I would really love to see retailers stay open during non-work hours. Everything closes up around 5pm, and the whole area turns into a ghost town at night. I went down for the merry mesa holidays event and all the stores were closed and it was really lame. It could be a great event like the Christmas markets in Europe, but instead it was little more than a big tree and some food trucks. Very few people can go shop at the stores between 9 and 5 Mon-Friday, so stores should try staying open during non-traditional hours-- they should be open late in the evenings and one weekends--like Old Town Scottsdale and Cave creek, which are thriving. Downtown Mesa will never be an attraction and hangout / nightlife spot like other areas of the valley if all the stores close up and operate only during traditional business hours! We want Mesa to be a destination, not just a struggling has-been.