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Retail Corridor: The Cottage moves into downtown Chandler location

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Posted: Thursday, December 2, 2004 6:03 am | Updated: 5:54 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

A new shop for East Valley arts and crafts aficionados has moved into Old Towne Market Square in downtown Chandler. The Cottage, at 236 S. Wall St., snuck open a few days ago. A grander opening is slated for Saturday.

Cheryl Gerle is the owner. At The Cottage, you can buy handmade floral designs, centerpieces, original paintings, gift baskets, jewelry, and more, all on display or custom made to order.

BIG SPORTS

Big 5 Sporting Goods just opened a 10,000-square-foot sports and outdoor gear and apparel store at Northsight Crossings, 14987 N. Northsight Blvd. in Scottsdale.

Another Scottsdale Big 5 is slated to open Dec. 10 at Office Max Plaza, Hayden and Osborn roads.

A Gilbert store at 965 S. Val Vista Drive is expected to debut Dec. 10. The openings will up Big 5’s Arizona store count to 25.

B SHOPPING

At Kierland Commons, Scottsdale Road and Greenway Parkway, eight shops slipped open during the last week in the new and longawaited retail section above the parking garage.

Shoppers now can spend their cash at Banana Republic, bebe, Bose, BCBG Max Azria, babystyle, Coach, and two hot shops for designer duds — Eileen Fisher and Sigrid Olsen.

Does anyone else think it’s quirky that five of the eight new stores have names that begin with "B"?

PIZZA BREAK

Too tired to cook after a day of holiday shopping?

North Scottsdale residents can pick up a gourmet pizza from the Carefree Resort & Villas, 37220 Mule Train Road, just north of Cave Creek Road.

The popular thin-crust pizzas are freshly made and baked in the resort’s mesquite wood-burning brick oven daily. They are available from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for pick up. Pizzas-to-go customers should phone ahead at (480) 488-4310. Pizzas will be boxed and ready for pick up at the Lariat Grill hostess stand in the resort lobby.

FITNESS BREAK

For those who need to lose a pound or two instead of putting some on, a new Ahwatukee Foothills Curves is revving up metabolisms at 15410 South Mountain Parkway in Phoenix. That’s on the northwest corner of Chandler Boulevard and South Mountain Parkway, behind Walgreen’s.

The grand opening is slated for Saturday.

CENTER SOLD

Sperry Van Ness, one of the nation’s largest commercial real estate investment firms, completed the sale of Baseline Power Shops to Californiabased Power AZ LLC for $4. million — more than $340 per square foot. The one-building Mesa shopping center, built in 2001, is on the northwest corner of Baseline and Power roads.

If you have a new shop to tell us about or you see activity at a retail location and are wondering what’s happening, let us know.

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