequent generations of green thumbs with a selection of 15-gallon trees ($29.95–$69.95).
Arte Américas is a nonprofit cultural emporium of Latin-Americana that integrates more than 10,000 square feet of eclectic artwork, theater classes, live music, book readings, poetry slams, and many workshops. This season's summer concerts in the Plaza give you a chance to gyrate your hips to the sizzling cumbia of La Sonora Explosion Dinamitera (August 6); groove to the songs of Santana as delivered by Zebop (September 3); or anachronistically Charleston to 40-Watt Hype's fusion of hip-hop, Latin, soul, and R&B (September 10). And come Mother's Day, your membership puts you y tu mama tambien on the VIP list for the perpetually sold-out Rebozo Festival, which recognizes the achievements of Hispanic women in categories other than Being Salma Hayek. The laid-back atmosphere of Arte Américas is reflective of the vibrant Hispanic and Latino influences found throughout the museum as you stroll around, absorb the creative energy, and daydream about siestas where you're dreaming about siestas.