2010/2011 (MESA, Ariz.) - It's no surprise that one of the most popular activities on anyone's itinerary when on vacation is shopping! And, in Mesa there is no shortage of great shopping opportunities with the many retail centers strewn throughout the city.

To start, a visit to Downtown Mesa is must. Here, many of the businesses are independently owned and operated thus providing a unique shopping opportunity. Tourists are especially drawn to this area because of the one-of-a-kind offerings that can only be found at Downtown Mesa retailers - making it an easy task to find that coveted Arizona souvenir! Favorites include Domestic Bliss featuring a collection of vintage and modern-day housewares and specialty items and neighboring FOUND which boasts the best window storefront in town and a collection of antiques from across the world that can make any hunter salivate. Further along Main Street combo hair salon-slash-boutique Adorn Style Lounge features affordable chic clothing including in the styles and while you're at it, get a new look.

For those with a refined taste and style, stroll the upscale shops at Dana Park Village Square. This 400,000-square-foot fashion-focused lifestyle center is a reflection of some of Mesa's most affluent neighborhoods. Features include some of the nation's most popular high-end retailers and unique boutiques paired with wide pedestrian walkways, spacious patios for dining al fresco, fountains and palm-tree-lined driveways. Some of the top retailers include Anthropologie, Francesca's Collections, Girly-Girlz, and the staples including Ann Taylor Loft, Talbots, Coldwater Creek and even some day spas for downtime.

More than 150 popular stores and eateries comprise Superstition Springs Center. The outdoor amphitheater is a popular entertainment venue which hosts a concert series as well as various other events. Additional amenities include a brand new double-decker carousel (the only one in Arizona!) and indoor children's play area. Sister property, Fiesta Mall is anchored by Dillard's, Macy's and Sears and is home to 140 specialty stores and eateries. Fiesta Mall's amenities include an indoor children's play area as well as a free Kids Club program.

And, who can resist Mesa's newest offering at Mesa Riverview featuring a mixture of well-known stores alongside independent retailers. Boasting more than 1.3 million square feet of retail space, this entertainment complex is anchored by Arizona's only Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World along with an eclectic selection of specialty shops located in the Theater District. Other stores at Mesa Riverview include Kirkland Home, Bed Bath & Beyond, Sports Authority, Famous Footwear and Rue 21. 

Shoppers seeking value won't want to miss Power Square Mall. This community shopping center features national outlets and name brands featuring low prices and weekly specials. The unique collection of specialty stores and event programming make any visit here worth the trip. From VF Factory Outlet to CorningWare and select Arizona retailers, finding a one-of-a-kind treasure is easy at this newest offering in east Mesa.

Mesa Neighborhood to Welcome First-of-its-kind Collaborative Market

Offering a new way to shop in the new economy, a collaborative market is opening in Mesa this spring called POOL that will bring together specialty purveyors, small businesses, artisans and privately owned merchants. The public market-like setting will offer the community a unique way to shop, socialize, eat and be entertained. Modeled after some of the most famous public markets in America, including Pike Place in Seattle, Oxbow Market in Napa Valley and the Milwaukee Market in Wisconsin, POOL will house more than 100 merchants along with a restaurant in phase one, totaling 41,000 square feet of space. A first of its kind in Arizona, POOL will feature specialty merchants selling a diverse mix of high-quality products and merchandise year-round, seven days a week. Merchants will include a coffee and tea shop, a floral boutique, a salsa and spices company, a farmer's market, a homemade ice cream shop and a jeweler, to name a few.  POOL will also be a hub of activity, with entertainment and interactive events happening weekly. Spaces within POOL will be dedicated, and in certain instances donated, to local artists, musicians, comedians, dance and performing troupes and chefs hosting cooking classes. The concept for POOL was developed over many months by Brad Weinstock and Skyler Hynes who honed their vision for a unique gathering place of commerce and entertainment that would revitalize this Mesa neighborhood. For more information on POOL, visit www.pooltogether.com or call 877-565-MESA (6372). For media information, contact Jan Bracamonte at jan@crosby-wright.com or 480-367-1112.

Media Contact:
Michelle Streeter, Director of Public Relations
Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau
Direct: 480-682-3638 Toll-free: 800-283-6372 x345
E-mail: Michelle@VisitMesa.com

About the Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau:
The Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau is responsible for marketing Mesa, Arizona as a leading vacation, small meeting and sports travel destination to regional and national target audiences, including travel agents and group tour operators, meeting planners, leisure visitors and media.

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