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Sierra Vista store now features â€œCosmic Showâ€
Itâ€™s the music that first catches your attention, with its eeriness reminiscent of the show Star Trek â€“ the original Shatner version. Then you see the flashing neon lights and curiosity lures you in.
HEAVENS, a celestial experience like none other in Fresno, opened its doors for business in the Sierra Vista Mall seven months ago. The 3,500 square-foot space is called a â€œmini complexâ€ by its owner and creator Amir Sade and his partner, Cornelius Sullivan. This complex boasts an art gallery, gift shop, a 24-seat space theater and a 15-seat â€œCosmic Lounge.â€
Alex Ramos, 14, and Joseph Balladarez, 17, both Sanger High students, passed through the store a few times and enjoyed what it had to offer.
â€œItâ€™s amazing in here,â€ Ramos said. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of interesting electric gadgets; itâ€™s pretty cool.â€
Her friend Balladarez shared her enthusiasm.
â€œItâ€™s both entertaining and educational,â€ Balladarez said.
The gift shop sells items that the owners say are hard to find, like solar system models, glass spheres, sculptures and one-of-a kind handmade art by store owner Sade.
Recently the store opened up its long-awaited â€œcosmic loungeâ€ and 40 minute long â€œCosmic Show.â€
â€œThe show is not outlandish and itâ€™s not a science show,â€ Sullivan said. â€œItâ€™s purely for entertainment purposes and for people of all ages.â€
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So far, the shop has given four sneak previews of the â€œCosmic Show,â€ which has received mixed reviews.
Carlos Alcala, a former Fresno State student said he was curious to see what the show was about, but that once he saw it he found that the show didnâ€™t meet his expectations and he actually left within the first five minutes.
â€œI thought it was going to be different,â€ said Alcala. â€œThere was smoke in the effects and it just made me want to leave; but the store has pretty cool items that Iâ€™ve never seen before.â€
Most people who saw last Saturdayâ€™s show disagreed with Alcala and found it entertaining.
Jose Martinez, 63, and his friend Claudia Gonzales, 42, enjoyed both the shop and the show.
â€œIt looks like a good beginning,â€ said Martinez. â€œThey said they will be adding to it through time, and I think it will just get better and better.â€
Harvey Campbell, 59, a self-proclaimed space enthusiast, said he thoroughly enjoyed himself.
â€œI thought it was fantastic,â€ said Campbell. â€œThe lights, the effects, I just love stuff like this. I would definitely recommend it to a friend.â€
HEAVENS is open during regular Sierra Vista Mall hours: M-F 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 559-299-5545 for â€œCosmic Showâ€ times. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.