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Posted on Sun, Feb 5, 2012 : 7:42 a.m.

Organic Bliss store will be greatly missed in downtown Ann Arbor

By Letters to the Editor

I am writing in response to the article about the Liberty Street shop, Organic Bliss, closing their doors, and specifically to the comments pertaining to the article.

I was stunned to find so many negative words about the store. Clearly the writers had never entered foot into the establishment. Organic Bliss was an amazing place. It was my first go to store for all my presents, and a place to treat myself to some wonderful products as well.

Melissa had a large variety of inventory ranging from baby clothes and necessities, adult clothes, bath products, and many other things, too numerous to name. Each item there was carefully chosen to be eco-friendly and organic as well as high quality. There was something there for everyone!

In addition, going to Organic Bliss was terrific not only for what was on the shelves, but for the warm and friendly service you received from the owner, Melissa. She was always there to help you select the perfect present. She greeted you each and every time with a smile, and always made you feel welcome.

Organic Bliss was a great asset to the downtown district. With few shops other than restaurants surrounding Main Street it was wonderful to be able to do some great shopping without venturing to the mall. It is so unfortunate Melissa is closing her doors, and what is even more unfortunate is the lack of compassion displayed in the comment section following the article.

Ann Arbor is losing a great store, and a great proprietor. Organic Bliss and Melissa, you will be sorely missed.

Zoe F. Cowan



Sun, Feb 5, 2012 : 7:57 p.m.

Comment sections only prove that the ability to remain anonymous allows for an extreme lack of civility. If everyone signed onto a comment section having to reveal their actual identities, there would be a lot less cruelty and a lot fewer comments. I pine for that day.


Mon, Feb 6, 2012 : 1:49 a.m. is your chance! You can use your real name right now but chose not to, back up your statement.

John Smith

Sun, Feb 5, 2012 : 7:53 p.m.

A study by the Center for Global Food Issues found that although organic foods make up about 1 percent of America's diet, they also account for about 8 percent of confirmed E. coli cases. Organic food products also suffer from more than eight times as many recalls as conventional ones.


Sun, Feb 5, 2012 : 6:50 p.m.

Hey Melissa, no need to be anonymous in the article. We all know it's you!


Sun, Feb 5, 2012 : 7:25 p.m.

We do? I'm not even clear on who you are claiming is writing or commenting anonymously. Are you referring to a commenter, to a replier or to the writer of the letter?


Sun, Feb 5, 2012 : 5:47 p.m.

I entered the store during its last week[for my 1st time]. I was surprised at nice organic cotton clothing in the back on several racks. In my opinion, the clothing should have been displayed where a look through the window would have revealed these comfortable/soft/colorful clothes. There is a surplus of cheap clothing almost everywhere else in town and at malls in anywhere, USA.. I did not need to purchase clothing, but was feeling these articles could have garnered more interest if displayed differently. The window display always was a little too lean [drinking bottles and bars of soap],to justify a wander in, therefore I did not. I enjoyed looking around, the owner was there and appropriate, on my one visit, and I did make a purchase.

Dexter Bear

Sun, Feb 5, 2012 : 5:13 p.m.

Many of the commentators at seem to enjoy kicking people when they are down. Seems a lot of people only dream about starting a business; when others do and it doesn't work out for whatever reason, the pent-up frustrations of the dreamers-not-doers often rise to the surface, and they apparently have quite a bit of time on their hands to publicize those frustrations to everyone. Instead of spending so much time criticizing, they should channel those energies into THEIR passions...if they have any other than tearing people apart...

dading dont delete me bro

Sun, Feb 5, 2012 : 3:22 p.m.


Somewhat Concerned

Sun, Feb 5, 2012 : 2:11 p.m.

You write that anyone who disagrees with your opinion that Organic Bliss was an amazing place clearly had "never entered foot in the establishment." That settles things, doesn't it. There is no other possible explanation for someone disagreeing with you.


Sun, Feb 5, 2012 : 3:39 p.m.

Thank you. I thought the same thing, very condescending. I have been in the store and stick with MY opinion of poor customer service.