Check out Chico’s March catalog.
The national women’s clothing retailer, which has shops in pricey lifestyle centers like Casa Paloma in Chandler and The Borgata in Scottsdale, used Paradise Valley’s Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Paolo Soleri’s striking Cosanti bell factorymuseum-shop as background.
In Destination Paradise Valley, Chico’s describes the setting: "Here amidst the cacti and the hummingbirds, some people come to relax, some come to explore, and one man came to re -imagine the future."
A familiar name returns to Tempe on Monday.
The Balboa, no surname, plans to open at the site of the former Balboa Cafe at Hayden Square, Third Street and Mill Avenue, chef-general manager Tim McGovern said.
The old Balboa shut its doors four years ago, and people still ask the property owners about its potential reincarnation. In fact, the new owners bought the property more than a year ago with plans to turn it into Margarita Rocks, but they opted to use the space across the street instead for that concept.
They are reviving the Balboa, at least in name, to please those nostalgic for their former favorite haunt.
McGovern said while Margarita Rocks is aimed at the club-lovers, Balboa will focus more on food, although live music is planned "down the road." Balboa will keep things lively in the interim with "food, fun, a friendly staff, special events and karaoke," he said.
• Chandler’s first Best Buy, Loop 101 and Frye Road at the south end of Chandler Fashion Center, has scheduled its grand opening for Friday.
• Staples, at 4535 E. McKellips Road in the Falcon Gateway Plaza in Mesa, plans a grand opening celebration for Saturday, with product demonstrations, prizes and special sales. The store employs 30 associates.
• Pick-up Stix, 1929 N. Power Road in Mesa, the seventh Valley version of the Asian food chain, started serving up its popular House Special Chicken last week.
• On the QT, a quilting supply shop at 207 N. Gilbert Road in Gilbert, planned its grand opening for Monday, but it actually snuck open a week early. Owner Jean Kramer has been surprised by the steady stream of customers who found her shop, which is tucked into "the folksy, quieter area of Gilbert," without ads or announcements.
Gordon’s Jeweler’s at Fiesta Mall in Mesa has moved into temporary digs while it readies a newer, bigger shop at center court. The new space should be finished in six to eight weeks.
Ruby’s Diners at Scottsdale Fashion Square and Paradise Valley Mall are closed. The Chandler Fashion Center version of the eatery is staying put, at least for now.
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