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Another Blast from my Past

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Anther stop on last weekend's "Fresno Nostalgia Tour" was my old stomping grounds,
Fig Garden Village.

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This outdoor shopping center was about 5 blocks from the house where I grew up, and I spent MUCH time there over the years, both as a child and as an adult. I still visit once a year on our annual visit to Fresno. It is still pretty with flowers, and places to stop and sip a coffee or grab a treat from the bakery.

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It is amazing how many fun memories came flooding back from just walking through the parking lot! Easter shoes, celebrations at the ice cream parlor, and the first time I was "old enough" to cross the busy intersection and walk here by myself! That was a BIG rite of passage!

Fig Garden Village was much smaller when I was growing up, but it had "everything" we needed and liked. There was a Foodland (upscale grocery store), a nice restaurant (where my parents held a graduation party for me), a library branch, where I spent many Saturday mornings as a child, a bakery, a small department store, a Woolworths, a clothing and shoe store, and best of all, Annie Laurie's ice cream parlor. I could walk or ride my bike there, and spend the day. During high school, we could walk there during lunch. Every Christmas, the Santa's Village was where I had a Santa photo taken.

Now Fig Garden Village has a Whole Foods, Chicos, Ann Taylor, Coldwater Creek, Coach, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Banana Republic, Talbots, and more specialty shops. There is a Starbucks, 8 chain restaurants, and 4 upscale bistros. There is even a We Olive (olive oil and condiments) like the one in Paso Robles! How cool is that!

It is still a lovely place to shop! Ciao until our next visit!
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Comments (6)

Eden:

That sounds like a great shopping center reminding me of Stanford with the flowering plants and the stores you mentioned.

At first glance I thought it was like a Sunset Gardens, perhaps due to "Fig" in the name... :)

Kendall:

Ah Palma, that's what I miss about California. Its so easy to find anything there!(sigh)

Barb Cabot:

What a great place to have grown up near. Your childhood years sounded so wonderful. No wonder you grew up to be such a well balanced and happy individual. I loved the image of you being able to go there by yourself for the first time. Will you post a photo of you as a young girl? I'd love to see one.

sandi @ the whistlestop cafe:

It sounds like the fig garden has grown right along with you.
It still has everything you might need or want!

I love foxgloves! Thank you for posting that photo, Palma...they are one of my favorite flowers of all.
Lovely warm memories, thank you for sharing!

Denise:

Glad you enjoyed your stay in Fresno. I hope Brad had fun being a part of your blast from the past. Fig Garden is at it's best in the Spring. It was great to see my hometown on your blog! Thanks.

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