A chic new boutique is about jump in to Downtown Phoenix fashion scene.
Boutique Solie is set to open its doors tomorrow, June 5, on the NE corner of 7th Avenue and McDowell Road. Beth Soliere, 32, branched out into the boutique business roughly two years ago and is focused on creating a shopping experience that is fun and relaxing.
Soliere described her boutique as a place where, “anyone can come in and find something that can work for them.”
The variety of items she carries seems to reflect that approach. Boutique Solie will carry women’s clothing, jewelry, shoes, bags and a range beauty products. Soliere is also offering spray tanning on the second floor, above the boutique.
Many products offered throughout the store are eco- and vegan-friendly, including bags made from recycled products, organic nail polishes as well as a vegan-friendly spray tan solution.
While locally made goods are not available at this time, Soliere plans to begin searching for one-of-a-kind items made from local artists and designers to be sold in her store. She is also looking to showcase art pieces throughout her store for sale as well. In the months ahead, she will look into adding men’s and vintage sections.
For all new clients Soliere is offering a $15 introductory rate for her custom, sunless tanning.
Boutique Solie is set to open Tues., June 5 – and is bringing a new take on style to the urban fashion scene.
If you go
What: Boutique Solie
Where: NE Corner of 7th Avenue & McDowell
When: Scheduled to open Tuesday, June 5
Hours: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Things are heating up over at the 6th Avenue Gallery tonight as they get ready to unveil a new art show, Some Like it Haute! The gallery will feature 15 designers (and maybe more) who have created one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by the famous Arizona triple-digits and of course, fashion.
The gallery is also hosting a timed competition between two selected designers where they will fight against the clock to create summer night fashions. Visitors will be the judges, vote for their favorite piece and will also have the opportunity to place an order for either of the finished designs. The competition will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Each item is for sale and can be ordered for specific size. The designs will be displayed in the gallery through July, though new designers will be rotated in throughout the installment. Interest designers are urged to contact the gallery if they are interested in participating.
The gallery will open at 6 p.m. and is located on the southwest corner of 6th Avenue and McKinley, just south of Roosevelt Street.
Take a peek inside locals’ shopping bags and learn how they use health and beauty products in everyday life.
Name: Madelyn Romero
Occupation: Student (sustainability major)
Where spotted: Phoenix Public Market
What she purchased:
• Bouquet of flowers
• Variety of vegetables from Maya’s Farm: onions, braising mix of greens, broccoli, chard, cucumbers, spigarello
Her must-haves: The flowers are so pretty, I had to get some to decorate the kitchen. I also love the Armenian cucumbers. They’re great on salads, but I can just eat them plain, too.
Her new find: One of the new items I purchased is called spigarello. I hear you prepare it a lot like kale, so I’ll probably just cook it with coconut oil and salt for a healthy snack. But I decided to try it out because they ran out of kale in the first half hour.
How she benefits: Basically all of my items are just healthy in themselves. From a sustainability standpoint, they are all local foods, which greatly reduces the food miles and environmental impact. Everything is also pesticide-free and herbicide-free, which is great for health reasons because those chemicals can potentially be harmful to ingest.
Why they fit her style: I think my purchases really show the fact that I’m in sustainability school. I buy from Maya because she grows her own food, and I hope to do the same someday in the future. Buying local benefits both the environment and our health at the same time.
Memorial Day Weekend always seems to bring together friends and families joining in for fun events, from pool parties to BBQs. These three days are jam-packed with social events, meaning the last thing on your mind is probably your outfit choices, so here are a few simple looks to keep in mind when working on your weekend ensembles.
Nautical elements are all the rage this season, especially when it comes to swimwear! A great look for an afternoon by the water is a bandeau swim top, high-waisted shorts, a sun hat to keep the sun off precious facial sin and classic wrap wedges. Minimal accessories are great to emphasize your outfit without getting in the way of a fun-fill afternoon.
A chambray shirt is practically perfect for any occasion, and a weekend away is no exception. Pair it with a pair of boyfriend jeans, some classy pearls and of course a pair of leopard loafers and this casual look will be both comfortable yet chic. Roll up the sleeves for a warmer afternoon stroll then add a sweater for the cooler evening.
Vivid floral prints are ideal for a BBQ, and when worn with simple accessories can be refined yet exotic! A crew neck dress is great for playing with children and the supportive wedges are easy to walk through the grass and rocks in. Of course, a bright yellow bag is necessary to really add a fun punch to the demure dress.
It’s the little things sometimes.
I may be one of the few people to notice the mural on the side of the Phoenix Public Market well before the announcement that the indoor market would be closing. The mural depicts a market at the center of a community in the process of rebuilding itself. The market bears a liquor sign with an impossibly ambitious 24 hour sign (currently not legal in AZ or most anyplace for that matter).
Phoenix Public Market’s Urban Grocery never was a liquor store, but it did have the best selection of local beer and wine in all of downtown. The market featured about 2 dozen Arizona produced bottles and cans of beer as well as a few regional craft beers.
The outdoor market will live on. Some have pointed out that it was never a full-service grocer. Others have noted that there are other local gathering places that fulfill the market’s third place qualities.
There may be far more important reasons to note the market’s passing. Your Downtown Beer seeks to work on the practical: “Where does one go to buy packaged quality beer in Downtown Phoenix now that the Phoenix Public Market’s Grocery is closed?”
Downtown Phoenix has good beer available. We’ve established that. If you think about the many dozens of restaurants and beer bars with tapped beers (Copper Blues has over 60 alone) and you add in the extensive bottle list at the Lost Leaf (over 150) you’re looking at hundreds of beer choices, but it’s not as simple as that. All of those places have on-premise licenses — you have to drink it there, you can’t take it with you. When it comes to “beer to go” I can’t resist but make the analogy, “Beer, beer everywhere, but not a drop to take.”
Remembering that Chloe’s Corner took over the Oakville Grocery space and assumed the beer and wine store license, I headed over to Cityscape to see what might be available. To my dismay, Chloe’s was closed for a private event and I was literally shooed away. I couldn’t even press my nose to the glass windows to see what might be available. Rest assured, Chloe. I will be back.
Undeterred I popped into CVS and saw several 24 oz cans that are normally seen in slim brown paper bags. A lone Arrogant Bastard bottle mocked me as if it had consumed all of the other beers that might have been in the cooler. Stone Arrogant Bastard is a great beer, but we can do better. We want our locals too.
With many things downtown, you have to know where to go and you may have to widen your search perimeter. Thomas Market Liquor on Thomas and 3rd Avenue fits all of my downtown beer requirements. It has a knowledgeable staff. There are several cooler doors full of regional craft beers as well as fine imports. There is even an entire door filled with beers brewed in Arizona. The beer geek in me noted that the code on an empty shelf indicated there once was bottles Deschutes Dissident. Thomas Market Liquor is just a shade over two miles from the Phoenix Public Market — a short light rail trip or a 15-minute bicycle ride.
I settled on a Dogfish Head Theobroma. It’s an ale based upon an ancient Meso-American beer recipe containing cocoa, honey, chilies and annatto. The chiles and spice are a perfect complement a savory pork dish or a dessert with chocolate.
Fortunately, we may be on the verge of a breakthrough when it comes to packaged beer. The Arizona State legislature made a change to Title 4 of the Arizona Revised Statutes that will go into effect in August. The change allows beer bars to fill growlers of beer for off-premise sale. A growler is a 64 ounce glass jug that is filled from the tap. It used to be that only a brewery could fill a growler for sales, “to go.” This law change will allow any beer bar or liquor store with tapped beer to sell them.
There will certainly be a period where businesses work out whether they want to have access to the, “to go” market, so don’t expect a deluge of options right from the get-go. A business has to devote resources and inventory to growlers. Filling a growler without beer loss is not very easy either. One hopes that of the hundreds of beer taps downtown, a few will devote some to off premise sales this summer.
Where do you shop for beer downtown?
Visit: Thomas Market Liquors, 345 W Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013 (602) 274-4780