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Shop Like a Local: Small businesses showcased at Arizona Center, Regency Garage during Super Bowl LVII

by Elizabeth Montgomery
Featured Travel, Shopping & Leisure Elizabeth Montgomery February 2, 2023

As thousands of visitors venture to Downtown Phoenix for Super Bowl LVII, it’s primetime to shop like a local.

Downtown Phoenix Inc. (DPI) has partnered with Arizona Center and City of Phoenix to activate five vacant retail suites with hyper-local, Arizona-centric vendors.

From February 4-12 shop amongst 15 local retailers—Clothing, Jewelry, Art, Souvenirs, Fashion Accessories, Books and More—while you take in all the Super Bowl fun in Downtown Phoenix.

Fourteen of the retailers will be co-mingled mercantile-style in four suites at Arizona Center while State Forty-Eight apparel will be located at the corner of 2nd and Adams Streets just west of Phoenix Convention Center (50 N 2nd St).

“Super Bowl LVII is much more than a football game. It’s an opportunity for our city to flex its culture, its creativity and its community spirit,” said DPI Chief Growth Officer R.J. Price. “The goal of the Shop Like a Local program is twofold: Let’s lower the barrier to entry for these amazing small businesses while also giving visitors an authentically Phoenix experience.”

Arizona Center Popup Hours of Operation:

Monday-Saturday: 10 am-8 pm

Sun Feb. 5: 11 am-5 pm

Sun Feb. 12: 11 am- 3 pm

Kate Benjamin from Hauspanther is one of the many local businesses you can shop with at Arizona Center until Feb 12. (Photo: Taylor Costello).

Business owners like Monyea Gandy of CreatedByDVO are excited to meet the incoming crowds and showcase their products.

“We are ready and extremely excited to participate in the Super Bowl festivities in this capacity. It will lengthen our reach and grow our customer base. Also, it’s fun,” Gandy said. “I am looking forward to the diversity, excitement and customer engagement that is on the way. Valuable business connections, great memories and history is going to be made. We are a part of history- Phoenix history, Arizona history, Super Bowl history!”

Kate Benjamin from Hauspanther in her popup at Arizona Center. From February 4-12 shop amongst 15 local retailers—Clothing, Jewelry, Art, Souvenirs, Fashion Accessories, Books and More—while you take in all the Super Bowl fun in Downtown Phoenix. (Photo: Taylor Costello).

“We have had to prepare extra inventory and it’s been all hands on deck,” said Tara Ijai of Love Glasses Revolution. “From this event was born a brand new line called Arizona Love Swag and we are really excited about it the response it is receiving from our love rebels (What we call our followers who wake up every day and intentionally choose love) has been overwhelming.”

Live Local Music Coming to Arizona Center

In addition to shopping like a local, we want you to “Rock Like a Local” too. DPI and Arizona Center have partnered with musician Steve Himmelstein to bring local musicians to perform live at the Center.

Musicians to perform include local rock band Wyves Duo, blues band Sugar Thieves Duo, jazz and neo-soul from Garrison Jones trio, William Rottman, Dos Besos, Steve Heavenstone trio, Nolaz and more.

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Businesses at Arizona Center

Torn Paper Creations

True to the name, Aileen Frick’s Torn Paper artwork recontextualizes recycled mixed-media into new landscape art. (Photo by Taylor Costello)

Aileen Frick is interested in the way collage can be integrated into paintings so that one is not conscious of the boundary between the printed image and paint. She uses mixed media landscapes organically formed with recycled magazines, paint, and traces of your surroundings. Instagram: @aileenfrick_art

Beautiful Dresses in Arizona

Allona Morris’ Beautiful Dresses in Arizona pop-up shares space with CreatedByDVO, HILÁLI Jewelry, and Sun Above clothiers. (Photo by Taylor Costello)

Allona Morris offers a beautiful selection of festival and boutique dresses. Instagram: @beautifuldressesinbranson

Ben’s Bells

The profits generated from the Ben’s Bells Project not only help further their mission but also fund their art studios and education programs. (Photo by Taylor Costello)

In 2002, Jeannette Maré’s life changed forever when her son, Ben, died suddenly just before his third birthday. In the months following his death, Jeannette and her friends and family began making ceramic wind chimes- the first Ben’s Bells- in her backyard studio. Ben’s Bells teaches communities about the positive impacts of international kindness and inspires people to practice kindness as a way of life. Instagram: @bensbells

CreatedByDVO

Timeless handmade works of art created with handcrafted beads and copper jewelry. (Photo by Taylor Costello)

Timeless handmade works of art created with handcrafted beads and copper jewelry. Instagram: @createdbydvo_llc

Grassrootz Bookstore

Arizona’s only Black-owned bookstore. Showcasing books and apparel that help educate and celebrate Black culture. Instagram: @grassrootzbookstore

The Diaspora Collective

A celebration of the food, art, culture, music, and people of Africa and the African diaspora, The Diaspora Collective empowers people to be passionate ambassadors to shape the narrative. (Photo by Taylor Costello)

The Diaspora Collective is a place for the collective to celebrate, connect, discover, experience, and honor the food, art, culture, music, and people of Africa and the African diaspora. The reason why is simple: to empower people to be passionate ambassadors for Africa and African diaspora so that we shape the narrative.
Instagram: @the_diasporacollective

Hazel & Violet

Hazel & Violet, a local commercial printshop in Historic Grand Avenue, is recognized for their bespoke art prints, wedding invitations, stationery, business cards and more. (Photo by Taylor Costello)

Hazel & Violet is an open-to-the-public letterpress studio, teaching facility, and commercial print shop on Historic Grand Avenue in Downtown Phoenix. They print custom wedding invitations, stationery, business cards, coasters, and broadsides. They even have a retail line of cards, stationery, calendars, coasters, and art prints. Instagram: @hazelandviolet

Hauspanther

Hauspanther features the latest design finds, tailored specifically for those who share our love of cats. (Photo: Taylor Costello).

Hauspanther loves cats! They also love design, of all kinds- interior design, architecture, product design, graphic design, art, fashion-all of it. Hauspanther features the latest design finds, tailored specifically for those who share our love of cats. Instagram: @hauspanther

HILÁLI Jewelry

Hilali Jewelry creates one-of-a-kind, hand fabricated jewelry using sterling silver, brass, and recently added some gold. (Photo by Taylor Costello)

Hila is an emerging jewelry designer and metalsmith, specializing in one-of-a-kind and bespoken jewelry. She works mostly in sterling silver, brass, and recently added some gold. Every piece is hand fabricated, each stone is hand-selected. Instagram: @hilalijewelry

Look See Draw

Aileen Martinez, the artist behind “Look.See.Draw.,” transforms Valley landmarks into colorful drawings. She brings these drawings to life in cafes and restaurants. (Photo by Taylor Costello)

Aileen Martinez is a Phoenix-based, Chicana artist who creates colorful drawings of places around the Valley and the City of Phoenix. Instagram: @look.see.draw

Love Glasses Revolution

Love Glasses are amazing, stylish, and FUN to wear but they are more than that they are a symbol and statement you are choosing to SEE and BE the good in the world. (Photo: Taylor Costello)

Love Glasses are amazing, stylish, and FUN to wear but they are more than that they are a symbol and statement that you are choosing to SEE the good and BE the good in the world. It’s a message to the world that you live on your own terms and you write your own narrative. Instagram: @loveglassesrevolution

Straw & Wool Hat Store

Straw & Wool was established in 2020 with the goal to providing style and confidence that only a classic hat can provide. (Photo: Taylor Costello)

Straw & Wool was established in 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona with the goal of providing a sense of style and confidence that only a classic hat can provide! Instagram: @straw_and_wool

Strawberry Hedgehog

Proudly and mindfully handcrafting vegan, safe, healthy, clean products for you and your family for more than a decade! (Photo: Taylor Costello)

Proudly and mindfully handcrafting vegan, safe, healthy, clean products for you and your family for more than a decade! Instagram: @strawberryhedgehodsoap

Sun Above

Sun Above is on a mission to get people outdoors through high-quality products for recreation to make you feel strong & confident. (Photo: Taylor Costello)

Sun Above is on a mission to get people outdoors. They believe freeing fitness from performance starts with having fun and generating
endorphins. That’s why they create high-quality products for recreation that make you feel strong & confident. Instagram: @sunabovelife

State Forty Eight apparel will be located at the corner of 2nd and Adams Streets just west of Phoenix Convention Center (50 N 2nd St). (Photo Taylor Costello).

Regency Garage (50 N 2nd St)

State Forty Eight

Founded in 2013 by local entrepreneurs, Michael, Stephen and Nicholas, State Forty Eight was born out of a shared passion and appreciation for the
great state of Arizona. Carrying an array of uniquely designed shirts, hats, accessories and other products, the homegrown stays true to its tagline:
clothing for all, inspired by Arizona. Instagram: @statefortyeight