Before each Your Art Party event, the studio's coordinator creates an environment that's conducive to creativity; she sets out canvases, paints, and brushes for participants, and switches on the music. As groups arrive, they can sip wine and and beer, storing their beverages in the studio's cooler if desired. Then, the party host guides them through the step-by-step creation of their own works of art.
In its 75-years of life, MacAlpine's has seen a lot: a stock market crash, the Great Depression, a World War. It's watched as Phoenix grew from a small town to a bustling epicenter, and, most recently, it also served as the setting for a music video from a local performer. So it's fitting then, that those looking to own a piece of the past now flock here for more than just a malted milk. Today, the old-timey soda shoppe–-complete with its checkered floor, high-topped counter, and abundance of retro Coca-Cola signs––is also a modern-day vintage clothing and antique store, named, appropriately, MacAlpine's Vintage and Antiques. A perfect setup really, considering nothing beats an afternoon of sifting through A-line skirts and colorful ties, or vintage train sets and furniture, quite like a frosty milkshake or the chance to dance the hand jive in socially-acceptable setting.
Southwest Gardener is a Phoenix retail shop specializing in useful gardening tools, creative garden art and garden-inspired home décor. Our customers are people who are serious about gardening or just seriously in love with nature. Gardening in the desert is not for sissies,so we also offer classes to green up your thumbs.
Like the opposite of eyelids, the curtains at Scandalesque open to a dream world of garish costumes, pyrotechnics, circus arts, and sensuality. This nexus of fantasy and real life is produced in-house and performed by Scandalesque’s troupe of professional burlesque artists. Leading them, cofounders Lady Fontayne and Pyrrha Sutra, as they're known on stage, strive to curate an atmosphere where outlandishness flashes atop proper technique and artistry. When the troupe isn’t pushing the envelope and toppling mailmen, they’re teaching burlesque, adult-dance, and fitness classes throughout the week.
For anyone nostalgic for days gone by or looking for that perfect bygone present for a loved one, it’s Qcumberz to the rescue. The appropriately green-painted store in central Phoenix stocks a dizzying array of covetable items, plus downright weird discoveries scored primarily from the 50s and 60s, though some modern day oddities can be found as well. Many items you might find are practical, like a bargain price step stool, 1960s lamps and retro dishware, while others are decidedly decorative, such as antique license plates or an early 50's Coca Cola vending machine door. Some fall on a spectrum in between, like a 1920s bathtub. In keeping with the green movement, there’s also a newly opened salvage room and courtyard brimming with old window frames, wheelbarrows and antique doors.
Stained-glass murals, organically shaped bowls, and prismatic light shades are only some of the work done by Circle 6 Studios’ practicing artists, who share their glass-working expertise and aesthetic range through their art gallery and classes. Students in some workshops express themselves by applying and melting color and then shaping the molten glass into a finished piece. During skill-based workshops, students focus on a single process, diving into one fundamental topic such as learning to apply color to a polished piece.