Copy of Maria’s Story

The conception of Bella House Of Mel in 2015 incorporated my custom gift basket business, Bella Baskets 4 U into an online lifestyle boutique that provided a fashionable retail service to a wide spread customer base from the East Coast to the West Coast.  Five years later, a pandemic hit and our economy was affected.  2020 allowed me to dig further into my creative element, regroup and explore some new ideas for my business.  Post pandemic in 2021, my team and I started to shift our focus towards a different niche market.  I wanted to continue to share what I love through a retail service that is INSPIRED BY THE LIVES OF OTHERS.  I also wanted to share my creative side through a décor and design service that REFLECTS THE LIVES OF OTHERS.  Due to my humanitarian nature, I also wanted a business that HELPS THE LIVES OF OTHERS.  Inspiration, reflection and helping are the reasons why I named my company in honor of my late and youngest sister Melanie "Mel"who lived 29 years with Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T), a rare and fatal degenerative disease that attacks children and very young adults.

About my sister "Mel"...  She was a beautiful, funny, faith driven and adventurous young woman who enjoyed family time, traveling and encouraging people around her!  One of her favorite things to do was to shop for things that uplifted her spirit or others, whether it was something to wear or something that made her own living space stylish and enjoyable.  Hence why she is the inspiration to my business.  She touched the hearts of everyone and her appreciation of "life" inspired those that she met.  These are reminders of what should be important to all of us today.
Bella House of Mel reflects my sister's perspectives on life, having a positive impact on people and the inspiration of hope and love that comes from everyday living.  BELLA means "beautiful" and my team and I want our products and services to be a part of what's "beautiful" to you.  Our wish is to provide things that you will enjoy and appreciate as a part of your lifestyle.  We want our pieces to connect with YOU or someone that you know on a personal level.  We offer an eclectic mix of unconventional and whimsical art, chic accessories and distinctive creations that express many individual tastes and personalities.  Whether you’re expressing your inner fashionista, accenting your home or office space or uplifting it with a new look, our products and services serve as a reminder of how wonderful life should be.  Having fun by just living!!  
We are an independent and minority-owned business that thrives upon the support of all of our customers far and near.  Our founder is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and affiliates the company with public service initiatives.  A portion of your purchase contributes to supporting the ongoing research efforts for life improving therapies and research for a future cure to those afflicted with Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T).  On special occasions that we promote, a portion of your purchase will also benefit such non-profit charitable organizations with 501(c) 3 status.  Our charitable partners support breast cancer awareness and research, heart disease awareness and prevention, humanitarian/disaster relief and educational initiatives for minority students.  
We hope that you will stay in touch, visit us often and allow us to bring a touch of BELLA into your lives!  
Thank you for stopping by!!
For more information about Ataxia-Telangiectasia and the A-T Children's Project, click on our Supporting Our Cause link at the foot of our website.  Your purchase and support matters.  A portion of our proceeds supports the A-T Children's Project.