Tired of crawling under the Christmas tree to check and fill the water? You should consider backing Thomas West's "dipstick" Kickstarter campaign. West is trying to raise $1,500 to build a Macgyver-like device that will measure the water levels and refill without having to get on your hands and knees.
This makes me want to retire my scooter, buy a Dodge Durango and play jazz flute.
The streetwear brand and proud Tucsonans over at The Underestimated City have pulled up stakes and closed down their downtown shop at 115 E. Broadway Boulevard.
TUC (see what they did there?) actually announced the closure via their social media avenues on July 16, with this post from Israel Zavala, owner at TUC:
As this may come as a big surprise to everyone it was a huge surprise to us as well. Do to uncontrollable circumstances with our lease and hard times with the down town construction. We are force to close our doors after almost 3years. Sunday July 28th will mark the last days we have our doors open to the public. The sale starts this Saturday at noon and will go on while supply's last. I want to thank everyone that has supported and shown us love. Couldn't thank you enough. Closing down something I've put my blood sweat and tears into is one of the hardest things I've had to do. So again THANK YOU all for everything -iz-
But in speaking with Zavala, we learned that TUC may be down, but they're not out just yet. Their final sale resulted in all of their stock flying off of the shelves. The demand for their products, however, still seems to be there — and they seem to be hinting at something forthcoming, noting in an exchange on Facebook posted last week that they'll be selling new shirts within the next few weeks, "before the season starts" — referring to University of Arizona football, we presume.
Adding to the idea that TUC is still alive is the note that, in conversation, Zavala didn't sound too beat-up about the closure of the downtown space, though he did mention that downtown's current state didn't help them too much. "Once the new restaurants opened up, they took almost all of the parking away — we were still making money, it just wasn't thriving as well down there" he said, noting the ever-present streetcar construction as a factor as well.
Apparently, the plan going forward is just to regroup and figure out TUC's next move. "We're putting little hints here and there, man — we're not revealing what we're doing...we're not completely out for good though. People have their own assumptions that we're out of business, so we'll let them make it."
Whether this means that The Underestimated City is going to open up in a new location or if they'll be moving away from a permanent brick-and-mortar concept entirely remains to be seen, however.
Everyone knows the story of Monica Lewinsky, President Bill Clinton's then-23-year-old intern with whom he had an "improper relationship." But, Clinton wasn't the only married man stepping out with Lewinsky.
Her high school drama instructor, Andy Bleiler, admitted to starting an affair with Lewinsky in 1992 (after she started college, which makes it a little bit better, I guess?), continuing partway through her affair with the president.
Letters, clothes, autographed pictures of the Clintons and other gifts from Lewinsky (or, as she signed her name, "Monstreeka") to Bleiler and his family were reviewed during the investigation about the affair with Clinton. Now, Kate Nason (Bleiler's now ex-wife), has offered up the goodies for history nerds and Clinton fangirls to fight over in an online auction For just a little bit more than $3,000, it can all be yours.
The auction ends at 5 p.m. on Thursday. If you win, I'm willing to buy one of the letters off you.
One of Tucson’s most historic mile-long stretches will have its day in the sun tomorrow, and with a forecast of just over 80 degrees, the timing couldn’t be better.
The Historic Sunshine Mile Festival, honoring the strip of Broadway Boulevard highly populated with local businesses between Campbell Avenue and Country Club, kicks off tomorrow at noon with an appearance from Ward 6 Council Member Steve Kozachik as he unveils a mural at 2610 E. Broadway Blvd. Demion Clinco, the president of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation Board, will also speak at the event, while the Tucson Barbershop Experience Men's Chorus and a trumpet soloist from Catalina Foothills Band are scheduled to perform.
Looking at the Tucson streetwear scene is kinda like looking at the downtown's retail scene.
VII Grand Premium Streetwear and Sneakers, located at 178 E. Broadway, looks to change that—and with the backing of one of UA's favorite sons, current player for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves Derrick Williams, they've got a good shot.
The shop was the brainchild of Mario Escalante, a Tucson native, Air Force veteran and Pima Community College grad who had originally planned to get into graphic design.
But when he had trouble finding work during the summer of 2012, his attention started to shift.
"I wasn’t getting a fast enough response, I was getting nervous — I always wanted to do the boutique, and I thought, 'why not try?'," he said. "You ask anyone who knows me, I've always been into fashion, sneakers. It’s always been something that I've wanted to do."
Enter Derrick Williams.
Escalante and Williams rolled in the same friend circles during Williams's time with Arizona, and bonded over a shared passion for sneakers and streetwear.
“The whole Arizona basketball team was really known for wearing the best sneakers on the basketball court, so I'd encourage them to outdo everyone,” Escalante said. “Him being from California, these type of stores are everywhere. It’s not uncommon to go down the street and see a sneaker shop or streetwear shop in L.A.”
“In Tucson, it’s something that he noticed and that I noticed, we really don't have anything. We really need it here.”
So, he decided to float the idea to Williams via text.
"I told Derrick, 'out of all the people you know, who would you say would be successful at opening a streetwear and sneaker store?' and he got back to me and said 'Paul George (current player for the NBA's Indiana Pacers), or you,' and I was like 'wow, to be mentioned as one out of all the people he knows...I figured if he said so, I’d be successful at it."
If you're among those good, kind, literary folks that are still interested in reading books in both paper and electronic formats, the good folks at the Pima County Public Library have a treat for you. They've put together a list of the best books published this year, sourcing 32 separate lists that's sure to stir something within the hearts of Southern Arizona's book loving community.
If you're interested in checking out the list of lists, head over to the Pima County Public Library Ravenous Readers blog. Hopefully, if Black Friday didn't knock out your holiday shopping, these will be able to help you pare down your gift lists.
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