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Fresno’s ArtHop Brings Community Together

Photo by: Madilynn Fowler
Community members browse booths at ArtHop on Sept. 7 in the Culture and Arts District in Downtown Fresno.

Downtown Fresno hosted its monthly ArtHop on Sept. 7 where local businesses come together allowing community members the opportunity to explore different places they might not otherwise have known about.

Music is heard throughout the downtown area, spanning multiple districts, and patrons and pop-up shops fill the sidewalk.

Arthop showcases diversity and there is something for everyone who attends. Fashion, jewelry, and collections are a few examples.

With Fresno City College being close to the event, Arthop is popular with students.

“I try to go as often as possible, at least every couple of months,” FCC psychology major Christina Quijas said.

Many patrons use this as a chance to support small and locally owned businesses.

Taylor Verdugo, a kinesiology major at FCC, likes to stay for the entire event, or at least until she’s explored every booth.

“We don’t have certain booths we go to, but tend to go towards the ones that are run by small business owners,” Verdugo said, “I definitely recommend looking at all the small vendor-type booths that sell their own merchandise to support their small business.”

Arthop has helped to create opportunities for small business owners. Vanessa Gonzalez, the owner of Summoned Clothing in Downtown Fresno, has seen how Arthop has been able to benefit her business.

Hand-stitched “Dump Him” and heart shirts made by the owner of Summoned Clothing, Vanessa Gonzalez. (Photo by: Vanessa Gonzalez)

“Arthop has helped my business expand because it is a great place to promote the shop. When I first became an ArtHop vendor, I always had the intention to open up an in-person shop. Being a vendor was a great opportunity to promote myself and save money for a potential shop,” Gonzalez said.

Arthop happens every first Thursday of the month in the different districts in Downtown Fresno from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Madilynn Fowler
Madilynn Fowler, Reporter
Madi Fowler is twenty-two years old and was born and raised in Fresno, California. She is currently majoring in journalism with a plan to double major in journalism and public relations once she transfers to Fresno State, along with a minor in women's studies. After graduating, she has plans to work on a PR team or as a PR manager within the music and entertainment industry. Madi has limited experience in journalism, but is excited to learn. When Madi first graduated from Bullard High School, she went into Clovis Community College as a psychology major, but quickly realized that it wasn't for her. Feeling lost, she took some time off of college and returned in 2021 as a Business Administration major. After graduating with her associates for transfer, Madi moved up to Oregon to attend the University of Oregon. This is where she began her journey in both public relations and journalism. Now that she has transferred back to Fresno, Madi looks forward to being a part of The Rampage and gaining more familiarity with journalism.  Madi has a deep love for music and has since she was a kid. She considers herself a “stan” of many different artists and groups. Starting at the young age of six years old, her mom introduced her to Taylor Swift and it only progressed from there. Over the years, she has continued to grow a deeper appreciation for music, which is what led her to her fascination with pop culture. The combination of the two is what led Madi to the decision that she would like to make a career in music and entertainment PR.

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