Travel, Shopping & Leisure

Travel, Shopping & Leisure Fara IllichNovember 12, 2009
Where do you live?

If downtown Phoenix is the urban heart or Arizona, then people are the lifeblood and the neighborhoods where the people live are the organs that supply it. Click here for more info.

Travel, Shopping & Leisure Fara IllichNovember 4, 2009
Buy Arizona: Apache Fair Trade Cooperative

There’s a lot of talk nowadays about buying local. Even within the sovereign Apache nations of Arizona, there is a great need to galvanize support for local businesses. Click here for more info.

Travel, Shopping & Leisure Fara IllichOctober 29, 2009
Business Owners See Green Potential in Bike Racks

Bike racks are popping up in front of trendy restaurants and other places along the nearly one-year-old light rail line. Many business owners are realizing more people are using bicycles in connection with mass transit in an effort to clean our air. Click here for more info.

Travel, Shopping & Leisure Fara IllichOctober 21, 2009
Grand Opening of the Phoenix Public Market

Next week will be big for Downtown Phoenix. After years of waiting, downtown has its own brick-and-mortar grocery store. On Tuesday, October 27th, the Phoenix Public Market Urban Grocery and Wine Bar officially opens. Click here for more info.

Travel, Shopping & Leisure Fara IllichOctober 14, 2009
Light Rail Playlist

I rode the light rail on opening day, and fell in love with its sleek, silent glide. Since then, I’ve discovered that it’s the perfect place to add your own soundtrack (just remember to bring your earbuds; I’m pretty certain not everyone likes Megadeth). Click here for more info.

Travel, Shopping & Leisure Fara IllichOctober 12, 2009
Phoenix Union Station

In June of 1996, Phoenix waved goodbye as the last train sped away from Union Station downtown. I wonder if we’ll ever see passenger trains there again. I hope so. Click here for more info.

Travel, Shopping & Leisure Fara IllichSeptember 8, 2009
Crazy Good Phoenix Food

This blog is about Phoenix history and lore told with a twist—through fascinating conversations and glimpses into Arizona’s past from the unique perspective of a group of my native Phoenician in-laws, specifically three formidable women affectionately called the “Crazies” in our family (more on that later). Click here for more info.

Travel, Shopping & Leisure Fara IllichSeptember 3, 2009
First Friday Fun

It's July 3rd, First Friday night! There are so many different groups, and this is why I love Phoenix's First Friday. There are Goths, followed by a family, then a high school couple, then a street show featuring roller blades and tutus. Watching the crowds go by is better than watching TV. Click here for more info.

Travel, Shopping & Leisure Fara IllichSeptember 3, 2009
My Downtown

When I first moved to Phoenix, I only came downtown once a quarter. On those visits, I would just do my business and leave the area. Nowadays, I visit the area a couple of times a month and stay for a spell. The addition of the light rail gives the area a little extra oomph, although I’m still trying to navigate my way through the labyrinth of one-way streets and construction zones. Click here for more info.

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