90 years ago the first chisel chipped away at the granite of Mount Rushmore, Charles Lindbergh made the first solo flight across the Atlantic, Babe Ruth set a MLB home run record and Saba’s Western Wear opened for business in Downtown Chandler.
There is something special in the world of big box stores and online retailers when you have a shop in the neighborhood that is celebrating their 90th year in business. David Saba opened the original store in 1927, overcoming many obstacles along the way, including the great depression. In August of 1931 Saba recalls total receipts from the store at only $375, yet he was able to make it through the rough patches and not only survive, but thrive. When JC Penney decided to leave the downtown location and move on to the Tri-City Mall in Mesa, Saba’s grabbed the opportunity to move into the location, triple the size of the previous space. It is pretty safe to say that almost everything about doing business has changed over the past nine decades, but there is one constant that has sustained Saba’s for so long; the way that they care for their customers. This has been the Saba family secret all along. Their motto all along has been, Satisfaction Guaranteed, never too large to know you and appreciate you, but large enough to offer the finest merchandise at sensible prices, a motto that has stood the test of time.
As we celebrate the history of Saba’s, we also welcome a new socially responsible restaurant to the district. Although Even Stevens just opened their doors, they celebrate the rich history of their location. This very modern restaurant is housed in the former Arrow Pharmacy location. The owners paid homage to the past with a mural depicting the old apothecary shop on the wall, the cleverly placed letters above the front door, as well as retaining the original, century old crown molding and tin ceiling. But don’t be fooled by the nod to the past, the founder of the chain, Steve Down is proud to be ushering in a brand new way of doing business. “Capitalism must become kinder, gentler, and more compassionate. When businesses are centered on a cause, they often achieve wild success." says Down. He sees ‘Cause Capitalism’ as a way of connecting the millennial generation to the world of business. The Chandler location marks the 16th location for the brand. By partnering with local non-profits in each market, including ICAN, AZcend, and My Sister’s Place at the Chandler store, Even Stevens has provided nearly two million meals to those in need.
These two distinctly different businesses offer a glimpse into just how we embrace our community by genuinely caring about the people who live, shop and work here.
Come explore the options, we grow and change every day, but we plan to keep the special touches that make our downtown a hometown to so many.