Archive - 2017

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Winter Hometown Hunt: Phoenix Edition
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Local Nomad- Phoenix, AZ
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Phoenix Fashion Week 2016 – Night Three

Winter Hometown Hunt: Phoenix Edition

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I might have just moved to Phoenix a mere eight months ago, but I feel like I’ve been attending my fair share of fun events and hitting up local establishments every chance I get. Here are some of my favorite events and local happenings that I’ve experienced, even in winter…

* Phoestivus is a yearly holiday market put on by Phoenix Public Open-Air Market. This past December, it featured over 130 local vendors- from crafts, handmade goods (soaps, home decor, clothing), to food and drinks. I met the Yeti, got my photo taken with Hipster Santa, and enjoyed food from the many food trucks that were available.

  • Phoestivus 2016

 

* Hiking. Ah yes…One of my absolute favorite things to do on a relatively warm and sunny day. I’ve done Camelback, Pietsewa Peak, Peralta to Freemont Saddle (and view of Weaver’s Needle), Wind Cave Trail, and Tom’s Thumb. I recommend hiking on a weekday, as weekends get pretty crowded (especially when the snowbirds are in town for the winter). Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, a hat, bottle water, phone, portable phone charger (if applicable), sunglasses, and maybe a journal. Have fun!

PHX Renews is a project put on by Keep Phoenix Beautiful and City of Phoenix Mayor Stanton to help transform vacant lots into community spaces. I recently visited the main space- located on Central and Indian School, and got an idea on how 15 acres was being put to use. The land is on lease, but visitors can come visit the community space from 7am – 6pm everyday to learn about sustainability, create and/or view art, grow plants/herbs/veggies, or just take a walk.

  • PHX RENews, urban garden, community space, Phoenix
  • PHX RENews, urban garden, community space, Phoenix

Farmers Markets. I literally live for farmers markets, especially after moving to Phoenix. I love being able to shop directly from the local farmers and vendors. I’ve tasted the best foods, such as local butter, bread, jam, honey, nuts, veggie lasagna, hummus, and lettuce. Granted, prices are a little higher, but I’d rather get better quality food. I’ve also felt an insane about of community, and have been building rapport amongst my favorite vendors. I highly suggest Phoenix Open-Air Market, Gilbert Farmers Market, and Uptown Farmers Market.

PHX Flea  is held bi-annually, every March and November, and features over 100 local vendors, as well as a variety of food trucks. Guests can shop anything from vintage, clothing, handmade; to art and plants.  It takes place in Downtown Phoenix, at historic Heritage Square.

What are your favorite things to do in your hometown?

Local Nomad- Phoenix, AZ

Local Nomad, shop local, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad is tucked away amongst a small plethora of shops in Phoenix’s Uptown Plaza. It recently opened late last year, and was founded by Lauren Danuser. Lauren had dreamt of one day owning her own boutique that offered a variety of unique, handmade goods from all over the world. It wasn’t until 2015, while on a European vacation with her husband, that she really gained her true inspiration while perusing local small boutiques in Paris, Copenhagen, and Berlin.

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

After leaving her job in corporate retail, Lauren decided to take the plunge and make her dream into a reality. How she came up with the name- Local Nomad, was also clever…”The name Local Nomad came to me in the shower one day – I tend to come up with most of my creative ideas in the shower! The name is an oxymoron but it stuck because it aligned perfectly with my concept – locally made goods from different cities around the world. There are so many talented makers and it’s been so amazing connected with these people and supporting fellow entrepreneurs through the process, ” Danuser explained.

If you look closely at the cash wrap’s design, you can make out the outline of what I think is Camelback Mountain…but that’s just what I personally see. I also think that the mirrors also mimic a mountain shape, which is totally appropriate; seeing as we live in a mountainous state.

Local Nomad, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

When the shop opened, I knew I had to check it out. The exterior and interior have a modern, yet raw edginess, in terms of decor. “I worked with my architects on the design and we decided to go with birch plywood for the storefront and fixtures which gives the store a warm, inviting feel. We also decided to include geometric elements in the shop – in the fixtures/shelves, ceiling design and cash wrap. The cash wrap was really fun to conjure up. I had a vision of having little cacti sitting in shelves within the cash wrap and voila!” Lauren was referring to her architects- Mihir Bavishi and Oscar Lopez .

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

The shop specializes in products for unique gifting, as well as apparel and accessories for men, women, and children. “Some of my favorite brands we carry are Gopi Shah Ceramics– handmade in San Francisco, Compartes Chocolate from Los Angeles, Ali Golden– an indie clothing line out of Oakland CA, and Wary Meyers candles which are handmade by a husband and wife team in Maine,” Lauren said.

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Shop Location: 100 E Camelback Rd #168, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Shop Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 10-7
Friday & Saturday: 10-8
Sunday: 11-6
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Phoenix Fashion Week 2016 – Night Three

The final night of Phoenix Fashion Week showcased emerging designers in the couture category, as well as established designers.

** Cosmogyral **

** MOWA by Emily Smith with Shanks Shoeware **

** Barbara Bultman with Shanks Shoeware **

Bultman won the “Designer of the Year” for the couture category.

** Aconav with Shanks Shoeware **

** Dalida Ayach **

** Rachad Itani Couture **

** Yas Couture by Elie Madi **

** Rocky Gathercole **

Good job to all the designers and models of PHXFW 2016!

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