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Once a 1920s ear radio shop run by Ara and Rose Davidian, David’s evolved to a popular specialty department store in Reedley.
Products carried now include gourmet foods, home décor, women’s clothing and accessories and an array of gifts.
Four generations have worked in the store.  Two of them realized it was not for them or that staying in Reedley was not an option.  

Salter’s Distributing: A rising star

David Salter started Salter’s Distributing in 1990 with $200 and a dream of being his own boss.
He sold his 1970 Chevy Chevelle to buy a 1973 Dodge Cargo van that he painted himself. He bought $200 worth of toys and began selling store to store, building his routes.
Salter continued to add to his customer base and the Salter’s Distributing client list reached 1,000 stores and $2 million in gross sales in October 2013.

Floating toward peace

Floating in a sensory deprivation chamber — a trend that has fallen out of popularity over the last few decades — is slowly coming back into the limelight and that may be good news for one Fresno business.
Sensory deprivation chambers, known to many as “isolation” or “float” tanks where one floats on salt water in a pitch-black chamber, didn’t catch on quickly after neuroscientist John C. Lilly developed his first makeshift unit while working for the National Institutes of Health in 1954.

Family business award nominees announced

Fifteen Valley companies are in the running for the 2014 California Family Business Award with the winner to be honored at an April 24 dinner in Fresno.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the California Family Business Award goes to the top family business in the region, as ranked by expert judges on criteria including growth and development, incorporating family into the business, succession planning and community involvement.

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.