In case you’ve missed all the hoopla and mass of mail ads, the Container Store opens its first Arizona location at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Whole Foods-anchored shopping center on the southwest corner of Mayo Boulevard and Scottsdale Road.
The retailer plans lots of grand opening excitement, including prizes and experts offering storage and organization tips. But shoppers from Scottsdale may have to fight their way through construction cones and closed traffic lanes to get there.
The store is on the Phoenix-Scottsdale border and those coming from the west will have an easier time of it.
Bicycle Ranch, a full-service bike sales and repair shop in the Scottsdale Towne Center on the southeast corner of Loop 101 and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, has new owners.
Scottsdale businessman Glen Hinshaw sold his 15-year-old operation to equally avid cyclists Andy and Kim Peshek and Markus and Terri Zimmer, all of Scottsdale.
“There will be cosmetic differences that our customers will notice, and we will add several products for novice and young riders. We’re very excited about this and it will show in our store,” said Markus Zimmer, who is managing the day-to-day operation.
FOLLOW THE SCENT
Gatsby’s Florals, previously at Indian School and Scottsdale roads, has moved into new and much bigger digs and changed its name to reflect its much-expanded business scope.
Scent Floral & Events, now at 4222. N. Marshall Way in downtown Scottsdale, still functions as a full-service floral shop, said owner Aarica Alexander. But it also has art gallery Pangea tucked inside. And it is readying its courtyard and spacious event area to stage weddings, corporate meetings and other special happenings. Scent, of course, will prepare the centerpieces and other floral appointments.
Alexander, who has a corporate meeting background before she became a florist, has lots of corporate customers. She said she saw a real need for event space in downtown Scottsdale.
SPORTS CARD SHOP
Jeff Thalblum, who had a sports card and collectibles shop at Paradise Valley Mall until he was sent packing to make room for the under-construction Costco, has finally landed new quarters.
Thalblum said he will open Sept. 27 at 20811 N. Cave Creek Road, just off Loop 101.
The store will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until Dec. 28, he said.
Besides sports cards and memorabilia, Thalblum also sells Tempe-based Spawn creator and entrepreneur Todd McFarlane’s collectible sports figures.
Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Adam Dunn will be on board to celebrate the shop’s grand opening Sept. 27 and sign autographs for a fee.
Thalblum said if the shop in that location is a hit, he might turn the holiday shop into a year-round location.