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“Spills, Sins and Starbucks” at downtown Phoenix’s The Duce Thursday Nov 11

[From: Rogue Green]
November Rogue Green will bring us back to one of my favorite downtown Phoenix hang-outs – THE DUCE! With nothing like it in the city, Steve & Andi Rosenstein, the Duce owners, are a breath of fresh air for downtown Phoenix warehouse district with their visionary space, Midwestern work ethic and love for sustainability and values-driven business. These are people who know how to walk their talk.

This venue will serve as the perfect backdrop for our very exciting November event – a special presentation by my friend and colleague, green architect and best-selling author, Eric Corey Freed.

After seeing Eric’s new keynote presentation, “Spills, Sins and Starbucks: How Oil Has Negatively Altered Our Built Environment” at 2010 West Coast Green in San Francisco, I knew I needed to bring him and his insightful talk to Phoenix.

This will be a great chance to be in an intimate atmosphere with some of the best forward thinkers around.

The event is free to attend, but we will be collecting donations for our “For the Love of Bundt” fundraiser which took place last month, as we are still about $1000 shy from our goal.

The Duce is offering a special 15% discount on purchases from R&R Surplus on the evening of the event to help contribute to “For the Love of Bundt” as well. Time to stock up on Champion gear & warm hoodies!

I look forward to seeing you there!

Msss. Champion

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You can find more information on the Rogue Green blog or Facebook page.

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Phoenix Warehouse District site to house restaurant, farmer’s market, and store


1928 Anchor Building, downtown Phoenix (pre- R&R Surplus).

[Source: Jan Buchholz, Phoenix Business Journal] — The founders of a successful national retail chain are launching a new concept in the most unlikely of places: a 1928 warehouse at the corner of Central Avenue and Lincoln Street, on the southern fringe of downtown Phoenix.  The building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has housed a variety of businesses, from a Ford dealership to the Hensley & Co. beer distributorship.  “We fell in love with it the day we saw it,” said Steve Rosenstein.

He and his wife, Andi, are renovating the 14,000-square-foot building to house a restaurant, a farmer’s market and a retail store called R&R Surplus. Collectively, the project will be called The Duce in honor of the many produce markets that once defined the area.  They expect the project eventually to employ 20 to 30 people.


Renovated interior of R&R Surplus adaptive reuse.

The store concept centers on reclaimed and recycled fashion with a twist, including European-made thermal underwear embellished with Swarovski crystals, old-school collegiate sweats, bomber jackets, army duffel bags, cargo pants, PF Flyer gym shoes, and vintage Schwinn bicycles.  The retail store, sandwiched between the future market and restaurant, is open by appointment only.  The Rosensteins plan to open the store and the food market to the general public in October.  The restaurant, which will focus on locally grown fresh produce and food products, will open when a partner is found, but the couple is in talks.

As renovations continue, products also will be sold through private events and through R&R Surplus’ Web site, which went live March 3.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]