Retail shopping in downtown Phoenix has no doubt improved in these past few years. One fashionable hot-spot helped start this trend and is now celebrating its fifth anniversary this Friday – and you’re invited!
Bunky Boutique, owned by Rachel Malloy, is a contemporary boutique on 1st St. and is filled with customized T-shirts and tanks, luscious body products and enough jewelry to last you a lifetime.
The boutique has recently has launched branded specialty items, including shirts and necklaces. But Rachel isn’t done with unique products yet. Friday night she is debuting a brand new Bunky lip gloss that is made especially for herself and her shoppers.
Shopping in this modern yet timeless boutique is special not only because of the products they offer, but also because of the personable staff available to help you.
Make sure to stop by during First Friday to check out the latest products, cake and champagne will be served while you shop. And don’t forget, everything in the store will be 20% off!
Cheating has impacted D-backs more than any other team.
First it was Manny Ramirez and then it was Ryan Braun. Performance enhancing drugs have haunted the D-backs like the NBA has conspired to keep the Suns away from a championship – according to Suns fans of course.
Last week, Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games for testing positive and admitting to using testosterone. Cabrera was enjoying a career year and those resurgent numbers were evident in the games against the D-backs. He has collected big hit after big hit against Arizona and the rest of the National League.
Cabrera could potentially win a batting title, despite the suspension, with numbers that have far exceeded his career averages. There is no question that Cabrera’s enhanced performance contributed to the overall success of the Giants and helped them reach the top of the NL West standings. Doesn’t seem fair that the D-backs are once again one of the main losers in the fight against PEDs. One can only hope that the window is now open for a D-backs run and they’ll take full advantage of it.
It’s now or never time
The week began with the D-backs only 4.5 games behind the division leading Los Angeles Dodgers and four games behind the second place Giants. The D-backs had a golden opportunity to gain some ground with the Dodgers and Giants squaring off in Los Angeles, while the Marlins were in Phoenix for a quick four game series. Quick, because it included the first ever day-night doubleheader at Chase Field on Wednesday. After dropping the first two games of the series, things were starting to look desperate once again. Especially considering how the game was lost on Tuesday.
The D-backs came out hot, looking to atone for the embarrassing loss the night before. The D-backs were up 5-0 after one and looked poised to cruise to an easy victory. Unfortunately, the Marlins got right back in it and chipped away until they finally grabbed the lead and held on for the win. The double header may have been fun for those in the stands, but for the guys in the home dugout, it was definitely make or break time. The D-backs had to sweep the double header just to come away with a split in the series. Fortunately, that’s what happened. Tyler Skaggs got the win in the afternoon game making in Major League debut. All-Star Wade Miley threw another gem in the nightcap. Leave it to two rookies to step up when the team needed it the most.
While the D-backs were struggling to stay afloat, there was a flip flop at the top of the standings. The Giants swept the series in Los Angeles to grab a 2.5 game lead over the Dodgers and the D-backs dropped to 5.5 games back. The D-backs still have time to gain some ground on the home stand with three games against San Diego and Cincinnati before heading off to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers. The D-backs can control their own destiny in many ways because they still have five games against the Dodgers and nine games against the Giants. They need to play well to stay in the race and dominate the head-to-head matchups.
What’s coming up at Chase Field?
August 24 – Faith & Family Night presented by Grand Canyon University; College Night
August 25 – Postgame concert featuring Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers presented by Miller Lite
August 26 – Bark in the Park; Daniel Hudson Growth Chart giveaway to first 5,000 kids courtesy of Arizona Milk Products
August 29 – Senior Day
Some news items don’t need translation. That’s why DPJ launched the From the Wire series, so we could serve the destinations here by posting information and announcements – in their own words.
The Phoenix Festival of the Arts, the City’s first signature arts festival, will take place in the heart of downtown Phoenix at Hance Park December 7-9, 2012.
Hosted by Phoenix Center for the Arts and sponsored by Lou and Evelyn Grubb, this free festival will become an annual tradition in the Valley of the Sun.
“Our goal is to unify the Phoenix arts community and to show how accessible the arts really are,” said Joseph Benesh, director of Phoenix Center for the Arts. “The arts aren’t just a weekend activity. Phoenix has a huge cultural landscape, where people can find things to do any day of week – and we want everyone to know that.”
The Center, operated by Phoenix Center Arts Association (a 501c3 nonprofit), is a historic facility dedicated to making the arts truly unique, affordable, and enjoyable since 1975.
“Unifying the Arts” The festival will unite the arts and arts organizations through a cross-pollination of artistic markets in a way Phoenix has never done before. Just as First Friday’s have become a destination for citizens throughout the valley due to cooperation from galleries, retail, food, and performance venues, the festival will similarly serve to stimulate economic growth within the community. Furthering this model, the festival will act as an added tourism attraction in the winter.
Event highlights include nearly 90 hours of live arts entertainment on THREE stages! Plus dozens of arts vendors, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, a children’s play area, flash performances and more!
Phoenix Arts Guidebook: This take-home guide to all things arts-related in Phoenix will feature information on the participating arts organizations, with coupons to help you enjoy the arts in the months to come. A minimum of 5,000 will be handed out at the festival…for free!
Community Participation: Mayor Greg Stanton is the honorary chair and will participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, December 7.
The inaugural Phoenix Festival of the Arts is made possible through the contribution of Lou & Evelyn Grubb, and sponsored by APS, Hensley Beverage Company and SM Moving Systems.
Members of the arts community around the Valley are invited to participate, including:
• Arts vendors who produce locally made original art.
• Valley arts organizations large and small!
• Performing arts groups (ex: poetry, choirs, dance, hip-hop, symphony, folk, etc.)
All applications can be found on phoenixfestivalofthearts.org. Applications must be submitted by Friday, September 28, 2012.
Event Facts at a Glance
The Inaugural Phoenix Festival of the Arts
December 7-9, 2012
Friday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, December 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Art exhibitors will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days)
Limited street parking available. Avoid the hassle and take METRO Light Rail to the McDowell/Central Ave or Roosevelt/Central Ave. Bike racks are also available.
Phoenix Center for the Arts, operated by Phoenix Center Arts Association (a 501c3 nonprofit). Our mission is to provide the community with opportunities to participate in the visual and performing arts through creative and affordable quality programming.
Made possible through the contribution of Lou & Evelyn Grubb, and sponsored by APS, Hensley Beverage Company and SM Moving Systems.
Nearly 90 hours of live arts entertainment on THREE stages. Plus dozens of arts vendors, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, a children’s play area, flash performances and more!
Phoenix Arts Guidebook:
This take-home guide to all things arts-related in Phoenix will feature information on the participating arts organizations, with coupons to help you enjoy the arts in the months to come. A minimum of 5,000 will be handed out at the festival…for free!
About Phoenix Center for the Arts Phoenix Center for the Arts is a historic building located in downtown Phoenix well suited to provide art, music, and performing art classes and programs. This facility, known to most as the Phoenix Center for the Arts or The Center, is now managed by the Phoenix Center Arts Association, a nonprofit organization. Our mission is to provide the community with the opportunities to participate in the visual and performing arts through creative and affordable quality programming. The association now offers online registration for classes year round. Summer classes include the Summer Extravaganza, and arts program for youth 6-14. For more information, visit phoenixcenterforthearts.org.
I first met downtown Phoenix in the summer of 2006. A proposal for a project called CityScape was being heavily debated and I wanted to know what the fuss was about. The flashy renderings of tall well-lit glassy towers and retail-lined streets pulled my mind and heart into the core of this sprawling Valley. Words like “new tallest” and “residential towers” were used. In those days, I was a big supporter. I sent emails, made phone calls and showed up to all the meetings in City Hall to show my support for this new project that was supposed to be a catalyst for downtown redevelopment.
The process, the debate, the vision of what could be was electrifying. The ideas, the people, the rancor and excitement lit me on fire. I wanted to understand the city and I wanted be a part of shaping it.
I found websites where images of historic downtown Phoenix were posted. I saw buildings like the ornate Doris Opera House with its turrets and Queen Anne-style details, I saw the curved four-story, stone Fleming Building (the first building in Arizona to have a passenger elevator) I saw photos of the Luhrs Hotel, the original City Hall, and the stunning art deco Fox Theater. I saw photos of a streetcar system that I learned ran for miles and miles and I longed to live in this urban, architecturally marvelous city in the desert.
When I came downtown and walked around I learned to my dismay that every building in every photograph I had seen of our downtown core had been demolished, paved over with ugly, heat absorbing surface parking lots, or worse left vacant with nothing but dirt, leaving our city to resemble a bombed out, abandoned and hostile place for pedestrians.The superblock and megablock projects like the Arizona Center and Chase Field had done little to create a dynamic, urban core. Because if it wasn’t a game day, downtown was Arizona’s largest ghost town.
But like many Phoenicians I see things not as they are but as they could be (this is both a blessing and a curse) and I began to sense something else: there actually was cool stuff percolating downtown. There were artists working, musicians recording and performing, and phenomenal restaurants like Rum Bar opening and creating within Phoenix a sense of self and place. The community development and connectivity weren’t as obvious as in other cities I’ve lived in, but something was happening and I felt it all around me. The potential was there along. I figured out that anyone who took the time to roll up their sleeves and get to work could make a difference.
I threw myself into this new, exciting world. I began showing up at city council meetings, I started learning about historic phoenix then blogged about my discoveries, I went to Downtown Voices Coalition meetings, then to social meet-ups like Radiate Phoenix, Get your PHX and Rogue Green where I met downtown advocates, artists, writers, business owners, neighborhood activists and politicians. Downtown was buzzing but only a handful of people in this sprawling metro area recognized it.
I started speaking up at meetings and online as well as advocating for the downtown Phoenix I wanted to see, for the downtown we deserve, for the downtown that once was and for the downtown core that will rise again. It’s happening now because we the people of downtown fight hard to be heard, work together and demand greatness.
My geeky personal blog helped me find my voice, led to new writing opportunities including a book about Downtown Phoenix, and a staff writing position at DPJ where I was given freedom to explore the city and where talented editors who helped me grow as a writer challenged my ideas.
At the root of all I wrote, said and did was that Phoenix was in fact an awesome place to live and I wasn’t going to let anyone tell me differently. I grew weary of the tortured Phoenix attitude that Phoenix is only a place for those who are passing through to “somewhere better.” This idea is elitist and grotesque and I reject it. I opposed the idea that Phoenix is boring by saying only boring people are bored, my weekly schedules were so full there wasn’t time enough to do all that downtown had to offer. I rejected publicly and noisily the idea that Phoenix sucks and that there is nothing good in Phoenix – this false idea permeates so much of our dialogue and it’s time for it to stop.
Does progress come at the speed I’d like? Absolutely not. Are there many disappointments and setbacks? You betcha. I’ve cried into my drinks at Hanny’s more times than I can count.
Let me be clear: I’m not a mindless cheerleader. Downtown Phoenix has some major problems that must be resolved if we are ever to see the progress we want so stop bitching about the things that are wrong and do something. Get on a city board or commission. Run for office. Be the change you want to see. Or at least hang out downtown, make the effort to explore your core, go to places like Hanny’s, Cibo, the Duce, Crescent Ballroom, get to know local people and you’ll see a side of downtown that is hiding in plain sight.
I thought I’d be in Phoenix for many, many years to come. But last December things changed, I met someone and decided to go back to grad school and this move is taking me to Salt Lake City. (Love makes us do crazy things, I guess.) I’ve been saying goodbye to downtown, to my friends, and to my city all month. I love the desert, I love downtown Phoenix. To those who love to hate it, I can only say how sad. They don’t deserve to understand it.
Now, I look around and feel a sense of awe at the things that are being built. I went to First Friday earlier this month for my last time and even I was pleasantly surprised by all the new additions. The Nash, a downtown space for live jazz was open and full of people, the pop up park next to Carly’s was full of people and music, Concord Eastridge was rising above the once ugly dead zone that characterized a large part of Roosevelt Street, the Bodega, Songbird Coffee, the new signage in front of FilmBar, the soon to open Angels Trumpet Ale House, the redevelopment of First Street where the downtown dog park should be built, all this within walking distance of my apartment. I’m going to miss being a part of such an exciting renaissance.
Is it really happening? Is downtown finally at the tipping point? Can it once again become an urban neighborhood with all the amenities you want and need within walking distance? Of course it can, and I know it will.
Goodbye, Downtown Phoenix. You believed in me and I believe in you.
Ed note: We say farewell, and thank you, to Seth, but DPJ readers will be able to enjoy a few more of his writing contributions in the weeks to come.
Roman Acevedo runs his company by his “3 P’s Rule” – to be for the people, for the planet and for profit. He knows that it takes more than a profit to run a successful company. It also takes contributions to the community around it.
“I come from San Diego, and I remember when you didn’t go downtown there. Then they worked to revive it and now it is huge. Phoenix is going in that direction and we wanted to be a part of it,” Acevedo said.
With that community-based philosophy in mind, Acevedo ventured into the world of fashion design and merchandising under the label RA Apparel, the clothing collection under the RA umbrella, which houses eight unique product lines, including RA Yoga
“Ra in Egyptian mythology means a new beginning, and that is what we are trying to do here,” Acevedo said. To create the various collections under the RA Apparel label the company partnered with the Arizona Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) to offer a learning and job opportunity to people who are not able to find work.
Acevedo and his team have created a six-week training program where participants are taught a variety of skills to prepare them for a job in the fashion industry.
“They [the students] get evaluated every two weeks, so if we see something isn’t working we can try something new before the six weeks are up,” Acevedo said. “We always want to try to find the right fit.”
Although there are many skills that the students are able to work on, the first skill that everyone who goes through the program must work on is the production of children’s clothing. The pieces made are donated to children in need through UMOM New Day Centers. Each child then receives an entire week’s worth of clothing, at little cost to the company.
Acevedo said, “It’s a great feeling when you impact someone like that.”
After the students succeed in making the children’s items they are then able to work towards making other specialty items for the brand. Skills learned include silk-screening, sewing, fabric-dying, rubber-cutting and many more – all of which are used to create the items in the Ra Apparel collection.
The collection includes a swimwear line (Sun Kissed), a yoga apparel line (Shock-ra), belts made from recycled bike tires, T-shirts, children’s wear, leggings, hoodies, grocery/summer bags made from recycled banner signs from the Phoenix area (from the Downtown Phoenix Partnership banner program), shoes made from recycled materials and their upcoming organic skin & hair care line (Serene).
“We really try to use organic materials when possible,” Acevedo said. The products used to create the belts and soles of the shoes come from recycled bicycle and car tires, donated from various shops around the valley, including PHX Bike. The fabrics used in the clothing items are all from the U.S., and the students hand dye those fabrics to create custom colors.
Along with the custom dyed fabrics, the swimwear line is also a custom process where a customer can come in and get measured, then they are able to pick out the fabrics and beads for their own one-of-a-kind swimsuit.
The RA Apparel brand is rapidly growing and is currently available in their studio (11 W. Washington St., Suite 120) and will soon be available online and through local shops and boutiques.