David Johnson from Oakville Grocery says that this will be the first grocery store downtown stocking essentials for the community. Johnson says the store will have a coffee bar, pastries, handmade sandwiches, salads, soups, grab-and-go items, milk, eggs and other groceries, specialty products, wine, beer and more.
Johnson also shares their significant local product program and plan to source as many local products as possible for the new store. Johnson says 200 products are needed to fill store shelves!
Johnson says you can submit your products by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with a short bio along with a description of the product, photos, media coverage/reviews, production capability and packaging information and a link to a website.
Products submitted for consideration must be retail store-ready, Johnson says. Submitted local farmers and purveyors will be reviewed for hand-selected placement in the store’s locavore lineup, Johnson shares, and all submissions must be received no later than Friday, April 15, 2011.
Oakville Grocery is searching for local vendors to help position the store as a key source for locally-grown fruits and vegetables to cater to the needs of downtown residents, Johnson says.
“For nearly 120 years Oakville Grocery has been the glue of the small farmers, vintners and purveyors in its Napa Valley, neighborhood,” Johnson said, “That same community aspect is what we hope to achieve in the unique community of downtown Phoenix by supporting local farmers and highlighting the high-quality local food and products that customers identify with and are proud of.”
[Source: Carrie Wheeler, New Times Jackalope Ranch]
Downtown Phoenix is developing quite a little vintage scene. On December 1st, a new line of clothing, Hailey’s Hand Me Downs joined the growing list of indie cool finds (First Butter Toast, recently Grow Op) as the newest purveyor of vintage goods.
Hailey Andresen, a recent FIDM grad, is the Hailey behind the name and the curator of the line. “All vintage is at least 20 years old,” she explained. Most current merchandise came from a recent LA trip, where she scoured vintage stores and wholesalers, but she’s always on the lookout for new things and expanding her collections, which she also sells on her online Etsy store under the same name.
Some of the store finds: A cute 1950s sun dress for $36, men’s western shirts which run around $30, a pair of neutral bow loafers for $20, and a tin full of colorful scarves for $5 each.
Sharing a space off Central Avenue with hairstylist/make-up artist/stylist, Shauna Thibault, the two unlikely businesses will join forces, along with other local lines and brands (like letterpress designers, SeeSaw) under one soon-to-be launched name, Mercantile, which will have its grand opening mid-January.
In the meantime, you can still peruse clothes and accessories in the roomy loft space, sit at the giant table and benches (designed by Christoph Kaiser) and enjoy the visually-pleasing vignettes, and schedule a cut and color.
Hailey’s Hand Me Downs is located inside Mercantile (which might or might not have a sign up) at 828 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix between Roosevelt and McKinley. Visit the store Monday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and every First Friday from noon to 10 p.m.
Calling All Crafters
Wanna be one of 35 local artist selling handmade goods at Frances Vintage’s ‘Crafeteria’? Details ahead
If you’ve never been to the Central Phoenix boutique, Frances, and the neighboring candy store, Smeeks, you’re missing out on two of the Valley’s most charming, stylish spaces. No seriously, we dare you to walk inside Smeeks’ candy-colored space—brimming with old school sweets and retro delights such as ‘Twinkie the Kid‘ lunch pails—and not squeal like a school kid. And now Frances is inviting local crafters to join the fun as it hosts its fifth annual “Crafeteria” on December 3.
Voted “Best Indie Craft Fair” by the Phx New Times, this annual holiday open house will feature 35 of the Valley’s most talented independent artists. Working with paper goods, knitted items, sewn fabrics and more, the only requirement is that everything is 100 percent handmade, no exceptions. There will also be live music sponsored by the indie record shop, Stinkweeds, and handmade treats at the Smeeks “Sweets Alley.”
Most important, this Crafeteria is open to all local artists, with the 35 spots to be filled by a panel of judges. There’s no fee to enter, but all applicants must submit photos, a description and a bio, as well as agree to donate at least one item for a prize giveaway. Click here to get all the deets, and good luck. Meanwhile, to learn more about Frances and Smeeks, as well as see a full slideshow, click here to read a Q&A with owner, Georganne Bryant.
Crafty on Central: 10 W. Camelback Rd., 602-279-5463
Time to break out the suits and pearls: Modern Manor (home of mid-century and modern decor in Phoenix’s Melrose District) is hosting a Mad Men party. You’re invited—provided you have an appetite for vintage.
Modern Manor promises cocktails, appetizers, photo booths and prizes, in addition to a larger show of the store’s unique line, including furniture by Charles and Ray Eames, Paul McCobb and Milo Baughman.
Co-owners Ryan and Kylie Durkin and Jeremy Briddell—all three have given us tours of their personal spaces—and if their homes say anything about their store, then friends, we’re in for a treat … or at least a cocktail.
The Durkin/Briddell team will open the huge, garage-style doors on October 23 from 7 to 11 p.m. Modern, 1960s attire is not required, but encouraged — can you imagine how much better you’ll look atop that that Eames chair watching Mad Men episodes on the large screen?
Modern Mannor is located at 716 West Hazelwood Street in Phoenix.(If you get lost, just look for the Ms). More info can be found on the Modern Manor website.
[Source: Denise Meridith, Phoenix Business Insight Examiner]
Phoenicians have had several disappointments related to planned developments, with big chains, such as Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom’s abandoning expansion plans in Arizona. It may actually be up to small businesses to rescue Phoenix’ economy. One such business—Designer District—celebrated the grand opening of its third Arizona store with a fashion show at CityScape in downtown Phoenix on Friday night, October 1, 2010.
A backdrop at the show said, “Designer District is less about fashion than achieving a strong sense of personal style.” A sense of style has been missing in downtown Phoenix since drugs, crime, homelessness, gang activity, scandals, and the flight of stores to suburban shopping centers in the 1970’s and 1980’s tarnished the image of the city’s center. In the 2000’s, the population boom, construction of the baseball park, opening of an ASU campus and plans for new office buildings and condos promised to restore a vibrant downtown. But the real estate crash and recent political controversies threatened to put an end to the hope.
“I wanted to show people that there is a place to shop downtown again,” said Kurt Blaydorn, the founder of Designer District, “to create a destination to give people hope,” when asked why he chose to open a store downtown now.
On Friday night, Blaydorn was not the only one expressing optimism about the new CityScape center and downtown Phoenix. Jeffrey Evans, a long-time participant in the New York City fashion industry, who narrated the fashion show, moved from New York, then Scottsdale to downtown Phoenix. He and his wife, Brandi, love the excitement and promise of their new neighborhood.
Joanna deShay, who will have her own Black Russian fashion line on display at thePhoenix Fashion Fair next week, came to the show because she is “excited about what fashion can become in Phoenix…it’s no longer just about tee shirts and jeans.”
Kerry Dunne and Reed Glick will have a hand in making sure this is just the start of fun events downtown. Their R Entertainment has a full schedule (including a Friday night concert series) planned for downtown. “It will be amazing,” said Glick.
What will also be amazing is if, in the end, it is not national companies that create the Phoenix Renaissance, but a collaboration of small, dedicated and passionate local businesses.
[Source: Phoenix 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.
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.