Daily Archives: February 22, 2010

MALLS R US returns Feb. 28, Phoenix Art Museum

MALLS R US: A contemplative investigation on mall culture and effect by Helene Klodawsky

  • Date: Sunday, February 28, 2010
  • Time: 1 p.m. (doors at 12:30 p.m.)
  • Place: Whiteman Hall, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Ave., Phoenix AZ 85004
  • Free Admission (ask for pass at front desk)
  • Film introduction by Kimber Lanning, Director, Local First Arizona

MALLS R US discusses the psychological appeal of malls to consumers, how architects design their environments to combine consumerism with nature and spectacle, how suburban shopping centers impart social values, and how malls are transforming the traditional notions of community, social space and human interaction.

As entertaining as it is informative, MALLS R US offers a trip to the mall like no other, reveling in their architectural splendor as consumerist paradises but also showing how the social dynamism they represent can be a destructive force, one that confuses the good life with the world of goods.  And yes Arizona, you will recognize several local sites.

Co-presented by No Festival Required; sponsored by CityCircles

Oakville Grocery to open downtown Phoenix CityScape store

[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — A posh specialty-food store inspired by California’s wine country plans to open a second Arizona location.  Oakville Grocery Co. will open a shop in downtown Phoenix’s CityScape project, company officials announced Monday.

It will replace another proposed CityScape store, AJ’s Fine Foods.  AJ’s parent company, Chandler-based Bashas’ Supermarkets Inc., sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year.

Oakville is slated to open this September in a 9,300-square-foot space near Jefferson Street and Central Avenue.  In December, the company opened a shop at 15015 N. Scottsdale Road in the Scottsdale Quarter, an outdoor shopping center.  Oakville is selective about where it opens stores, said the firm’s regional general manager, Barbara Henderson, and it wanted to be in downtown Phoenix.

CityScape is a $900 million cluster of shops, offices and restaurants bordered by First Avenue, Second Street, Washington Street and Jefferson Street. [Note: Read the full article at Oakville Grocery to open downtown Phoenix CityScape store.]

Downtown Phoenix Journal Weekly Recap

[Source: Si Robins, Downtown Phoenix Journal] — I’ve been thinking about seeing beloved members of the Downtown community leave town recently, and it had me realizing the bonds that we create in our daily lives in Downtown Phoenix, whether they be direct or indirect. This weekend we celebrated Natalie Morris‘ departure at the Urban Grocery and Wine Bar with a food and wine affair that would make any neighborhood envious. While there, I realized how many of us see each other regularly in these parts, and it’s always disheartening when one of the flock leaves the nest.

The same was almost the case in this week’s Suns Spot post.  As trivial as it may seem, Suns fans have been entertained at US Airways Center by Amar’e Stoudemire for seven years.  When intense trade rumors reached a boiling point last week (despite 11th hour discussions, Stoudemire remained a Sun, to the delight of most Suns fans), Chris Coffel examined the mark Stoudemire’s entrepreneurship has impacted Phoenix and how it would change (with some hilarious would-be results). Luckily, we won’t be seeing Taylor Griffin’s OK BBQ anytime soon.