If you find yourself in Downtown Phoenix at the Convention Center on 3rd and Jefferson streets the weekend of October 17-18, 2009, then you are here for the Arizona’s Ultimate Women’s Expo. With all things inside geared toward the greatest way to pamper and nurture yourself as a woman, what else is there to do in Downtown Phoenix, you ask? Well, that is where DPJ steps in; please allow us to be your guide to the Downtown Phoenix area and complete your paramount weekend in all things you.
No car? No worries! From the Convention Center you can casually walk a few blocks to the Arizona Center, located on 4th and Van Buren streets. Offering a mix of restaurants open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, a few shops and an AMC movie theater, it is a convenient one-stop location to those who want to stay nearby the event. Whether you are looking to grab something quick or sit down and relax, you can find it all. For something quick and different, check out Hurry 4 Curry and bring it back to your hotel room for a quiet night in with some delicious contemporary Indian food.
What about waking up Saturday morning with the girls are thinking mimosas and brunch? 1130 The Restaurant offers an affordable brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1130 offers $2 mimosas and Bloody Marys, along with a beautiful outside patio to soak in the gorgeous weather and indulge in delicious breakfast foods ranging from Eggs Benedict to pecan banana pancakes. From American to Italian and Mexican food, you will be sure to find something to please your taste buds here.
The closest METRO light rail station from the Convention Center is located on 3rd and Washington/Jefferson streets, just minutes away. If you are looking for specific dinning adventures, we recommend checking out our Eats & Drinks section for a complete guide of restaurants along the light rail path. If you are feeling adventurous and looking to seek out some local zing, head to Central Station and walk on over to Local Breeze on the northwest corner of 4th Avenue and Filmore Street for another amazing restaurant with the best outdoor patio in town! Good food, great atmosphere and incredible service — you can’t go wrong.
After taking in a delicious meal and relaxing in the sun for a while, why not head out to do some boutique shopping? DPJ highly recommends jumping back on the light rail and heading to the Roosevelt and Central station. From there, walk over to 3rd and Garfield streets and start your shopping experience at Bunky Boutique, open Fridays 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Specializing in men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories, you’ll surely find something bright and unique for yourself and your family. If you are seeking art, be sure to check out MADE Art Boutique up the road on 5th and Roosevelt streets, open Friday 12-9 p.m. and Saturday 12-5 p.m. If you find yourself Downtown Friday night, October 16, you will be pleasantly surprised, as it is Third Friday hosted by Artlink Phoenix. Many galleries featuring local artists open their doors, and several artists’ receptions are held as well.
We haven’t forgotten about those who might want to do some antique shopping! Willo Antiques, located on 3rd Avenue and McDowell Road, open Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., is a great place to spend some time shopping for memorable antiques. There is also the Melrose District, located along 7th Avenue between Camelback and Indian School roads. Here you will be able to find one-of-a-kind shops featuring vintage clothing and 19th century antiques.
At the end of your evening, you can hop on board Ollie The Trolley, which offers free shuttle service Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m.-2:30 a.m. It circles a large chunk of Downtown Phoenix; DPJ recommends taking it back to your hotel if you are staying at any of the locations along its route!
To everyone attending the expo, we hope you enjoy, and we hope you find yourself exploring Downtown Phoenix in search of food, shopping and fun!
Disclaimer: According to owner Doug Davis, Chemical Relief closed its doors on October 12 due to a lack of funding.
There’s a new bright spot in Downtown Phoenix for foodies with an eye for the organic, natural and hip.
Chemical Relief, a snack shop with plans to one day be a cooperative grocery, has opened residence on the main floor of the monOrchid. Nestled amid the local tenants of the building, which over the years have included various studios, production houses, designers and attorneys, Chemical Relief was the answer to bad digestive issues and a city that needed more natural selections.
The brainchild of Doug Davis, the shop is filled with the types of food that he says helped him recover from a painful digestive disorder.
“I’m a sufferer of Crohn’s disease,” Davis says. “I was diagnosed at 16, and I was on the operating table at 23. I was about to have another surgery when I asked the doctor if I would be cured after this. He bluntly said, ‘No, you’ll probably have many more surgeries in your life.’”
That bleak statement made Davis sit back and consider other options.
“My reaction was, there’s gotta be a better way,” he says.
That better way took the former food broker down a path that he says led to complete recovery from the disease.
“I healed myself of that using whole foods, supplements, probiotics and digestive enzymes,” Davis says. “Natural foods has helped change my life extraordinarily.”
The shop now carries some of those items Davis used, as well as quite a random assortment of grocery store-like products, including baby care, bath products and car wash materials. Davis also carries some fair trade jewelry, with proceeds going directly back to the makers.
The selection is still relatively small, as the store has only been open a few weeks, but it was heavily trafficked during October’s First Friday. The monOrchid location on Roosevelt Street between 2nd and 3rd streets is one of the most traveled areas, and many stopped in because they were steered in from the volunteer outside, or to check out the gallery in the back of the building or use the restrooms.
“I just want to make all this stuff available to the community,” Davis says. “There’s not anywhere within 10 miles to buy natural food, really.”
The store has about 100 to 150 products on its shelves so far. Some of them are sourced locally, like Laura’s Granola from Tempe. One of Davis’ favorites: canned coconut water.
“It’s the best substance on earth for you to drink,” he says. “It’s the most easily absorbed substance and it’s the original Gatorade.”
Chemical Relief doesn’t have set hours yet, but most days passersby can see Davis and a crew of volunteers manning the shop. He sees setting those hours, expanding to a full co-op, adding a coffee shop and Internet bar all on the horizon.
“I just want to make all this stuff available, Davis says. “I think the community’s going to be extremely supportive.”
Three unique businesses, two historic buildings, one street corner.
Bunky Boutique, which opened in September 2007, carries clothing for men, women and children. Featuring brands such as Brixton, Ropeadope and Cadenza Clothing, Bunky strives to provide a classically modern style rather than trendy clothing. “You buy it, you have it forever, yet it still looks current,” says Rachel Malloy, co-owner and co-founder of the boutique.
Bunky occupies 950 square feet of a house that was built in the early 1900s. Malloy said she chose the building because of its uniqueness and character. “It’s hard to find somewhere in Phoenix that isn’t cookie-cutter or a strip mall,” she says.
Malloy, who started the business with her husband, Jim Malloy, named the boutique after her accessory-loving grandmother. “She’s very fashion forward, even at 73,” she says.
Although Malloy uses the Internet and social media to promote the boutique, she says it is really a word-of-mouth place. Bunky and the nearby Spoken Boutique refer customers to each other rather than compete for them.
Sharing the historic house with Bunky Boutique is the brightly colored, one-of-a-kind Red Dog Gallery.
In its fifth year, the gallery occupies the remaining 1,000 square feet of the building. Red Dog Gallery features art mostly related to, well, dogs, of course. The reason behind the canine creations is pretty simple: Owner Randy Kinkel just loves dogs. “They’re just near and dear to my heart,” he says.
So, why Red Dog? “I wanted a colorful, vibrant, fun place, and red seemed to personify that,” Kinkel says.
Kinkel, who has lived in Phoenix for 16 years, hoped the gallery would provide a “stable and predictable place” for local and regional artists to display their art when he opened it in the fall of 2004. The gallery also includes art from Kinkel himself, who has been interested in it since he was a kid.
Although dog-related art is the main theme of the gallery, Kinkel has expanded his gallery to include more of a variety. Paintings of monkeys and giraffes hang on one wall, while another wall is dedicated to abstract paintings. The gallery also displays photography, drawings on records and bottle caps, and sculptures made out of a variety of materials. Kinkel is open to featuring all kinds of art, especially anything that is colorful and unique, and tries to rotate the artwork often.
Across the street from Red Dog Gallery and Bunky Boutique is a place that combines both art and fashion: Phoenicia Association.
Phoenicia, which opened in August, is a men’s clothing store/art gallery combo, displaying works from many local artists.
The name comes from the ancient Phoenicia culture, whose alphabet influenced the logo. “They were actually known to not have any significant cultural identification, meaning they basically took from all the cultures around them and called it their own, which I thought was fairly fitting for Phoenix,” says Kyle Simone, co-owner and co-founder of the business. “We like the idea of being an association — as in, you can be an associate of ours.”
Simone said that Phoenicia Association is modeled after similar places in other big cities, including San Francisco, Chicago and New York City. “In my travels, I’ve found that a lot of my favorite boutiques are also art galleries,” he says. Simone said he and business partner Jeff Mann believe that art and fashion are “one in the same.” “The garments we present are not only high-functionality everyday garments you can wear, but they’re engineered in a manner that presents them as art,” Simone says.
Phoenicia tries to bring in handmade, detailed international brands with that are much different from any other found in the Phoenix area. “We want to bring in these things that are going on in other places and give them a place in Phoenix,” Mann says. Some of the brands include Wrath Arcane, April 77 Records, Hixsept, 3Sixteen, Beta Unit, Naked & Famous Denim, Dearly Departed and Continental Clothing.
In September, Phoenicia displayed artwork from nearly 25 artists, about half from Arizona and half from California. This month, they plan to bring in three Phoenix-based photographers. “For the most part, we have been working with local artists, but we’re working towards bringing in some more names that show in other places also,” Mann says.
Mann and Simone say the historic building they spent three-and-a-half months renovating was a good choice for their business. “We put a lot of work into this place, and we feel like it really is a good location for what we want to do,” Mann said. “We really feel like in the future this area is going to see the most growth in Phoenix.”
While many other businesses were getting ready to close their doors during the economic downturn, Phoenicia Association was preparing to open theirs. “We believe that we’re catching this on the upswing,” Simone says. “We believe this is the start of the regrowth of our economy, as well as specifically the Downtown Phoenix area.”
Simone said the recession actually provided them with opportunities they may not have had any other time. “In the scheme of things, this afforded us the availability to get into a good location and into a part of the town that might not have monetarily been available to us a couple of years ago,” he says. Simone adds that he hopes that opening the business will give people “confidence in their dollar.”
Simone and Mann say they feel their business has been successful so far. “For the point we’re at right now, I think we’re right on pace for where we had basically set our goals,” Mann says. “It was a success just opening the store. It was a lot of hard work.”
Bunky Boutique, 812 N. 3rd St., is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Red Dog Gallery, 812 N. 3rd St., is open on First Fridays from 6 to 11 p.m., and every Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Phoenicia Association, 821 N. 3rd St., is open Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.
All photos by Christina O’Haver
We all know First Friday’s grasp on Downtown is ever expanding, so it’s no surprise that Civic Space Park is getting in on the fun. Friday debuts First @ Park, where Civic Space’s businesses, arts spaces and, well, park space all come together in celebration of First Friday.
First @ Park is a community collaborative event between the city of Phoenix, the Dean’s office at Arizona State University’s College of Public Programs, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Phoenix, Karuna Village Fair Trade and Las Otras Hermanas.
The event will feature performances at the park amphitheater starting at 7 p.m. Capoeira Brasil Arizona will be on hand to perform its 500-year-old disciplined martial arts improvisational dance (a true feat of athleticism!). A storyteller volunteer from a Las Otras Hermanas will also be on hand.
As October is National Fair Trade Month, it’s only fitting to celebrate with the grand opening of the Fair Trade Store, right next to Fair Trade Café on the park’s courtyard level. The volunteer-run store is a nonprofit retail space run by Karuna Village Fair Trade and Las Otras Hermanas that houses organic wearables, housewares, trinkets and body products, all of course sourced through fair trade practices — over 30 collectives from around the globe.
And, no First Friday event would be complete without artwork, so stroll through the park to gander at photography, paintings and found art. Photographer Jeff Jones and artist Debbie Sexton will both have their work on display.
Civic Space Park is located at 424 N. Central Ave.
Other First Friday happenings
Besides the typical hullabaloo that ensues on Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue, here are a few other low-key First Friday events.
Phoenix New Times‘ opening reception for “Wonderland,” a collection of Phoenix artists’ breezy depictions of the city, will take place at [merz]project, 1437 N. 1st St, Ste. 201.
The “Taste of the Rosson House” tour and lecture series will guide participants through one of Downtown Phoenix’s most cherished, historical museums, 6-9 p.m. at the Rosson House Museum, 113 N. 6th St.
The “Ghosts of Phoenix” tour will trek through the Hotel San Carlos, one of the Valley’s famed haunted structures. Tickets are $10-12, visit ghostsofphoenix.com for more info. Tours are at 7 and 8:30 p.m. at the hotel, 202 N. Central Ave.
The Alwun House kicks off a month-long celebration of all things ghouls and ghosts with a screening of Blood Bath of the Bat Beast, directed by Valley filmmaker Larry Lopresti. Tickets, available at the Alwun House website, are $6 in advance, $9 at the door. The film starts at 7 p.m., 1202 E. Roosevelt St.
For a more festive approach, at the Executive Tower at the State Capitol, think holidays. Yes, they’re right around the corner, and it’s time to vote on how to best represent them. An exhibition to select a work of art distinguished for its quality artistic approach to the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree theme, “Arizona’s Gift from the Grand Canyon State” is underway. Hosted by Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Arizona Commission on the Arts and Arizona Art Alliance, the night is a total First Friday event, complete with an Artlink shuttle to the State Capitol, refreshments compliments of FEZ and an intriguing cello-and-DJ musical performance. The exhibition runs from 5:30-8 p.m., 1700 W. Washington St.
First Fridays are back at the Coe House! View the latest contemporary works from Robert Denning, Rocco Menaguale and Galen Hasenpflug. Plus, specific pieces will be at “recession pricing,” ooh la la! The reception is from 7-10 p.m, 365 N. 4th Ave.
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First things first, don’t visit this place on a First Friday, that would be a mistake. Every other day you will be free to browse this cozy little store at your own pace and with your very own bubble of personal space.
MADE carries a rather interesting selection of items. They have a variety of screen printed T-Shirts in the back along with a fairly extensive magazine collection and a smattering of handmade pottery across from that. In the same vicinity you will find cleverly crafted jewelry to fit most budgets and styles. The store also carries items like handmade purses and scarves all made by local designers. There is also a rather interesting mish mash of funny and interesting books that make great gifts for the hard to buy for person.
I like having a great place like MADE in my neighborhood. Businesses that support local artists will most definitely get my business, especially when the carry such fun and interesting products like this lovely boutique.
MADE is located at 922 N. 5th St. (602) 256.6233
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