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Get fashionable at these Downtown Tempe boutique shops 

here on the corner
July 28, 2015

Whoever said money can’t buy happiness definitely didn’t go shopping in Downtown Tempe. I always find something cute and affordable, whether I am shopping for something causal, a party or for work. Downtown Tempe is one of the best places to shop in the Valley. With over 100 restaurants, business and shops, there’s a little bit of something for everyone. If you’re shopping for something unique, here are some of the best Downtown Tempe boutique shops the city has to offer. Divaz Boutique Divaz Boutique is an exclusive shop that started down south near the University of Arizona. As this store quickly gained popularity among college students, it ventured its way up to the better college town, right here in Tempe, AZ. Divaz Botique features high quality fashion from clothing and swimwear, to shoes and accessories. Their moto, “buy cheap on the trend and splurge on the staple,” perfectly describes the range of products that they offer. From those on a budget to those looking for a quality product, Divaz Boutique has everything to offer. 516 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 968-1783 Pitaya Pitaya is a store that you will rarely walk out empty handed. They have endless amounts clothes perfect for a casual day at school or a night out on the town. They continuously restock their merchandise with new, trendy products every week. This fashion hot spot is affordable for any price range and all clothes are even made here in the USA. 524 S. Mill Ave., […]

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Tempe events: Jimmy Carter at Changing Hands

Changing Hands Bookstore
July 27, 2015

Tempe events include Jimmy Carter at Changing Hands Bookstore this Friday, July 31. The 39th President of the United States and recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize will visit Changing Hands to sign his memoir, A Full Life. At ninety, Jimmy Carter reflects on his public and private life. The former President describes his youth in rural Georgia and the racism and isolation of his family, the profound influence his mother had on him, and his admiration for his father. He admits that he decided to quit the Navy and later enter politics without consulting his wife, Rosalynn, and how appalled he is in retrospect. He addresses the brutality of the hazing regimen at Annapolis, and how he nearly lost his life twice serving on submarines. He also talks about his amazing interview with Admiral Rickover. Jimmy Carter served as President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. In 1982, he and his wife, Rosalynn, founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people around the world. He is the author of more than two dozen books, including An Hour before Daylight; Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid and Our Endangered Values. Take a refreshing break from the heat and attend these entertaining and cool arts and cultural events in Tempe this week. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. July 28: Social Distortion, Marquee Theatre July 28: Susan Southard: Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War, Changing Hands Bookstore July […]

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Fun and Unique Vintage Stores in Tempe

Buffalo Exchange in Tempe, AZ.
July 24, 2015

On the hunt for that perfect, unique one-of-a-kind shirt, necklace or lamp? Or maybe you’re tired of seeing yourself coming and going because everyone you know shops at the same stores where you shop? Look no further than one of the many vintage stores in Tempe! I like to take my time when exploring vintage clothing and furniture stores – you never know what you will find. Check out this list of favorites in Tempe. Buffalo Exchange –  227 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 968-2557 Buffalo Exchange, located a few blocks away from Downtown Tempe and ASU, features a wide range of men’s and women’s clothing in styles from trendy to designer and everyday basics. You will find everything from mid-level designers to department store brands. Hipsters, bargain hunters, vintage cravers and trend following junkies will be happy as clams here. Rag-O-Rama – 601 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 664-7578 Just a hop, skip and jump away from the Arizona State University Tempe Campus, Rag-O-Rama has a youthful vibe featuring vintage, alternative and hipster clothing and accessories that are both new and gently used. It has a great variety to choose from and a noteworthy selection of costumes as well. Rocket Resale –  23 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282 (480) 967-2744 If your style includes punk, rockabilly, pinup, alternative or retro, you’ll love Rocket Resale. Located on the corner of southwest corner of Mill Ave. and Southern Ave., this shop offers excellent customer service and the […]

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Cult Classics AZ bring favorites back to the big screen

Cult Classics is at Pollack Cinemas in Tempe, AZ.
July 23, 2015

Pollack Tempe Cinemas, located on the southeast corner of McClintock Dr. and Elliot Rd., at 1825 E. Elliot Rd., is a locally owned-movie theater in south Tempe. Once inside, you can’t help but notice that it’s a bit of a quirky place. There are a lot of photographs on the walls, featuring scenes from classic films. A distinguishing feature are the life-size mannequins of movie characters along the perimeter of one of the walls. Besides showing recent movies for just $3 per ticket, Pollack Tempe Cinemas also happens to be the home to Cult Classics AZ. Cult Classics, founded in 2011, is a monthly film series that brings classic films and cult favorites back to the big screen in Tempe, AZ. Every month, they feature a different film. Some of the films they’ve shown in the past include Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future, The Goonies, Pulp Fiction and The Shining. Cult Classics has been recognized with the Phoenix New Times “Best of Phoenix Award” twice (2012 & 2014). The next movie they’ll be presenting is The Last Starfighter, scheduled to be shown on August 22, 2015. Unlike most other movie theaters, Cult Classics is really fan interactive. They create a commemorative print and t-shirt for whatever movie is being shown, so when you buy your ticket(s), you can include one or both in your purchase if you want. They also have giveaways before the movie, which usually include copies of the film, gift cards and t-shirts from Zia Records. Everyone […]

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Health and Fitness Options in Tempe, AZ

July 20, 2015

Good health is something that we all need to thrive and grow personally and professionally. When I think about health, I think of three basic components—fitness, relaxation and nutrition. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to improve your personal fitness in Tempe, AZ. Here are just a few of our favorite places to get active and recuperate. Yoga to the People – 117 E. 5th St., Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281 480-719-0019 Yoga is the first activity that I think of for fitness, especially since it can help improve flexibility, endurance, core strength, and even their breathing. Luckily, Tempe is home of Yoga to the People, a yoga studio that offers a wide array of time/day slots for Vinyasa flow style yoga classes. This type of class will get you moving continually with an emphasis on optimum breathing. What’s more is that the classes are donation-based, with a suggested donation of $10 per class. Mat rental is just $2. The low cost gives the studio a welcoming feel, and it is sure to inspire anyone to begin or continue their yoga practice with a smile on their face. Sumits Yoga – 920 E. University Dr., Suite 106, Tempe, AZ 85281 480-584-3388 Newly opened Sumits Yoga in Tempe is a yoga studio that offers 60 minute hot yoga classes for people of all ages and all levels of yoga familiarity. Not only does Sumits focus on the benefits of stretching the body and improving flexibility and muscle tone, but the instructors […]

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Tempe events: Live music at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
July 20, 2015

Tempe events include live music at Tempe Marketplace this weekend and every weekend. You can always count on Tempe Marketplace for great live music on Friday and Saturday evenings outside in The District. During the peak summer months when temperatures keep us pretty much indoors, it’s a treat to be outside under the cooling misters enjoying music performed by both local and nationally known bands and musicians. Whether you’re looking forward to a fun date night or family night out, you can’t go wrong including music at Tempe Marketplace in your plans.  You’ll find a more mellow sound performed by individuals and duos at the Barnes and Noble Fountain. At the other end you can rock out to bands performing rock or country on The District Stage in front of Dave & Busters.  You can enjoy music on the patio of one of the restaurants located close by, or while taking a stroll through The District. This Friday and Saturday there’s a mix of country, R&B and funk, woodwinds and jazz guitar. Stay cool and entertained at these arts and culture events in Tempe this week. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158. July 22, 25 & 29: Super Summer Adventures, Tempe History Museum July 23: Death Grips, Marquee Theatre July 23: Full Throttle, Tempe Improv July 24: Paula Donnelly Roark: Social Justice and Deep Participation, Changing Hands Bookstore July 24: Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Amy Blackwell, Tempe Center for the Arts July 24: Finally Friday: Justin Olson, Tempe […]

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The Gallery at the TCA is for bird lovers

Birds of a Feather
July 17, 2015

The “Birds of a Feather” exhibition at the Tempe Center for the Arts is pretty fascinating. Visitors to The Gallery at the TCA can learn about birds that either call Arizona home or stop here when they’re migrating to an exotic location somewhere in the world. Between now and September 19th, both local and national artists will have works varying in media from photography to sculpture. In addition, every Saturday, families can take part in Arts & Sciences Family Workshops. In conjunction with the “Birds of a Feather” exhibition, these Saturday workshops include short science lessons about birds and hands-on art projects for kid. Some scheduled activities include building bird houses, crafting birds out of pool noodles and pipe cleaners, as well as seeing live regional birds from bird handler and exhibiting artist Anne Peyton. Children 12 and under can pick up a free TCA field guide journal to use for drawings in The Gallery or to take notes about birds they see in their backyard. Kids can also get kids participation stickers to add to their field guide journals. Children that earn at least two stickers will be eligible for a free set of binoculars. Admission to the Arts & Sciences Family Workshops is free. Arts & Sciences Family Workshops Schedule Saturday, July 18th: Liberty Wildlife (Noon – 2 p.m.) Meet exhibiting artist Anne Peyton who is also a bird handler and educator with Liberty Wildlife. Anne will be bringing live regional birds for participants to learn about and draw […]

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Experience Tempe Shopping and Restaurants at Tempe Square

Tempe Square
July 16, 2015

Located on the southwest corner of McClintock Drive and Guadalupe Road, in the middle of a comfortable south Tempe neighborhood, Tempe Square is a popular gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. On the surface, Tempe Square looks like your average strip mall. But don’t be deceived by its unassuming exterior. It’s one of those rare places that has the perfect mix of Tempe shops and restaurants (several are locally owned) that, when combined, add up to a whole that is definitely greater than the sum of its parts. Get your groceries and browse one of the best independent book stores in the U.S. Find great bargains at two consignment shops, or the perfect fashion statement at an adorable boutique (named in USA Today’s 10 BEST for shopping in Phoenix). Join friends for breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of the outstanding locally owned restaurants serving everything from the best baked goodies to whopping salads to big tasty burgers to totally vegetarian. There’s a synergy, a certain feeling about the place that makes you want to stay for a while, exploring on your own or hanging out with friends. Call it what you may, there is an energy, an aura, a vibe about Tempe Square that makes it far more than just a strip mall shopping center. Your first trip to Tempe Square won’t be your last.  Be sure to allow plenty of time to enjoy the shops, restaurants and abundant good energy. Changing Hands Bookstore (480) 730-0205 Changing Hands Bookstore […]

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Save a buck this summer at these Tempe restaurants

La Bocca
July 14, 2015

Summer is a fantastic season to eat out in Tempe. Why, you ask? The crowds thin out in the summer, so you have a shorter wait, or no wait at all, at most restaurants. Also, there are lots of good deals to be had! And what is better than enjoying a yummy meal out, while saving a buck at the same time? I agree, time to pick a Tempe restaurant to go for lunch or dinner today. Below is my list of summer restaurant deals in Tempe. If I forgot one, please let me know and I will add it to this great list! Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Catch a movie after dinner Mondays this summer at Thirsty Lion. Now you can get two Harkin’s movie tickets, a pizza and two soft drinks for only $20, every Monday. What a steal! And, did I mention that the pizza is delicious? Or, beat the heat and stop by when the temperature is above 105º and get a half price Moscow mule or house margarita! Thirsty Lion is located at Tempe Marketplace. 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 480-968-2920 House of Tricks One of Tempe’s most popular restaurants, House of Tricks, is offering “A Cool Deal for a H.O.T. August.” In August, guests can enjoy their award-winning cuisine and charming ambiance at a substantial savings. Download a coupon from the link above for 20% discount on all food and beverages from August 1-31, 2015. This offer is valid for lunch and […]

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Tempe events: Super Summer Adventures

Tempe History Museum
July 13, 2015

Tempe events include Super Summer Adventures at the Tempe History Museum where you’ll make  your own music while learning about all kinds of music. The whole family can participate in these free workshops on Wednesdays and Thursdays through the end of July. Kids will not only beat the heat, they’ll beat the drums and other musical instruments while enjoying  special hands-on activities, crafts, games that follow the musical themes of the day. Participants will experience bluegrass, mariachi, rock, classical strings, jazz, multicultural drums and modern classical woodwinds. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of more than 10 people need to make a reservation in advance. Super Summer Adventures are part of the museum’s year of music featuring The Tempe Sound exhibition, which pays tribute to Tempe’s impressive contributions to pop music. The exhibition displays hundreds of pieces of music paraphernalia honoring Tempe groups such as The Refreshments, St. Madness, Walt Richardson and the Morningstar Band, the Gin Blossoms and many others. For more information on Super Summer Adventures and The Tempe Sound exhibition, visit the Tempe History Museum website or call (480) 350-5100. You’ll find cool relief from the heat at these arts and culture events in Tempe this week.  View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. July 15: Sharon Salzberg: The Kindness Handbook, Changing Hands Bookstore July 15-18: Pauly Shore, Tempe Improv July 15- 29: Super Summer Adventures at Tempe History Museum, Tempe History Museum July 17: Class Clowns Comedy, Tempe Center for the Arts […]

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