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Coffee

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Reedley has something very new and exciting that opened on October 16, The Honey Pearl Café. They feature Bubble Tea/Boba tea drinks and much more. A couple of weeks ago we stopped by to check it out and I love the decor and feel of the place! The Mochi donuts are delicious and I look forward to discovering Boba tea. While I personally am not comfortable sitting inside a restaurant or café quite yet, I look forward to when I am because Honey Pearl feels like a perfect place to hang out. In the meantime, they offer pickup, curbside, and delivery options for people like me. Recently, we chatted with the owner, Radeth Stratton (people call him Date), about the café. Date also owns Date’s Donuts in Dinuba.

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5 Stones Open Door in Selma

IN THE November 20 ISSUE

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by Tom Sims



Bethany Byrd started 5 Stones Open Door after seeing five of her friends die as a result of abuse. That abuse took several forms over the years, each of which is addressed by the non-profit organization she founded several years ago. They became the five stones of an outreach to people whose lives have been touched by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

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The Mug, Fresno – A Place for Community

IN THE August 14 ISSUE

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by Tom Sims



A few weeks ago, I was working at Fresno’s Woodward Park branch library, but I arrived too early and it was not open. Simultaneously, I had a “hankering” for coffee. I crossed the street to the shopping center knowing that any respectable center of its kind would have, at least, a mediocre cup of coffee.

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by Cleo Coyle


My husband and I have had plenty of ups and down, and we always try to put the pain, joy, and absurd humor of our daily lives into our novels. It’s one of the reasons readers tell us they’ve formed deep connections with our characters, especially our amateur sleuth, single mom and coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi, whose quirky adventures and complicated love life have helped us sell more than one million books in our Coffeehouse Mystery series.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Fresh Brewed Murder is the first in a brand new series by Emmeline Duncan. When I saw that the main character owned a coffee cart in Portland, Oregon I knew this book was for me. I love coffee, and Oregon is one of my favorite places!

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by Kathleen Costa


It’s the mornings with a glorious picturesque sunrise, fragrant aroma of coffee, and Pepper, Roxy’s schnauzer, snoring in the corner that made life perfect. But opening in the morning can be hectic when Aunt Maxi pops in to help with her bright yellow and purple streaked hair, can of hair spray, and vocal opinions about wanting grand-nieces or nephews. [Cue the Open sign] Roxy greets a customer coming in for a steaming cup of her New Year’s blend including a journalist from Healthy Women’s Magazine.

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by Kathleen Costa


Roxanne “Roxy” Bloom has transformed her life leaving behind an ex and a law career, attending barista school and cooking classes, and relocating to Honey Springs, Kentucky, where, as a teenager, she spent many wonderful summers with her Aunt Maxine Bloom.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham
& Cleo Coyle


I am a huge fan of Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mystery series so I was very excited to read the new one, Brewed Awakening. Every time I read one of these books, I feel like I’m visiting my favorite coffee shop, and spending time with friends. I can almost smell the coffee!

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by Kathleen Costa


Roxy and Patrick Cane have been blissfully married for a year, and have finally arranged to put aside their very busy schedule for a romantic date night. The Bean Hive has been on holiday overdrive, and Patrick’s construction company has been booming, so some quiet, delicious food, and melting in each other’s eyes was just the prescription for their weariness.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



A few months ago a new coffee shop opened in downtown Reedley called Mama’s Café. My daughter and I now visit there on a regular basis. This is something that has been missing from downtown for awhile now-it is nice to have somewhere other than Starbucks to go to for good coffee and a nice place to hang out. But Mama’s offers a lot more than that. Recently we sat down to chat with owners Jose and Jacqueline Escoto to learn a bit more about this unique shop.

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by Tom Sims



The world turns and things change.
Tree of Life, Fresno, has a new location and Delly Beans, Clovis has new owners. This is good news because in a world where restaurants are constantly going out of business, these two are simply making changes and thriving.

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by Tom Sims




I was taking a walk, contemplating the meaning of something I have since forgotten, when I came upon a new establishment. It was a coffee shop, just off Fulton across from the Fulton Mall. The sign on the door said, Fulton Street Coffee Roasters, which seemed appropriate, and something about the place invited me in.

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by Sandra Murphy



It’s wedding time for Vicki and Mason. Everything’s going smoothly until Vicki’s parents arrive. They brought along extra guests and a wedding planner who is supposedly famous but probably only in her own mind.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham
& Cleo Coyle



Shot in the Dark is the latest Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle. This is one of my favorite series and I am always excited when there is a new one out.

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