The much-anticipated opening of the Phoenix Public Market’s new Urban Grocery & Wine Bar is nearing reality. Currently taking shape inside the historic red-brick warehouse facing Pierce Street, directly adjacent to the outdoor market, the new full-service Downtown grocery store will provide the neighborhood (and city) a more permanent, thoughtful destination for locally sourced, organic foods.
Cindy Gentry, Executive Director of Community Food Connections, the local organization behind both the Public Market and the Urban Grocery, speaks about their newest endeavor with great pride. “If you love our outdoor market, you will love this place,” she gushes. “We wanted to create a real place, with real food. A place tied to the local community.”
Gentry goes on to point out that the market will exist as more than just simply a permanent, physical anchor for the biweekly Public Market — it will complement it. “We are looking forward to offering a larger selection of certain foods like meats, cheeses and other perishables,” she says.
Intending to be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. initially, the new Urban Grocery will also become not only the first full-service grocery store to open Downtown in at least the past quarter-century, it will also be one of the only such grocers to offer food selections largely locally sourced.
The renovated interior itself is as cavernous as it is quaint, with careful consideration to original architectural features being not merely preserved, but enhanced. Such notable elements include an airy, bow-trussed, vaulted ceiling that highlights the structure’s sturdy wooden support beams overhead, as well as the building’s original masonry surrounding in full, unadorned exposure.
Besides a wider selection of local produce, baked goods and previously mentioned perishables like dairy products and meats, a major component of the indoor grocery will be the Market Café, a grab-and-go counter offering patrons prepared items like sandwiches, salads, soups and other sides. Once a planned side patio is completed this fall after subsequent construction plans materialize, said takeaway foods will be available for eating on site.
The Urban Grocery will sell a rotating selection of beer and wines, the latter of which will become a primary focus of the grocery, with a dedicated wine-tasting area offering samples of varied wines to try, as well as purchase by the glass.
In an effort to further stimulate bright ideas and innovation in the local food landscape, there will also be a commercial kitchen and meeting area located in a sectioned, private space toward the rear of the building. Besides facilitating certain small, food-related events, it will act as an incubator of sorts for fledgling local food organizations and respective entrepreneurs trying to develop new products and or get their related businesses off the ground.
Last but most definitely not least, probably one of the more high-profile components of the new indoor Urban Grocery will be the addition of Royal at the Market, a tiny, stylish coffee shop brought to us by some of the same principals behind the respected Royal Coffee Bar on Jackson Street. Expect the same self-roasted, hand-pressed coffee, along with a careful assortment of baked goods both homemade and locally selected. The tiny coffee bar will exist in a connected space within the grocery store, but will also have an individual side entrance for visiting patrons during the main store’s off-hours.
Optimistic about the new Urban Grocery’s progress, as all of the finishing touches (and required permits) fall into place, Gentry is hoping for an official opening sometime during the second or third week in October. Moving along at a slightly faster pace, Royal at the Market is shooting for a quiet, individual debut sometime sooner, possibly in the next week or two. Stay tuned for updates.
I joined 16 other mayors in New York City last week to launch a nationwide effort to boost volunteerism in cities. Join in on volunteerism — it makes a world of a difference. We anticipate covering about 230 miles on area roads to attend Make A Difference Day projects. The message we like to send is that every individual can make a difference. Click here to learn more on how you can get involved in Phoenix and make service part of your daily life.
The scene from last week’s When in AZ compilation release show at the Rhythm Room was sweaty, full of cheap beer and sometimes oddly confusing. The show featured Treasure Mammal, Colorstore, Lonna Kelley, Sweetbleeders and Coats and Villa. Check out the photos below for all the rockin’ good times and make sure to stop by the final release show this Friday, September 18, at Hard Rock Café.
All photos by Deona Smith
Live in this beautiful Spanish bungalow. Ashland Place is a very cool and quaint historic neighborhood near the Heard Museum. Your home would be just a few minutes’ walk to the light rail station at Encanto and Central.
This home was built in 1925 and features original hardwood floors and a vintage stove. The interior has been freshly painted. The exterior features a very inviting front porch and huge back yard with a newer brick patio.
The asking price of $220,000 is “subject to the existing lender’s approval of a short sale.”
For more information about this property or to arrange a personal viewing of the property, contact Lyle Plocher at 602 373 3725 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Listing is courtesy of DPR Realty
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I love the atmosphere of this place. Definitely somewhere you can find something very special if you look hard enough. I popped in to check on Lani from Olive Annie (sadly she had to close and has her inventory at Sage until it’s gone). I had been in before and picked up some cute vintage signs.
It’s antiques but with a bit of a twist – lots of European salvage type stuff. If I had more money to spend I’d probably redo my bedroom. Since I am not rollin in it at the moment my purchase was a Mer-made peace sign necklace from Lani’s inventory at 50% – a total steal.
If you love vintage, retro, European style, I would recommend Sage for an hour of treasure hunting.
Sage is located at 335 W. McDowell Road. (602) 258.3033
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