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Bella Mia first opened in August of 2003 in Plymouth’s Historic Old Village. Arlette and Sarah (mother-daughter owners) launched the tiny 600 square foot shop with the hope of bringing a stylish outpost to their cozy hometown. In its early days, this “funky” boutique offered makeup and beauty products alongside purses, jewelry, and accessories. Soon, it became clear that apparel would be the backbone of their collection and inspiration. With affordability and individuality as its main focus, this tiny boutique grew its customer base and inventory and decided to move to a more spacious location in downtown Plymouth in 2005. A few years later, after beginning to dabble in fancier apparel including prom dresses and elegant tops, it was decided that a second store was needed! In the fall of 2008, Bella Mia launched their ‘Dressed-Up’ location on Ann Arbor Trail. Bella Mia Dressed-Up honors its namesake in offering clients unique social occasion apparel and accessories. In 2012, Bella Mia moved up the street toward Ann Arbor Trail to be closer to its sister store but still kept the focus on being the free spirited counterpart to the sophisticated Dressed-Up. As the stores continue to mature and grow, owners Arlette and Sarah run the company alongside their staff of Bellas who seamlessly work between the two locations and bring their own dedication to our stamp in downtown Plymouth.

 

Bella Mia is Italian for "My Beautiful" and was inspired by Arlette's grandmother who used the saying with her grandchildren every time they got dressed up for special occasions. We believe that truly feeling beautiful comes from confidence within and the love we feel from those around us. 

 

Our Team

 
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Arlette Stobbe

Arlette is the founder of bella Mia. She grew up locally, attending salem high school as well as Schoolcraft college. she raised her family in plymouth and spent nearly 20 years in the medical field. after cultivating a shared love for small town boutique shopping with her daughter, sarah (right), she took the risk of changing careers and opening her own shop. with the hopes of providing a fashion forward option for other mothers and daughters to shop in plymouth, bella Mia took life. after years of running the business from the ground level, arlette is still the visionary behind the brand. while her incredible staff now run day to day operations, you will still find arlette doing everything from mending garments and negotiating with vendors, to creating unimaginable window displays.

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Sarah Stobbe Shmyr

Sarah is co-owner of bella mia, and daughter of arlette (left). Sarah assisted in opening Bella mia when she was a high school junior. she later attended the university of michigan and studied Art history and English. After college, Sarah moved to new york where she spent four years in apparel and management with Anthropologie. co. Afterward She moved back to michigan to rejoin team bella mia. sarah has a passion for visual merchandising, design, and business management. Her style can be described as "bohemian tomboy" and she excels in outfitting. Along with product aquisition, she helps guide the leadership staff and facilitates store operations. when shes not focused on the shops, Sarah is busy caring for her son, oliver.

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EKW

Emily is the Bella Mia Dressed Up store manager and has been with the company for over 10 years! Emily is a master trainer, organizer and list-maker. Along with running all Bella Mia dressed up store operations-she also partners with the owner to select the entire formal wear collection each season!  Her style can be described as classic and refined. Emily loves doing Yoga, traveling, and is the best crafter we know! When she's not at the store she's snuggling her pup Fritz. 

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Tonni

Tonni is the bella mia store manager and has been with the brand since 2012. She plays a large role in merchandising the store and helps select and organize all the ready to wear product that we receive daily. She loves all things Fashion, and can almost always be found with her sidekick Ruby, a dachshaund- german shephard mix. Her style is an awesome hybrid of biker meets boho. We adore her collection of earthy feminine tattoos and her witty observations always have us laughing. In her off time you can find her enjoying nature or shopping for great deals!   

Em D.

Emily has been with Bella Mia for over two years and quickly found herself at home. She is our Social Media and Marketing Manager as well as the woman behind the camera in many of our seasonal product "LookBooks". Emily is an expert planner and has a keen eye for details. Her talent for photography is undeniable as is her love of fashion. She has a penchant for the subversive and her outfits are always retro with a modern twist. When she's not at the store she's busy reading a good book or shopping for inspiration.

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Leena

Leena is a customer associate who has been with Bella Mia since Summer 2015. She is a diligent student at WSU and is a valuable member of our team! She has the most contagious laugh and has a serious passion for boy-bands! Leena's style is preppy-feminine and always the right amount of edgy. She is a go-to whether you are looking for a formal dress or the perfect pair of jeans. She likes to spend time with family (her beautiful sisters are regulars in the shop!) and is a big advocate of going out to Brunch :)

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Emily B.

Emily B. began working with us in Summer 2016 but has been a familiar face in the shop as a customer since we first opened back in 2003! Emily is currently pursuing a second masters degree at University of Michigan after accomplishing her first one at Binghamton in New York. She has a special interest in pediatric health and dietetics. If you are in need of a formal dress- she's your girl! Her style is polished and feminine. In her free time she loves to paint, enjoy the outdoors and travel.

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Cassie

Cassie began with the team in Summer 2016 and has instantly become a key player! Her love of Art and Photography led her to enroll at CCS in Detroit, where she will also pursue studying Video & Film Production. Her cool, calm attitude makes her a breeze to work with. In her spare time she can be found creating her own art or reading classic literature (Les Mis is her favorite!)her personal style is grunge meets girly and she can pull off a smokey eye like no one we know.

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Becca

Becca joined team Bella Mia in the Fall of 2016 and could not have been a more perfect fit! She rocks a boho-urban aesthetic and cheerful, positive attitude at all times. Not only do we love her signature style and warm smile but are thoroughly impressed that she pulls it off effortlessly while at the same time being an amazing mother to the most handsome little boy. So inspiring!

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Tegan

Tegan is the personification of the phrase "good things come in small packages". She joined the team at dressed up in the winter of 2017 and has brought enthusiasm and tenacity to us every day since. Currently a Manager-in-Training, she can be found at either store and always rocking her 90's femme style. When she's not hustling at the shops- you can find her knitting, hiking, riding four wheelers or cuddling her cats!

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Liz

Liz joined the team at  Dressed up in summer of 2017. She is a total go-getter and currently pursuing a double major in Psychology  and German at Wayne State. Not only is she a talented formal dress seller but has also worked at Greenfield Village as a  Historical Presenter. Her style is classic and pretty and in her free time she loves to cook and bake!

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Abby

Abby became a part of team Bella Mia in the summer of 2017. A current student at Schoolcraft college, she is inquisitive and hardworking. Her style can be described as classic and modest, she's especially drawn to versatile pieces. If there is a soccer match going on- chances are she's watching it! Further, whether it’s the soundtrack to Hamilton or a just a good country song- she feels most herself when she is singing!

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Katy

Katy Joined team Bella Mia on Forest Ave. in August of 2017. She rocks a bohemian feminine style like no one else can and has an infectious positive attitude. She is currently dually enrolled finishing her senior year of HS and starting her freshman year of college at once! When she is not hard at work you'll find her collecting old records, swing dancing, or unwinding with a relaxing bubble bath.  

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Ryan

Ryan joined team Dressed Up in the Fall of 2017 and now works at both locations.He is currently a communications and women's studies major at EMU. He loves to play along with the judges on Project Runway (Michael Kors anyone?) and relaxes at the end of a busy day with a fragrant Lush bath bomb. In the shops he has quickly become a staff favorite for his amazing sense of humor and spot on fashion sense. He loves putting together beautiful outfits and connecting with guests in the process.

 

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Lauren

Lauren is absolutely fun-loving and easygoing- two qualities that make her a blast to work with! Whether she is your formal wear consultant at Dressed up or helping you pick out a great outfit at Bella Mia- she is the perfect shopping partner. Outside Bella Mia Lauren teaches Zumba classes and also crafts themed running costumes that sells on her Etsy shop. When she's not dressed up like a princess for a 5k- her style can be described as feminine and thoughtful.

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Elise

Elise is an outgoing people person who jumped in as formalwear consultant at Dressed UP in winter 2017. She is currently a University of MIchigan Child Life Nursing student. While you two shop dresses you can chat with her about her time spent living in germany, her favorite rivers to kayak, the joys of stargazing or simply bond over your favorite disney movie. Her personal style motto is to wear what you want so long as you wear it with confidence.

 

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McKenzie

CALL HER MACK, CALL HER KENZIE THIS WOMAN IS AWESOME. A GRADUATE OF SAGINAW VALLEY STATE AND COMMUNICATIONS MAJOR SHE IS BOTH FREE SPIRITED AND HARDWORKING.

SHE IS CURRENTLY PRACTICING TO BECOME A YOGA INSTRUCTOR AND WOULD LOVE TO OWN HER OWN STUIDO ONE DAY.  FOR NOW SHES COMMITTED TO HELPING YOU LOOK AND FEEL YOUR BEST NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE SHOPPING FOR.