Shopping Small in LGBT+ Fresno
Today, November 28th, is Small Business Saturday. If you’re not familiar with Small Business Saturday, it’s a day dedicated to showing some love to local businesses of our community. The impact is to help grow our economy after the big Black Friday sales.
Here at MY LGBT PLUS, we want to take Small Business Saturday a step further. Our team has composed a list of locally owned and operated businesses that are LGBT+ friendly. Last year on Small Business Saturday, more than 88 million people went out to shop local showing support of businesses that put their hearts into everything they do.
Note: LGBT+ is an acronym we created to be all inclusive of the ways people identify. Yes, that includes straight allies as well.
Here’s are just a good handful of businesses we are proud to share with you:
Our favorite catering company in town:
The Painted Table
1211 N Wishon Ave, Fresno
A combination of love, marriage and business (in a nutshell), The Painted Table was started in 2008 by Rod and Jeromie as a private chef service. Seeing huge response from their culinary skills, the duo opened up their facility, that accommodates up to 250 people, in the former Daily Planet, located in the heart of Fresno’s Tower District. What these guys can do with food is unbelievable. They’re well known for being a full service event catering company that features custom menus and one of a kind foods.
With a strong belief in community, The Painted Table has supported numerous LGBT+ events. Recently they hosted the first ever LGBT+ Celebrating Love Wedding Expo and will host an event to celebrate World AIDS Day on December 3.
If you’re planning an event big or small, definitely give their team of catering warriors a call to make your next event special. From first hand experience, their food will explode your taste buds - in a good way.
P.S. They even have a burger bar!
Buy a home, not just a house:
740 W Alluvial, Fresno
Jacob Fries, and his business partner Colleen Mehaan, of Realty Concepts, have a motto to find a perfect home and not just any house. With over 40 years of combined experience between the two, both agents are proud to help the LGBT+ community buy or sell a home stress free. What does that mean? It means you’ll have supportive and educated agents that embrace our LGBT+ community to find you not just a house, but a home.
Making people beautiful since 1924:
La Vogue Beauty Salon
832 E Olive Ave or 1490 W Shaw Ave, Fresno
Established in 1924, La Vogue Beauty Shoppe is one of the longest and oldest locally owned and operated beauty shoppes in Fresno. David Stone, the current owner, started as a hair dresser that was always drawn to the local charm of La Vogue. What makes La Vogue unique is the diversity of stylists and clientele. Traveling from near and far to young and old, La Vogue’s two locations are committed to keeping their original charm. From the neon sign at the Tower District location to even the phone number, La Vogue continues to carry on some amazing traditions. On their Facebook, they have a playful quote saying “Where the men are pretty and the woman are strong!”
Get beautified by some talented stylists - including David himself by making an appointment. You won’t be sorry!
Film is back in a big way:
Warnors Center for the Performing Arts
1400 Fulton St, Fresno
There is something extra special about viewing a film in a historic theatre, on a big screen, surrounded by folks cheering on the fun scenes and gasping at a plot twist. Since 2013, Warners Center for the Performing Arts has shown a variety of classic and modern films that embrace move goers with costume dress ups. Just this past week, Warnors released their 2016 [Modern] Classic Film Series with twelve amazing films.
What makes the Warnors experience even better are the inexpensive ticket prices. A 2016 Family Series Pass (good for admittance of up to 10 people at every film) is $100 and 2016 Single Series passes are $50. Now through the end of 2015, you can get passes online at warnors.org for 20% off.
The last film of the year is on December 17th where It’s a Wonderful Life will be screened. Tickets are $5.00.
Side note: Warnors also has Frank’s Place and Star Palace that can host special events. Perhaps a same sex wedding on the stage? We’d like the invite if you do!
Making Fresno a little greener:
Gazebo Gardens Nursery
3204 N Van Ness Blvd, Fresno
Gazebo Gardens Nursery has been around since 1922 in one of Fresno’s oldest neighborhoods. As a full service nursery, the moment you walk through the doors, a vast variety of horticulture is beautifully displayed. There is an amazing team to answer questions (even some of the dumbest ones I’ve asked) with amazing customer service. What makes this nursery stand out to me, though, is the embracing of community. On the weekends, you will find food trucks, music, and (if you are 21+) a beer garden. It’s a nursery that continues to be alive and fun! What better combination could you get?
Head over to the nursery to landscape your outdoor spaces and enjoy the local vibe in a beautiful space.
P.S. Do stop and smell the roses.
Now at Sierra Vista Mall
One of the funnest bakers I know, Chef Caroline Wade is making things sweet again with a Gingerbread Wonderland! For the second year in a row, Caroline is hosting a family friendly holiday store with Central Valley Children’s Services Network, a child care resource and referral agency providing early education programs, at Sierra Vista Mall.
Head out to make something magical - a gingerbread house. A family pack of gingerbread cookies (that includes all the frostings and candies you can imagine) is $20. Gingerbread houses are also available to decorate.
Gingerbread Wonderland is open from 1 - 7 pm on weekdays and 10 am to mall closing on weekends.