Take a peek inside locals’ shopping bags and learn how they use health and beauty products in everyday life.
Occupation: Owner of Elements of Hair
Her neighborhood: Downtown Phoenix
Where spotted: Phoenix Natural Medicine and Detox Center
What she purchased:
• Green Machine juice (celery, cucumber, spinach, kale,
grapefruit, apple, ginger)
Why she chose these products: I juice at home, but it’s nice they have this place here so I can just come in, and they do it for me. I bought (IntestiMax) because I was on antibiotics and wanted to try something soothing for the intestinal tract. It’s a natural product made up of herbs and amino acids that supports colon health.
Her must-have: I love the juice because it’s delicious and it gives me a ton of energy. The best way I can describe it is it just tastes fresh, and it has a ton of nutrients inside. You cannot sit and consume this amount of vegetables, so it’s really a powerhouse of energy and nutrients.
How she benefits: The juice is giving me vitamins, antioxidants, and it boosts the immune system a great deal. It contains an assortment of vegetables, including kale, which I know is one of the vegetables with the most antioxidants. I haven’t been sick with a cold or anything for about three years, and I believe it’s because of all the juicing I do. (IntestiMax) will help my digestive system. In the body, if digestion is not working properly, nothing else really works.
Why they fit her style: These will help to me live a healthy, active lifestyle and help me get through the day with plenty of energy. I don’t get that afternoon slump like I used to thanks to these kinds of products.
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Community Alliance of Seventh Avenue is Formed
In the effort to continue the revitalization and beautification of the Melrose District and its surrounding neighborhoods, the Seventh Avenue Merchants Association (SAMA) is eager to announce the formation of the Community Alliance of Seventh Avenue (CASA).
“We are excited to perpetuate the positive work that has already been done in the Melrose District,” says CASA President, Meghan Olesen. “By working together we can continue to build a unique and vibrant area.”
CASA was formed to create a strong alliance between the residents of Pierson Place, Woodlea/Melrose, Grandview and Carnation Neighborhood Associations; as well as the Seventh Avenue Merchants Association with the goal of facilitating pedestrian friendly beautification projects that are mutually beneficial to the diverse population that reside, work and play in the Melrose District.
“Woodlea Melrose residents are excited to continue our partnership with SAMA in a way that focuses on the community as a whole,” added Pam Pawlowski, Woodlea Melrose Neighborhood Association Vice Chair. “We can’t wait to get project ideas from our neighbors. Their involvement is important to the overall success!”
“Pierson Place is delighted to be part of new improvements on 7th Ave! The projects to date are a testament to what great things neighbors can accomplish when working together, and we look forward to continuing that trend. We know that improving our border is equally important to adjacent neighborhoods and business districts alike. No doubt our residents will enjoy this opportunity!” Charles Jones, President, Pierson Place Historic District.
The Community Alliance of Seventh Avenue Board is interested to hear all project ideas, big and small. Residents and community members are encouraged to contact the board with project ideas they can consider for implementation.
For more information please contact Meghan Olesen at 480.703.2620 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo credit: Jack London
Gone are the days of the idea of brunch conjuring images of chattering ladies, fine hats, exquisite china and erect pinky fingers. While tradition still honors Mom once each year, survey the masses and you’ll find people of all ages taking the opportunity to sleep in, recover and strategically choose a meal, or dare we say drink, that will comfortably help them transition back into the idea of Monday.
But where to go? Here’s just a smattering of downtown brunch hotspots we’ve turned to in such moments, in no particular order. Feel free to add your favorite, whether place, dish, drink or deal.
We’re skipping the mimosa here and going straight for the tequila. Barrio Café’s version of a Bloody Mary, Sangrita, may be just what one might need after a hard day’s night. Serve it up with live music like Barrio Café does and the morning is set.
Served: Sunday, 11am-3pm
POSTINO on Central
The team known for their tasty assortment of crusty bread with various toppings has seamlessly transferred the idea to their brunch menu. Find artisan breads (country bread, grilled focaccia, ciabatta, marble rye) paired with our favorite morning indulgences like Italian ham, berry preserves, herbed butter, vanilla crème fraîche, gruyère cheese and more.
Served: Saturday and Sunday 9am-1pm
CIBO URBAN PIZZERIA AND CAFÈ
It might be a crime in Italy to not have something with Nutella on it for your colazioné in the morning, but it would definitely be a crime here in Phoenix to not experience Cibo’s saltimbocca – and their brunch is a great place to do so. Their bubbly, chewy and crispy signature bread lends itself so perfectly to their soft-scrambled eggs that it is just impossible to miss out. For those who are still worried about being booked for missing the Nutella, try it on the side with your Cornetti while dunking into a cappuccino.
Served: Saturday and Sunday, 10am-2pm
The best place to go with the most classic of choices is always the place that prides itself on ‘round the corner ingredient sourcing. St. Francis does and it shows in their American Breakfast. We suggest opting for their super-fluffy scrambled eggs and side of parmesan, sage and rosemary Fingerling Potatoes that arrive with lemon aioli and Mexican ketchup.
Served: Saturday 10am-2:30pm, Sunday 9am-2:30pm
FEZ ON CENTRAL
Famous for their kisra, FEZ recommends sharing their egg, bacon and tomato brunch version of the herbed flat bread with a friend. If that’s just not quite enough for the both of you, we’re thinking their FEZ Breakfast Pasta filled with Linguiça sausage, peppadew peppers and parmesan cheese alongside $3 cocktails sounds like fun too.
Served: Saturday and Sunday at 10am
Something for the health-conscience, something for the indulgent and a Bloody Mary Bar for the something-in-between means Windsor has it all. Try the Quinoa Oatmeal with mascarponè and dried fruit or the Homemade Doughnut Holes and delve into the $5 cocktails and “Pitchas of Beer.” That’s right: $5 Pitchers.
Served: Saturday and Sunday 9am-1pm
MAIZIE’S CAFÉ AND BISTRO
The menu at Maizie’s is the perfect balance of traditional offerings and new additions. The Corned Beef Benedict would satisfy those who prefer the savory side of things and the Banana Bread French Toast, for those who love the sweet. Top either off with a prosecco-meets-limoncello, Lemon Fizz Mimosa.
Served: Saturday 9am-2pm, Sunday 9am-4pm
MATT’S BIG BREAKFAST
We love this experience from beginning to end. Entering Matt’s is a throwback in time and the menu consistently keeps that promise. Try anything from The Hog and Chick to The Chop and Chick to simply the big bowl of Frosted Flakes complemented by a refillable cup of coffee sourced from Cave Creek and you’ll leave satisfied.
Served: Tuesday-Sunday 6:30am-2:30pm
BLUE HOUND KITCHEN and COCKTAILS
Housemade Mozzarella and berries to start your day? Is a 16-day dry-aged ribeye with eggs more your thing? Blue Hound has that and more, PLUS a weekly rotating menu of $5 Brunch Punch. We’re eyeballing the Kentucky Fried Sandwich and Salt-Roasted Baby Beets but that’s just us.
Served: Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm
Have a favorite brunch spot not listed here? Let us know!
A dip into a swimming pool during Phoenix’s summer months is a must, even during monsoon season. One of Downtown’s best kept secrets is that a few hotels offer access to their pools to locals for minimal fees – and sometimes free! Have fun with your wardrobe choices and relax poolside.
The Hotel San Carlos‘ 3rd floor/rooftop pool is open to the public for $15/day seven days a week. The pool at this historic hotel located at Central Ave. and Monroe St., has a great city feel, with the skyscrapers surrounding you and the gentle sound of the traffic and light rail bells going by.
Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant stayed here during their prime, marking this 1920′s hotel both chic and fashionable for history buffs and Phoenix visitors alike. If you find yourself heading to their pool, take the opportunity to embrace the sophisticated fashions from that era for your poolside attire.
The Hotel Palomar‘s pool is open for hotel guests only, though their pool bar, Lustre, is open to the public. This third floor bar is a prime spot to grab a drink and take in amazing views of Central Ave. or to watch a game that may be taking place just across the street at US Airways Center or Chase Field.
The brand new hotel is located in the heart of our urban core and features an ultra-modern design aesthetic. Although you can’t exactly jump into their pool, that doesn’t mean you can’t look glamorous enjoying a few eats and drinks at the bar. This outdoor patio setting practically invites you to wear some neon colors, and why not mix in a few luxurious leather accessories to complete the trendy ensemble?
The Clarendon Hotel, located in Midtown, offers admission to their pool for $10/day six days a week, is free on Mondays and offers a monthly pool pass for $30. Towels have a $2 charge for use, or you are welcome to bring your own. They also hide free passes at various local businesses downtown each week, so make sure to keep your eyes open! This chic, first floor pool has a great ambiance and there is also a rooftop skydeck for those who wish to soak up the sun a few floors up. Plus, who doesn’t love grabbing some fresh and locally grown food from Gallo Blanco, just inside the hotel.
The Clarendon vibe is fun and inviting. So if you decide to head over to the boutique hotel why not add a little more fun to the day by fully embracing a vintage take on your wardrobe, and maybe even your hairstyle – who doesn’t love some mad volume? Don’t forget those big round shades for lounging on the rooftop though, because that area makes for some lovely photo-ops!
Recently the Downtown Phoenix Partnership hosted a tasting event to share the latest edition of their Downtown Phoenix Dining Guide, as if we needed any convincing that downtown has it going on in the dining department.
But after a tour of downtown hot spots via a five course meal and four mocktails, we’re glad they did because the Hamachi from Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails still haunts us.
With more than a dozen new restaurants opening in the last year, the Partnership updated the popular dining guide for a third year to help business crowds, politicos, arts and culture aficionados, and sports enthusiasts discover all the tasty sensations Phoenix has to offer.
“The dining dynamic in Downtown continues to evolve and it’s exciting to watch,” says David Roderique, President & CEO of the Downtown Phoenix Partnership. “I think it’s important to note that the dining momentum is a key element of our economic strength. Downtown is now recognized as a major destination for dining as we continue to make gains in our restaurant offerings with new openings.”
The Guide identifies where visitors and residents alike can find the best nibbles before or after a show, game, or during the business week for that power lunch. We’re hearing the piece is especially popular with conventioneers, and the Partnership’s visitor center can’t keep it on the shelves. And it just might help the downtowner think of a new place to try.
The Guide features more than 100 restaurants in the 90-square-block urban core, with coverage this year expanding to Greater Downtown, north to Portland Street, south to Lincoln Street, and west to 7th Avenue.
The 2012-2013 Downtown Phoenix Dining Guide can be downloaded or ordered online at www.downtownphoenix.com/diningguide.