Himalayas Salt Lamps & More has opened at the Mesa Riverview shopping center at Loop 202 and Dobson Road.
The East Valley store is across from the planned Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill.
The store’s owner and operator, Lily Neff, started the salt crystal lamp business in her garage about three years ago.
Salt lamps are intended to cleanse the air.
Neff said heat emitting from the lamp’s light bulb warms the crystal, which produces negative ions that filter out dust, mold, spores and other irritants.
LINEN CHAIN CLOSING
Linens ’n Things at Arizona Mills mall in Tempe will close as part of a nationwide shuttering of stores across the nation.
A store manager said he didn’t know exactly when the home accessories store would close its doors.
He referred questions to company representatives, who could not be reached for comment Thursday.
winging it in mesa
A Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant will open in September at Superstition Springs Center in Mesa.
The restaurant and bar will feature 50 television sets airing sports. It serves buffalo wings flavored with 14 signature sauces.
Buffalo Wild Wings will be just south of the mall on the south side of U.S. 60.
A local economic booster organization has distributed 5,000 stickers to small-business owners in hope of getting consumers to spend their economic stimulus checks locally.
Local First Arizona, a group of 1,300 independent businesses around the state, is telling local business owners to display the “THINK LOCAL, BUY LOCAL, BE LOCAL” sticker in their store windows.
“When our state faces a billion-dollar budget shortfall and families are facing decisions of where to spend their stimulus checks, the choice to go local becomes simple,” said Kimber Lanning, Local First Arizona’s director, in a news release.
“The people who live here now are able to shape the future in such an important way. Buying local is a simple way that every person can contribute to bettering the quality of life for all of us.”
Local First Arizona has a membership tally of 1,300 businesses.
ANOTHER BASHAS' CLOSING
Bashas’ is closing another Scottsdale store.
The 5-year-old supermarket at 136th Street and Via Linda is expected to close Monday, depending on when it runs out of items to sell, said Kristy Nied, Bashas’ spokeswoman. Merchandise is already marked 25 percent off.
The store didn’t have enough traffic to keep it open when its lease expired, Nied said.
The spot was originally an ABCO store, barely built when that chain went out of business. Bashas’ eventually bought the empty space, and local residents were hoping for an AJ’s. But the Chandler-based company nixed that idea because it already had two of its gourmet markets nearby.
Bashas’ found space for all 50-plus employees at other stores, Nied said. The closure comes barely two weeks after Bashas’ closed a south Scottsdale supermarket to make way for a redevelopment project.
Sunday is one of the top retail holidays of the year, especially for card and flower shops.
The souring economy means moms can expect less this year, according to the national experts, but only by a bit.
The National Retail Federation asked consumers what they planned to spend on Mother’s Day gifts and meals. A still respectable $138.63 on average, they said, a little less than the $139.14 they spent last year.
And the majority of moms will get something to cherish. More than 84 percent said they would celebrate the holiday.
There’s a new shop to check out at Scottsdale Fashion Square.
Pineda Covalin opened last weekend.
Mexican designers Cristina Pineda and Ricardo Covalin have stores in North, Central and South American countries. The designers fashion their Mexican-flavored styles into scarves, handbags, shoes, eyewear, silks and jewelry.
Valley chef/restaurateur Eddie Matney’s new venture, Eddie’s House, is slated for a May 21 opening on the northwest corner of Indian School Road and Marshall Way.
The patio will include lounge chairs and kid-friendly outdoor movies. Inside, besides regular dining tables, Matney plans to feature a chef’s counter where patrons can observe him in action.
The restaurant will be open for dinner only.
The menu? Comfort food, he said.
Matney is already taking reservations at www.eddieshouseaz.com, by e-mailing the restaurant at firstname.lastname@example.org with requested times and dates, or by calling the reservation line at (480) 946-1622.