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Maternity wear a hot retail trend in Valley

The birth rate may not have skyrocketed in the last few years, but retailers around the country continue to expand their maternity departments and new boutiques pop up to accommodate expectant mothers with more comfortable choices.
A little more than a year after opening its doors, Fresno retailer Pum Bum is the lone star of local boutiques latching on to the rising demand in maternity apparel.

Bravo Farms opening in Kettleman City

Bravo Farms owner Jonathan Van Ryn hopes to open his long awaited Kettleman City Bravo Farms location this weekend.
The $3 million tourist complex has been on the drawing boards for three years, Van Ryn said, and under construction for almost two years.

Owner finds Laundromat rehabs a profitable venture

Dirty Bird Laundry in Fresno is turning rundown coin Laundromats and other structures in Fresno and Madera into attractive, modern facilities that make washing a brighter experience.
For owners Ryan Hansen and his wife Bernadette, it is a profitable venture and a step in revitalizing areas where blight is creeping in. The couple now has eight locations including seven in the local area and one in Salinas.

Fresno’s Deli Delicious franchise expands to Sacramento area

Fresno’s Deli Delicious sandwich shop has come a long way since opening its first location at Bullard and Blackstone avenues in 1996.
The franchise now has 20 stores, including its latest location in Citrus Heights near Sacramento, which has nothing but rave reviews on Yelp. Great customer service and fresh ingredients are the most common reviews.
And, it’s not stopping there. The maker of hot, cold and specialty subs is continuing its Sacramento area expansion with a planned Roseville location.
Locally, the restaurants can be found in Fresno, Visalia and Madera. One of the newest locations is at 2380 W. Cleveland Ave. in Madera.

Hanford to vote on tax sharing for Costco development

Hanford City Manager Darrel Pyle said the Hanford City Council is expected to put a new tax sharing agreement on the ballot this November.
The measure would authorize a sales-tax incentive agreement that would return up to $2 million in sales-tax revenue to the developer of the new Costco center over 10 years. The idea is to stimulate development on the east side of town anchored by the new 59-acre Costco shopping center.

SoCal firm, agave crop Tulare County-bound

Forest Wood Fiber Products, based in Lake Elsinore in western Riverside County, is in escrow to buy property in southern Tulare County east of Delano with plans to relocate operations there in the next 45 days.

First mini maker faire coming to Fresno

Hobbyists, builders and tinkerers will have a place to showcase their creations during Fresno’s first mini maker faire April 12.
The daylong event, hosted by the Fresno Art Museum, will replicate maker faires that have been a huge success for the last decade in cities like San Francisco, San Mateo and New York City.
Launched in 2005 under the direction of Make Magazine, the annual gatherings give thousands of curious attendants a chance to engage with local crafts people as they demonstrate everything from robotics, rockets and circuit boards to model planes, metal sculptures and just plain weird inventions.

Growing big, growing small in Fresno

Walmart believes a 107,000 square-foot former Mervyn’s location is a good fit for a Fresno supercenter as it kicks off a multimillion-dollar project to refurbish the interior of the store located at Ashlan and Blackstone avenues for a summer opening.

Rotary Storyland & Playland opens heart for sick kids

Editor’s note: Elijah Keller is the nephew of reporter Ben Keller.
Fresno’s Rotary Storyland & Playland has always held a certain charm for children, with its fairy tale ambiance and a collection of rides centered around its historic carousel.
But since last March, the attraction became all the more special for a few local kids whose illnesses prevented them from enjoying it the same as everyone else.

Century-old Springville Inn closes it doors

Financial pressures took a toll on the century-old Springville Inn on the way to Sequoia National Park as the owners filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month.
A Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing on March 5 lists the business with $1,47,336 in assets and $1,135,210 in liabilities, owing money to nearly 100 debtors.
Although the Springville Inn has been closed for just about a month, the property has been up for sale since the beginning of the year with an asking price of $950,000.