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Roosevelt Pointe

Businesses in Roosevelt Row may get a boost

A group of business and property owners are collaborating to implement a $375,000 business improvement district in the Roosevelt Row/Evans Churchill area of downtown Phoenix by next year. 

According to the business improvement plan newsletter, a Business Improvement District is a plan that allows property owners to gather resources and provide services beyond those provided by government to improve their district through a self-imposed and self-governed property assessment. More than 1,500 BIDs with a renewal rate of 95 percent have been formed in North America.

Nancy Hormann, owner of Hormann & Associates, has led the plan’s development since June 2014 when the City of Phoenix approved a contract with Downtown Phoenix Inc. to create the BID. Hormann has helped create 17 districts including those in California, Texas and Arizona.

“Out of those districts that I have formed, some of them over 20 years ago, all are still in existence and are still very successful,” Hormann said in a phone interview. “It’s been a proven commodity. It really has helped boost the vitality of the districts and creates that colorful clout… so that the area speaks with one voice instead of fragmented voices.”

According to Hormann, a final plan should be done within a week and questionnaires will be sent out to property owners asking if they support the district. In order to get the city council’s approval, support is needed from property owners representing 51 percent of the assessments to be paid. If enough support is granted the plan will go to council in September, and money would be available in February or March 2016 to start the district.

In the earlier stages of the plan’s development Hormann said focus groups and surveys were conducted to gather ideas, and a working group comprised of community representatives and property owners worked to develop them.

Hormann said the community had an advantage in developing the plan because the area was “already viewed in a great light.”

“The Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation has done fabulous things for the Roosevelt Row area,” Hormann said. “They’re a wonderful, a great success, but they’re all volunteers, and they don’t have a consistent source of income. This is taking it out of the volunteer realm and putting it into the professional realm. “

Wathsna Sayasane, the project manager of community and economic development for the City of Phoenix, serves on the BID working group to provide assistance from the city and would lead the approval process through city council if the plan is supported.

“What the community wanted was to get to that next level in their efforts regarding marketing, branding, holding special events and trying to create more cohesion within some of the downtown groups,” she said. “I think it can add more security in the community’s stability and sustainability for future years.”

Patrick Panetta, the director of project management of university real estate development at Arizona State University, served on the working group as a representative of the ASU downtown Phoenix campus.

“I think it will help define the relationship between the district and the business owners in the district and the campus,” Panetta said. “One of the benefits is the coordination and organization of certain events, their impacts in the area and a more concerted public outreach effort…I think how parking in the area gets managed may be a topic that this new district board could address and help improve.”

Hormann said she is confident most property owners will support the BID, however “you can’t please everybody.”

“I think there are a couple property owners that are concerned about what benefits it’s actually going to provide because they’re essentially going to be assessing themselves an enhanced fee to provide these services,” Panetta said. “There are some that don’t believe it’s worth it, but a majority of property owners who have been involved in the outreach believe this should be a good thing for the area.”

“We’ve had great feedback from a lot of the people,” Hormann said. “There are a lot of great people who are working towards this. It’s a great community effort.”

Jazz Girl

This week: Jazz at the Nash, Bike ‘Prom,’ First Friday

Jazz at The Nash

Jazz Appreciation month kicks off April 1 and the Nash has a number of events scheduled throughout the month. The first in this series of events is “Exploring the Jazz Masters of the Tenor Saxophone.” Taught by ASU jazz instructor Dr. Jeffrey Libman, this class is aimed toward those who want to learn more about jazz. The event will include guided discussion as well as listening to recordings of jazz. Instruments are not required.

The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, April 1, $25

The Maine

Local band The Maine will be taking of the Marquee Theatre on Friday. The band has entered the alternative music scene with a force since they began in 2007. Their debut EP, “The Way We Talk”, reached the number six spot on the iTunes Top 100 Alternative Chart. Their new album, American Candy, was just released this week. Friday’s show is the start of their tour for their new album before they head off around the country for the summer. The tour also feature Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, and the Technicolors.

Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, April 3, $20

Movies in the Park

Bring a blanket or chair and spread out on the lawn at Biltmore Fashion Park to catch a movie. This week’s movie is Eat, Pray Love. The park shows movies outside in the springtime with weather permitting. Movies are shown in their original format. The screening starts at 7:30. If you can’t make this week’s screening, the movies go through the end of April on every Friday showing a variety of classic films.

Biltmore Fashion Park, 2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, April 3, Free

First Friday

This monthly self guided tour showcases the businesses that inhabit Roosevelt Row and the surrounding area. Art galleries are open for visitors to check out. If it’s your first time to First Friday, Artlink Phoenix hosts a First Friday Trolley Tour, which takes participants around Roosevelt Row as well as Grand Avenue. There is also live music, food trucks, and vendors posted along Roosevelt Row.

Roosevelt Row, Downtown Phoenix, April 3, Free

Bike “Prom”

Valley Bike Month kicks off with Phoenix Spokes People Bike Prom. If your high school prom wasn’t the best or you just want an excuse to get dressed up, this event is for you. Participants will meet at Civic Space Park at 6p.m. before biking over to the Phoenix Ale Brewery. There will be snacks and desserts in addition to alcohol to purchase. There will be a prom king and queen as well as awards for best dressed and best dancers.

Phoenix Ale Brewery, 3002 E. Washington St., Phoenix, April 4, $15 solo/ $20 couple

Certified Local Fall Festival

Local First Arizona Hosts Certified Local Fall Festival

Bring your family and friends to Portland Parkway on Nov. 10 for Local First Arizona’s 8th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival.

Voted “Best Free Festival” in 2011’s New Times Best Of Phoenix awards, the Certified Local Fall Festival is free to attend, and the first 500 attendees will receive gift bags. The event aims to bring attention to and celebrate Phoenix’s many esteemed, locally owned businesses and everything that Downtown Phoenix has to offer. Last year, more than 6,000 people attended this popular local event.

Participating vendors include:

  • Practical Art
  • Community Tire
  • Zia Records
  • Frances Boutique
  • Kidstop Toys
  • Across Arizona Tours
  • Pink House Boutique
  • Desert Song Yoga
  • Noble Beast Pet Boutique
  • Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center
  • Samurai Comics, and more.

In addition to having the opportunity to explore Downtown Phoenix, the festival is also the perfect opportunity to get an early start on holiday shopping. Various booths will be set up throughout the festival and there will even be a Kids Craft Booth.

Looking for some live entertainment? Some of Arizona’s best musicians and local favorites will also be in attendance and will perform on the Music Stage, sponsored by Bookmans.

And for the foodies out there, the Certified Local Fall Festival will also give attendees a chance to sample local cuisine and food-truck grub, including:

  • Postino
  • Bruce Brown Catering
  • Urban Cookies
  • America’s Taco Shop
  • green/nami
  • Belinda’s Pickles
  • Short Leash Hot Dogs
  • Carte Blanche Gourmet Tacos
  • Sandra Dee’s Catering, and more.

But that’s not it. Roosevelt Row, a popular downtown area filled with local businesses, is just within walking distance from Portland Parkway. Attendees can visit the Irish Cultural Center and the Japanese Friendship Garden or even get a bite to eat.

Attendees can purchase a $10 ticket for admittance to the Beer and Wine Garden to sample an array of Arizona beers and wines. Tickets for food samples and select activities are just $1 dollar.

For more information about the Certified Local Fall Festival, visit localfirstaz.com/fall-festival.


If You Go: Certified Local Fall Festival

10 W. Portland St. (btw Third & Central avenues),
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Saturday, Nov. 10th
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Taking It To The Streets On Food Truck Friday

The Phoenix public market and Food Truck Friday stimulate the community and economy.

Each Friday on Central and Fillmore, students, seniors and dressed-down businessmen and women mingle and munch at an event that not only satiates the appetite, but stimulates the economy, too — the Friday Food Truck event at the Phoenix Public Market.

In 2010, the Phoenix Street Food Coalition joined forces with the Phoenix Public Market to create the first Food Truck Friday event, which launched that November with five trucks. Since then, the event has had to adapt to the growing number of patrons.

Brad Moore, owner of Short Leash Hotdogs and founder of the Phoenix Street Food Coalition, says the number of food trucks has doubled, increasing from five to 11.

“(Food Truck Friday) has been instrumental in helping food truck owners grow their business, and I think its helped to contribute to the overall awareness and success of the Phoenix Public Market,” Moore says.

The Phoenix Public Market recently added a covered patio with family-style seating where customers are able to converse and catch some shade. Moore says, on average, about 750 customers attend each Friday; and it’s quite the diverse group, too.

“We’ve seen everything from stay-at-home moms and those in the workforce, to senior citizens taking field trips to the Market, ASU classes reserving tables and civic groups,” says Cindy Gentry, executive director of Community Food Connections. “We’ve seen quite the range of people.”

Gentry, Moore and Cindy Dach, director of Roosevelt Row, all agree that the weekly Food Truck Friday event helps strengthen the sense of community within downtown area.

“It has a significant impact,” Dach says. “The success of Phoenix relies on the experience. People want to walk and bike and see a familiar face. The Market is a catalyst for that community impact.”

Because of the growing success and popularity of the event, the Market has added Wheel Food Wednesday to its events calendar, which features about nine food trucks. They have also extended the time of Food Truck Friday an extra half hour. They’re even planning to expand the venue’s space — into the street.

“Because the event is growing and more people are attending,” Gentry says, “the next frontier is to close off the street.”

For more information about the Phoenix Public Market and its weekly events, including Food Truck Friday and Open Air Saturday, visit foodconnect.org.

fundraising - turning dirt lots green

Fundraising Event – Help Turn Brown Lots In Phoenix Green

On Monday, May 21st from 5:30- 8:30pm hundreds of people who prefer beautiful views over dirt lots will gather for a fundraising event, Turning Brown Lots Green benefiting the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation. The Roosevelt Row CDC is a mostly volunteer organization that works to beautify and promote downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row neighborhood.

Phoenix City Councilman Tom Simplot says, “An area like Roosevelt Row makes a city unique. The Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation does a great deal to support the artists, businesses and residents of the area.”

Roosevelt Row is a walkable, creative district in the urban core of downtown Phoenix that is nationally known for its arts and cultural events, award-winning restaurants, galleries, boutiques and live music. The Roosevelt Row CDC is fostering an urban renewal with rehabilitated bungalows and new infill projects.

Councilman Simplot says, “The fundraising event, Turning Brown Lots Green, is one of my favorite events of the year! I can get involved and be part of an organization that does a lot to create a buzz about what’s unique and special about downtown Phoenix.”

All proceeds from Roosevelt Row’s annual fundraising event will support A.R.T.S (Adaptive Reuse of Temporary Space), Valley of the Sunflowers, and volunteer community art projects.

All are invited to attend Turning Brown Lots Green Monday, Monday, May 21st from 5:30pm-8:30pm at Bliss/Rebar – 901 N. 4th St., Phoenix, AZ 85004.  Tickets are $30 in advance and include appetizers and two drinks.

Buy tickets online at: rooseveltrow2012.eventbrite.com

Concord Eastridge

Concord Eastridge: Downtown Phoenix's Newest Residential Housing Project

A new residential housing project will take over one of Phoenix’s most visible vacant lots in downtown to construct the two-building project of Concord Eastridge.

Sitting on 2.89 acres of vacant land in the Evans Churchill neighborhood of downtown Phoenix, Concord Eastridge will meet the demands of students and young professionals seeking an urban lifestyle. The two-building project is the first of its kind supporting downtown student housing for the growing education sector of Arizona State University’s downtown campus, University of Arizona’s College of Medicine and the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

The project, designed to be an attractive option for upper level students, new graduates and young adults within the community will boast approximately 325 apartment units and 5,000 square feet of retail space. The project on its own is being recognized for the positive impact it will have for the downtown Phoenix economy as the newest housing addition to the Roosevelt Row area.

Join Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Concord Eastridge CEO Susan Eastridge and financing partner Tom Trubiana of EdR, Tuesday, March 6, 2012 for the groundbreaking of the ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Southwest corner of Fourth Street and Garfield in downtown Phoenix.

To learn more about the new project, visit concordeastridge.com

Galeria de los Muertos

The Spirit Of Art Is Surely Alive At Galeria De Los Muertos

The Spirit Of Art Is Surely Alive At Galeria De Los Muertos

If you’re not a fan of First Fridays crowd, Roosevelt Row is hosting virtually the same event, except it’s on the third Friday of each month. Don’t worry about your favorite local artist not being there; if an artist is on the roster for First Friday, they must attend Third Friday as well.

Cindy Dach, executive director of Roosevelt Row, CDC, explains that “Third Friday is less about the crowds and the people watching; it’s focused on the art in the galleries — meeting the artist, celebrating an opening reception … where as First Friday is an arts walk, and it’s as much about the art in the spaces as it is the art on the street — the crowd, the performances, etc.”

“Roosevelt Row’s goal is to become a destination more than one night a month,” Dach says.

However, she says the “attendees are resistant” to transition into nights outside of First Friday because most attendees enjoy attending more crowded events.

“The community needs to be part of the process and not just wait for the end result,” she says. “It’s a transformation that will happen in partnership with the galleries, businesses, restaurants and the community at large.”

Galeria de los Muertos: One-Year Anniversary

Galeria de los Muertos

At October’s Third Friday extravaganza, there will be a special event celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Galeria de los Muertos. The gallery combines traditional Mexican macabre art with rowdy events, and its birthday party will prove no different.

The infamous Dr. Reverend Stephen Strange, leader of the Strange Family Circus, will be hosting the event. It also happens to be the opening of the gallery’s Dia de los Muertos exhibit and the debut American exhibition of award-winning Italian artist Natascia Raffio.

Strange has been a major part of the Phoenix art community for years, and as the ringleader of The Strange Family Circus, his blend of freak and funk is what ultimately lead to his hosting of Galeria’s first anniversary.

The Stange Family Circus — or as an audience member dubbed “Penn and Teller meets Jackass meets Cabaret” — will also be performing their sideshow act, reminiscent of early 20th century circus road shows.

Galeria de los Muertos

Other events include a fashion show by local Phoenix designers, such as MissConstrued, Modified Minds and El Vaquero Muerto, an art raffle benefiting the Brenda Casten Leukemia fund and a fire dance by Burden Blossom, which will complement Romantasy Cabaret’s sensual burlesque act.

Photographer Tommy Pemberton, who will be running a photo booth, is delighted to be part of the celebration because the gallery has held his attention from the moment he walked in.

Catering will be provided by the Tamale Store and Mama Toledo’s pies, for a night of food, fun and funk.


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If You Go: Galeria de los Muertos

905 N. 5th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(818) 802-2002



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The Row also has live music nearly every night at places such as Lost Leaf, Carly’s, Turf, Revolver, Modified Arts, etc.

For more info on Roosevelt Row and a calendar of upcoming events, visit their website.


Roosevelt Row: vintage, recycling and growth, 2011 Photo: Stacy Ayiers

Roosevelt Row: Vintage, Recycling And Growth

One area — or street, to be specific — in downtown Phoenix has businesses teaming up to benefit, cater to and converge the community via consignment goods, community gardening and recycling.

It’s called Roosevelt Row, home of the GROWop Collective, the Greenhouse and Butter Toast.

GROWop features items you wouldn’t find in your local retail store, including home décor, handmade lights and candles. The vintage collection includes shoes, purses, jewelry and more. Open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, the snug, inviting boutique has something new and innovative each visit.

Ashley Eaton, one of three owners of the GROWop, established it as a collective where artists could showcase their work. Roosevelt Row: Vintage, Recycling And Growth, 2011 Photo: Stacy Ayiers

“My two partners, Kenny and Josh, came up with the name GROWop; it stands for growing opportunity,” Eaton says. “The whole idea of the place is to be somewhere small businesses can start and grow.”

During First Fridays, the boutique offers courtyard space to vendors with no permit required and just 25 percent of their earnings go the boutique. This new idea is called arts markets; vendors will be able to sell their goods and services on empty lots around the neighborhood. This also promotes cleaning of the lots.

“We are all separate, but we work together a lot to see what our street needs and what we need for our community,” Eaton says.

Members are typically the vendors that come out on First Fridays, but anyone can email the collective to get involved.

The collective started with a simple garden in the front yard, and lead to a store in the living room of the house. Although a resident currently lives in the home, the owners are hoping as they acquire more items to sell, the rooms will be cleared and made available for more shelf space.

Roosevelt Row: Vintage, Recycling And Growth, 2011 Photo: Stacy Ayiers

The vegetables — greens, spinach, and others — that are planted in the garden are sold at the farmers markets in the local area, helping to bring in natural, local produce and create revenue for the area.

Aside from the garden, the clothing sold is considered one-of-a-kind, provided by local designers.

“We bring on designers that share our viewpoint and style,” Eaton says. “We are all into recycling, the planet and handmade stuff. Our concept is community oriented.”

If you journey across the street, you will find the Growhouse, a garden and gallery with a collective garden. They invite community members to join the garden and local artists to present ideas for the gallery on a rolling basis. They hold diverse workshops and events throughout the year, host gallery shows, provide live music and host garden tours on First Fridays.

The goal of the Growhouse is to become self-sustainable with collective, shared grow lots. Members are able to come in and grow their own fruits and vegetables and learn how to grow them at home.

A door away from GROWop is Butter Toast, a small boutique that made its way into the row November 2008. Owners Traci Nelson and Jasmine Jarrett do more than make crafty clothes and soaps; they recycle items into vintage clothes and organic personal items.

They bring in consignment clothing and make them new again. Butter Toast uses recycled plastic bags and reuses items from buildings to promote a cleaner healthier environment.Roosevelt Row: Vintage, Recycling And Growth, 2011 Photo: Stacy Ayiers

“Our floors are from an old high school gym,” Nelson says. “They were going to throw them away, but we took them.”

With a unique variety of hand-picked clothes, housewares and locally-made, natural soaps, the shop creates an unusual atmosphere that promotes health, well-being and a cleaner environment.

GROWop and Butter Toast have vintage clothing in common, but the two stores are different in many ways.

For instance, Butter Toast is more of a retail clothing store specializing in vintage clothing.

“We changed locations from around the corner because we have grown,” Nelson says. “We have one local fashion designer based in New York that sends us her pieces.”

The owners say they were concerned customers would think it was a breakfast cafe, but the name has caught on.

Roosevelt Row has style, grace and dozens of boutiques from which to choose. With a vital mix of residential and commercial properties, the area has continued to grow since 1948.

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