Roosevelt Row Archives

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Eight years ago, Ali Nervis met his business partners, Henry Dickerson and Dominic Clark, when they were selling T-shirts and jewelry at small business events. “We share a lot of the same values in terms of why we’re in business – family, community and self-sustainability,” Nervis says. With their wives, the trio launched Archwood Exchange, a monthly swap-meet affiliated with the Buy Black Marketplace movement, in 2016. Their latest project: Straw & Wool, a hip...

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Peter Kasperski and Richie Moe were two of the most illustrious names in Valley dining until bankruptcy and substance abuse sent them tumbling to Earth. Now the longtime friends have banded together to open a hit Roosevelt Row restaurant – and keep their demons mutually at bay.

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It’s her third day as proprietor of Hot Daisy Pizza, and Tammie Coe — the classically trained pastry chef famous for ooey-gooey cupcakes, big cookies and whimsical fondant-covered cakes — seems to be having fun in her new role as pie slinger. At 3:30 in the afternoon, her tiny Roosevelt Row shop (formerly known as Tammie Coe Cakes) enjoys a steady stream of curious neighborhood customers, eager to try a slice of pepperoni or margherita...

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“Luckys is not the new chic RoRo dive bar,” the man behind the bar says as he sets down a couple coasters and a bottle of hand sanitizer. He also tells me that mimosas and bloody Marys are “breakfast drinks” and should not be consumed at 6 p.m. on a Thursday, which happens to be when I pay my first visit to Lucky’s. He then proceeds to offer me a mimosa-flavored jello shot. Who am...

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Roosevelt Row recently welcomed a one-of-a-kind boutique curated for and by Arizonans. The unique, upscale shop purveys products from established brands and indie designers from around the world. This curated collection of clothing, furniture, accessories, home décor and skincare can’t be found anywhere else in the Valley, according to co-owner Wade Parkins. The business originated in Tucson in a 500-square-foot storefront, but Parkins and his husband/business partner Jason Shelby quickly noticed that patrons were making...

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From Glendale to Gilbert, downtown neighborhoods across the Valley have flourished over the past decade, sprouting high with local restaurants, boutiques, theaters and that all-important “cultural density.” Now, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, they need our love more than ever.

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