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[Source: Chow Bella, The New Times]

New in CenPho: My Goodness Cakes

After working in Sunnyslope for the past three years, baker Brian Tieman has relocated his business, My Goodness Cakes, to the Bragg’s Pie Factory building (1301 Grand Ave) in the Grand Avenue Arts District.

His website is full of examples of the kind of playful, pretty cakes he creates for weddings, birthdays, and baby showers.

He uses a dairy-free buttercream frosting (“helps with the summer heat,” he explains) and covers them with marshmallow fondant. He adds that the cakes are always fresh, never frozen.

Although My Goodness Cakes is primarily by appointment only, Tieman says he’ll be offering coffee and cupcakes during First Friday art walks.


Check out the original post for more great pictures of Brian’s cakes.

Grand Ave’s Sapna Cafe Space for Rent

[Source: Bragg’s Pie Factory]

We will miss Ana Borrajo on Grand Avenue and her Sapna Cafe but she is now cooking at the Pomegranite Cafe in Ahwautukee, and liking her new job. Taht means the old Sapna Cafe space is available for rent at Bragg’s Pie Factory.

The owner of Bragg’s Pie Factory is looking for someone who wants to open at least a breakfast/lunch spot. The space comes with lots of equipment in the space (including a stove/hood/fire suppression system).

They are a couple of serious, food related interested parties, but the owners of the building are not quite sure they will be the best fit.

If you know of anyone who might be interested please pass this on and have them contact Beatrice Moore at 602.391.4016.

Ideally, they are looking for a tenant to start a lease by February 1st.

“A Bunch of Crock: A Lesson in Futility” Continues at Bragg’s Pie Factory in downtown Phoenix

“A Bunch of Crock: An Exercise in Futility,” Safwat Saleem’s visually irreverant, and textually probing, installation continues through January First Friday.

This is your last chance to see this amazing, humorous KickStarter funded exhibit that pulls no punches in exposing the many faces of racism.

Pick up your quirky piece of collector’s paraphernalia while you’re there (button, bumper sticker)!

Open First Friday from 6 to 11 pm.

Bragg’s Pie Factory
1301 W Grand Ave

Pecha Kucha Night returns to downtown Phoenix on Friday

Downtown Phoenix has long been a hub for creatives of all types: artists,  architects,  graphic gurus, web ninjas, urban planners… and on and on. This past April, PechaKucha—an event designed as a sounding board for these creative minds lost in the desert sand—arrived in town for the first time.  Buoyed by the success of that event, a second event is happening this Friday evening at Bragg’s Pie Factory 1301 Grand Ave.

Pecha Kucha, pronounced “peh-chak cha” is Japanese for chit-chat. Meaning the sound of busy conversation going on in a room. Devised in Tokyo in 2003 by architects Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein as a means for designers to show their work, PechaKucha Nights has become a global phenomenon with events taking place in 326 cities around the world today.

To keep the momentum, a very efficient shotgun style presentation format called “20×20” was created. That’s 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide; a total of six minutes, forty seconds. Stand up, tell the world what you got, and then sit the hell down. This format demands that presenters be precise, concise, and engage audiences with only their most compelling work and ideas. No prolonged speeches, no endless PowerPoint slides, and no bullet points!

PechaKucha PHX is the one place designers of all disciplines can share their latest projects, newest curiosities, insights, aspirations and flashes of brilliance; to show what they’ve done, are doing, or are psyched-up about doing next.

For the second event, David White—who successfully brought us PKN Phx 1—has passed the role of City Organizer onto Jason Ayers. Jason brings his dedication, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit to this event and promises to showcase the best and brightest in the Phoenix creative community.

For additional information, including speaker profiles, visit the PechaKucha PHX website at


What: Pecha Kucha Night Phoenix #2

When: Friday, Nov 12, 2010. Food & Drink: 5:30 pm. Show Starts: 7:00 pm

Where: Bragg’s Pie Factory, 1301 Grand Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85007

Tickets: $10, includes food and drinks during the event (yes, that means beer and wine).  Advance sales ONLY.

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First Friday Picks

Footprints SB1070 Exhibit Opens at Bragg’s Pie Factory

Footprints SB1070 exhibit, organized by the Calaca Cultural Center, will be opening this First Friday at Bragg’s Pie Factory. Check out protest posters, community-painted fence panels, paintings, political “heads”, and other statements against this draconian bill. Various poetry readings, performances and video will be scheduled thru Sept. 6 to 11 pm.

1301 W Grand Ave

Artists Reception for “Who’s in the House” at Tilt Gallery

Come see WHO is in the house at Tilt Gallery: an exhibition of selected prints. Opening reception Friday, August 6, 6 to 9 pm.

919 W Fillmore Street,

Spread the Weird Studio First Friday Open House

We will be giving tours of the new animation studio, showing some cartoons, hosting a fun craft workshop and we’ll also provide cold drinks with snack foods to munch on while mingling. Visit some neighborhood sites and then stop by to party with us.

906 N 5 St. More info here.

Retro Ranch Second Summer Anniversary Party

Your One Stop Vintage Shop on the Melrose Curve is having a party! Wear your Tiki Togs as your pursue their mid to late century furniture, clothing, accessories and art. there will be “Prizes! Booze & Food.” 21+ 7-10pm

4303 N. 7th Ave

First Friday at Coe

The historic H.M. Coe House conveys a sense of the old Phoenix, before all the hustle and bustle. For a chill-out night away from the hubbub of First Friday, head to this iconic Phoenix home for a few drinks (you can bring your own as well!), great tunes and artwork and fascinating conversation.

Evan Wyloge’s minimalist paintings will be hanging from the walls, while DJ MoLo will be spinning a set or two of toe-tappin’ soul records. Archer Wave (Kenny Bump and Morgan Benavidez) will provide acoustic jams in the living room. 6-10pm

Coe House, 365 N 4th Ave

Rusty Spoke community bike shop opens on Grand Avenue

The Rusty Spoke hosts a weekly community bike shop for the downtown Phoenix community.  The facility, open every Sunday from Noon to 6 p.m., is located at Fractal, Bragg’s Pie Factory on Grand Avenue.

Grand Avenue’s Mutant Pinata Show ready to rock, roll, hang, fly, twist & turn

mutant2009Phoenix’s own Mutant Pinata Show will take place again this year at 1301 Grand Ave., at historic Bragg’s Pie Factory, and will be open for the March First Friday (March 6 from 6-12 p.m.); Art Detour Weekend (March 7 & 8); March Third Friday (March 20); and April First and Third Fridays (April 3 & 17).

The exhibit will be comprised of dozens of hand made, eclectic, and bizarre mutant pinatas — some made with the traditional paper mache base and others configured out of materials as diverse as colored cement and chicken wire.  Pinatas are decorated with a variety of materials including (but not limited to) glitter, pom poms, chenille, packaging peanuts, moss, masks, fleece, fake flowers, and feathers.  Most entries for the exhibit are from the Valley, made by local children, artists, and crafters, but at least one is coming all the way from Hawaii.  All entries that are submitted will be hung in the large vaulted room in the former pie factory, creating a visual pinata cacophony.

The Bragg’s Pie FActory, a cast-in-place concrete streamline-moderne building built in 1946 by Alan and Elaine Bragg, and was recently accepted to the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, contact Beatrice Moore, 602-391-4016.

Call for Entries: 2009 Mutant Pinata Show at Bragg’s Pie Factory on Grand Ave.


The Mutant Pinata Show 2008 (photo: Becky Stern)

During the months of March and April 2009, Bragg’s Pie Factory will host and exhibit “The Mutant Pinata Show.” This is your chance to enjoy the quaint and historic art of pinata-making.  Work can be for sale (or not).  70% of the sales price goes to the artist; the remainder supports the upkeep of the exhibit space, goes to a non-profit group, or both.  

All submissions must be delivered ready to hang or exhibit in whatever manner it was intended (i.e. with rope, wire, stands, etc.), and must be delivered by March 1 to Bragg’s Pie Factory at 1301 Grand Avenue.  To review and download the entry form, click here.  If you have questions, call Beatrice Moore at 602-391-4016.