Retail Therapy by Gina Jelladian | CV LUX

Our very own, Ms. Gina Jelladian, was a CV LUX Lifestyle Editor in their October 2018 issue! We are especially proud to be a part of this particular issue emphasizing “The Year of The Woman” and highlighting women in all different ages and walks of life! Hence, The AgeLESS issue!

Gina wrote an article about a little something us Valley girls have mastered - the thrill of Retail Therapy!

in the hustle of work and in the midst of taking care of everyone else with your other countless obligations, remember that you deserve a little jolt of joy, too! 
— Gina Jelladian

“ There’s an alternative to cooping up in a shrink’s office and dwelling on stories of Christmas past? I don’t enjoy visiting any sort of doctor, so while I may be a little biased, I know I’m not alone in indulging in the thrill of a much more exciting session of therapy… Retail Therapy!

You’ve felt it before...that drab moment in time where you’ve lost perspective and are searching for a ray of light. The feeling resides in our subconscious and it surfaces for each person differently. For some, it’s excessive exhaustion. For others, it’s moments of lost temperament. Instead of finding your way to the fridge, or to the phone to call your mom, your solace is best found by driving down to your favorite boutique or department store for some good, old fashioned, retail therapy!

The semblance of retail therapy is an equation every Valley-girl has mastered:

Mental Vacation + Shopping = Happiness

Is it true? Does an ambiguously scent-filled store with snappy background music, an offer of a cold beverage, and the warm welcome of a friendly face provide enough sensory luster to bring you out of your funk? Almost!

It may seem silly that the shameless swipe of that magical piece of plastic can bring you back to a happy reality, but it is, in fact, tried, tested, and proven, by divas and divos alike, that shopping really does dive deeper.

A study done by TNS Global found that “one out of five Americans engaged in retail therapy to improve their mood after a bad day at work, followed by

14.6% who engage after bad news and 12.2% who engage after a fight with a significant other.”

While some form of discomfort may have put you in an anxious state, your mind unconsciously elicits the desire to solve the problem. Believe it or not, the exercise of shopping instills emotions of ambition and forces your mind to move forward into a space of visualization and mental preparation. Interestingly enough, in the act of “retail therapy” it’s common to not even know what you’re shopping for—you just know that in that moment, something shiny and new is going to soothe your soul. This isn’t a placebo, or even a Band-Aid; it’s a healthy and valid coping mechanism. “

KSEE24 Central Valley Today: 5th Annual Palatine Christmas Shopping Event

RSVP Style, Stems at The Palatine, and Gianni Fine Jewelers were feature on KSEE24 Central Valley Today on November 7th! Owner and creative director, Gina Jelladian, brought some of their fine collections and gifts down to the KSEE24 studio to chat with TV show host, Alex Delgado about their holiday collections and annual Christmas shopping event.
Check out more info on this year's charity benefit organization, Holy Cross Center for Women!

'Tis the season for holiday shopping KSEE 24 Sunrise

Teresa Sardina from KSEE 24 Sunrise visited the Palatine Building to feature holiday shopping at RSVP Style, Stems at The Palatine, and Gianni Fine Jewelers. 

Stems & RSVP Style


Watch the segments on KSEE 24 website:
 RSVP on KSEE 24Gianni on KSEE 24Stems on KSEE 24

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The Business Journal - The Executive Profile of Gina Jelladian

The Business Journal - The Executive Profile of Gina Jelladian

Our very own, Gina Jelladian, was featured in an executive profile in the widely respected publication, The Business Journal, as the co-owner at RSVP Style, Stems at the Palatine, and Gianni Fine Jewelers.

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New Collections For The New Year!

Wow! 2016 is already moving quickly.. one month down & into the season of love!!

Our showroom is primed and primped for a fabulous year as we introduce new collections of silk stems & arrangements for your home and office. Since our home & garden department has significantly expanded in the last 12 months, we have seen the increased interest in home accents & interior design services. You will find our collections continue to evolve to accommodate this in the Central Valley.  Something in particular we're excited to reveal: Bedding! 

Enjoy updated photos of our spring showrooms & visit us soon!

xo, The RSVP Team

Featured: Natural stone is a beautiful gift and notable home accessory, facilitating spirituality & peace. Decorative trays: For your entry table, coffee table, bedside stand or serving accessory. See many new styles in-store. Valentine's gifts and cards for your loves.

Stems shows how to decorate with fresh, indoor plants. This spring palate brings a fresh, vibrant look to any space. Sid Dickens is a coveted gift collection. Begin to create a memory wall filled with special sentiment from and for those you love.

Accent dishware, natural cookbooks and hurricane candle holders and vases are decorative elements to spice up your home. Silk blooms to spruce up your space!

Our sweet shop will make your mouth water. Fresh, handmade chocolate truffles and sweet confections in the sweet shop by Stems. Gift baskets of sweets, nuts and dried fruits are great gifts for all occasions and for entertaining.

We invite you to our living area. Decorative trays, bar accessories and a sneak-peek of our new pillow collection. Woodlands Decor: Rustic Iron, Petrified Wood, Greenery and a Natural Color Palate trends in every season of the year.

Michael Aram home and serving collections. Shop the full line in-store or preview online at

Bridal Registry for fine China, or casual dinnerware is a wonderful attribute to our growing home collections. Brides can seamlessly register in-store, or online - allowing their guests to shop nation-wide. 

We look forward to seeing you soon! Thanks for staying updated with us. #invite   #gift   #live  in  #RSVPStyle




The Palatine - The Hidden Jewel Of The Central Valley


To kick off 2016, we were delighted to be featured in CV LUX - a West Coast magazine that began in our very own Central Valley - featuring all things Luxury.

For a hard copy of this month's issue, visit us at The Palatine!

As you drive down Freeway 41, the question is posed,  "what's in that building?"  Most think it's filled with doctors and accountant offices.   2004 marked the beginning of an era that was yet to come, The Palatine Building.  The majestic and ornate structure, residing on North Fresno Street, opened its doors to local specialty professionals and a few prestigious boutiques.   

The name, Palatine, originates from a hill in Rome where emperors used to build their homes. Later it was discovered that the name actually traced back to the Armenian roots of the Arzrouni, Jelladian & Gage families who own and manage it, ironically, making the name more poignant.

Designed, engineered and built by the family architect and contractors, the building is constructed of nothing but the finest materials, from copper roof embellishments to solid mahogany doors with slate and marble interiors.  The structure itself is one of a kind and worthy of a visit for pure visual enjoyment.

As the years passed, the iconic building has evolved into the Central Valley's only Metropolitan Boutique shopping destination.  Mainstay original tenants include Slates Restaurant and the family owned, Jewels Unlimited and RSVP Style.

All of these companies have undergone evolutionary changes as well.   Slates Restaurant, has replaced its renown nightly fine diningwith Plates by Slates, a casual contemporary lunch cafe, available to enjoy while you shop at the Palatine. The original Slates experience is available only in their second floor dining rooms by reservation and private event only.

Family owned for over forty years, Jewels Unlimited has generationally been passed and grown into Gianni Fine Jewelers. Gianni boasts thefinest jewelry collections from renowned designers spanning the world.  The true jewel that lives inside of this remarkable location.

RSVP began as a small invitation and gift boutique.  After developing its place in the wedding industry as a fine stationer, their gift collections have continually grown over the last twelve years. In addition to fabulous gifts of stationery, candles, and designer frames, they have expanded their product mix  into bridal and gift registry featuring collections of both casual and formal dinnerware, selections of serving pieces, decorative pieces for the home and accent furniture decor.  From Versace to Michael Aram and stunning pieces from around the world, their exclusive collections are dazzling.

In 2010, RSVP Style expanded with Mary C. Papaleo,  joining the management, expanding into floral and events.  Stems at the Palatine Floral and Event Studio sprouted.  Offering the Valley's premiere fresh floral services, Stems delivers six days a week.  With over 28 yearsof full event design and coordination, Stems will make every celebration memorable and fabulous.  Teaming with RSVP's design team, Stems will create phenomenal interior botanical designs and decorate all areas in your home or office. Together, these two stores will make your world beautiful. 

The upper levels of the Palatine host two specialty physicians, Dr. Denard Fobbs, of Lifepoint Institute for Women and Dr. Aaron Draper, expert in NeuroSoma therapy.  Alchemy Spa is located on Level Two as well.  Walk into Fresno's elite pristine spa, relax in style and come out looking like a star.

Level Three is home to Alchemy Salon, mother studio to Alchemy Spa.  The Valley's top stylists will dress your tresses while you sip spa water or tea, enjoying a view of the city scape.  Alchemy offers the best of the best in hair care and body products.  Browse in their mirrored showroom while you await your transformation.

The Palatine is a designer building that houses true designers.  Predominantly woman owned and run companies, all strive to create a unique and luxurious atmosphere for all to indulge in.  Whether you need to pop in to grab a quick gift, enjoy a glass of fine wine or find the perfect engagement ring, we are at your complete service .  Words that echo through the lobby are "I never knew all of this was in here!"

Now you know what is in "that building."  Herein lies the foundation for true California convenience and lifestyle.  Standing in the foreground amidst the majestic Sierra Nevada's, this iconic building invites you and your curiosity to be enchanted and fulfilled.

The construction of The Palatine Building caught many eyes off of Fresno's main thoroughfare, Highway 41. After four years of construction, this architectural monument with notable Egyptian styling and a 9th Century Armenian name was finally complete.


Four designing women, leading the team at The Palatine.
{Left to Right} Gina S. Jelladian, Stephanie M. Bedrosian, Sonya Gage and Mary C. Papaleo

The original RSVP showroom Fine stationers with a Unique collection of gifts for every occasion.

The new RSVP & Stems showroom / Designer Florist & Event Coordinators / Home Collections & Bridal Registry.

Gianni Fine Jewelers: The Central Valley's Designer Jewelry Company / Shop in a relaxing atmosphere and enjoy unmatched service and selection.

Alchemy Salon & Spa / Retreat to the third floor to enjoy serenity and relaxation.

Palatine Paparazzi: Flourishing On Fresno Street

Over the last three months, the first floor of the Palatine has been shakin things up! On the evening of November 12th, we celebrated the grand reveal of our expansion on level one.

RSVP and Stems, our local, sister stores specializing in making celebrations memorable and fabulous have expanded into a combined space, featuring many new things adorning both your life and your home!

As you peruse through the photos of our new retail destination, you will find small touches of everything from new, seasonal silk accent pieces - in addition to our daily fresh plants, orchids & flower arrangements; gifts of gourmet sweet treats; occasional pieces of furniture and decorative home pieces to fine china and daily dishware, which is available for bridal & gift registry.

Don't let the photos tell the full story! Come in today to escape from your daily routine & retreat to our luxurious & relaxing shopping experience at the Palatine Building on the NorthWest corner of Fresno & Alluvial.

While Stems is known for delivering beautiful, fresh flower arrangements and offering distinct event design & coordination services - what many people do not know is that we also offer full design service for both home & office.  Our team will come on-site and analyze how we can enhance your living and work spaces.  Our services span from creating statement entry silk pieces or occasional furniture accents, to a custom framed family memory wall - our products and design services bring an element of beauty that all can enjoy!!

This photo doesn't fully reveal the treasures in the cubes - but each section is filled with fabulous gifting ideas, perfect for that special teacher's gift, or a thoughtful hostess gift. From seasonal & fragrant candles to pairings of sweet treats & festive dishes - our staple & new collections offer something for everyone!

Do you want to celebrate in #RSVPStyle? Call us at Stems today to schedule your consultation 559-256-2294. The 'Sweet Shop' by Stems / Collections of Hammond's Candy, Hot Chocolate, Hot Cider / Boxed Chocolate Gifts, Sour Sweets & more! Decadent Chocolate Truffles.. Have a glass of milk ready for these rich delights! Another favorite from this collection: Chocolate covered oreos - YUM!

One of our newest collections at RSVP: L'objet. This is only a small g limpse of the vast bridal & gift registry collections we offer. Lapis dishes, with flecks of 24kt gold. Stone Slabs andCrystal glassware / The Versace Collections of Fine China / Also featuring Kim Seybert

The Christmas Shop: Festive dishware, ornaments & decor to adorn your season! Want to have your home, table or tree decorated?  Stems is here for you! To decorate & celebrate in #RSVPStyle, call 559-256-2294. Our beautiful gift wrap is available for sale, but we also offer gift wrapping service in store. Come in anytime to have your gifts wrapped, year round at RSVP!

In July, a Fresno treasure for 10 years, Slates Restaurant, announced that they were retiring their main dining room.  While they're still offering private dinner & catering accommodations in their second floor dining room, by event only - they have opened in it's place 'Plates' - their contemporary cafe.

This casual eatery, located on level one features a fabulous menu of fresh, organic & local eats for you to enjoy while you shop, or on the go!  

Over the last two weeks of Plates cafe being freshly open, some of the customer favorites have been the Salmon & Crostini, 'Mom's Meatloaf', 'The Power Salad' {A fabulous kale & quinoa salad served with grilled chicken}, The BLT {YUM!}, The Asian Chicken Salad and the Taco Tower.  With over 25 menu items of delicious sandwiches, inventive entrees & healthy salads, you cannot miss - Come try for yourself & enjoy!!!

Entrees featured: The Spinach Wrap, The Taco Tower, The Green Goddess and Roast Beef Sandwich.

Slates Says Farewell After 10 Years In The Valley

Slates Restaurant - a coveted Central Valley fine dining location celebrated their 10 Year Anniversary and said farewell Friday, July 25th.  Slates opened with the Palatine Building's debut in 2004 and had a vision of bringing the Central Valley a big city feeling in their boutique location.  Over the last 10 years, Slates proudly maintained their vision and was the recipient of many awards including 'Most Romantic', 'Best Place to Take a Date' and 'Best of the Best' among many other dining awards - most notably, their 10 consecutive years of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence!

Yesterday evening, the Palatine Management team hosted a fabulous farewell celebration, true to form, in Slates' style.  Decadent hors d'oeuvres, good company, great music & dancing late into the night made for the perfect send off for the beloved restaurant.  Although the quiet and romantic ambiance of Slates will be missed, the memories created with every special event & celebration will be in their hearts forever.  To amp up the celebration even more, announcements were made for what changes and expansions are coming to the Palatine Building & it has set some serious anticipation for the fourth quarter!

On level three of the Palatine, Alchemy Salon is a magnificent destination with a view.  This year, they have added a Spa to level two, which is a fabulous and relaxing retreat in the private bounds of the Palatine location.  They are also expanding the size of their salon on level three.

Gianni Fine Jewelers is located on level one of the Palatine. They feature exclusive collections and some of the largest name brands spanning from across the world, and this year have launched 'The Gianni Collection' ranging from $500-$2500.  Shop for your daily jewelry wardrobe, a special gift
or an heirloom piece at the Central Valley's designer jewelry company.

Stems at the Palatine is the Central Valley's designer floral studio, specializing in event design & coordination.  Their studio originally debuted on the third floor of the Palatine, but has evolved over the last four years and will be completely relocating both their retail and production to level one.

CV Luxury is the Central Valley's hottest new publication, featuring fashion, decor, leisure and life's little luxuries.  Their book is reflective of the Palatine Style and keeps ladies & gentlemen in the know about what's in style for every facet of their life!

SANA is a brand new laser body sculpting clinic, located on level two of the Palatine. Dr. Aaron Draper is most known for his innovative NeuroSoma therapy practice, I can personally attest that he is an unbelievable, natural doctor and he has most recently added the slimming procedure of Laser Body Sculpting. This is a guaranteed weight loss procedure, offering what every woman wants - a thin waist!

PLATES.  To maintain the most fabulous and complete shopping experience, you will still be able to enjoy great food at the Palatine! The Palatine Building will be relaunching a casual, yet fine eatery, which will be open for lunch and into the early evening beginning Fall 2014. Private event accommodations will still be available in their second floor dining room.

One last little secret:  The party kept everyone on the edge of their seat by only releasing a 'teaser' for what else was coming to level one of the Palatine.  "It will be reflective of the Palatine Style and continue to adorn your life and home".  Visit the contact page at to subscribe to our mailing list & stay updated on what is going on. As soon as the details of this new Central Valley location are released, you will be the first to know!

Enjoy photos from the farewell celebration.  Cheers to 10 fabulous years in the Central Valley Slates Restaurant!!!

Palatine Bridal Show - Spring 2013

The Palatine Bridal Show took place on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at the majestic Palatine Building in Fresno, California.  This exclusive show featured three levels of The Palatine's distinct vendor collection with informal modeling by Elegant Bride, Madeleine's Bridal Boutique and AJ's Tuxedo.  Brides and their families were able to peruse through the afternoon, enjoying complimentary hair & make-up styling by Alchemy salon, live music by Jim Lyons, with fabulous samplings of beverages by the Slates' mixologist and Herbalife, hors d'oeuvres by Slates Restaurant and delightful cake by Frosted Cakery!

In addition to this premier vendor collection, RSVP please and Stems at the Palatine composed this year's 'Palatine Wedding Styles', giving brides fabulous inspiration for their event design.  We invite you to comment, share & pin away as you plan for your big day!!

Featured Vendors:
Alchemy Salon 559.272.8181|  AJ's Tuxedo 559.222.0838|  Choice Imaging 559.237.0000|  DJ Mark Lozada559.960.7444   |   Elegant Bride559.224.3000   |  Frosted Cakery 559.917.8880|  GaGa Chic 559.226.0462|  Gianni Fine Jewelers 559.432.0600|  Haro Entertainment 559.907.3920|  Jim Lyons Sings 559.981.6099|  La Rouge 559.226.1972|  Madeleine's Bridal Boutique 559.299.2619|  The Pampered Chef 559.256.4615|  Royal Coach Limousine559.221.8199|  RSVP Please 559.435.7787   |   Slates Restaurant559.256.4141   |   Stems at the Palatine559.256.2294|  Towneplace Suites by Marriott 559.435.4600|  Una Bella Giornata at Cardella Winery 559.974.4797|  Williams Sonoma559.228.0563|  Wings Away Dove Release 559.283.0256