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A Letter From Sarah and Arlette: The Owners of Bella Mia

We are very excited to announce that August marks our 15th year as Bella Mia LLC!

Our time as a business in this community is a testament to the amazing support of those who choose to shop small and keep us going! Thank you! Our gratitude extends beyond just your financial support but also to a personal level in that you’ve shared who you are, challenged us in ways that have made us grow and learn and always made Bella Mia feel like a part of the heart of Plymouth. 

We are a store that seeks to connect with others through fashion and through the years we’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do this together and alongside the phenomenal individuals that make up our staff. While on the surface our common denominator might be a love of style, underneath we all have a passion  to genuinely connect with you- the customer. 

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We are humbled and thankful—You are the reason we do this! 

Just a small token on our appreciation - the remainder of August we are offering 15% off* storewide for all our guests. We are honored you have made us your neighborhood boutique for a decade and a half and look forward to more years of friendship and shopping together.

See you in stores soon!
xoxo,
Sarah & Arlette Stobbe

 

*Discount cannot be used retroactively. Discount valid Tuesday, August 21, 2018 until August 31, 2018. Discount cannot be combined with other coupons and promotions. Discount excludes all formal wear.

Let's Swap; A Community Clothing Event

You know that top in your closet that doesn't fit right? Or that dress you never wear anymore? Those items can finally be put to good use again in another woman's closet. It's time to cleanse your closet of the old and make way for something new. Bring your gently used, unwanted items to Bella Mia Boutique's first clothing swap on Sunday, August 12 from 6pm-8pm. Join other local women for this community wide clothing swap in the parking lot behind Bella Mia!

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Never been to a clothing swap? No worries- we have the deets!

  • Bring at least three but no more than fifteen gently preloved items of women's clothing and accessories. That's right- clear out not only your clothing but also your jewelry, purses, hats, scarves, and shoes! 
  • No name brand? No problem! We don't discriminate but we do ask that the items have no signs of major wear (holes, stains, pulls, etc.)
  • For every item you bring, you'll receive a ticket to "purchase" other items! SO- you'll start with a minimum of three tickets and a maximum of fifteen tickets. Yes- that's right, you have the chance to get up to fifteen new to you items!
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Five reasons to swap:

  1. It's economical! Swapping clothes is an easy way to stay on budget.
  2. That feeling you get when you clean our your closet and feel FRESH.
  3. Bring your girlfriends to make it a free and fun girls night out!
  4. You just might find a treasured piece that you'll wear way more than those old jeans that don't even fit you anymore. #realtalk
  5. Any items that are leftover, we'll donate to an awesome charity FOR YOU! One less thing on the to do list. #winwin

Now that you're convinced- we'll see you there!

Tell a friend!
August 12, 2018
from 6pm to 8pm
in the parking lot directly behind Bella Mia,
448 Forest Ave. Plymouth, MI 48170

For more information about our charity of choice visit www.vistamaria.org

Where To Donate Your Prom Dress: Donating to Hope Closet

You've spent the past few months thinking about prom: what dress you're going to wear, what hairstyle will look best, and of course bringing it all together with shoes and jewelry! Now you went to prom, took countless photos, had a blast, and made memories you'll never forget. After an #epic prom night, you come home to slip off your dress, take off your makeup, and throw your accessories on that one chair. A few weeks past by and you're wondering: what do I do with my prom dress now?

Donate Your Prom Dress

The ultimate way to pass on your great prom experience, is to let someone else have an amazing experience just like you did! Hope Closet allows young women in the metro-Detroit area to attend high school dances feeling as confident and special as you did without financial limitations. Hope Closet hosts a one week "Prom Pop-Up Shop" run entirely on volunteers and donated items and dresses. 

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How You Can Help

Donating is easy! First you need to decide what you want to donate; Hope Closet loves everything including your formal dress, formal shoes, accessories (including jewelry, purses, and wraps), and dress bags. After gathering your donation you have two options: mailing it or dropping it off at their donation center.

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To mail your donation: package it and send it to the following address: 

Hope Closet
PO Box 530413
Livonia, MI 48153-0413

To drop off your donation: package it and drop it off at this location: 

Premier Locations, an agent of Mayflower
Monday thru Friday 9am-5pm.
45200 Grand River Avenue
Novi, MI 48335

If you need a receipt for your donation, please include a prestamped self addressed envelope with your donation. Also, when donating at Premier Locations give them a shout out for volunteering a free place to store the dresses!

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Hope Closet's ultimate goal is to offset financial costs to local families and provide role models for young women who later want the same opportunity to pay it forward with their volunteerism. For more information on Hope Closet, their volunteer program, and next pop up shoppe visit hopecloset.org.

Who We Want To See At This Year's Art In The Park

Art in the Park 

The Top 4 Must See Artists of 2018

For over thirty years, Plymouth has attracted hundreds of artists for a 3-day weekend called ‘Art in the Park’. This event aims to celebrate and support artists from communities across the nation. Every year, this city wide affair does not disappoint and we find ourselves running from to booth so as not to miss a singlething! With 400 artists annually, it's almost impossible to hit every single booth and really appreciate every piece of art. This year we decided to feature our top 4 must see artists so you can learn a little more before you hit the show. 


4. Go Forth Goods

Go Forth Goods is a USA based high quality leather goods company whose main focus is to to be faithful down to the last stitch, to give back, and make a difference. The founder, Nathan Martin, thinks about every design and how it will wear over the next ten to twenty years with continually use. Using American-sourced leather, solid brass and copper rivets as their staples, they ensure that their goods will last for years to come.

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Not only does this Georgia based company care about they quality of the product they are producing, but they also value giving back to their community. 10% of all Go Forth Good's proceeds goes to the non profit organizations including local organization, Must Ministries who helps the homeless, abused women, and a food pantry to give back to their community. 

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With these high quality products and philanthropy of Nathan Martin and his team of artisans, they are a must at this year's Art in the Park! With prices starting at $15+, you need to grab one of their beautifully designed leather goods or t-shirts to show your support!

Be sure to stop by their booth and say hi to Nathan and Adam!

To see more products and learn more about Go Forth Goods, visit goforthgoods.com

3. PezPet

Inspired by her dog, Jack, Ruthie began creating her own line of pet collars after continuous disappointment in the quality and unoriginality of collars from your local pet store. Determined, she learned how to create her own collars that she could customize and change seasonally for her beautiful German Shorthair Pointer. 

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Based in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan (#michiganmade) she specializes in collars, leashes, and other toys for any furry friend! Ruthie also handmakes martingales, a rare special training collar, in her amazing patterns and colors! With collars ranging from $13-$30, and accessories starting at $5, you and your furry friend need to stop by and say hi to Ruthie in her booth off of Forest Avenue!

To see more products and learn more about Ruthie and Jack, visit pezpet.com

2. Manna Pottery

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Artist Rezgar Mamand creates hand painted decorative and functional ceramics that feature an ancient aesthetic with a contemporary appeal. The word Manna is derived from Mannea, an ancient civilization that dates back to the 7th-10th centuries BC. Mannea is located in the northwest region of Kurdistan, Iran- which is near where Rezgar grew up (Rabat). We love the idea of commemorating a special occasion such as wedding, graduation or birth of a child with a one of a kind, hand painted piece of art from Manna Pottery.

1. Stella and Luna

Lia Andreassi is Detroit born and raised (#detroitlove) and has a minor obsession with essential oils! She was introduced to diffuser jewelry (which combines natural stones and fragrant oil) after a recent trip to California. However she was frustrated by being unable to find jewelry of this type that featured designs that suited her personal style. Hence Stella and Luna was born; diffuser jewelry of her own design.

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She uses high grade gemstones with black lava diffusing beads to create beautiful bracelets and adds a personal touch with a delicate charm. Each bracelet can have essential oils added to the black lava beads for lasting scent for aromatherapy and alternative medicine with healing properties. The scent can last up to three days and then can be reapplied or swapped for your next favorite essential oil!

There are so many benefits to essential oils and having them so readily available is the reason Lia creates these beautiful accessories; she says her goal is to create relaxation at your wrist! Be sure to stop inside of Bella Mia to meet Lia and purchase one of her bracelets for only $18. 

Woolzie's Essential Oils and Essential Oil's guidebook will also be available for purchase.

Who are you looking forward to seeing this year? Don't forget to come into Bella Mia and get a refreshing water bottle and a coupon!