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CityScape welcomes first residents

CityScape Phoenix marked its final development milestone in February when the first residents moved into the CityScape Residences, a collection of 224 luxury apartments that sit atop Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix.

The leasing office is now open daily from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. along with a fully furnished, one-bedroom model on the 14th floor.

Expansive views and high-energy surroundings merge with sophisticated home finishes within all 224 residences. Residents have 24-hour access to the four-star hotel services of Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix, including in-room dining by Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, housekeeping, concierge, valet parking, business center and laundry services. Additionally, residents will enjoy parking with direct access into the residential tower, a private 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center, a community area and an exclusive swimming pool 175 feet above Jefferson Street.

“CityScape is known for many things – most notably, work and play, but now it will take on a new component – live,” said Keith Earnest, Executive Vice President of Development at RED. “Our residents will have full access to the 24-hour vibrancy and energy of the neighborhood. What you find in two city blocks at CityScape is typically separated by miles in other cities. We’ve built a strong, tight-knit community and now we look forward to welcoming people who will call CityScape home.”

CityScape Residences offer unique studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans with floor-to-ceiling windows, gourmet kitchens with prep islands and gas ranges, and luxurious bathrooms with sizeable closets. The residences range from 560 to 2,373 square-feet and include 23 two-story one, two- and three-bedroom penthouses on the top floors. All residences offer magnificent views of the city skyline and mountains beyond.

In addition to the hotel and community amenities, residents are automatically enrolled in a residents-only membership program at participating CityScape retailers and restaurants. Living at CityScape Phoenix puts residents just a few steps away from the best concert venues, theatres, professional sports venues and museums in Arizona.

“I have lived in Phoenix nearly my entire life and have never seen Downtown as vibrant as it is now, nor has there ever been a place more exciting to live than CityScape Residences,” said Irene McCready who works three blocks away at a major corporation and is the first resident to move in. “I sold my house last year and watched and waited for the CityScape Residences to become available. It’s like living at a resort with 24-hour room service and security, a resident-only pool and gym and full access to the hotel’s amenities. The spectacular views of South Mountain from my apartment and the never-ending variety of things to do are exactly what I was looking for in a home.”

CityScape Residences will be professionally managed by Alliance Residential Company. With resident move-ins underway, this signifies the completion of construction at the $500 million mixed-use destination.

For more information on CityScape Residences, call 866-628-0589 or visit www.cityscaperesidences.com.

For more information about CityScape Phoenix, a retailer directory and to see what’s happening, visit www.cityscapephoenix.com. Ample and convenient underground parking is available and validated by many retailers.

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CityScape Plaza - Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2012

CityScape Phoenix Attempts Pilates World Record

CityScape Phoenix will attempt to break the world record for biggest Pilates class with 863 participants in celebration of International Pilates Day on Saturday, May 4 with participants lining Central Avenue in Downtown Phoenix.

CityScape Phoenix, in partnership with Gold’s Gym, IMX Pilates Studio, Pilates by Fitness Solutions and Remedy, a Pilates & Massage Studio, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record. Currently standing at 862 people, CityScape plans to crush the world record that was achieved in Spain in 2009 by having 1,000 people simultaneously practicing Pilates at Patriots Square at CityScape and along Central Avenue. The class will be led by IM=X Pilates Master Trainer, Chanda Fetter, who has personally led more than 4,000 mat Pilates classes.

Participants of all ages and skill levels are welcome to bring their mats and water and join in this exciting event. Arrival is encouraged at 8am with the hour class beginning at 9:30am. There will be live music, food and vendors in the park following the class from 10:30am to noon.

“It’s going to be an exciting morning in Downtown Phoenix and the record will be measured at a point during the class when everyone is participating,” said Celine Hacche, marketing director of CityScape Phoenix. “Health, wellness and bringing the community together are big priorities for us at CityScape and we’ve had great success in our free fitness classes that change on a seasonal basis.”

During the class, guests will learn proper technique, tone, strengthen and improve their body and working abs, buns and thighs. This event is free and open to the public.

Every Saturday morning since March 16, CityScape has been hosting “Pilates in the Park”, offering free Pilates classes at Patriots Square Park leading up to this world record attempt.

After participating in the world record attempt, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Hotel Palomar Phoenix is offering participants a special offer during its Punch Brunch where you will receive half off your entrée with the purchase of any breakfast cocktail.

For more information, visit www.cityscapephoenix.com/pilates or call 602-772-3900.

Phoenix Brewers Invitational: Get Crafty 2012

Craft Beer, Live Music At The Phoenix Brewers Invitational's Get Crafty 2012

This weekend at Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix, it’s all about beer, live music, food trucks, beer and, yes, even more beer. The inaugural Phoenix Brewers Invitational, Get Crafty 2012, will feature more than 60 craft breweries, live entertainment by 80 Proof, beer-related vendors, beer memorabilia, home brewing demonstrations and a wide variety of local foods from some of Arizona’s best food trucks.

And, even better: Admission into the festival grounds is free. However, to consumer beer, 21-and-over attendees must purchase the 2012 souvenir mug for $10. Beer is sold separately using tokens, priced at $1 each for a 3-oz sample. Or, trade in four of your tokens for a full, 12-oz serving.

Want more? VIP admission will also be available, which will include an invitation to an open house preview party hosted at Phoenix Ale Brewery on Thursday, December 6 and exclusive entry into the VIP beer garden on either Friday or Saturday with catered food, private bathrooms and a meet-and-greet with brewers. The VIP ticket is only available through pre-sale purchase for $125 per person, per day.

Some of the invited breweries include (beers subject to change):

  • Phoenix Ale Brewery (Phoenix, Ariz.), Fretzy’s Unfiltered Pale Ale
  • Borderlands Brewing Company (Tucson, Ariz.), Noche Dulce Vanilla Porter
  • Dogfish Head Brewery (Milton, Del.), 60 Minute IPA
  • Maui Brewing Co. (Kahana, Hawaii), Bikini Blonde
  • Boulder Beer Co. (Boulder, Colo.), Hazed & Infused
  • Full Sail Brewing Company (Hood River, Ore.), Amber Ale
  • Coronado Brewing Company (Coronado, Calif.), Orange Wit
  • Mission Brewery (San Diego, Calif.), Amber Ale
  • Left Coast Brewing Company (San Clemente, Calif.), Hop Juice Double IPA
  • Rubicon Brewing Company (Sacramento, Calif.), Monkey Knife Fight Pale Ale
  • Marin Brewing Company (Larkspur, Calif.), IPA
  • Ass Kisser Ales (San Jose, Calif.), Vanilla Pale Ale

As for live music, 80 Proof, a California-based reggae rock band, is scheduled to perform on the Zia Records Stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 8 (day two of Get Crafty 2012). A battle of the bands is also scheduled for Friday, December 7 (day one); as many as 12 local bands will battle it out for a chance to be one of the beer festival’s featured performers, with the chance to open for 80 Proof. The winner will be chosen by popular vote from festival goers. Some of the competing bands include Bird City, Versions of You, Cartoon Lion, We Are Searchers, Inept Hero, Cosmic Goat, Libertine Social and Johnny Lee.

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better: A percentage of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Beer for Brains Foundation, a national, nonprofit organization of craft-beer lovers, distributors and brewers, who are committed to raising public awareness about brain cancer, engendering compassion for its victims and helping fund groundbreaking research leading to a cure. Based in Arizona, the Beer for Brains Foundation is one of only a handful of beer industry-related charities currently operating in the United States.

As a final note, drink responsibly. The Phoenix Brewers Invitational urges patrons to take advantage of the Valley Metro Light Rail, located just blocks away from the festival.

To purchase tickets, for a schedule of events and for more information about the Phoenix Brewers Invitational, visit phoenixbrewfest.com.

Phoenix Brewers Invitational: Get Crafty 2012

Where: Phoenix Heritage & Science Park, 115 N. 6th St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
When: December 7-8, 2012, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day
Cost: General admission ticket: $10, VIP tickets: $125 pre-sale
Contact: (480) 234-4232
Online: phoenixbrewfest.com

 

Downtown Phoenix, Photo: Flickr, squeaks2569

High-End Nightclub, Gypsy Bar, To Open In CityScape

Where else can you bowl a strike, walk a few steps to an adjacent, high-end nightclub and cross your fingers in hopes of not striking out? CityScape — and Gypsy Bar, which will be connected to Lucky Strike Lanes, is adding its name to the already-hip roster of nightlife hotspots in the downtown Phoenix area.

“In light of the overwhelming support we’ve received from the public since opening Lucky Strike in downtown Phoenix,” says Steven Foster, owner and CEO of Gypsy Bar and Lucky Strike, “we’re thrilled to be rolling out yet another fun nightlife experience.”

At more than 10,000 sq. ft., able to hold approximately 380 people and open seven days a week, Gypsy Bar, according to Foster, will provide guests with “great DJs and a dance floor to an adult-oriented game lounge and a delicious menu.” And, with neighbors such as the US Airways Center, Chase Field and ASU’s downtown campus, he adds that “it’s exciting to be a part of the area’s continuing evolution as a nightlife destination.”

A full-service, upscale nightclub, Gypsy Bar will offer a full menu, which will include a variety of items from tacos and hamburgers to lobster and prime rib, as well as specialty cocktails, premium beers, VIP/bottle service and entertainment. To take it a few steps further, guests can also expect state-of-the-art video systems on either side of the DJ booth, as well as carbon dioxide, confetti cannons, snow and various lighting effects surrounding the dance floor.

As for the “fully-loaded” game lounge, it will feature 40 arcade games, including 2 Minute Drill, 2 Fast & Furious, Deal or No Deal, Guitar Hero, NBA Hoops, Pac-Man Battle Royal Deluxe, Super Bikes and Super Cars. Guests of Gypsy Bar can purchase an electronic rechargeable game card, which will accumulate reward points, and redeem prizes ranging from iPods to Pez dispensers.

Or, for those who plan to take it easy, dine and socialize at the three-sided island bar or on the contemporary lounge sofa sections.

Gypsy Bar’s Grand Opening party, Commotion, will take place on Saturday, October 6 at 10 p.m. The VIP pre-party begins at 7 p.m. DJ Roonie G, who blends both audio and visual content and considered one of the best video DJs, will be performing.

For more information about Gypsy Bar, visit gypsybarphoenix.com.

Gypsy Bar
50 W. Jefferson in CityScape, Phoenix
(602) 732-5490
gypsybarphoenix.com
Sunday-Tuesday: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Wednesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Scottsdale’s Bentley Gallery Relocating to Downtown Phoenix

Bentley Gallery, a leading contemporary art gallery in the Southwest since 1990, has announced plans to relocate to its downtown Phoenix warehouse space.

The gallery will be located at 215 East Grant Street in the historic Bentley Projects complex. This space will accommodate Bentley’s current staff and enable expansion for the gallery’s future growth. Bentley Gallery plans to relocate at the end of October 2012.

“Art gallery traffic across the country has decreased significantly and galleries can no longer rely on walk-in clients to drive sales,” said Bentley Calverley, owner and director of Bentley Gallery and Bentley Projects. “With the changing global art market and our client’s rapid increase in technological sophistication, we needed to refocus our evolving business. It made sense to take advantage of our existing Phoenix location. Phoenix has been conscious of the contribution art makes to the city and has been supportive of the local art scene, and CityScape and ASU have greatly enhanced the downtown environment.”

Calverley added, “And because our artists are making larger scale work, we need bigger walls and higher ceilings to showcase it in the best way possible.”

Bentley Gallery represents important artists from the United States and Europe, whose work includes painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video, and site-specific installation. The gallery also deals in Asian and African antiquities and secondary market works from the late 19th century and the Modern era.

“We are excited about Bentley Gallery’s decision to relocate to Phoenix,” said Phoenix Mayor, Greg Stanton. “With this move, the gallery will be positioned to take advantage of the many opportunities available from doing business in Phoenix, while working alongside innovators in our city. Bentley Gallery will greatly enhance Phoenix’s cultural landscape.”

Bentley Gallery will launch the move to Phoenix with a November exhibition by Japanese-American sculptor, Jun Kaneko. Arizonans are familiar with Kaneko’s large-scale ceramic “dango” sculptures permanently on display at Sky Harbor Airport’s Terminal 3, and his ceramic tile wall in front of the Phoenix Art Museum.

Medical School

Medical School In Phoenix Has Its Largest Class

Eighty students will arrive this week for classes at the University of Arizona’s medical school in Phoenix.

Those students represent the largest class since the university’s College of Medicine established a downtown Phoenix campus five years ago.

The students soon will share the newly opened health sciences education building with Northern Arizona University students studying to become physical therapists and physician assistants.

The campus is scheduled to expand later this year with the groundbreakings of a 250,000-square-foot University of Arizona Cancer Center and a privately funded biotech lab next to the building anchored by the Translational Genomics Research Institute and International Genomics Consortium.

The Arizona Cancer Center is slated to become the campus’ first clinical presence with a scheduled groundbreaking later this year.

For more information on University of Arizona’s medical school, visit their website medicine.arizona.edu.

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Banks Targeting Loan Programs For Busy Physicians; Providing Relief, Convenience

The Chateau On Central is one of the few residences in Downtown Phoenix that offers both convenience and ‘live-work’ space, and banks are offering special loan programs aimed to assist medical professionals acquire these homes.

Doctors work around the clock, saving lives day in and day out. With some of the most renowned hospitals in the nation — including Barrow’s Neurological Institute, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Banner Good Samaritan — Downtown Phoenix is at the heart of Arizona’s medical industry.

With the highest density of medical facilities in the state, the city has become saturated with doctors and physicians who want a fast and hassle free commute. These practitioners, many of which are surgeons are investing approximately 60-80 hours a week at the hospital.

The growing demand for lock and leave residences among this busy demographic has been proven through the incredible condominium sales in Phoenix. With downtown communities rapidly selling out, Chateau On Central is experiencing a wave of interest from doctors whose needs surpass what neighboring communities are offering.

loan programs - chateau on central 2To accommodate such a large influx of medical professionals capitalizing on downtown’s best properties, banks, such as National Bank of Arizona, have begun to offer specialized loan programs to medical professionals. The program introduces a new opportunity to service medical professionals in Arizona with a 95% loan-to-value option on a new home purchase or the refinancing of an existing home, with financing available up to $1.2M.

This program is exclusive to clients who qualify for Executive Banking or Private Banking with National Bank of Arizona. Both divisions within the organization will be dedicating resources to develop and grow this niche segment of business.

“At National Bank of Arizona, we believe that our specialized loan program for physicians is a great opportunity for doctors to purchase or refinance their primary residence and take advantage of these record low interest rates,” said Paula O’Neal Wichterman, vice president of National Bank of Arizona’s Medical Private Banking Division. “An added benefit is that NB|AZ provides physicians with concierge style banking by a dedicated relationship manager who can work around their busy schedules to ensure their loan and banking needs are met.”

For physicians seeking the convenience of a lock and leave lifestyle, as well as the potential for ‘live-work’ space, Chateau On Central is one of the few residences in Downtown Phoenix that offers both of these unique features. These exclusive vertical living townhomes, zoned for mixed-use residential, feature interior private elevators that service five separate levels, making the homes extremely well suited for the dual purpose approach to the “live-work” concept.

 “Over the years I’ve worked with countless doctors who all share very similar needs regarding their lifestyle necessities in purchasing a home. The top priority is always convenience and the Chateau On Central community never fails to impress and surprise medical professionals who want the best of both worlds, ease and luxury,” said Keith Mishkin, owner of Cambridge Properties, broker of record for Chateau On Central. “Purchasing homes of this quality has become easier now since banks have begun offering special home loan programs aimed to aid doctors in the home buying process.”

For more information on loan programs at National Bank of Arizona, visit National Bank of Arizona’s website at nbarizona.com.

44 Monroe

Luxury Penthouses To Open At 44 Monroe

Some spectacular birds-eye views of the Valley will soon be available when 44 Monroe, the tallest residential building in Downtown Phoenix, unveils eight luxury penthouses.

The penthouses range from 2,200 to 2,800 SF and will be situated on the 33rd and 34th floors of the tower. Tenants can have their pick of northeast, northwest, southeast – or southwest views. Monthly rental rates range from $4,800 to $5,350. All of the buildings signature luxury amenities are included.

“These amazing residences have floor-to-ceiling view windows and offer panoramas of the city and beyond,” said 44 Monroe property manager Kevin Bohm. “These penthouses are remarkable.”

Bohm said the target market for these units will be executives, doctors, attorneys, professional athletes and others working in downtown or central Phoenix.

The penthouses are designed and built with the best products and finishes. Each unit includes Viking designer stainless steel appliances, Whirlpool front load washers and dryers, polished quartz countertops, Kholer fixtures, European frameless cabinetry and customized flooring, paint and window coverings.

As Downtown Phoenix’s only luxury high-rise rental property, 44 Monroe offers notable amenities including a resort-style pool and spa, a community room with flat screen TVs, a fireplace, pool table, seating areas and an expansive kitchen for entertaining as well as a spacious terrace with dramatic views of downtown Phoenix. Tenants also enjoy a meeting room equipped with a large conference table, secure, covered parking, on-site security and a well-maintained environment.

While living in a trendy space with upscale perks is a big attraction for tenants, so is the opportunity to live downtown in the heart of the city’s entertainment core. The convenience of living within walking distance of all of the downtown entertainment venues such as CityScape, Chase Field, US Airways Center, the Orpheum Theater, Phoenix Symphony Hall and the Herberger Theater is unsurpassed.

Located along Valley Metro’s light rail line, 44 Monroe is in the heart of an area seeing a flurry of new restaurants, hotels and night life options – all within walking distance.

“Our location has proven to be highly attractive to our residents,” said Bohm, adding 44 Monroe is 97 percent leased. “We’re pioneering a new luxury lifestyle in downtown Phoenix.”

For information on 44 Monroe, visit www.44monroe.com/penthouse.

CityScape Plaza - Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2012

CityScape At The Center Of It All

CityScape revitalizing downtown Phoenix with its myriad dining, shopping and entertainment choices.

The arrival of CityScape has done more than change the business and entertainment landscape of Downtown Phoenix.

“CityScape has been a boon for booking meetings and conventions because of the dining, shopping and entertainment options it provides right at the doorstep of the convention center and downtown hotels,” says Scott Dunn, associate director of communications for the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau. “It’s not like downtown has a dearth of restaurants or nightlife; but what it largely lacked before CityScape was a sort of concentrated, recognizable ‘bug light’ zone that attracts pedestrian visitors. With CityScape and the nearby Legends Entertainment District, downtown now has that, and meeting planners the CVB brings to town take notice.”

Since CityScape opened in 2010, the $500 million, mixed-use urban development has become Downtown Phoenix’s destination for business, nightlife, shopping, entertainment, and special events. CityScape has capitalized on being bordered on three sides by the city’s new light rail transit system, and the fact that its neighbors include US Airways Center, Chase Field, the Phoenix Convention Center, Arizona State University’s 8,000-student downtown Phoenix campus, City Hall and the Maricopa County administrative and court complex.

“CityScape has become an authentic urban space for residents and tourists to organically gather and interact in a way that has never existed in Downtown Phoenix,” says Jeff Moloznik, general manager of CityScape.

Because of that, CityScape has come to define the resurgence of Downtown Phoenix.

“Probably the biggest indication that the perception of Downtown Phoenix has changed is the NFL’s decision to bring the Super Bowl back to Arizona in 2015,” Dunn says. “The transformation of downtown was a major part of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee’s pitch to the NFL, and the NFL obviously liked what it saw. Remember: The last time the Super Bowl was here, there was no CityScape, there was no light rail, there was no new Sheraton or Westin. Downtown was pretty much a construction zone. CityScape embodies the renaissance of the city’s urban core — and in 2015, when the world is watching, it will be even better.”

CityScape, like downtown, continues to evolve. It added three new restaurants in late 2011 — The Breakfast Club, The Strand and Chipotle — and will continue add to its dynamic roster in 2012.

“Starbucks and Chloe’s Corner opened earlier this year and Palomar Phoenix at CityScape, a 242-room luxury boutique hotel operated by Kimpton Hotels, will open later this spring,” Moloznik says. “Silk Sushi is also a new local spot that will join our diverse restaurant offering this summer.”

CityScape has started to drive more traffic downtown through special events and activities, including an ice skating rink over the winter and a well-received Saint Patrick’s Day party.

“No matter the time or day, something is always happening at CityScape,” Moloznik says. “We’ve introduced a community-focused lineup of unique, interactive outdoor events at Patriots Square, which is located in the heart of CityScape. Just one example is our weekday ‘Pop Up Park,’ where lunch-goers can soak up the sunshine and socialize with fun, free activities from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. At no cost, you can play Scrabble, Jenga, corn hole, get books and magazines from a free loaner library, use lawn chairs and blankets, Frisbees and a basketball hoop. A DJ spins live music and you can have a picnic in the park by grabbing a quick lunch at Chipotle, Jimmy John’s, Five Guys, Vitamin T or Chloe’s Corner.”

Beyond the delicious food from The Arrogant Butcher and the fun of Stand Up Live, Copper Blues, and Lucky Strike, CityScape has become an epicenter for the Phoenix business community. The office tower at CityScape is at nearly full with major employers, including UnitedHealthcare, Alliance Bank and several of the Valley’s most powerful law firms.

“CityScape is a collection of the best of businesses and individuals in the Valley,” Moloznik says. “From (restaurateur) Sam Fox’s Arrogant Butcher to (Phoenix Suns owner) Robert Sarver’s Western Alliance Bank, the most progressive and entrepreneurial talent in the Valley have convened at CityScape. The impact our tenants’ businesses have brought to Downtown Phoenix is noticeable and significant. In an area that once lacked a central core, there is now energy, creativity, enterprise and excitement all day, every day in once central location.”

Calling CityScape Home

Alliance Bank  *  Alvarez and Marsal  *  Ballard Spahrz  *  Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck  *  Buzz Mouth  *  Cantor Law Group  *  Charming Charlie  *  Chipotle  *  Chloe’s Corner  *  Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen  *  Corporate Office Centers  *  CVS Pharmacy  *  Fidelity Title  *  Five Guys Burgers and Fries  *  Gold’s Gym  *  Gordon Silver  *  Gust Rosenfeld  *  Jennings, Strouss and Salmon, PLC  *  Jimmy John’s  *  Kimpton Palomar (opens in June)  *  Lucky Strike  *  Mybullfrog.com Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer  *  Par Exsalonce  *  Polsinelli Shughart  *  Raza Development Fund  *  RED CityScape Management Office  *  RED Development  *  Republic of Couture  *  Silk Sushi  *  Squire Sanders (US) LLP  *  Stand Up Live  *  Starbucks  *  The Arrogant Butcher  *  The Breakfast Club  *  The Strand  *  Tilted Kilt  *  UnitedHealthcare  *  Urban Outfitters  *  Vitamin T  *  West of SoHo  *  Yogurtini

Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2012

Hotel Palomar

Hotel Palomar Phoenix Opens Its Doors At CityScape

The Valley’s hospitality industry gained a fresh new face today as the Kimpton Hotel Palomar officially opened its doors at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix with a ceremony that included local dignitaries and officials from the boutique hotel.

The Hotel Palomar Phoenix is poised to become an urban retreat that strikes the balance between the energy of its city setting and Arizona’s laid-back lifestyle. The boutique hotel offers 242 guest rooms and suites, all with modern interior touches and views of the surrounding city and mountains.

IHotel Palomar - Diningn step with the signature style of Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar, this Phoenix destination combines contemporary design with an “Art in Motion” theme embracing the undercurrent of artistic energy throughout. Amenities include approximately 10,000 SF of multi-use space across 10 meeting rooms, which can be customized for social and business events.

The adjacent Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails will feature a menu of new American cuisine for lunch, dinner, late-night and weekend brunch and a cocktail program that raises the bar for drink culture in the city’s urban core, while the hotel’s third-floor outdoor pool terrace and adjacentLustre bar provide a scenic venue for gathering.

The Hotel Palomar, 2 E. Jefferson St., is footsteps from Chase Field, US Airways Center, the Phoenix Convention Center and a host of theaters, music venues, museums and cultural attractions, shopping, bars and restaurants. It is just one block from Phoenix’s Metro Light Rail System.

The contemporary look and feel exhibits the signature style and hospitality of Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar, with soothing neutral interior schemes and a sense of place. The interior design, as created by KNA Design, embodies a relaxed sophistication that is modern, meanwhile aligning with Arizona’s casual lifestyle approach. While the overall style is luxurious and laid-back, the hotel’s desert-infused color palette also features a pop of orange to communicate the energetic undercurrent of its CityScape and downtown Phoenix surroundings.

A third-floor pool terrace, one of the many stunning structural features created by Callison Architecture, boats the alfresco Lustre bar which doubles as a retreat from the city and a vibrant venue where guests can relax and mingle while admiring the surrounding skyline and mountains. Hunt Construction Company was general contractor.

Specialty guest rooms and suites include: 12 Spa Suites, which offer 520 SF, king-size beds and luxurious Fuji soaking tubs; 710 SF One-Bedroom Suites with separate living and bed rooms, large soaking tubs with walk-in showers; 800 SF, one-bedroom Junior Presidential Suite with spacious separate living room featuring sweeping views of downtown Phoenix, US Airways Center and Chase Field; 1,350 SF Premium Presidential Suite with private dining room for 10 people and private butler’s pantry.

Chef Stephen Jones serves up new American cuisine for lunch, dinner, late-night and weekend brunch at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. Cocktail or beer-friendly appetizers, seafood, garden goodies, meats and game are crafted and sized for sharing.

The Hotel Palomar likely is not the final piece of the CityScape development. Plans have been discussed to add upscale condos or apartments.

For more information on Hotel Palomar, visit their website at www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com

Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix

A Stroll Through The Japanese Friendship Garden

Looking for a place to relax and de-stress? Then the Japanese Friendship Garden is the perfect place for you.

As you stroll down the path of this 3.5-acre Japanese garden, you’ll see a 12-foot waterfall, a koi pond with more than 300 colorful and friendly koi fish that you can feed, flowing streams, a stepping stone path, a tea house and more than 50 varieties of plants — including two types of bamboo. Once you’re inside this beautiful garden, it’s hard to believe you’re still in the center of Phoenix’s bustling downtown.

My trip to the Japanese Friendship Garden took place in January on First Friday; the entrance fee is free on the first Friday of every month. However, on any other day the entrance fee is $5 for adults and $4 for students, military, seniors and children over 6 years old; children under 6 years are admitted free of charge.

Once there, the atmosphere made me forget all my worries. The scenery of the sunset against the picturesque tree tops and the sound of the cascading waterfall transported me to another world. The garden path took about 15 minutes to complete, unless you’re like me and stop to “ooh” and “aah” at every flower, stone and tree, then it will probably take you half an hour.

Feeding the koi fish was an experience like no other. The fish were very amicable and would swim up to the surface with open mouths, waiting to be fed. They were certainly not afraid of people; instead, they greeted them excitedly.

In addition to taking a stroll along the garden’s path, you can also take part of the Japanese Friendship Garden’s public and private tea ceremonies. Public tea ceremonies take place the second Saturday of the month at $22 per person, admission included. Private tea ceremonies require a minimum of 10 guests, and the cost is $25 per person, which includes admission and a guided tour. Reservations are required for both public and private tea ceremonies.

The Japanese Garden took several years to complete. More than 50 landscape architects from Himeji, Japan designed the Japanese Friendship Garden. The plants were brought from Himeji, a Phoenix sister city, while many of the rocks in the garden were found locally.

Although all plants species were chosen by designers to withstand the desert environment, the garden closes from May to October, during the hottest months of the year, to protect the plants.

The garden is not only a beautiful place, but it is also one that expresses the cultural acceptance and shared view of Himeji and Phoenix. This makes the Japanese name for the garden — Ro Ho En — an appropriate one. Ro Ho En is a combination of three words: Ro means Heron; Ho means Phoenix, the mythical bird; and En means garden.

I left Ro Ho En feeling refreshed and tranquil, and I find myself wanting to go back whenever I need a break from everyday life.

Japanese Friendship Garden
1125 N. 3rd Avenue
(602) 256-3204
japanesefriendshipgarden.org

Cigna Medical Group

Cigna Medical Group: New Phoenix Facility

Rising from the site of a demolished building in Central Phoenix is CIGNA Medical Group’s new facility, which officially broke ground in late 2011 at 3003 N. 3rd St. and within a five-mile radius of five major hospitals.

The new medical office building will replace CIGNA’s Clyde Wright Center, which opened in 1982. CIGNA Medical Group has 23 additional medical offices, three in Urgent Care Centers and two others with CMG CareToday convenience care clinics.

The new facility is a three-story, 93,500 SF building. Its central location makes is easily accessible to Downtown Phoenix, SkyHarbor International Airport, the light rail system and Phoenix’s major freeways. The location was chosen so that it is most convenient for CIGNA Medical Group customers.

At the groundbreaking ceremony, Edward Kim, president and general manager of CIGNA Medical Group, spoke about the project and its emphasis on sustainability measures. These measures may qualify it for LEED Silver or Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon also spoke at the ceremony and welcomed CIGNA to the neighborhood. The facility was built on land that has been idle since 2009 and was covered with debris. With the help of both Mayor Gordon and Councilman Tom Simplot, Clarius Partners LLC acquired the land out of bankruptcy in August 2011 and immediately began work.

Orcutt|Winslow is providing the design services; Kimley-Horn is providing the civil engineering design for the new development; and Layton Construction is the project’s general contractor.

The facility’s scheduled completion is set for 4Q 2012.

For more information regarding Clarius Partners, LLC, please visit www.clariuspartners.com.

First Friday in Downtown Phoenix

First Friday In Downtown Phoenix

The First Friday evening of every month in downtown Phoenix will provide you with all flocks of life gathered around multiple forums of artwork. From dancing and singing, to high-priced artwork lining gallery walls and local street vendors selling their handcrafted delights, First Friday has every culturally stimulating experience you can imagine without having to leave the city.

Phoenix’s First Friday event started as an annual event in the spring of 1988 known as the annual Art Detour. Met with large crowds and a new life to the downtown art district, the annual event turned monthly in early 1994. Since then, huge numbers of Phoenix locals and city visitors continue to fill the streets of Phoenix’s art district to share and explore their interest in local art, making this First Friday art walk the largest monthly event in the United States.

Free to all attendees, arrive on the  Valley Metro Light Rail or park at the Phoenix Art Museum and travel to all the hot spots by a free shuttle to soak up all that the night has to offer. Comprised of more than 70 galleries, venues and street vendors, you’ll surely find something to please everyone’s interests with this self-guided walking tour.

For me, the event’s convenient location off the city’s beloved light rail system made First Friday a regular monthly outing here in my home away from home. Just four years ago I packed up everything I knew to move out of state for college and began looking for other off-campus experiences to take in what Phoenix had to offer. With several hits and misses, I quickly found refuge in the streets of Phoenix’s art district, as I became a familiar face at First Friday.

With every first Friday of the month, my frequent visits are met with new sights, smells and sounds. Although the usual, art-loving crowd is to be expected, you can never really predict what little wonders you’ll find that night. After attending a few times, I began to know which galleries are worth lingering in the longest, which shops have the best vendors in their yards and what artists will stimulate my desire for unique works of art.

Despite art snobbery stereotypes, First Friday is more about the “come as you are” philosophy while you comfortably stroll the town enjoying an evening of good art, music and food. As a poor college student in love with all artistic forms, this event has truly fed my hunger for great art without having to endure the stuffy galleries quiet enough to hear a pin drop.

Rather, in the streets, yards and galleries of downtown Phoenix, you are greeted with open arms despite your level of love or knowledge for art. As a safe haven for those looking for a lively event full of spirit and culture, First Friday has served as my regular form of entertainment along with being a must for any visitors asking for something to do around Phoenix. In that, I will continue to attend the monthly events and encourage all to join in on the evening of great festivities.

For more information about First Friday visit artlinkinc.wordpress.com.

Downtown Phoenix

Looking Up In Downtown Phoenix

Looking Up In Downtown Phoenix

Conquering the skyline is part of becoming a major city.

I have always been intrigued by the beauty in architecture. The structured lines and distinct shapes are such a contrast to the elements of nature that surround them.

I finally got a chance to take a bit of a test run around Phoenix, Ariz. and really try to capture some of the buildings there.

These photos were all taken on one street, all within about a block of each other. I see this as a test run because I plan on really sinking my teeth into downtown Phoenix and getting the best shots I possibly can.

I have a lot more ground to cover and will add new content as I progress through the city.

Photos of downtown Phoenix:

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Visit this album on Flickr.

University of Arizona College of Medicine

UA College Of Medicine Health Sciences Education Building Celebrates “Topping Out”

Health Sciences Education Building, UA College of MedicineA major Downtown Phoenix development project hit a big milestone October 5, 2011 with the “topping out” of construction of the Health Sciences Education Building on the campus of the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

The final beam of the building was ceremoniously lifted and secured at its highest point with workers and college staff and faculty celebrating midday Wednesday.

The $129M, 264,000 SF building – being built in a joint venture by DPR Construction and Sundt Construction, Inc. – will allow the state to take the next step in expanding its medical education facilities.

The new six-story building will house administrative offices, lecture halls, classrooms, class laboratories and a learning resource center. CO Architects is the design and executive architect; Ayers Saint Gross is associate architect and master planner.

The College of Medicine-Phoenix plans to expand its class size and add instruction as Northern Arizona University will also bring a physician’s assistant and physical therapy programs to the Health Sciences Education Building. 


In its fifth year in Downtown Phoenix, the College of Medicine currently anchors the campus with 192 medical students, admitting 48 per year. After the completion of the Health Sciences Education Building in 3Q 2012, the university plans to admit up to 80 students per class and eventually reach a capacity of 120 per class to address the critical need for physicians in Arizona.

Also on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus are the UA College of Pharmacy and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, the headquarters of the Translational Genomics Research Institute and International Genomics Consortium, and Arizona Biomedical Collaborative building.

For more information about the Health Sciences Education Building, visit ahsc.arizona.edu.

Health Sciences Education Building, UA College of Medicine

All-Star Game 2010 Festivities, AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

82nd Annual MLB All-Star Game Arrives In Arizona Just In Time

82nd Annual MLB All-Star Game 

Arizona catches a much-needed break this summer when the 82nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game rolls into Chase Field in Downtown Phoenix in July.

“It’s a big year for the Diamondbacks,” says Derrick Hall, president of the Arizona Diamondbacks. “We have the opening of the new spring training complex, the All-Star Game, which we wanted for so many years, and the 10th anniversary of that World Series from 2001.”

FanFest 2010, AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011The Diamondbacks winning the 2001 World Series is significant for several reasons: it was an incredible moment in Arizona sports history, it benefited the local economy as media exposure put Metro Phoenix in the national spotlight and those who came pumped millions into the state’s coffers.

But since that memorable fall — the series went to a deciding seventh game at Bank One Ballpark, now called Chase Field — Arizona has been hit hard by the recession, with the summer months bearing most of the brunt.

The All-Star Game couldn’t have come at a better time. The festivities surrounding it — the Home Run Derby, Futures Game, Legends & Celebrity Softball Game and FanFest at the Phoenix Convention Center — will open the event to thousands of fans and inject nearly $67 million into Arizona’s economy.

This approximation includes money spent by All-Star Week visitors, including sponsors from MLB, on lodging, transportation, food and any other accumulated costs from visitors’ stays in the Valley and Downtown Phoenix.

Hall says with FanFest taking place downtown, All-Star Week will also create some jobs.

It is estimated that more than 100,000 visitors from all across the country will attend, with past All-Star Games filling
between 14,000 and 16,500 hotel rooms in host cities, which should boost hotel business in Downtown Phoenix.

Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011In addition to the throng of fans, sports-related programming and national outlets such as the MLB Network and ESPN’s Baseball Tonight will be broadcasting live from Phoenix, spotlighting the Valley with tremendous media exposure.

The 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis was covered by more than 2,000 broadcasters, writers and photographers and reached a television audience of more than 14.6 million viewers in 230 countries, according to Major League Baseball.

“To put this exposure in perspective, consider that corporate sponsors attached their names to various All-Star events in 2009 realized more than $38 million in media values,” says Scott Dunn, communications consultant for the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Now consider that Greater Phoenix’s brand will be implicitly connected to every All-Star event.”

Hall says he hopes this will prompt more tourism to the area in the future, as well.

“We’re going to have a lot of visitors coming for the first time, coming in from all over the country, just as they did for the World Series,” Hall says. “I want them to be blown away at the friendliness and knowledge of our staff, the beauty, comfort and safety of our building … we’re going to showcase some initiatives we have that no other teams do.”

Futures Game 2010, MLB, AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011The media exposure and the out-of-state visitors’ low expectations, especially regarding the temperatures, should have been two factors that made Hall sweat, but he and his staff are well prepared.

“According to feedback from MLB, we’ve been more organized and more proactive than any other team MLB has dealt with,” Hall says proudly. “We’re taking the initiative in each and every area.

“It’s their show, but they’ve accepted most of our recommendations; they’re really pleased with our efforts. Our results should be good if not better than any other All-Star Game.”

While Hall and his staff have their bases covered, it wasn’t an easy task bringing the All-Star Game to the Valley, especially during the summer months.

Improvements and additions to the stadium were made in order to eliminate any major concerns. In addition to renovations, including the upgrading of the video board, stadium lights and party suites specifically for the All-Star Game, a shade structure with solar paneling has been built at the entrance of the stadium in partnership with APS.

Also benefiting will be Valley charities. A number of groups recommended by Hall will receive proceeds associated with some of the events to the tune of $1.5 million to $2 million.

“I’m hoping the community supports this just as a point of pride,” Hall says. “This is something every team wants, but not every team gets. Let’s really take advantage of having the game here; let’s be proud.”

 

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If You Go to the MLB All-Star Game

Chase Field
401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
July 12, 2011
Tickets: (602) 514-8400
www.allstargame.com


All-Star Week Schedule:

July 8-12: All-Star FanFest at
Phoenix Convention Center

July 10: All-Star Futures Game
& All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game

July 11: All-Star Workout Day
at Chase Field featuring the
Home Run Derby

July 12: 82nd MLB All-Star
Game at Chase Field

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Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2011

Phoenix School of Law Relocating to Downtown Phoenix

Phoenix School Of Law Relocating To Downtown Phoenix

The Phoenix School of Law announced today that it will be relocating to Downtown Phoenix in the One North Central building, located at the corner of North Central Avenue  and East Washington Street.

In a lease that begins Aug. 1, the school will eventually occupy 205,130 square feet of the building’s 13th-20th floors and a portion of the first floor. The relocation is a result of the school’s dedication to enhancing its learning environment, commitment to improving student outcomes, and its increasing student enrollment.

“Phoenix School of Law’s announcement to relocate to downtown is great news, bringing long-term jobs that benefit the entire city,” Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon said.  “By continuing to build on our knowledge based economy, we strengthen our workforce and create opportunities to reinvest in our community.”

“Phoenix School of Law is extremely excited for our move to downtown Phoenix,” said Scott Thompson, president of the school. “This strategic initiative provides the foundation for the next phase of our institution, and will build on the attainment of full accreditation granted last summer by the American Bar Association.”

The new campus will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology, a fully operational mock courtroom, a legal clinic and a law library with an expansive physical collection of legal resources, and a variety of electronic databases.

“Attracting educational institutions is key to enhancing downtown Phoenix’s redevelopment and renaissance efforts,” said District 8 Councilman Michael Johnson, in whose district the school will relocate. “Students, faculty and staff will be ideally located in the heart of the state’s legal, government and business districts with convenient access to light rail, retail and other amenities.”

“Our location in the heart of the legal community and justice system maximizes our students’ ability to utilize many resources in the downtown area,” said Shirley L. Mays, Dean of Phoenix School of Law.  “As a law school with nearly 1,000 students and employees, our presence downtown confirms our commitment to Phoenix and will benefit both the city and the broader community.”

The Phoenix School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association, and is the only law school in Arizona where students can choose from full-time, part-time day, or part-time evening programs.

The Phoenix School of Law will be leasing One North Central from its owner, Mitsubishi Estate New York, Inc.  for the next 10 years, with an option to extend for an additional five years. Jay Hoselton, senior director of Cushman & Wakefield, was the broker for the transaction. Lewis & Roca, LLM served as the legal advisor.

Environmental Excellence Awards

Valley Forward Celebrates 30 Years Of Environmental Excellence Awards

Valley Forward’s focus today is on sustainability. Its mantra is that a community can be great only if it respects its natural and human resources, and adopts practices that will nourish and preserve them.

Thirty years ago, when Valley Forward directors launched the Environmental Excellence Awards (EEA) program, we didn’t talk about sustainability. The word wasn’t in our vocabulary. But our motives inevitably led us to the same place.

We believed that a great city required environmental stewardship and first-rate planning, design and architecture in private developments and public places. So, we set out to raise the competitive bar in those fields by recognizing superior work with prestigious awards.

In 1981, the first year of the awards, six, first-place Crescordias were granted, including Scottsdale’s visionary Indian Bend Wash flood-control project and the historic preservation of Heritage Square in Downtown Phoenix. This year, 21 Crescordias were handed out, led by the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center.

Through the years of EEA, Valley Forward has given out 414 Crescordias and, beginning in 1989, 21 President’s Awards. Additionally, many entries have received Awards of Merit in recognition of their special accomplishments.

The program has drawn thousands of entries submitted by every kind of institution and individuals from every walk of life. EEA recognition has rewarded the efforts of architects, urban designers, land planners and developers; landscape architects, homebuilders, homeowners, educators, artists, scientists, engineers, farmers and many others.

Awards have been made to city, county and state entities; manufacturers, retail corporations, hospitals, school districts, libraries, flood control agencies, art and history organizations, office and retail projects, hotels and resorts, golf courses, utility companies, recyclers, fire stations, zoos, a football team, newspapers and magazines, parks, conservation projects and museums.

As varied as they are, the hundreds of EEA winners have one thing in common: all have made an impact on the community. That is what EEA is all about and it is what will make sustainable development a reality.

Phoenix Breast Cancer Awareness Events

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Events In Phoenix

October has not always been associated with the color pink. It was only after it was deemed National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1985 that the pink ribbon became the well-known symbol of breast cancer awareness.

Since then, organizations such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation have been raising money in hopes of finding a cure for breast cancer.

During October, several businesses host fundraising events across the country in support of breast cancer research. This year, Arizonans can find many opportunities to take part in the fight against breast cancer.

The 18th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will be held Sunday in the vicinity of the State Capitol near Downtown Phoenix. The event raises funds and awareness while honoring survivors and those who lost their battle with the disease.

This year’s race will consist of the option to choose between a 1 mile Run/Walk, a 5K Run for Breast Cancer Survivors or a 5K Walk or Sleep In for the Cure.

Also on Sunday, Suddenly Slimmer Day Spa and Wellness Center in Phoenix is offering a 25 percent discount on all spa services for their Breast Awareness Spa and Wellness Day.

In addition, those currently undergoing cancer treatments can get complementary “pink” mini-facials and 15-minute chair massages. Cancer patients and survivors can also get their makeup done, receive brow makeovers and participate in a laughing meditation session at no charge.

Pick up a cupcake at Wildflower Bread Company between now and Monday and $1 of the purchase will go to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer funds. Since 2005, Wildflower has raised more than $26,000 with its Cupcakes for the Cure program.

Head over to Gallery 225 in Gilbert on Friday Oct. 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. where more than 36 donated mixed-media art pieces will be auctioned at the Saving the Tatas Fundraiser.

The night will consist of refreshments, a silent auction and a raffle with a variety of prizes including round-trip airline vouchers. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink for the Cure Foundation.

Later on in the month, join Remedy Pilates and Massage Studio for its Pilates in the Park event to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Pilates for Pink will be held Sunday Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale.

For every $5 donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, class participants will be entered into the “Remedy Raffle” which will include prizes such as massages, acupuncture sessions, nutrition consultations, and private Pilates sessions. Each participant will also receive $20 worth of coupons good toward a massage at Remedy.

Following the class, lunch will be provided along with instruction from Dr. Mary King, who will explain self-breast exams and how acupuncture increases prevention.

http://www.komenphoenix.org/
http://www.remedypm.com
http://artsaveslives2010.blogspot.com/
http://www.suddenlyslimmer.com/

Downtown Phoenix After Dark - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

Great Cuisine Helps Lure People To Downtown Phoenix After Dark

It’s amazing how quickly things can change. As recently as five years ago, Downtown Phoenix was practically deserted in the evenings. It was a place people came to during the day to work, but left as soon as 5 p.m. hit. Now, Downtown Phoenix has finally become a destination for concerts, sporting events and a happening nightlife. Much of its new found popularity is attributed to the innovative restaurants that have begun springing up, drawing in customers before and after events.

“The Downtown Phoenix cuisine is becoming a center of good food, farm-to-table concepts, and a variety of locally owned restaurants,” says Douglas MacKenzie, director of communications for the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau. “From before a game or concert to late-night dining, the culinary scene is eye-catching and mouth-watering.”

Indeed, most of the restaurants open downtown can’t be found anywhere else. Cheuvront Restaurant & Wine Bar has been open since 2003, so owner Ken Cheuvront has witnessed the downtown makeover firsthand.

Cheuvront says the restaurant attracts most of its customers from the arts community, especially those who attend the opera, the symphony and the theater. Five years ago, he started advertising in playbills and giving to arts organizations.

“Now that more and more people are coming downtown for their entertainment needs, we see people before or after their events,” he says. “Our demographic is 35 and up, but we think of ourselves as hip.”

District American Kitchen, the full-service restaurant inside the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, draws in theater patrons before and after shows with its live weekend entertainment.

“Theater people come to dinner before the show, then come back after for jazz music on Saturday nights,” says general manager Heinrich Stasiuk.

He says the restaurant also appeals to theater patrons because it intentionally offers dinner items that can be prepared quickly without sacrificing quality, since diners often have time constraints.

Jonathan Cullen, general manager of Kincaid’s Fish Chop & Steakhouse, says his restaurant sometimes offer discounts to those who attend the symphony.
Downtown restaurants also benefit from First Friday, the art walk that takes place on the first Friday of each month.
“First Friday is huge for us,” Cheuvront says. “Those are our biggest nights of the month. That’s a huge benefit to us.”
While the arts certainly bring a lot of people to Downtown Phoenix, so do other big events, especially professional sports games. With the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Diamondbacks playing right next door to each other, sports fans are constantly moving through the downtown area — and of course they’re hungry.

The Phoenix Convention Center houses what Executive Chef Jesus Cibrian dubs an “upgraded food court” called Metro Marche. It incorporates various stations serving several kinds of food from Asian to American, and it’s open to the public, not just convention attendees. Although most days only two or three stations are open for lunch, Cibrian says if there’s an event taking place, they open more and extend the hours.

“We are what the guests want us to be,” he adds. “We are a chameleon.”

Not only does the convention center provide great food for the community, it provides the community with more business. Since the expansion, the convention center has drawn large numbers of convention-goers to the downtown area and to area restaurants.

“We always contact the heads of the conventions in town,” Cullen notes. By doing so, he says he attracts many convention attendees.

Another recent addition to the flourishing downtown area is Arizona State University’s newest campus. Thousands of young adults travel downtown to take classes, and many of them live there, as well. Many nearby restaurants, particularly Pasta Bar, which is only a block away from the campus, regularly see students as customers.

Even those pricier restaurants with a bigger focus on happy hours benefit from the younger demographic.

“We have a lot of employees from ASU,” Cullen says, even though most students can’t afford to dine at Kincaid’s.

Of course, a lot of downtown dining business still comes from those 9-to-5 professionals. Johnny Chu, owner of the Asian tapas and sake restaurant, Sens, says most of his customers are businesspeople on their lunch breaks or stopping by after work.

One of the biggest changes to the downtown landscape in recent years has been the addition of the light rail, which opened in late 2008. Although it was a nuisance during construction, restaurant owners agree it has ultimately brought more people and business to Downtown Phoenix.

“We were down to 30 percent of our sales” during light rail construction, Cheuvront acknowledges. “People couldn’t even get into our parking lot. But it went back up. Last year was the best year we’ve ever had.”

Chu agrees that the light rail brings more business downtown.

“On the weekends, most of our customers take it in from Tempe or Mesa, so they can avoid a DUI on the way home,” he says.

Wade Moises, owner of Pasta Bar, sees a similar trend.

“A lot of our regulars take the light rail,” he says. “They tend to take it downtown and come here for an inexpensive night on the town.”

So with some help from the new and improved dining scene, Downtown Phoenix has become one of the hottest destinations in the Valley.

“Downtown Phoenix is a little different than downtown in other cities,” says Cullen, who has watched the evolution since Kincaid’s opened 10 years ago.

“We’re in the beginning, growing stages of it. We’re finally starting to see downtown develop into what it’s going to become. It’s been good to see it happen. Everything is moving in the right direction.”

www.cheuvronts.com | www.districtrestaurant.com | www.kincaids.com | phoenix.gov/phxpccd.html | sensake.com | www.pastabaraz.com

Arizona Business Magazine June 2010

Uncertainties of Climate Change

Valley Forward Hosts Panel On Uncertainties Of Climate Change

On March 24, Valley Forward hosted a luncheon for its members at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix. But this wasn’t an ordinary luncheon. It featured a panel discussing a topic that relates to us all: the uncertainties of climate change.

The panel — moderated by Grady Gammage, Jr., of Gammage & Burnham — was made up of four panelists:

David Modeer, general manager of the Central Arizona Project
Henry Darwin, deputy director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Gary Yaquinto, president of the Arizona Investment Council,
and Warren Meyer, proprietor of The Climate Change Skeptic

Each panelist brought their own unique view to the discussion and opened the eyes of the attendees by revealing all aspects of climate change. The differing opinions of the panelists proved to be the perfect recipe for a lively debate. Warren Meyer, who runs the Web site climate-skeptic.com staunchly defended his opinion that though he doesn’t deny that the world is warming, he has a different take on it than most. He talked about a second theory that he later described on his Web site:
“This second theory is that the climate is dominated by strong positive feedbacks that multiply the warming from CO2 manyfold, and increase a modest one degree Celsius of warming from man’s CO2 to catastrophic levels of five or even 10 degrees,” Meyer writes.

Meanwhile, tthe other panelists added their input into the discussion. Gary Yaquinto talked about the potential economic effects of controlling greenhouse gases while Henry Darwin focused on the position of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

The luncheon was a great success in shedding some light on this topic and giving the public some insight into the effects on Arizona.

www.valleyforward.org
www.climate-skeptic.com
www.cap-az.com
www.azdeq.gov/
www.arizonaic.org
www.gblaw.com/