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Summer Gifts

Sep 03, 2015 02:59PM ● By Kevin

Patrick James   

780 West Shaw Avenue Fresno   (559) 224-5500

Patrick James, purveyor to gentlemen, has been a fixture in quality clothing for men in Fresno since 1962. Now with stores around the west, Patrick James has become a respected symbol to men with discriminating fashion taste in California, Oregon, Arizona and Nevada. 

Summer is here, and what better time to visit a Patrick James near you to update your summer wardrobe? Find popular brands there such as Robert Graham, Nat Nast, Tommy Bahama, Scott Barber, 34 Heritage, Agave and more. Think cool, lightweight fabrics, bright colors and a comfortable fit. When only the finest quality and very best styles will do, you only need to remember one name in any season…Patrick James West Coast Classic. To find the Patrick James store nearest you go online to

Clovis True Value Hardware

1890 Shaw Ave. Clovis

(559) 325-6730

With decades of experience in the hardware store business locally, the folks who own and run their newer, convenient location know what customers want and need, including exemplary service and hard-to-find items. Here are a few of those carefully selected products that distinguish Clovis True Value. 

The grass isn’t always greener on the other side; but it can be for even the water-conscious. Now your brown lawn can be green again quickly without wasting a drop of water and for just pennies a day. Get it Green ™ is not a paint; but a safe water-based material that instantly penetrates the grass blades and that can be sprayed on your lawn lasting up to months with one application. A proprietary microsphere blend, this environmentally friendly spray-on solution eventually turns to compost that actually benefits your soil for future plant/lawn growth. Just $29 for a quart concentrate or $12.99 for the 24 oz, ready-to-use size. 

The grill of your dreams; just imagine combining the ease of cooking with gas while enjoying the juicy flavors from cooking over a real wood fire and without the waste experienced with charcoal. From ribs and chicken to pizza and vegetables, the new Pit Boss is digitally controlled per your setting, automatically feeding only enough wood pellets as required to maintain a consistent, desired temperature. Set it and forget it. Just $499

Chalk one up to colorful design. Now you can achieve a vintage, distressed look without sacrificing a variety of custom color choices. Chalked Ultra Matte latex paint from RUST-OLEUM ® is easy to use and dries quickly to a velvety-smooth matte finish on a variety of surfaces. Available at a fraction of the price of many hobby store products at just $16.99 per quart-sized container.

Belmont Nursery     

7730 E. Belmont Ave. Fresno   (559) 255-6860 

For more than 70 years, Belmont Nursery has been known by home gardeners and landscape professionals alike as a reliable and respected source for quality, locally grown plants and trees, gardening expertise and exemplary customer service. The staff at Belmont take great pride in discovering, cultivating and making available, often before any other grower or garden center in Central California, unique varieties of plants that can do well in our area. As serious as the Belmont staff are about their business, they also have a sense of humor and can be very creative, too, in what they grow. The following new plant varieties are wonderful examples as well as conversation pieces. Ask for them at your local nursery/garden center or visit Belmont Nursery. 

Grape expectations-Have you ever fantasized about owning your own vineyard? Well now you can right on your own patio in a tiny pot (6 to 8”) or in a small space in the flowerbed. The new Pixie Grapes™ are pint-sized, hardy grape vines that can be grown on tiny trellises, producing miniature grape clusters on mature vines only one to two feet in height. Available in four different varieties; Cabernet Franc; Pinot Meunier Purple, Pinot Meunier White, and Riesling. Give your guests a quick “vineyard” tour and a glass of their favorite wine. Depending on demand all varieties may not be available soon. 

What’s more popular than the American favorite combo of ketchup and fries? Now imagine a single plant that produces both tomatoes and potatoes! That’s right, this amazing creation is comprised of a grafted cherry tomato and a white potato plant with the tomatoes growing on the top portion and the potatoes developing below ground. You say potato and your friends say tomato. Either way, you’ll all enjoy this most unusual specimen!

California Gourmet Company   

2015 W. Bullard Ave., Fresno   (559) 432-9135

Asian Pears will be harvested in August starting with the Hosui Asian Pear, followed by the Shinko. Both are excellent varieties — crispy, crunchy and very sweet. 

The ECO label by Homegrown Organic Farms was developed to make organic California fresh fruit affordable. It’s good for the grower and good for the consumer. 

Figs are $19 for two pounds, $36.95 for four pounds and $69.95 for eight pounds.

A. Feliche

2031 W. Bullard Ave. Fresno   (559) 449-0286 

Celebrating its 20th year in business, A. Feliche offers fine-designed fashion in a friendly atmosphere at reasonable prices. Featuring wearable treasures from both American and international design houses, owner Karina Khachatourian takes great pleasure in helping her clients “who are, or quickly become, my friends” choose the look just right for them. Enjoy a cup of Armenian coffee or a glass of wine and relax with Karina, your new “bff,” in her colorful boutique. 

Keep cool while looking hot in this fetching black and white creation. Dress it up or down, depending on the occasion.  From Artex Fashions in sizes small to 2x; $169 

Hand-dyed, multi-colored, cool summer dress from Art of Cloth. Each garment is a unique piece of art. Cotton/Spandex blend; washable in sizes small to 2x; $178

Guaranteed to draw attention is this award-winning design pendant necklace from Shabana Khan™ Jewelry. The single, large ruby-colored stone hangs at just the right length from the sparkling gold-plated chain. $184

Ara Karkazian Watch & Jewelry Co.   

1776 W Bullard Ave, Fresno   (559) 431-0900

Clifton 10055 Watch from Baume Et Mercier Tell

43 MM Self-Winding  

This watch from the Clifton collection embodies the archetypal masculine elegance of the 1950s. It features a satin-finished, silver-colored dial that displays, in addition to the hours and minutes, the day, month and moon phase. This timepiece is driven by a Swiss-made, mechanical self-winding caliber that is visible through a transparent sapphire crystal case. It is water-resistant up to 50 meters. Determinedly urban, it is worn on a black alligator strap closed by an adjustable, triple folding buckle with security push-pieces.

Luminox SXC PC Carbon GMT 5020 Space Series

45.5 MM

These watches were made for space. They were designed in partnership with SXC (Space Expedition Corporation) to be worn by the astronauts and passengers of the SXC Space Program. This watch glows for up to 25 years in any light condition. It is water resistant up to 200 meters and features a special HH battery. The case is made of 30 percent carbon-reinforced polycarbonate and 30 percent bezel.

Tacori Engagement Ring, RoyalT Collection

Platinum: $14,070  not including the center diamond
Gold: $12,370  not including the center diamond
Matching wedding band:
Platinum: $11,040
Gold: $9,610 

We dare you to look away. Graduating diamonds keep the look contemporary yet heirloom, and lead up to the grand finale, a princess cut center diamond. Intricate diamond crescent details make this ring an absolute stunner. RoyalT designs are only available in platinum, 18kt rose gold, and 18kt yellow gold. 

This engagement ring can accommodate a variety of center diamond sizes, starting at 2 carats, available by special order. It can accommodate Emerald,Oval,Princess,Round diamond shapes, available by special order. Total carats in engagement ring as pictured (not including center diamond) equal approximately 1.65 ctw.

Photos by Dan Minkler