[Source: Sadie Jo Smokey, Arizona Republic] — The wait is over. The first grocery store to open in downtown Phoenix in nearly 30 years is celebrating with sales, raffles, a silent auction and $45-per-person happy hour 5:30-7:30 p.m. today with Arizona wines and beer and light appetizers by Valley chefs. The Phoenix Public Market Urban Grocery and Wine Bar opened at 14 E. Pierce St. this week to busy lunch crowds, curious downtown employees, Arizona State students, and neighborhood residents.
Laurie Wistuver of El Mirage walked over on her lunch break. She picked up a package of pasta for dinner. “It reminds me of a co-op from when I lived in Oregon,” Wistuver said. “Higher-quality products that are fresh, organic. I like the breads and stuff. It’s a nice atmosphere.”
Shoppers craving locally grown or made-in-Arizona goods, from organic vegetables to wines and cheeses, no longer have to wait for the weekly farmers market to get their fill of lumpy squash, pungent bouquets of basil, bags of ugly tomatoes, a dozen free-range eggs or a loaf of rustic, multigrain artisan bread. The urban grocery will provide all that, supports say. Cindy Gentry, Community Food Connections director, said the grocery store is the next step for a movement that supports local farms and Arizona growers and producers that use fresh, seasonal ingredients and sustainable practices. “I want this to be a real place where you can do your grocery shopping,” Gentry said. [Note: Read the full article at New downtown Phoenix grocery market off and running.]