In downtown Phoenix, new Phoenicia Association mixes art, men’s fashions

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Jeff Mann (left) and Kyle Simone, owners of Phoenicia Association (photo source: Kellie Hwang, Arizona Republic)

[Source: Kellie Hwang, Arizona Republic] — On a typical blisteringly hot Friday afternoon in downtown Phoenix, most people are trying to escape from the workweek, heading to their air-conditioned cars and home for the weekend.  But inside the seemingly abandoned brick building at 821 N. Third St., behind the windows covered with parchment paper, two young men are hard at work.  Kyle Simone and Jeff Mann are putting together their store and gallery, Phoenicia Association, in time for a grand-opening party on August’s First Friday.

The shop will be split into two sections, one that sells young men’s clothing and the other that will house a gallery with monthly rotating artists.  “We think downtown (Phoenix) is going to really see some growth in the next five to 10 years, and we really wanted to be a part of that,” Mann said.  “There are a lot of things going on down here, with ASU and new businesses coming.”

Although many businesses are closing their doors in this slumping economy, Mann and Simone saw an opportunity.  “We are privately funded and have been working on this idea for a long time,” Mann said.  “We thought this would be a good time to catch the economy on an upswing.  People look at us like we’re crazy, but we feel like we are in the right place at the right time to do this.” [Note: Read the full article at In downtown Phoenix, new Phoenicia Association mixes art, men’s fashions.]

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Posted on August 4, 2009, in Arts and Culture, Business, Downtown Vitality, Shopping and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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