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Tea Party supporters hit downtown Phoenix

[Source: Mike Sunnucks, Phoenix Business Journal]

If you want a pin-up poster of Sarah Palin, would like to abolish progressive income taxes or think Ronald Reagan is the best president ever, you’ll probably be in downtown Phoenix this weekend.

Approximately 2,200 tea partiers are in Phoenix this weekend for a policy summit focused on federal spending, health care, taxes and immigration. The weekend event is at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Presidential contenders Tim Pawlenty and Ron Paul, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, conservative commentator Dick Morris and U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, R-Scottsdale/Tempe, are some of the speakers.

Arpaio is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2012.

A host of conservative, anti-tax and anti-government groups are also in Phoenix advocating everything from the elimination of the Internal Revenue Service and progressive income taxes, to fighting labor unions and President Barack Obama on health care.

Sarah Palin will not be there, according to the event schedule. But conservative groupies of the former Alaskan governor can get a large poster of her — as well as Reagan — from the Young America’s Foundation. You just have to sign up for the group’s mailing list.

Judging from the exhibit hall and the sentiments among those attending, Palin enjoys strong support among the tea party activists for a possible 2012 presidential run.

The Heard Museum gets a makeover

[Source: Phoenix Business Journal]

Photo credit: Daniel Greene on Flickr

The Heard Museum is undergoing renovations and is using a recent Piper grant to help pay for the work.

The $300,000 project will include a coffee bar, shop and bookstore with a $150,000 from the Virginia G. Piper Trust helping to finance the renovation, said Heard spokeswoman Deb Krol.

The project will relocate and expand the museum’s bookstore and create a coffee bar and cantina, which will offer up drinks and food in a casual atmosphere. The Heard Museum Cafe will continue its operations as a full-service sit-down venue.

As part of the project, space will be created for live artist demonstrations, while the store will be able to feature more works from Native American artists.

The project is expected to be complete by the end of the year with the new area to open in 2011.

In addition to this project, the Heard’s auditorium is getting a head-to-toe renovation that will includes audio visual upgrades. A confidential financial gift from the late Marjorie Blum is financing that work, said Krol.

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Two new retail stores open in downtown Phoenix

[Source: Phoenix Business Journal]

Jim Poulin/The Business Journal

CityScape’s retail scene is slowly coming alive, ramping up for the fall.

In addition to the newly opened CVS, the only drugstore in downtown’s central core, two new stores [were] slated to open on Friday at the retail, office and entertainment complex bounded by First Avenue and First, Washington and Jefferson streets.

West of SoHo and Designer District are expected to open their doors Friday, according to CityScape’s Facebook page.

Other retail tenants to join them this fall include the Lucky Strike bowling alley, Urban Outfitters, restaurants Noodle and LGO Public House, and Oakville Grocery.

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Downtown Phoenix Public Market says thank you!

downtown-phoenix-public-market-mixerThe April 22nd networking mixer at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market has come and gone, and the fine folks in this photo representing the sponsoring organizations, say thank you to the hundreds of people who came out to enjoy live music, great food, and camaraderie. The primary goal of the event was to help raise awareness and support for the market’s growth and “bricks and mortar” expansion.

Sponsors were: Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Small Business Association, Community Food Connections, Downtown Voices Coalition, Local First Arizona, Phoenix Business Journal, and Valley Forward.

For more information about the Downtown Phoenix Public Market, click here.

Support the Downtown Phoenix Public Market, April 22

Downtown Phoenix Public Market Store opens soon (Photo: Sarah Parkin,

The Arizona Small Business Association is partnering with the Downtown Phoenix Public Market and Local First Arizona to help raise awareness and support for the market’s growth and “bricks & mortar” expansion.  All “friends of downtown Phoenix” are welcome to attend what promises to be a fun, enjoyable event to include live music, wonderful food, and drink refreshments. 

  • Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2009
  • Time: 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Place: Downtown Phoenix Public Market, 721 N. Central Ave. Phoenix

You can also drop by information tables of supporting organizations for news about what’s going on from their respective corner of downtown!  So far there will be:

  • Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce
  • Arizona Small Business Association
  • Downtown Voices Coalition
  • Local First Arizona
  • Phoenix Business Journal
  • Valley Forward

For more information, contact Tom Lockhart at ASBA.

Do structures define a city?

Where the spirited debate will be heldWell, according to the Phoenix Business Journal they do.  And they encourage you to shell out $80 for an evening of “networking and discovery” along with heavy hors’ doeuvres, cocktails, and “spirited” discussion (no doubt due in part to the cocktails) at the 2nd annual “Structures… defining a city” event.

Among the topics to be discussed by local architects include: Valley Architecture… Are we getting it right?  Do we have nationally significant projects?  Can good architecture exist in a planning vacuum?  Moderator is Don Henninger, publisher of the Business Journal; the 2008 panelists include:

  • John Kane, Principal, Architekton Inc.
  • Patrick Hayes, Patrick Hayes Architecture, Inc.
  • Darren Petrucci, Director & Associate Professor, Architecture, ASU
  • Marlene Imirzian, Marlene Imirzian & Associates
  • Mike Davis, DAVIS (formerly DFD CornoyerHedrick)

The event will be held Tuesday, June 10, 2008 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281.  For more information, click here.