Daily Archives: January 15, 2011

Mercantile Brings Vintage Finds, Cutting Edge Styles to Downtown Phoenix

[Source: Carrie Wheeler, New Times Jackalope Ranch]

Shauna Thibault’s new salon/retail space has a new look and a new sign.

The downtown Phoenix shopping scene is getting a little cooler in 2011 with the official opening of Mercantile tonight (Saturday Jan 15, 2011).

Shauna Thibault’s storefront on Central Avenue between Roosevelt and McKinley streets started years ago as a small, sign-free salon and studio space.

Recently, the spot had a bit of a face-lift and added a vintage line, Hailey’s Handmedowns, and some cool furniture from Christoph Kaiser of Workbench. Now it has new name, even more merchandise, and a sign.

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​With its transformation nearly complete, the former “speak easy” salon is kicking off its official opening tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. with refreshments from Green and a host of new merchandise: Calendars and stationery from Seesaw, adorable country-ish soy candles from Thelittlecup, cute illustrated pins from Delicious Doodles and jewelry from Lux Revival.

And the selection will continue to expand. “We are getting some new furniture [soon]” explains Thibault about their growing catalog of wares.

The first 50 customers to the event tonight will receive gift bags.

Mercantile is located at 828 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix between Roosevelt and McKinley streets. Visit the store Monday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and every First Friday from noon to 10 p.m. The grand opening party is at the store from 6 to 9 p.m.


Phoenix Marathon will Detour Downtown Bus & Light Rail on Sunday

[Source: Valley Metro]

Service disruption, but connection between race start and finish remains

Bus

Bus routes and light rail service in Phoenix will be affected when the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon rolls into town on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011.  Several bus routes will be detoured to allow for the event.

Both full and half marathons will start at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, near Washington Street and 14th Avenue in Phoenix and will finish on Packard Drive between ASU’s Sun Devil and Sun Angel Stadiums in Tempe. All roadways surrounding the Arizona State Capitol area will be closed to traffic beginning at 4 a.m.

Over 30,000 runners are expected to run the race through the streets of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. The race routes will be lined with live bands, volunteers, and spectators.

The event significantly impacts the area east of 7th Avenue and south of Camelback Road. Bus riders are strongly advised to call customer service at 602-253-5000 for any route detour updates or check schedules online. Also, it is highly recommended that bus and rail passengers give themselves extra time to reach their destinations. Bus service in Phoenix will be disrupted starting with race preparations at 4 a.m. and continuing during the race until approximately 1 p.m.

List of Phoenix bus routes severely affected by the detours:

  • Route 17-McDowell Rd.
  • Route 29-Thomas Rd.
  • Route 41-Indian School Rd.
  • Route 44-44th Street/Tatum will terminate at Shea Blvd until 44th Street is reopened.
  • Route 50-Camelback

List of other Phoenix bus routes affected by the detours:

  • Route 0-Central Ave.
  • Route 1-Washington/Jefferson
  • Route 3-Van Buren St.
  • Route 7-7th Street
  • Route 8-7th Avenue
  • Route 10-Roosevelt/Grant
  • Route 12-12th Street
  • Route 13-Buckeye
  • Route 15-15th Avenue
  • Route 16-16th Street
  • Route 19-19th Avenue
  • Route 39-40th Street
  • Route 60-Bethany Home
  • Route 70-Glendale/24th Street

Light Rail

METRO light rail will not provide morning service to stations north of McDowell Rd. The following stations will be without service until approximately 10 a.m., or until the race has cleared:

  • Encanto/Central Avenue
  • Thomas/Central Avenue
  • Osborn/ Central Avenue
  • Indian School/Central Avenue
  • Campbell/Central Avenue
  • Central Avenue/Camelback
  • 7th Avenue/ Camelback Road
  • 19th Avenue/Camelback Road
  • Montebello/19th Avenue

METRO will provide service to the rest of the line – McDowell/Central Avenue through Sycamore/Main Street – beginning at 5 a.m. METRO will offer 15 minute service before and during the race when traditional Sunday frequency is every 20 minutes.  Additional trains will be deployed based on the demand at the race finish area in Tempe.  The entire line will re-open once police have indicated the marathon has cleared and it is safe to proceed, approximately 10 a.m.

More Information

For more detailed information about the marathon detours, please visit http://www.ValleyMetro.org or call customer service at 602-253-5000, or follow @phoenixmetrobus and/or @MetroRail on Twitter.