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Strolling The Town

by Tom Sims


There are several things you notice when you walk through the door of Kuppa Joy on Clovis Avenue in Old Town Clovis. One is that there are people present, working, conversing, and sipping coffees and teas in a welcoming atmosphere that is rustic and contemporary. You notice that there is community gathering in the room creating community.

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Craig Scharton has no pet peeves except one. It is the furry kind, the kind that kicks and barks and wags his tail with delight. His pet dog, Peeve has something to howl about these days.

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by Tom Sims


My most resent stroll around Fresno was while doing something else, but then that is the business of strolling! It is also what one does downtown. I wanted to do Peeve’s Public House and Local Market next … and I will. In the meantime, they are getting a lot of fresh press. So I will come back to th

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I vividly remember the first time I saw them. They filled the firmament over my head. My wife had called for me in the unmistakable and unambiguous voice that demanded I come. It was her positive and excited voice, but it was clear and urgent: “Come quick!”

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By now, CMAC (Community Media Access Collaborative) is not fresh news to the people who live and work in downtown Fresno and pass by the old Met Museum building daily. They know something is going on and they know it is big.

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Downtown Fresno and the Tower District are homes to some of the most serious “foodies” in the country, especially when it comes to healthy, natural, wholesome organic food. Among those who inhabit her byways are leaders in the new food culture of wellness and health through good eating. That is why it was not surprising that several weeks ago, the brightest and best caravanned to the country for a “get-out-of-town” event in the country, where mouths were watering and minds were being fed. It was the 6th Annual Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee.

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by Tom Sims


“It is not acceptable.”
“We are not OK with this.”
“Think of him as your son.”
These are some of the words we heard as we gathered in a parking lot across the street from the scene of violence to
honor the life of Eric Catlapp Sunday night.

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“CArtHop is a series of weekly events that highlight local eats, local music, and local art. We’ll have some of the best food trucks in the Valley out at locations all around Fresno, all serving food made with local ingredients.”

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by Tom Sims


Tom Sims has been covering the Tower District and Downtown Fresno for KRL for the past couple of years so we have decided to turn this into a monthly column which will go up every second weekend of the month. We are also adding to the mix articles on Old Town Clovis. We feel these are three areas in this Valley that are filled with history, culture and interesting stories. So join us each month as Tom goes Strolling Through Town!

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I had no idea what to expect from Irene’s Café. I’ve driven by and walked by it for years, but have never gone in. It always seemed clean and busy from the outside with an attractive and compelling presence. I just never had a need to try it out when I was in the neighborhood. Assignments such as these open a world of possibilities. I went for the purpose of writing about another Tower District experience. I will return for the atmosphere and for the flavor as well as for the sense of community.

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Teazer is No Tease

IN THE January 12 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andStrolling The Town,
andTom Sims
SECTIONS

by Tom Sims


It was a bitter cold and gray rainy day in the Tower District. Fortunately, I found a parking place in front of my location. When I stepped through the first opening, it was an enclosed patio with tables and chairs. It looked like a great place to sit and sip in a few months and with a few degrees of rising temperature.

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by Tom Sims


Nestled between Café Corazon and The Hashtag in Fresno’s Tower District is The Succulent Shack. It sounds like a nice place to eat or drink. In fact, as you enter the door, it looks and feels like a nice place to eat or drink. It has all the rustic charm and simple elegance of a corner café.

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Scoops of Sweetness in the Tower

IN THE November 10 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andStrolling The Town,
andTom Sims
SECTIONS

by Tom Sims


I like ice cream. It is a vice I retain. I am not sure I’ll ever get over it entirely. I try to moderate my enthusiasm and consumption, but it is not entirely suppressed. I like it creamy, flavorful, sweet, and cold. A little will do. It has to do.

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Halloween comes early to the Tower District. In fact, the entire month of October is a frenzy of activity beginning with October Fest.
When it gets closer to All Hallows Eve, the costumes are not on the people, but on their dogs. It is time for Whitie’s Pets Pooch Parade, Canine Carnival & Costume Contest.

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