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Construction on 1st Street to start soon

Beginning on Monday, the City of Phoenix will begin construction of pedestrian enhancements on 1st Street between Fillmore and McKinley as well as Pierce between Central and 1st St.

The City of Phoenix has a flyer that details the project.

Flyer from the City of Phoenix detailing improvements on 1st Street; click to download PDF verison

Be a Part of the Third Urban Wine Walk in Downtown Phoenix on April 9th


Saturday, April 9, 2011 – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Explore the Downtown Phoenix, Camelback Corridor and Tempe dining scenes with the Urban Wine Walk. Spend an afternoon with friends at 17 restaurants, each one offering three wine samples and a snack at a special price, available only to the Urban Wine Walk participants.

Start early to avoid the 4 p.m. rush!

The Third Urban Wine Walk will be held Saturday, April 9th from 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Participants can enhance their urban experience by riding the light rail to participating restaurants for $3.50 (the cost of an all-day METRO light rail pass)

To participate, print out the wine list, and invite your friends to organize a route. Don’t forget to tell your server you are participating in the Urban Wine Walk to receive the special prices.

Must be 21 to participate.

Body MarketGo to the Phoenix Public Market during the Urban Wine Walk to pick up your FREE Urban Wine Walk Gift Bag. The Market is located on the corner of 14 E. Pierce St. and Central.

The bags are stuffed with Downtown Phoenix coupons and goodies. Be sure to show up early as there are only 600 bags!

Downtown Phoenix: Home of the Haute-Dog

[Source: Scoopfactory]

What the heck is a ‘mobile hotdog eatery’? Only the tastiest thing on four legs, er, wheels

Image via Norm Reyes

Seriously, are there two better words in the English language than ‘gourmet hotdogs’? We’re talking hand-crafted sausages and frankfurters from those ground meat gurus at Schreiner’s in Phoenix, who’ve been cranking out casings inside a family-run factory since 1955. And forget ketchup and mustard, these posh puppies are topped with exotic delights such as mango chutney, aged English cheddar and fresh cilantro, and then served on a warm Indian-style flatbread called naan.

Sounds a little froufrou and pricey, you say. Besides, aren’t the best hotdogs served out of the back of a roadside stand? Well, meet Short Leash Hot Dogs, the Valley’s first ‘mobile hot dog eatery.’ Operated by a charming local couple out of a retrofitted trailer, Short Leash has quickly become a star attraction at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market’s Food Truck Fridays. Here, if you brave the lines, you’ll be rewarded with doggie delights such as the Aiko (pictured), a specialty sausage known as a beer hot, topped with mango chutney, jalapenos, red onions, cilantro and mayonnaise. Even better, at $5 a pop you’ll have money left over for superb sides such as deep-fried pickles and a bottle of Mexican coke (i.e. the real-deal stuff made with cane sugar vs. corn syrup).

But why put off until Friday what you can scarf down today? Short Leash is at the Phoenix Public Market every Wednesday evening, and you can also catch them Thursdays at Shady’s, a hipster hangout on Indian School featuring one of Valley’s the best jukeboxes. Yes, a jukebox. Google it, youngin’s. Click here to get the 411 on Short Leash’s far-flung travels, including our fav entry: on Feb 26, Short Leash is scheduled to appear at a ‘private wedding.’ Now that’s a wedding we’d like to crash.

Image via Norm Reyes



Get your Phoestivus on in Downtown Phoenix

[Source: Get Your Phx]

We are excited to bring you the First Annual Phoestivus Market on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010. (Not the usual day for Get Your PHX)

Get Your PHX, along with our 8 wonderful co-sponsors, hope that this will be the start of a new tradition in Arizona. Because, really? Who doesn’t like a gifts, food and chestnuts on a cool(ish) Arizona December evening?

We will be at the Phoenix Public Market at 14 East Pierce in Downtown Phoenix. (Map it)

We are very grateful for our event co-sponsors: CenPho.comCO+HOOTSDowntown Phoenix PartnershipGrand Avenue Merchant’s AssociationLocal First AZPhoenix Community AlliancePhoenix Public Market and Roosevelt Row.


Mobile food-truck court launches in downtown Phoenix

[Source: Kellie Hwang,]

New Times/Brad Moore

It’s been confirmed: The Mobile Food Truck Court will launch on Nov. 5 at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market.

The court, organized by the newly formed Phoenix Street Food Coalition, has been green-lighted by the city. Food trucks will set up every Friday during lunchtime in the parking lot of the market.

Brad Moore, owner of Short Leash Hotdogs, is spearheading the effort. He hopes to draw downtown employees.

“We are ecstatic about this opportunity and so thankful to the Phoenix Public Market for allowing us to use their facilities,” Moore said. “This is going to grow into a great cultural event within downtown Phoenix, something that hopefully in the next few years will rival the street-food scenes in cities like Portland (Ore.) and LA.”

The trucks will be set up in the parking lot, with tables and chairs underneath the carports for shade. If all goes well, Phoenix Public Market owner Cindy Gentry said the hope is to renovate the parking lot with misters to make it more diner-friendly. She is looking forward to food court and thinks it will add to the foot traffic in the market.

“I love the energy of the trucks and the people,” she said. “The food is fabulous, and this will really create a good synergy with the public market. Nothing but positivity can come from this.”

Here are the confirmed food trucks for the opening:

Moore hopes to add more trucks and rotate them.


11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, starting Nov. 5.

Downtown Phoenix Public Market, 14 E. Pierce St., Phoenix.

Prices vary.

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Downtown Phoenix Public Market Call for “Bake Sale” Cakes

The Urban Grocery and Wine Bar at Phoenix Public Market is celebrating its first anniversary on Wednesday, October 27. We’re looking for bakers and ice cream makers who’d like to help us celebrate.


WHAT: A decorated cake contest and ice cream churn-off. Market goers will vote for the best-decorated cake and favorite ice cream. There will also be a non-professional “bake sale” category

WHEN: Wednesday, October 27. Cake display, ice cream sampling and informal voting from 4 to 6 p.m. 6 pm cake cutting and serving

WHERE: Phoenix Public Market, 14 E. Pierce Street, Phoenix. A “birthday” booth in the outdoor market

REQUEST: For bakers they’re looking for a cake creatively decorated with a market theme, any size.*** For ice cream makers, they’d like you to serve up to 200 small samples, preferably highlighting a local ingredient. If necessary, you may drop off your donations, but they’d prefer to have you stay and promote your business.


Ice cream vendors, please coordinate with us to make sure we are well-stocked with your product in the urban grocery – Must have your permits from the MCESD for this.

Note that cream cakes are not allowed. Here’s the Maricopa County regulation:


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Vote now for the Downtown Phoenix Public Market!

Arizona Homegrown Solutions has been selected as one of 41 finalists across the country for a chance to win $20,000 through a grant from Tom’s of Maine. The fund will install four water-harvesting cisterns at area nonprofits, including the Downtown Phoenix Public Market. It will also provide green job training for under served populations and free water-harvesting classes for the public.

You have until September 10 to vote, so vote now! Scroll down to Arizona Homegrown Solutions, Phoenix, Arizona. Every vote counts!

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Downtown Phoenix Vitality: Weekly Events

[Source: Yuri Artibise, Downtown Phoenix Journal]

The true mark of a vibrant urban core isn’t the popularity of special events like ball games, conventions or even First Fridays. Rather, it is the events that fill the gaps in between these. It is the creation of a 24/7 culture where things are going on every day (and night) of the week. While I wouldn’t say that we have quire arrived there, we are a lot closer that it may appear.

Here are 10 of the less heralded activities that are occurring in Downtown Phoenix on an almost daily basis.

1. Live Music

Check the DPJ calendar for up-to-date listings on nightly music at Carly’s Bistrothe Dressing Roomthe Lost Leaf,Modified ArtsRevolver RecordsRoosevelt Tavern and the Turf.

2. Movie Monday at Revolver Records

No-admission movie screenings with special deals every Monday at 8 p.m.

3. Improv Comedy

The Torch Theatre is one of Phoenix’s best-kept secrets. Shows vary through the week, but make sure to check out the Saturday night Cage Matches!

4. Phoenix Public Market

Every Wednesday and Saturday, the lot at McKinley Street and Central Avenue becomes our local farmers market.

5. Over-the-Hump Day, open mic

Local wordsmiths and folk musicians perform every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Conspire at 5th and Garfield streets.

6. The Downtown Phoenix Fitness Walk/Jog

Get some exercise by walking or jogging around Downtown Phoenix. Start and end points are the Phoenix Public Market every Saturday at 7 a.m.

7. Community Yoga Project

Bring your own yoga mat, towel or blanket every Saturday at 10 a.m. at Civic Space Park.

8. GROWHOUSE Garden Days

Volunteer in the garden at Garfield and 6th streets every Sunday from 8 to 10 a.m.

9. Fair Trade Café Sunday brunch

The Fair Trade menu features challah baked French toast with choice of yummy toppings, rosemary country potatoes, baked egg casserole with veggies or green chilies and biscuits and gravy. Every Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

10. Sunday Service

Every Sunday at SideBar, DJs spin until 2 a.m., accompanying Downtown’s best drink discounts.

We are certainly missing a lot of other events that occur on a weekly basis. If you would like to add anything to the list, please add a comment!

This post was inspirited by the Roosevelt Row newsletter. To be kept up to date on what is going on in and around Roosevelt Row, click here to sign up for their newsletter. For a whole smattering of Downtown Phoenix events, see DPJ’s calendar page.

Be sure to check out the comments section of the original post for more great suggestions

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Downtown Phoenix Public Market launches rewards program

[Source: Phoenix New Times]

Shopping local just got a bit cheaper with the Community Supported Market card at the Phoenix Public Market Urban Grocery and Wine Bar.

The CSM card is half gift card and half discount card, which Community Food Connections (CFC), the non-profit organization that operates the Phoenix Public Market, says was created to thank customers for their continued support.

How it works:

  • You buy the card. Get $50 for $50, $100 for $95, $250 for $225 or $500 for $425. (The more you spend the more you save.)
  • Use the card like cash when you shop at the Urban Grocery and Wine Bar (not the Wednesday or Saturday farmers’ markets). Take advantage of card-holder special offers, changing weekly, like buy one get one melons or $5 off wine.

The Catch:

You have to use the preloaded card by Dec. 31, 2010, or it expires and you’re outta luck.

“I’m guessing there will be enough opportunities and enough good stuff in the store that they will have no problem spending their balance before the end of the year,” says Cindy Gentry, Executive Director of CFC.

She says some people who purchased CSM cards at the start of the program, July 9, have already spent down their balance and reloaded.

Anybody can get a card, not just previous customers, so now is a good time to check the market out if you haven’t already.

“Not only are you getting to access your favorite foods at a discount, but you’re actually getting to support your local community,” Gentry says.

CSM cards are available on-site at the Phoenix Public Market Urban Grocery and Wine Bar located at 14 East Pierce Street in downtown Phoenix. The market is open Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Phoenix receives $25,000 for downtown urban design project

The city of Phoenix has received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Mayor’s Institute on City Design 25th Anniversary Initiative (MICD25).
The funds will be used to redesign a downtown street to improve pedestrian accessibility to the city’s Downtown Phoenix Public Market. An artist/design team will be hired as part of a city of Phoenix Office of Cultural Affairs public art project to redesign one long block of Pierce Street in front of the market from Central Avenue to First Street.
“This project will bolster our efforts to revitalize Phoenix’s unique urban core as a connected oasis of shaded sidewalks, plazas, streets and open spaces,” said Mayor Phil Gordon. “The project, using sustainable materials, also will complement our ongoing downtown development efforts.”
The design team will reconfigure the street by reducing car lanes, widening sidewalks and adding built and living shade, transforming a hot stretch of asphalt and concrete into an oasis making the outdoor area more comfortable for pedestrians.
“The NEA grant to redesign a city block of Pierce Street in front of the Phoenix Public Market will help create a thriving pedestrian corridor downtown,” said Cindy Gentry, executive director of Community Food Connections, the nonprofit group that operates the market. “We are honored and delighted to be a part of the project.”
Phoenix was one of 21 cities selected to receive a grant from a total of $3 million. Projects varied from environmentally sustainable public art projects to development of isolated neighborhoods or neglected waterfronts.
“I am thrilled that the NEA’s vision of Arts Works has led to MICD25 and these innovative projects,” said Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “ I am confident that these projects will make a difference in their communities.”
MICD25 supports creative projects that contribute to the livability of communities and help transform sites into lively, beautiful and sustainable places using arts at its core.
The public art project was developed in partnership with the Phoenix Office of Cultural Affairs and Street Transportation Department, downtown businesses, property owners and community organizations as part of the “Gimme Shelter Urban Shade” project.

Read the full article at the Phoenix Business Journal.

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