Since 1998, The Voice Shop has paired students with seasoned music instructors for one-on-one lessons held in the center of Fresno's historic Tower District. Those instructors draw from a wide range of experience: some have recorded music for feature films and video games, and others sing alongside classical symphony orchestras. The school tailors lesson plans to fit each student's interests and will even provide recording services or help organize performances.
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.
Spinners Records whisks customers back to a time before caterpillars were considered the world's fastest mammals, when the only way to listen to music at the gym was by strapping a record player and heavy hi-fi components to various parts of the body. With racks and stacks of vinyl records in genres ranging from rock and jazz to country and soul, Spinners offers aural delights for all breeds of audiophiles, be they psycho killers looking for their favorite Talking Heads record or Happy Jacks trying to track down a pinball-themed concept album by some band that the radio DJ didn't seem to know the name of. You might find a 45 rpm ($1–$6) surf-rock anthem, a cassette tape ($2–$5) of synth-pop unplugged, or a CD ($3–$12) of the Chipmunks covering the Chipmunks amongst Spinners' inventory of music. While you track down timeless tunes, children can marvel at a magical era when iTunes could be stored on licorice pancakes. Spinners Records also sells posters and some refurbished audio equipment.
At Erika's Salon Boutique, professional beauty technicians—some of whom are bilingual in Spanish—perform hair, nail, and makeup services for a comprehensive salon experience. From a selection of permanent-makeup services, full-lip color can give pouters a fuller appearance, rectify their asymmetry, or make them invisible to thwart covert mouth readers. To achieve the impression of fuller, thicker, or darker brows, clients can opt for brow coloring. Permanent-eyeliner application on the top and bottom eyelids frames the eyes to bestow them with an enchanting semblance and hinder their attempts to escape from the head. Each client can return for a complimentary touchup session to keep the makeup looking as impeccable as it was when they were born.
After finding that the Fresno area lacked a laid-back wine bar with affordable prices, Daniel Renteria decided to open his own. Pinot Wine Bar and Bistro made its debut in December 2011, offering a mellow spot for couples, coworkers, and groups of friends to sample wines and a selection of small plates. Described by Renteria as “an alternative to a sports bar,” the wine bar and bistro aims for an intimate, unhurried atmosphere free of blaring TVs and indoor fireworks displays.