Straight from the newsletter:
New local currency unveiled first Friday 8/8 on Grand Avenue
Local currency coins to be presented to public first Friday during self-guided art walk. The coins are good for free items or discounts on local purchases. They will be used in lieu of the raffle tickets for the free clothes swap in ShopDevious beginning 8/15.
The purple Devious coin is valid for (1) free $5 wall item or (1) free swap item or $2 off any regular priced merchandise. Devious coins are available with your change during the first Friday Art Walk. Ask for $1 of your change to be a devious coin; Limit one per person/transaction. Devious coins can be redeemed anytime, limit one coin per item in the boutique.
ShopDevious is an Upscale Resale Boutique, Beauty Supplies Shop & Internet café. Vintage, Name Brands and over stock clothes, shoes, jewelry and purses are average $15 or less everyday. Having been online with DeviousWigs.com since 2001, they opened their doors in 2007 on Grand as a green boutique. They are the ‘08 winners of “Best of the Valley” by New Times, and “Best Of” by Phoenix Magazine. They are monthly host to a free clothes swap (every 3rd Saturday at 2pm) as seen on FOX 10 and creators of the “Bag Lady” program, encouraging recycling by accepting recycled store bags for discounts on daily purchases. Owned and operated locally by Anna Marie.
Metro stepped up and extended the hours for light rail, so now it’s our turn to show them it was a great decision! Introducing Night Rail, July 31st!
If you are a fan of the extended light rail hours, a friend of business owners along the line or just a fan of having fun, join us for Night Rail. Several groups will be getting together along the line throughout the evening and then meeting at the Roosevelt Station at midnight to show support for the extended hours. After midnight, we will head to a couple of nearby places before calling it a night.
You can join our friends at “Light Rail Friday Night” who will be meeting at Rula Bula on Mill from 6-9 pm. After that, people will be meeting (10pm) at Monti’s and at Maizie’s, which is just south of the light rail station at Central and Camelback.
Photo courtesy of BDinPhoenix.
This gets better with age, like newspapers.
Monday is approaching and that means another ‘Movie Mondays’ event at the Heard Museum.
On Monday, July 27 and 1:30pm, the museum will show Turquoise Rose, 94-minute coming-of-age story. The film follows a Navajo college student named Turquoise Rose as she begrudgingly forgoes a trip to Europe with her friends to return to the Navajo Reservation and take care of her ailing grandmother.
The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors age 65 or older, $5 for students with a valid student ID, and $3 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 6, Heard Museum members and American Indians receive free admission.
Form more information, call 602-252-8848 or visit www.heard.org
I love downtown Phoenix. I love the people, I love the atmosphere and I love that it has so much potential.
Restaurants attract tourists. Retail attracts shoppers. Both pay low wages. Neither serves residents.
Ever been to downtown Phoenix? Restaurants, save for one shining star, are usually half full. During the summer, many of them are closed for weeks at a time. Since so few people live here, mainly due to the fact there’s nothing to keep them here, the only busy nights are Fridays. Sure, First Friday is fantastic, but that’s once a month.
I want downtown Phoenix to succeed just as much as you do. I want an AJ’s in CityScape, I want the Public Market open more often and I want things to do after 11pm, but I realize that takes time and that takes people. I want more than just retail. I want more than just corporations. I want variety.
So please, please, let’s be realistic about all this. Downtown Phoenix isn’t booming, it’s growing. Hell, the last time I heard downtown Phoenix was booming we got a bunch of high-end, high-priced condos that still aren’t full that few people can afford to rent.
Stop saying revitalization. Downtown Phoenix doesn’t have much history to build on. Stop living in the past. Look toward the future.
Let’s develop, but let’s be sure to do it sustainably. The last thing we need down here is another collapse.