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Everything on sale at Domus as popular Main Street store shuts down, again

Original post made on Sep 20, 2012

Domus, the popular kitchen and home accessories retailer on Pleasanton's Main Street, is now open with a store-wide sale and deep discounts on everything including fixtures as owner Margaret Smith prepares to close the store, again.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 20, 2012, 7:33 AM


Posted by triedtobuy, a resident of Birdland
on Sep 20, 2012 at 8:33 am

Can we please lure Sur la Table into the spot vacated by Domus? I tried to support the reopened Domus, but there was never enough inventory.

Posted by Patriot, a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Sep 20, 2012 at 8:34 am

Thank you Margaret for coming back to Pleasanton and trying again. I know that the current economy in our oountry probably didn't help this time too. I know from my conversations with you when you returned that you do love your family and that is very important too-grandchildren are precious for sure--I do hope that your retirement years will be full of good times. I knew that you were an excellent business person and I am sure that closing this Pleasanton store is bittersweet as well. Best of luck to you and your family in the new phase of your life. Pleasanton thanks you!

Posted by Melanie, a resident of Downtown
on Sep 20, 2012 at 8:38 am

I second Sur la Table. That would be a wonderful addition and the size of the space seems perfect! Downtown is missing a kitchen store, especially after Pans on Fire was forced to move after a greedy building owner's outrageous demands.

Posted by Ptown Resident, a resident of Stoneridge
on Sep 20, 2012 at 8:54 am

Have anyone offered to buy her store? Did the owner even put it up for sale? It's a shame. If it's a profitable business, then there must be interested buyers. My guess is either its not profitable or the owner is not interested in passing down trade secrets to new owners.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 20, 2012 at 9:02 am

Stacey is a registered user.

Ptown Resident,

Or maybe the owner wants the Domus brand to remain a positive memory. There's no guarantee that whoever were to purchase the business would treat the clientele to the current owner's standards. Could be a myriad number of reasons...

Posted by IJust WorkHere, a resident of Stoneridge
on Sep 20, 2012 at 11:38 am

Sur la Table with a Nespresso nook built in like the store in Palo Alto Town and Country Center would be a perfect fit.

Posted by Tish, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Sep 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Sounds absolutely DEELISH to me. I love the Italian sounding name which conveys high class and culture. And I love Italian!

Posted by Al. B., a resident of Downtown
on Sep 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Open your eyes folks, the private sector is not doing just fine, as was stated a couple of months ago by the man who has ever signed the front of a paycheck, it's war out there. I wish the Domas people all the best, I am sure they gave it their best shot, it took guts to come back and try again.

Posted by Karla, a resident of Danbury Park
on Sep 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I love the Sur la Table idea as well! Let's get that idea on the table! ;^)

Posted by Joyce, a resident of Birdland
on Sep 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm

You can still spend your hard earned dollars in Pleasanton even if it isn't downtown. Pans on Fire is open at the corner of Hopyard and Valley next to Mr. Pickles. Tons of great stuff!

Posted by MeToo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Chipotle! Chipotle! Chipotle!

Posted by Laurie, a resident of Foothill High School
on Sep 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I think Main Street needs a makeover, big time. Everyone I know goes to Livermore, including us! They have done a wonderful job making over Main. We need some variety and some wine bars and live music to hangout with friends. Rather than just brew pubs! We LOVE P-town and have lived here for 25 years. We love the small town feel, but don't want to travel! We need a Demetri's.

Posted by chris, a resident of Castlewood Heights
on Sep 20, 2012 at 7:55 pm

agree with Laurie. Livermore is a fabulous mix of Everything. the colorful feel, mix of people and ages... how about a tatoo shop! Seriously, something different and inviting to everyone...another restaurant, no thank you...big space/ roller riink?!!! ha course i wouldbe please with a trader joes in there:) happy bloggig peeps...just having fun try not to tear it up too much...

Posted by Rick, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2012 at 8:35 am

I agree with comments on Livermore versus are mayor and council people have dropped the ball in many areas over the last 5-6 years.
But we keep electing the same clowns.

Posted by allison, a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Sep 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I hate to see another business close downtown. That large space would be perfect for the Gap. It would appeal to all ages, is a classic store and would draw other retailers to the area. Walnut Creek has both boutiques and mainstream stores and that area is thriving.

Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Good riddance. Domus was simply a warehouse for Chinese goods. The place went out of business because she miscalculated how unprofitable it is to sell low margain flimly chinese crud. That is Walmart and Dolalr Store's arena...

Now if she sold only made in America stuff, maybe customers would have shown more loyalty and she could have stayed in business, but she decided to stick with the cheap chinese crud with a ridiculous markup.

Im not shedding any tears over a cheap foreign trinket retailer going out of business...

Posted by FionawMW, a resident of Dublin
on Sep 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm

How about a Pharmaca? Pleasanton/Dublin/San Ramon/Livermore have people who are in need of a pharmacy that offers so much more than a CVS, RiteAid or Walmart. The closest Pharmaca I know of is in Rockridge. I think our area needs one closer to us and Pleasanton would be a great location. It would definitely be different than any other usiness there and would bring more people downtown. Council what do you think?

Posted by Michelle, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2012 at 8:17 pm


There's a great small town feeling pharmacy on First Street called Custom Care Pharmacy very close to downtown. It's in the small shopping center where Bob's Giant Burgers and Cole's Market is. By far the best pharmacy in town. They even deliver if you can believe it. They also always seem to have at least one spanish speaking person there at all times which I know is helpful to the Hispanic community.

You should check them out if you haven't already. No comparison to anything else in town.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Parkside
on Sep 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Sounds like a magnet for the unwanted if you ask me.

Posted by vote for something DIFFERENT, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Hey - how about another Safeway! Oh no, wait...

Posted by Resident, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Sep 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm

No more more Safeways please! How about trying to lure California Pizza Kitchen or a small movie theater like the Vine in Livermore. Something that has a brand associated with it. I continually shop and eat downtown but to be honest it's all a little old. The restaurants need to jazz things up a bit with a rotating menu and consistency. One time the food is fabulous and the next time it's horrible and it's definitely NOT CHEAP. Something like CPK would be consistent, budget & family friendly with a wide choice of menu items for lunch and dinner. Chipotle would be another good choice . Or how about Max's from Palo Alto or a chain seafood restaurant like McCormick's. Just something different!

Posted by Tish, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Sep 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm

I like most things with a brand, too. Not Kentucky Fried Chicken though. Blech!!! But things with brands allow people to see what stores you buy things at, and what labels define you as a purchaser. How can anyone tell anything about you unless they see the brands you are wearing? I've always thought people who get tatoos are just trying to compensate for not being able to afford high class branded goods.

Posted by Sandra kay, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm

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Posted by No deals there, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 1, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Went by to see it there were any bargains, but there are not.
Most items are at most 20% off, but the marked price is so high it is still not worth buying.

There was one section, mostly empty marked Gardening, that was 50% off.

Seems amazing that they lasted as long as they did.