Downtown Phoenix Archives

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This week we are spotlighting three new murals in Downtown Phoenix.   Photo by Aimee Smith    By El Mac and Thomas “Breeze” Marcus  This multi-story mural is located in the alley south of Monroe Street and First Avenue. El Mac is responsible for the portrait while Thomas “Breeze” Marcus tackled the surrounding detailing. The mural is a nod to the Indigenous history of Phoenix. The girl depicted is a real teenager from the Salt...

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Photo by Aimee Smith   Stoop Kid is a new concept housed in The Churchill in Downtown Phoenix. It offers bagels in the morning and burgers in the afternoon and evening. The menu is short, but you’ll still have a hard time choosing between options like the Money Shot (spicy bacon jam shmear, marinated tomatoes, Tillamook cheddar, soft scramble and a hash cake on an asiago bagel), Egg Thee Scallion (scallion and Parmesan shmear, soft...

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The Central Avenue location of Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles is home to two new Black History Matters murals. The murals are part of the Black History Month Mural Project spearheaded by Gizette Knight. One mural depicts baseball legends Willard Brown, Jackie Robinson and Willie Wells. Willard Brown by @creation80 Jackie Robinson by @artthoutiffany Willie Wells by @evolvingthroughart The other hits closer to home, depicting chefs Lucille B. Smith, Leah Chase, and Mrs. White. Mrs. White...

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James Beard-honored mixologist Kim Haasarud has worked with hundreds of liquor brands, restaurants and hotels to create one-of-a-kind cocktail programs across the globe. She established her beverage consulting company, Liquid Architecture, nearly two decades ago and recently created The Cocktail Collaborative (nicknamed “The Lab”), a Phoenix-based nonprofit that serves as a space for budding beverage professionals to hone their mixology skills. Now, she’s helming a homegrown hospitality concept in the heart of Phoenix, with an...

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Downtown Phoenix Inc. is dedicated to maintaining the unique vibe of the city center. Since last summer, it has been supplying small business supporters with free shirts, hats, masks and tote bags through its Buy & Fly program. Now, the organization is creating a little more buzz – by throwing locally roasted coffee into the mix. Through the Buy & Fly initiative, Downtown Phoenix Inc. encourages residents and visitors to support local coffee shops while...

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Keep your eyes peeled and your palate poised for these eateries slated to open this year. Bourbon & Bones This contemporary steakhouse will debut a second location in Gilbert’s San Tan Village with a larger bar area, more private dining space and an outdoor patio lounge.  (January 2021) Broth & Bao The long-awaited Broth & Bao from Born & Raised Hospitality (Clever Koi, Fellow Osteria & Pizzeria and Across the Pond) will offer build-your-own ramen...

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Last May, we chronicled about a handful of Valley animal rescues who had been severely affected due to the influx of displaced animals and loss of resources due to the impact COVID-19. This month, we received a twinkle of good news. La Gattara Cat Lounge and Boutique, which lost its space in April, has found a new home and will reopen in the heart of Downtown Phoenix this weekend. To celebrate, the rescue is hosting a socially...

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Driving along Grand Avenue in Downtown Phoenix, it becomes obvious that you have entered an arts district. There are numerous galleries, a print shop (yes those still exist, thank you Hazel & Violet) and colorful creations hanging from the trees. Most eye-catching, though, are the murals of all different sizes, styles and colors. Here are just a few of the many murals to take in. The young man in a cowboy hat painted by El Mac...

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As I spotted the building on the corner of 15th Avenue and Polk Street, I slowed the car and craned my neck in wonderment. Then I promptly did a U-turn, parked, and hopped out of the car with phone in hand like a giddy tourist. The building is covered with murals, consisting of varying styles and colors, ranging from vibrant to grayscale. Flora + Fauna by Eric Cox and Tara Sharpe This striking mural uses...

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Protest can take many forms. Valley muralists are showing that art is one of them. Six muralists came together to create a Black Lives Matter wall in downtown Phoenix. Each artist covered a segment of the wall using their own individual style. The wall is located on Third Street, just south of McKinley Street. Just Dixon The grayscale portion closest to the street was done by Giovannie “Just” Dixon. He is currently based in Denver,...

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