Business Development Community Commentary Deal Family Featured Food, Restaurants & Dining Travel, Shopping & Leisure Fara Illich December 14, 2010

If you’ve always wanted to buy local but never knew quite where to start, Wednesday night is your big chance.
The Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Phoenix Public Market, Phoenix Community Alliance, Roosevelt Row, Local First Arizona,, Grand Avenue Merchants’ Association and Co+Hoots have teamed up to bring you the First Annual Phoestivus Market.
From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. the Phoenix Public Market will play host to a dynamic collection of vendors offering locally produced food and unique gifts, plus drinks and entertainment, all in the spirit of supporting local business.
Among the locals who will be on hand showing off their wares:
Pink House Boutique
This beloved Glendale shop specializes in funky vintage clothing and accessories.
Makes the Perfect Gift For: That niece who recently discovered Joni Mitchell’s Blue.
grapeyNina and Grapey
Jannine Doto makes sock puppets and loveable monsters from fresh socks imported daily.
Makes the Perfect Gift For: Anybody with a pulse. Seriously, these quirky puppet companions are all sorts of adorable.
wine_glassesPractical Art
Phoenix Public Market and First Friday regulars, Practical Art is “the best place in Phoenix to find unique useful items of all types, in all media, exclusively handcrafted by local artisans.” My all-time favorite are the glasses fashioned out of recycled wine bottles.
Makes the Perfect Gift For: Someone going off to college or that bachelor in your life whose cabinets are filled with hideous plastic stadium cups.
Flashpants specializes in recycled apparel repurposed. As a dude I lack the vernacular or fashion knowledge to describe their offerings. Just visit the web site.
Makes the Perfect Gift For: A dancer, your beagle, or eccentric Aunt Sheila.
If you’re looking for unique holiday gift ideas come down to the Market Wednesday for an evening of shopping and Phoestivus fun. After the retail spectacular has concluded, our friends at CenPho are hosting a karaoke party at The Duce.