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It’s a treasure chest of offerings—from office suites and store fronts in a prime location, a growing ed tech startup, and a retail store with must-haves for missionaries and anyone else looking for top quality apparel and accessories—all housed in a downtown Mesa building that, itself, has a story to tell.
“My great-great grandfather built the Pomeroy building in 1891, and my father, Wayne Pomeroy, opened his first store here in 1951,” says Michel Fluhr, who began working with her father 40 years ago.
“I still meet with him a couple of times each week. He’s my mentor, my hero, my biggest cheerleader,” she says.
Over the years, Pomeroy’s Men’s and Missionary Store has earned a reputation for providing a complete missionary outfitting experience, quality clothing at fair prices, and excellent service.
With luggage and backpacks, skirts and blouses, suits and white shirts in slim-fit and some big and tall sizes as well, shoes, white belts, pants and temple suits, and everything in between, Pomeroy’s stands out as a one-stop shop and the place to go for missionary attire, baptismal and temple clothes for men, and wedding and business suits as well.
“We are known for our two-pant suits with added features, like stretch waistbands and reinforced crotch and pockets,” Michel says. “Our easy-care skirts are lined and have pockets, a feature requested by our sister missionaries. We also carry overcoats and shoulder bags, popular items with the sisters.”
Since 2006, Pomeroy’s has been the only Arizona partner in an association of independent stores operating as “CTR Clothing.”
“This has helped increase our buying power, so we are able to continue providing ‘missionary-specific’ features, quality and durability while keeping costs down,” Michel says.
Pomeroy’s has met the needs of tens of thousands—both elders and sisters—who have served all over the world. “We are now outfitting the third and fourth generations of missionaries,” Michel says. “Families often comment how comfortable it is to come in, sit down and do all their shopping at once.”
Doug Wimmer, Pomeroy’s manager for the past 20 years, says, “I love helping the missionaries who come through here, but the most fun is educating our customers and explaining what we do and why.”
Pomeroy’s staff are all returned missionaries, well familiar with the quality and features missionaries need.
For example, white shirts are readily available elsewhere, “but they aren’t going to look as nice or last as long as ours,” Doug explains.
“With the addition of Benedictine University and additional residential properties and innovative companies coming to downtown Mesa, we are excited about the future of this building,” Michel notes. “Just this month, my daughter, Sarah Bevier, moved from a small upstairs suite to one of the large downstairs spaces as her ed tech startup company grows. Having multiple generations run businesses in this building is unique and something we are very proud of.”
Pomeroy’s, at 136 W Main Street in Mesa, is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To reach them, call 480-833-0733, email email@example.com, or visit www.pomeroysonline.com.