Tempe Marketplace Archives

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When Tempe muralist Such Styles was growing up, street art was virtually nonexistent. It wasn’t until he read Getting Up: Subway Graffiti in New York by Craig Castleman, a book chronicling the artwork of pioneering graffiti writers in NYC, that he was inspired to start a graffiti art scene in Arizona. “They were taking the basic alphabet and they were manipulating it and changing it around, embellishing it, kind of making their own new alphabet...

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Interactive art installations are popping up everywhere, from candy-coated exhibits to taco-themed wonderlands. At Tempe Marketplace, guests can enjoy a holiday-themed installation called Candy Cane Lane, which features more than 100 pieces including 7-foot tall gingerbread men, 6-foot-tall lollipops, a huge hot cocoa mug with marshmallow seats, enormous Hershey’s Kisses and a giant gumball machine that blows around plastic balls. “I think people are looking for more experiences when they’re coming to centers and having...

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If you’re a fan of the freedom to enjoy a cocktail while strolling down the Las Vegas Strip, you can now indulge in that luxury closer to home. Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix is the first Arizona property to allow patrons to purchase alcoholic drinks and imbibe them while shopping. Shoppers can buy a beverage from a mobile bar outside of Copper Blues Live and walk around the shopping center. Construction is currently underway for...

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