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Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2005 5:54 am | Updated: 8:32 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

It’s good news for customers of American Express and Walgreens.

Last month, the drug store chain — the biggest in the East Valley and in the country — said it would stop accepting American Express cards in mid-January.

Walgreens now says it has reached a new agreement with the credit provider and will accept American Express cards after all.

MALL SHOPS

Chandler Fashion Center is getting shade-y.

Cool Sunglasses, which hawks fashion-focused eyewear for $10, opened in the mall’s lower level in front of L’Occitane.

Desert Shades, which sells sunglasses at Paradise Valley Mall and other Arizona shopping centers, plans to open a cart in the Chandler center this month. It will be on the lower level near Auntie Anne’s.

Coming soon: Baker’s Shoes is expected to set up shop April 1.

FUN-SIZED FERRARIS

ScaleCars retail shop at 16055 N. Dial Blvd. in Scottsdale — behind Cracker-Jax — and ScaleCars.com, the Web site for the Scottsdalebased company, have new owners.

The recently renamed Motorsports Emporium, a pubic company, bought the specialty retail operation from a private enthusiast more than a month ago.

ScaleCars sells scale models of classic, exotic and race cars from pre-World War vintage to current concept cars, said new CEO David Keveaney.

Keveaney is staging a major makeover to poise the Scottsdale retail business to leap from part-time hobby to top source for die-cast car collectors and enthusiasts.

The first step was to establish regular retail store hours — it’s open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. six days a week — and fix the Web site so employees could instantly add on new stock arrivals.

Major cosmetic changes to the store and an expansion of inventory are scheduled to begin this month.

eBAY BIZ

iSOLD IT, an eBay assistance store, just opened at 2110 E. Baseline Road in Mesa.

The shop helps people too busy or too intimidated to auction their unwanted items online.

iSOLD IT will photograph the products, write descriptions, post the info on eBay, and — when a deal is done — collect the payment, and pack and ship the items.

The company charges a progressive commission based on an item’s final sale price.

AH! A SPA

Canyon Falls Spa & Salon, which includes four massage rooms, four aesthetic rooms, a body wrap room, a pedicure room and a hair salon with areas set aside for men and kids, has opened at Northsight Crossings Center, 14891 N. Northsight Blvd. in Scottsdale. Feticccio Boutique, which sells handbags, jewelry and clothing, is tucked inside.

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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