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Retail Corridor: Domestic Bliss making more room in downtown Mesa

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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2005 5:42 am | Updated: 7:53 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Domestic Bliss, which has been selling upscale home furnishings, clothing, gifts and one-of-a-kind finds in downtown Mesa for six years, has moved to bigger digs and spread into two stores.

Now at 166 W. Main St., Mesa, Domestic Bliss shares the building with its new offspring, Baby Bliss — cribs, bedding, jewelry and toys for the toddling and pre-toddling set.

Both stores are owned by Kristin and Dan Alber. Their new landlord is Kristin Alber’s parents, who bought and renovated the multitenant building and named it for Kristin’s grandfather, C.M. Berge, of local car selling fame.

Also moving in to the Berge building is Bella Fine, a new store that sells art and furnishings — especially custom-design silk and natural floral arrangements — for the home and office. And hand-dipped chocolate truffles, "because women love beautiful things and chocolate," said shop co-owner Carrie Saunders.

Bella Fine is slated to open Saturday. Domestic Bliss and Baby Bliss, which soft-opened a few weeks ago, are staging grand opening celebrations Saturday.


Talk about keeping it in the family, we’ve been telling you for some time about Henry’s Markets’ two big Gilbert openings — at 874 E. Warner Road and 1422 N. Cooper Road. The stores debuted Wednesday with planned specials that will continue through this weekend.

Did you know all of the friendly competition comes from the same lineage?

Henry’s parent Wild Oats Markets was started in 1987 by Mike Gilliland and his wife, Elizabeth Cook. In 1999, Gilliland bought the Henry’s Markets chain from the Boney family of San Diego to add to Wild Oats portfolio.

The Boneys headed to the East Valley to start up a new chain of similar stores, dubbed Sprouts. The first Sprouts opened in Chandler in 2002, and later expanded to Mesa, Scottsdale, Phoenix and the West Valley.

Meanwhile, Gilliland left Wild Oats and started his own chain of fresh produce-focused markets in New Mexico in 2002. He brought the Sunflower concept to Scottsdale in 2003. Sunflower opened its second East Valley store in Gilbert, which quickly became a flagship for the chain, and later in Tempe and Phoenix.

Bob Milsap, Sunflower’s senior director of operations and purchasing, said Sunflower plans to sell every item that’s not already on sale in its Gilbert store at a 20 percent discount on Saturday and Sunday.


Arizona Mattress USA stores have changed their name to Bedmart. "Bedmart and Mattress USA have always been Arizona-owned and part of the same company, now they will have the same name," said owner Chet Goldberg. The company operates 20 stores statewide, and is Arizona’s largest mattress retailer. The Valley has 12 stores, including locations in Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Mesa and Chandler.

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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