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A Market Off Mill Celebrates Grand Opening
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Strawberry Hedgehog One Year Anniversary Party
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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit at the Heard Museum

A Market Off Mill Celebrates Grand Opening

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market Off Mill (or AMOM) held their Grand Opening celebration a couple months ago. It is a shared space concept that was created by Shanel Smith. Smith originally had a traveling and online boutique called Obsessed, which she started 2.5 years ago. It was a creative outlet for her to sell her repurposed vintage tees, along with other clothing from up-and-coming designers from around the country.

After doing that for some time, she felt that she wanted to plant some roots in the community. She explains further, “I knew that I needed to settle down and begin creating a solid foundation for myself, and I knew I couldn’t have done that with the traveling boutique so I begin exploring options for a retail space. To be honest, I was a little scared of pursuing that on my own, so my sister gave me the idea of having other small business owners join me and making it a shared space.  And so AMOM was born on a Sunday night sitting around the dinner table.”

She found a quaint space off Mill Avenue, and enlisted the help of several local makers to join her in the venture. Along with selling her Obsessed brand, the other makers include: Slather Botanicals, Emerge, Keep It Wild Co., Southwest Leggings, Adam Rabbit Jewelry, Bearded Lads, BÄRA, Knee Deep Denim, Iconic Cocktail Co., and Burn Candle Company. “As a small business owner, it is hard to work with other people because you feel like a lot of the people who are “helping” do it with intentions of benefitting themselves.  Sometimes it’s hard to find people who really want to help small businesses grow….well I wanted to change that.  With AMOM I wanted my fellow small business owners to know that this truly is about them, it is about helping them grow and bringing more attention to their brand and awareness to the community about small companies who previously were online only or a pop-up-shop.  This is not a business venture for myself, but a business venture for all small businesses in Arizona.  I want this to be a place they can come and grow,” Smith explained.

The Grand Opening celebration was well-attended. It was so great seeing such a welcoming community that supports small businesses. Guests were treated to cocktails (and mocktails) by Matt and Kaylee- the duo behind the famous-all-over-Phoenix Iconic Cocktail Co. Passed bites were served by Honey Bears BBQ, which unfortunately I wasn’t able to savor due to diet restrictions; however, I could tell that guests enjoyed them, as plates were empty in a matter of minutes. For dessert, there were beautifully decorated cactus cookies, succulent cupcakes, and small cakes in a cup- created by Lisa’s Boxed Kakery. Those little cake cups pack so much flavor in such a small bite!

Follow A Market Off Mill on Facebook and Instagram to check out when their workshops are, as well as other announcements.

Scroll down to see more photos from the event.

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Hedgehog One Year Anniversary Party

Strawberry Hedgehog vegan boutique in Phoenix

Phoenix’s “IT” vegan soap shop and boutique- Strawberry Hedgehog, just recently celebrated their One Year Birthday. Loyal customers and friends flocked to the store to support owner Tracy Perkins. Tracy is still a one-man show, but now has the help of a few family members and employees. All her soaps are vegan, cruelty-free, and made in small batches. The shop also carries a variety of vegan goodies from local artists and brands.

That evening, the celebration consisted of mingling; sampling some foods from area vegan restaurants, such as The Coronado, Treehouse Bakery, Volstead Public House, La Pupusarita, 24 Carrots, and Green. Everything was yummerific, as always (as Phoenix just has a “thing” for amazing food); especially the Lavender Brownies from Treehouse Bakery, and the Brussels Sprouts (forgive me, not sure which restaurant they are from). There was also a pop-up mini market, which featured some of the brands in the shop, including: Madalyn Nault Accessories, Hoshi Paper Art, Happy Kitty Ceramics, Lila Jo Love, Haus Panther, Fluffy Vegans, Spoonsen Forksen, and Jar of Buttons. Henna artist- La Luna Henna was on hand, creating beautiful masterpieces on guests. I opted for the complimentary chair massage from The Back Rub Company. I literally can’t give enough praise to the masseuse- Sonia. Let’s just say, my back LOVES you!

Congratulations Tracy on this and many more successes!

Play the slideshow below to check out more highlights from the event.

Strawberry Hedgehog

Hours: Wednesday- Sunday ~ 11-7pm

Is located at: 

1501 W. Thomas Rd.

Phoenix, AZ 85015

 

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit at the Heard Museum

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.

– Frida Kahlo

If only I had lived in her time, or she in the present; I have a feeling that we would’ve bonded. Most days, I often think that I’m pretty strange, at least in the eyes of everyday society. Actually, all my life I’ve been regarded as strange or weird by my peers. Nowadays, I refuse to be like everyone else. I march to the beat of my own drum. I make my own trends and fashion ideals, and I refuse to let magazines nor the fashion industry dictate what I can or cannot wear; during which season, etc. I’m a rebel in my own right, just as Frida was in her day.

I was ecstatic when I heard that there was a Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit in town. When the Mr was in town, I thought it was the perfect time to finally see it. Of course, I dressed for the occasion…and we ventured over to the Heard Museum.

It was actually my first time at that museum. It was founded in 1929, and is dedicated to helping with the advancement of American Indian art. It was also fun to tour some of those exhibits after Frida. The Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit has 33 works by both artists on display; over 50 photographs of the couple, taken by Edward Weston, Lola Álvarez Bravo and Frida Kahlo’s father- Guillermo Kahlo; as well as a fashion section that featured clothing and jewelry of the style and region that she would’ve worn. There is also a room off to the side, where the kiddos can have an interactive experience. Honestly, I probably could’ve stayed at the exhibit all day, but to each their own.

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

Below are a few photos that I loved. It showed her life with Diego, her personality, and her style:

  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

 May I present, the fashion portion of the exhibit (please bear in mind that the below outfits were curated in respect to what Frida would have worn):

  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

More paintings:

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

In closing:

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

The exhibit goes until August 20th, 2017. Admission is $7 (on top of the museum admission). Get your advanced tickets HERE. For more information on the exhibit, go HERE.

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