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October 11, 2013

Good shopping for this summer!

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The heat is rising in the desert and the prices are going lower, because many of our stores during the off season are delivering offers one can’t refuse. One store said each week the prices go lower. Another store owner reported “I own everything and it is my choice to offer deals to customers.” Shopping and getting out in the heat truly is a challenge for you, and certainly for our local store owners. The challenge ends with some store owners closing for the summer. There are real reasons, like paying for air conditioning a store with only few customers coming in during the day. That is made worse by the Edison Company predicting big price increases. The antidote to that is happening as we speak, there is a growing population living here year around and there are summer visitors here in big numbers. These folks are disappointed when they see too many stores closed. Our store owners won’t disappoint if customers come into their store no matter what the weather.

Maybe one day we willl be like Florida where it is hot and humid and downright muggy, and yet the stores are open and cash registers ringing up sales. I was in a strip mall here recently and one of the stores reported that their landlord reduced the rent for the summer months without being asked by the tenants. Kudos to that landlord; no wonder why there is no vacant store in that strip mall. I hope other landlords read this article and consider the same changes for their tenants, as it will help encourage more customers to shop open stores during the off season. All I can say is hot or not let’s support our local establishments by making a point to get out and even say “Hi” for support.

On how to comfortably get out in the heat to support our local stores, Bette King is having a “Shopping Expedition” on July 31 in an air conditioned bus. For details about the trip and to purchase tickets for the day long trip look for the ad in this issue of the Desert Entertainer or call Bette King at (760) 202-4007. The stores that day will be providing special benefits or discounts for the people on this bus trip as well. Lunch, snacks and drawing for prizes and giveaways will be included with ticket purchase. Make your reservation now there are only forty seats and you won’t want to miss this fun day in air conditioned comfort and great incentives to buy offered by store owners. Media sponsor by The Desert Entertainer.

Palm Springs:

Hephaestus, 132 La Plaza, Palm Springs. Joel Timms is not only the owner, and the salesman of his store, but he is the designer as well. As a result he is justly proud of every piece he has made, and all with loving care. Joel is known for his over 250 styles of mens’ and ladies’ wedding bands. He has the most exotic pearls in the desert. And in general he has very unusual merchandise which he personally has designed, crafting them from diamonds all the way to exotic stones from around the world. He travels to handpick these stones, that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

He has been in business for 14 years. The store is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by special appointment. He quotes that his merchandise stands out from anyone else. Much attention is given to each and every detail of all the pieces he designs. It is a pleasure to work with someone who takes so much pride in their work. You will spend a lot of time as there is a lot to look at and study.

Cathedral City:

HOM, at 68-929 Perez Road, Cathedral City is a charming store, nestled in a row of modern furniture stores, and sells its wonderful stock of mid century modern items. I found the owner, Scott Nelson, to be a charming and very helpful person, always expressing a helpful attitude. He was a true pleasure to deal with.

He considers himself a vintage store with everything from the past that is still perfect for today. He has been in business for over 10 years. He and his partner Lee Thomas do staging as well as selling and they have another store in San Diego. They do most of their buying in Las Vegas, Phoenix and Utah.

The way in which they display their merchandise make it very inviting to shop their store, and everything is in fine order and looks new. The store carries the Chile Wich Rugs that come in many colors. This store is definitely a trend setter; many of the young set in Los Angeles come here for the large collection of eclectic furnishings. This store is definitely a desert gem, and if you stop by I think you will agree that this was a must visit. There is something there for everyone. The store owners really like to hear where you heard about them, so when you go please let them know.

This & That, Consign and Design shops, 68 860 Perez Road, Suite J, Cathedral City. What a creative idea from four very special people, David Smith, Richard Berg, Steve Baldonado, and Jocelyn Garin, to open this special mall store. It is promoted as a mall, where people who want to go into business, can get a suite at their location and be in business. The secondary concept is to accept consignments from people, and accept everything, which makes them different from most other consignment stores that only accept select items. They quote, “You need to accept the bad with the good, as the old saying goes, someone’s trash is another person’s treasure.” It is a very cozy atmosphere, and they even have a hospitality bar for customers to sit and relax and have a nosh.

The merchandise is set up in a way that makes it inviting to buy. Merchandise can be anything from Vintage to Antiques to Retro and they feature a large selection of depression glass. Items that are too large, they take pictures of and make the consignment to their website. An unusual concept, I might add, with great selections and best of all great prices. There is an opportunity here, to meet 25 business owners, as they have 25 suites available. Currently 10 are leased. Check them out, and I guarantee you won’t go home empty handed. They are open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 

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