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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. 

Meet the Owners

 Arlette Stobbe of Bella Mia Boutiques
 Sarah Stobbe of Bella Mia Boutiques

ARLETTE stobbe 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.

Sarah Shmyr Stobbe 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.