Business feature: Historic shopping plaza demolished

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Courtesy photo Located on Seventh and Main streets, the Village Plaza was on one of the busiest intersections in town during it’s heyday, according to Duffy Sasser who operated the photo shop that fronted the plaza. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer All Duffy Sasser, 90, has to remember his first business are photographs and […]

April 1, 2008 It’s their business

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Name: The Dance Academy Location: Hilltop Plaza Shopping Center, 2216 Main St. What they do: The offer dance classes taught by board certified and college degreed professionals in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz (all styles), hip hop, and musical theater. Beginner through advanced levels are offered for ages 2 1/2 through adult. Who’s in charge: Jeffie […]

Macho men aren’t afraid of purses

By Helena Rodriguez: Freelance columnist Recently, I spotted a masculine-looking hombre at the store wearing a nice pair of ostrich-skin boots, a bulky belt buckle and a cowboy hat. To complement his outfit, he was carrying a pink purse. “Now, that’s a real man!” I thought to myself. This hombre, of course, was holding the […]

Tonya’s gone shopping

When shopping for clothes, you should know yourself and your proportions. If you are skinny on the bottom, wear a full top over narrow pants. If you are short waisted, long tops and shorter skirts work best. If you have a petite torso, wear a fitted top with full pants. If you are long waisted, […]

Jan. 5 Shopping with Tonya

Boots and skirts are a hot look this winter. But, you should wear your skirt hems long enough to cover meet your boots. Otherwise you create a broken line instead of a slenderizing vertical line.

Jan. 4 Shopping with Tonya

Horizontal lines cut off the figure and make you appear shorter and wider than you are. Avoid tops and bottoms that are in high contrast. It is better to choose similar colors to create an elongated look. Happy shopping.

Christmas tree shopping not what it once was

By Curtis Shelburne Well, I get to go look for a Christmas tree this evening. I’m not looking forward to the looking. My wife has been making noises about this trip for several days. She’s giving me time to come to terms with the inevitable. She knows I’d rather eat turnip greens than go shopping […]

Patronage varies on Black Friday

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Electronics Boutique Games sold out of video game consoles within five minutes of opening on Black Friday, according to Store Manager Bill O’Shea. Located at North Plains Mall, the video game store along with other stores at the mall opened at about 6 a.m. Friday. Some Clovis retail store […]

Safety important in Cyber Monday online shopping

CNJ staff Instead of waking up in the early hours of the morning on Black Friday to fight the mobs, shoppers can take their business online Monday. Retailers, such as Sears and Barnes and Noble, will offer promotions Monday geared toward anyone with a credit or charge card and access to the Internet, according to […]

Teen loitering issues rising

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Cruising Main Street, hanging out at the mall, and gathering in parking lots are part of teen culture. So is angst and mischief. Police were called Friday to assist security officers at North Plains Mall when more than 80 youth gathered in a parking lot, according to dispatcher call […]

School shopping can be juggling act

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer I love to shop. However, I don’t enjoy shopping when back-to-school time rolls around. Mile-long school supply lists and a son who refuses to wear anything other than black does not equal a good time. This year, I chose to drag my children to the mall the weekend before […]

Scrambling season

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Vickie McCormick of Clovis does some Saturday shopping at Wal-Mart. McCormick said after Wal-Mart, she was headed to the North Plains Mall. McCormick said she is usually done shopping for Christmas very early. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Shopper Jim Zaikowski scoured the shelves of downtown stores Saturday, searching for […]

Cops go shopping with youth

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CClovis police officer Brent Aguilar helps Fabian Selgado pull the rip chord on a spinning toy while Fabian’s brother Benjamin Selgado III looks on. Aguilar was with the boys during By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff It was hard to distinguish who was having more fun — the cops or the kids — as they cruised […]

Key to Christmas gift giving: No plug-ins

By Grant McGee: Local columnist They say the great thing about being a guy is you can get all of your Christmas gift shopping done in half an hour on Christmas Eve. Well, I must have missed that lesson because choosing a gift for someone ranks right up there in my top five “Anxiety-Producing Things […]

Kids go on shopping spree

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A huge bone-in ham topped the Christmas list for one local youngster. The 12-year-old boy was one of 102 local children who were treated to an early morning Christmas shopping spree by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. The large group — made up of Eagles members, adult volunteers and […]

Holiday spending often exceeds expectations

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist Never mind jingle bells, Nativity scenes or winter wonderlands. The best part of the holiday season is now in full tilt —the shopping. Sure, haggling through crowds isn’t so joyous. But spending money is. It’s not only fun but therapeutic. Some New York friends of mine have saved hundreds of dollars […]

Shopping stress alters moods

By: Anita Doberman: Columnist Before Christmas, I undergo a Jekyll/Hyde transformation, most noticeably when I buy presents. I call it my Christmas dichotomy. There is the happy Christmas self and my alter ego, the stressed out shopper. When I am cheerful, nothing alters my mood. Putting up the Christmas tree and decorating it with my […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Eagles club spreads holiday cheer

CNJ staff ONE HUNDRED TINY SHOPPERS will converge on Clovis’ Wal-Mart at the crack of dawn Sunday. The children, who are local third-, fourth- and fifth-graders, will be treated to a 6 a.m. Christmas shopping spree by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Frank Romero, who has been an Eagle since 1988, said 100 children are […]

Cops and Courts: Court closed for conference

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Magistrate Court will be closed Tuesday through Friday for an annual conference for judges and court clerks in Albuquerque, according to court officials. Anyone scheduled to appear during this time should contact the court when it reopens at 8 a.m. Dec. 11. Members of the Clovis […]

Black in action

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Josie Lamb of Clovis is one of the first customers to enter Triangle Ace Home Center in Clovis at 7 a.m. Friday as store manager Ron Scorzafava, right, unlocks and opens the door. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell and Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers Blanche Bentley was up with the sun Friday morning […]