On April 22, from 4-8 pm, the Arizona Small Business Association is hosting a fundraising and networking block party.
In partnership with The Downtown Phoenix Public Market and Local First Arizona, they are aiming to gain support and raise awareness for the Market’s “bricks & mortar” expansion. In June, The Downtown Phoenix Public Market is slated to open a permanent grocery store.
There will be live music set in a spring festival type atmosphere during the evening’s Public Market. The Downtown Phoenix Public Market runs every Wednesday night from 4-8 and every Saturday from 8 am-1 pm.
The block party is located at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market at 721 N. Central Ave. RSVP at asba.com.
The high profile Arizona Center mixed-use development in downtown Phoenix filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday, after its parent’s creditors balked at a debt-restructuring plan.
The Arizona Center, Tucson Mall, Sierra Vista Mall and two other local shopping centers were among 158 properties that filed separately for protection along with parent General Growth Properties Inc. The company owns more than 200 retail properties in 44 states.
In Chapter 11, a company is protected from creditor suits while it develops a plan of financial reorganization that is acceptable to its creditors and the court.
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Improvements began Monday for the Downtown Phoenix Public Market’s permanent grocery store, which is expected to open in June.
The 4000 square-foot retail space at 14 E Pierce St will be open five days a week and will serve as downtown Phoenix’s first local foods grocery store.
The market announced Feb. 28 that they had received $305,000 in funding for the permanent store. The largest loan for $250,000 came from the Phoenix Industrial Development Authority, which aims to provide financial assistance for the community and economic development within Phoenix. Other support came from the Arizona Community Foundation, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo Bank.
The market will need another $130,000 for operating costs over the next year until the store is established.
“It’s part of a plan,” said Cindy Gentry, the executive director of Community Food Connections. “Our plan for this market is a 12 to 15 year plan to establish a public market here in the heart of our city, but we needed to start small and see what the supply and the demand was.”
Community Food Connections, which operates the Public Market along with other programs, is committed to “increasing access to good, healthy food and helping farmers stay on the land,” Gentry said.
The store will include local products such as produce, dairy, eggs, and baked goods. There will also be a wine and beer bar, a cafe, crafts, and a community meeting room. There will be products from the vendors along with other products from local and regional producers that are not available at the outdoor market.
Gentry said the vendors are happy about the expansion.
“A lot of them have been with us almost as long as we’ve been open,” Gentry said. “It’s kind of like a big family and I think they see it as a chance to strengthen community as well as a chance for economic development.”
If the grocery store is successful, Gentry sees more expansion in the future.
“By six years from now, I hope to be in a permanent facility that is about three times as big as the land we’re standing on now.”
The outdoor market will still be open for its usual hours, Wednesdays from 4pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 8am to 1pm.
Come celebrate national record store day at Stinkweeds (10 W. Camelback Rd.) next Saturday, April 18. Designated as a day to support your trusty independent record store, Stinkweeds is going all out, even releasing its own exclusive album, Phoenix: We Love It, full of great local bands (Go Big Casino, Sam Means from the Format, Back Ted-N-Ted and Zachary James Dodds, among others) for a mere $10. From open to close, stop in for excellent deals, delicious barbecue, tons of free giveaways and live music (bands and schedule still TBA, check back here for more info as it becomes available).
Modified Arts is pleased to announce the opening reception for artist Carolyn Lavender Friday March 20th from
Phoenix artist, Carolyn Lavender, will be showing the current pieces in her “Journal” series. These paintings are based on collages done in her personal journals, which she as been keeping since age 14. The acrylic paintings are a stream of consciousness in imagery that represent Lavender’s gaze when it comes to the proliferation of imagery available today.
Lavender has been actively showing since 1992. Some resume highlights include the 2004 Arizona State University Art Museum show “Democracy in America”, the 1995 and 2007 Tucson Museum of Art Biennials, and the “Group Show of Strangeness”, Durex Arte Contemporanea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Public collections include: ASU Art Museum Print collection, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Tucson Museum of Art, City of Glendale, City of Mesa, City of Phoenix Municipal Print Collection and Shemer Art Center.
The show will hang through April 11th.
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