The Phoenix Public Market is starting a new Community Supported Market card program that allows you to prepay for your purchases from the Urban Grocery & Wine Bar at a discount.
Cardholders are eligible for special promotions on seasonal items and offers for Market events. The more you buy, the more you save! A $100 card costs only $95, a 5% savings; $250 card costs $225, a 10% savings and $500 card costs only $425, a 15% savings! Keep a look-out for weekly emails from the Market with special offers.
For more information visit, foodconnect.org/phoenixmarket/csm.asp.
Tonight @ the Market includes a wine tasting with Dos Cabezas’ pink and Dick Erath’s Monsoon Red. Save room for dessert with Torched Goodness and wash it down with Atzins’ fresh lemonade and ices. There’s fresh veggies at the farmers’ tables from Dave the Eggman, Horny Toad Farm, Arizona Homegrown Solutions and One Windmill Farm.
Saturday @ the Market will include Fiscalini Cheese, Lil’ Sassy Salsa, Terra Verde Farms, Especial Tuna, Mi Catering, the Tamale Store, Poppa Maize and Wisdom Nectar selling fresh food and drinks. There will also be gluten-free baked products from Chile Acres.
Urban Grocery and Wine Bar: Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 8 to 8.
Open-Air Market: Every Wednesday 4 to 8 p.m., every Saturday 8 a.m. to noon.
Location: 721 N. Central Ave. (market) / 14 E. Pierce St. (grocery) (NE Corner Central and Pierce, three blocks south of Roosevelt and the new Roosevelt light rail stop!)
Free parking — MasterCard, VISA, AZ FMNP, WIC Cash Value Vouchers, and food stamps accepted (cash is also welcome!) Sun Cards are welcome, too!
From the Arizona Room is a weekly column examining the historic, reuse and infill structures in Downtown Phoenix. The inspiration for this column stems from the ever-expanding resources in Burton Barr Central Library’s Arizona Room (located on the fourth floor). For further information on this and other historic structures in the area, visit the Arizona Room during normal library hours.
538-542 W. McDowell Rd. in Willo
Last week’s blog examined the earliest section of the Hurley Building on 7th Avenue and McDowell Road. This week, let’s move to the middle chunk of the building, a post-WWII-era structure that is currently home to Strut Bridal Salon.
Examining the Hurley Building from the street, it’s fairly obvious that it was built in sections — sections that each have unique exteriors and building materials. The storefronts at 538 and 542 W. McDowell Rd. started construction in 1946, and blueprints called for a Neo Colonial-style panel brick commercial-purpose building connecting to the previous section of the building to the west.
Its concrete foundation and brick structure are similar to the previous edge of the building, but it uses stucco wall sheathing as opposed to brick — a sign of the times, as builders looked to cut costs as Arizona’s population began to grow and building demand was high.
This newer section of the Hurley Building has three storefront bays that have been significantly altered over the decades — originally, the storefronts on McDowell featured wood entries with glass. It may not be up for historic preservation status at any point, but it is certainly a prime example of a sixtysomething-year-old building from Phoenix’s post-war boom days.
Source: Willo-Alvarado Multiple Property Area Historic Resources Survey, 1989.
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You buffed. You shined. You commented on my behind.
Yep, Tony. I’m upping you a star, sir!
$40 to spruce up my favorite Johnston & Murphy hand-made Italian shoes for my launch party was the Deal of the Century. And, it took, what, a couple hours? New heels. New insoles.
Did I mention buffed and shined? Oh. Yep. I did.
Get your shoes a makeover at Tony’s. Tell ‘em Thomas sent you!
Tony’s Shoe Repair is located at 3110 N. Central Ave. #129 in Midtown — 602.266.8081
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Coffee shops are somewhat notorious for making sure that irresistible goodies adorn their front counters. This usually lends itself to the less resistant buying several scrumptious treats and feeling full and content. Royal at the Market is guilty of this as well. In fact, every Friday they usually stock bacon brownies, which is what I had a hankerin’ to try, but they also get a smorgasbord of other treats that are also heavenly.
I strolled down to Royal for a quick coffee fix and to try one of those baked goods rocking the countertop. The good thing about this place is that you are always met with a friendly face and a topnotch drink. Those are just about guarantees. The list of good vibes continues when you have to order your life-blood coffee over a mountain of goodies. I imagine that it is somewhat the same scene in heaven or a blissful afterlife.
A little birdie had told me that Royal gets treats on Friday mornings that vanish at a light-speed rate. They are noted for bringing in bacon brownies, which sounds like a combo of two majorly necessary food groups, but this particular morning they had different treats. My eyes locked on the gargantuan mango empanada. This thing was seriously packed to the gills with flaky, fruity goodness.
So, after scoring an iced mocha and my empanada, I chilled in the hip back room with the other Royal patrons. Needless to say, I wolfed down that empanada. The outer shell was soft, sweet and full of billowy goodness. The real kicker was the filling, jam-packed with mango, which made my mind take off to a tropical paradise. This treat was legit, and even though it was second on my list, its sweet deliciousness might have pushed it to the top.
When the craving for a fantastic coffee of near epic proportions inevitably hits you, saunter over to Royal at the Market to fill your addiction and create a new one. I know I will be back every Friday to try each and every treat they roll out.
Royal at the Market is located inside the Urban Grocery & Wine Bar at 14 E. Pierce St. in Evans Churchill (light rail at Roosevelt Station) — 602.254.5465
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Target Free Sizzlin’ Summer Saturdays in July at Heard Museum
Parents now have a place and time to take the kids during the summer to escape the heat. Adults can enjoy the museum while kids enjoy the free arts and crafts, dance performances and artist demonstrations, and meet popular children’s authors, all thanks to Target.
The fun at the Heard takes place every Saturday in July. This Saturday is “Fancy Flyers” day, with arts and crafts paying homage to our favorite winged animals. Dance performances by the Yellow Bird Dancers will rile the crowd. Kids will walk away with treats and a goody bags filled with activities, crayons, stickers and more.
For more information, please call 602.252.8848 or visit heard.org/Sizzlin. The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave. in Midtown (light rail at Encanto Station).
A Tiki good cause
Refuse to have a case of the Mondays in July, thanks to Hula’s Modern Tiki. Every Monday, the restaurant will be donating 10% of its proceeds to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix.
Hula’s “Mahalo Mondays” started in March and has since raised over $7,500 to organizations such as the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, The Red Cross Haitian Relief Fund, The Boys & Girls Clubs and Free Arts Arizona.
So, end Mondays on a wonderful note with a delicious meal at Hula’s Modern Tiki and give to amazing causes.
Hula’s Modern Tiki is located at 4700 N. Central Ave. in Uptown (light rail station at Central/Camelback) — 602.265.TIKI
Beat the heat and keep the beat at Portland’s
Portland’s Restaurant and Wine Bar just added some new flavor to its Saturday nights with live music and special prix fixe dinners.
During dinner, you can enjoy live acoustic music every Saturday night featuring local artists like Shelby James, Betsy Ganz, Jeff Schnuck and Zubia + DeGuvera from 8 to 11 p.m.
The special three-course prix fixe dinner is only $25 with mouth-watering meals like tempura rock shrimp, Stilton blue cheese bistro steak or sustainably farmed Scottish salmon. And, don’t forget dessert, with the tiramisu or Claire’s flourless chocolate torte.
Portland’s is located at 105 W. Portland Ave in Roosevelt (light rail at Roosevelt Station) — 602.795.7480