Chris Malloy, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Julia Fournier owns the building that houses The Hive, a compound of creative micro businesses on Cypress and 16th Streets. Eight businesses hum within, connected by a central courtyard with a small stage. Fournier runs two of the Hive’s sub-spaces, The Bee’s Knees (a boutique) and its gallery, which features a new art show every Third Friday. In short, Julia keeps a small shop yet also collects rent from her fellow small business owners.  ...

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Rosaura “Chawa” Magaña sits in a parked car, window down, smiling, hoisting books and a giant bottle of hand sanitizer. This image recently appeared on social media posts by Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, which Magaña has run for nearly five years. At her Spanish-and-English shop, you can find the work of contemporary Mexican novelists, indigenous poets, baby book authors who pen books like one on frybread, and other forward-thinking writers. These days, Magaña drives ordered books...

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Tracy Perkins runs Strawberry Hedgehog, an ecologically conscious vegan boutique that carries its own soaps plus the wares of other vendors and artists. Need a body cream, beard oil or jar of healing spices? Until recently, Perkins’s brick-and-mortar shop had you covered. But now, the spread of the coronavirus has forced her to partially close. “The decision to close was not made lightly,” Perkins says. “We will not be able to maintain paying all of...

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“Fancy hot sauce.” That’s what Natalie Cutino calls the hot sauces she and her husband, Jacob Cutino, make in small batches. They blend miso hot sauce and strawberry hot sauce, deftly balanced and neatly packaged. Their rust-red and marigold-orange bottles have become a common sight at specialty shops and local eateries. Some, like The Larder + The Delta, even use Cutino Sauce Co. products to brighten select dishes.   These days, though, restaurants have fallen...

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A few days before the city of Phoenix shuttered bars and restaurants for everything but takeout and delivery, Drew Pool felt optimistic. The co-owner of Wren House Brewing Company noted, around when the number of recorded infections in Arizona reached a dozen, that business was “relatively unaffected.”   But that time, just before mid-March, feels like ancient history.   Since then, Phoenix mayor Kate Gallego limited bars and restaurants (to wide industry approval), hoping to...

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