FootMotion swaddles the ambulatory extremities of men, women, and children in fashionable footwear—spoiling soles with Skechers, Reebok, and Adidas brands while deftly defending its title as one of Central Valley’s largest independent Nike dealers. Exercise one's hard-won right to tread off the beaten path (pending Congressional approval) in Nike Free Walkers ($89.99+), or practice slow dancing in zero gravity with a pair of Nike LunarGlide+ 2s ($99.99+) so that you're ready for this year's Space Prom. Otherwise, pounce on a pair of Pumas ($39.99+) or store one's heels inside a cushy container from Bebe Sport, Converse, or Ed Hardy.
Slice into the menu with a cool, cold sandwich ($3.39–$13.79) such as the veggie sub, with your choice of three cheeses and avocado, the salami-turkey-provolone, or the ham-salami-capicolla-pepperoni-provolone. Load a gastronomic cargo carrier with a medium fountain drink ($1.39) or chips ($1), or turn on the mouth heat with a stomach-warming griller, such as the 12-inch New York steak ’n’ cheese on ciabatta ($4.99–$7.99) or the 8-inch barbecue pork ($4.99–$7.99). Any sandwich can also be made into a wrap ($4.99–$6.29).
In business for more than 60 years, the petal peddlers at Fowler Floral continue to assemble and deliver elegant stem-bounds in a charming, welcoming storefront. Pore through an extensive, colorful collection of flowers, gifts, and arrangements, and stuff your pockets with non-poisonous posies for all occasions. Warm seasonal hues emit from fall flowers such as Teleflora's Autumn Grace ($45), a winsome display of red roses, purple daisies, and Matsumoto asters in a plum glass-cube vase. Meanwhile, cunning gift givers can surprise unsuspecting birthday stoops with a Birthday Wishes bouquet ($40), or finally rub their genie boss the right way with the Make a Wish bouquet ($40). Other items include Dashing Daisies ($35) and the pink rose hat trick of the Tender Trio ($24.95).
Art "The Shark" Correa has a history of surmounting life's challenges in pursuit of his business and fitness goals. While earning his bachelor's degree in kinesiology—thereby becoming his family's first college graduate—Art yearned to apply his knowledge toward other people's physical betterment, and gained national certification as a personal trainer. He then used his health expertise to found The Bod-e² Shop, a wellness sanctuary for all fitness levels, and has since trained such elite clients as NFL players Zack Follett and Ricky Manning, Jr.
The Bod-e2 Shop functions as an all-purpose workout zone, manned by personal trainers and instructors who run kickboxing, Zumba, and intense boot-camp classes. Private sessions with the trainers can focus on sports-performance or toning goals, providing encouragement with motivating words rather than drill sergeant mantras or shyly suggestive fireworks displays. The gym's roster of advanced equipment has been highlighted on KMPH's Valley Life, and includes core-tightening air benches alongside Jacob's Ladder, a machine whose cycling rungs simulate climbing.
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.
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.