Monday, August 5, 2019

Summer Night Market at the Annex

Posted By on Mon, Aug 5, 2019 at 11:00 AM

  • Courtesy MSA Annex

As cooler nights set in during the summer, the Mercado San Agustin Annex invites you to their Summer Night Market. Every last Friday of the month through September, the annex is turned into an open-air market with local makers and vendors.

Come for the live music from DJ Herm, grab some Japanese food from Kukai and browse some rescued potted cactus from DIRT shop.  This family-friendly event features Now or Never boutique store, Why I Love Where I Live and MESA shop, among many others.

When: Friday, August 30

6 – 10:00 p.m.

Where: MSA Annex

267 S Avenida del Convento

Next Night Market:

Friday, September 27

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Jellywink is Back!

Posted By on Tue, May 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM


On Saturday, May 25, 2019, Jellywink Boutique made its return to Tucson and celebrated with their "Grand Opening" event. 

Previously owned by Ally Booker, new-owner Erin Voss stepped in and has brought back the welcoming, inclusive vibe of this unique sex toy shop.

Those 18 and up can walk in and find educational books, attire and of course, sex toys!

Shop-owner Voss offers uplifting words and knowledge.

The store can be found on 416 E. 7th Street.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Age of Online Shopping Could Mark the Beginning of "Retail Apocalypse"

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 12:29 PM

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Choosing where you spend your money is kind of like casting a ballot every time you make a purchase. Yes, your dollars do make a difference; a difference that could mean life or death for many retail stores as we know them.

Opting out of a trip to the mall to shop online is nothing new, neither is the shifting of the retail scene, but the growing trend that favors FedEx over Forever 21, could mark the end of physical shopping experience: the 'retail apocalypse.'

"The difference this time is how much power consumers now have in affecting change through their choices and the feedback they're able to provide retailers online," said Sabrina Helm, a UA associate professor in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Helm and her colleagues decided to survey over 400 consumers about their shopping habits and perceptions of today's retail environment. They also "analyzed over 1,600 comments made on online news articles written about store closures or the evolving retail environment," according to the press release.

The results were published in the Journal of Retailing and Customer Services Navigating the 'retail apocalypse': A framework of consumer evaluations of the new retail landscape.

According to the press release, respondents who preferred online shopping report not liking poor customer service, long lines, and items being out of stock. Some even admit that they avoid the social interaction.

On the other hand, some like shopping in stores for the social experience that they like to share with family and friends. Some even like interacting with strangers, unlike their online shopping opposites. "Others even said that shopping was important to their physical health, as it was their primary source of exercise," the press release reported. 
"There's a sense that brick-and-mortar stores are part of the social fabric of our society. If they disappear, many are concerned about the economy and what this will do for jobs and revenue for communities. Many people also said stores were vital to their quality of life. There are also fears that come from the closure of store spaces: What happens with all that empty space? Is crime going to increase because now we have all these empty areas? Crime rate was also a concern with regard to increased online shopping: Are there going to be more home invasions because there are all these packages on door fronts?" Helm wrote. 
The study concluded that closing all retail would be bad for society; so really, when it comes to the fate of our society as consumers, have more power than ever.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Tucson Miniature Showcase with Tucson Woman's Club

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM

click image Visit the showcase on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21. - TUCSON MINI TIME MACHINE MUSUEM OF MINIATURES
  • Tucson Mini Time Machine Musuem of Miniatures
  • Visit the showcase on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21.

The Tucson Woman's Club will feature a sale of crafted miniatures from across the country including exhibits of miniatures, silent auctions, raffles and project workshops for children.

The showcase is sponsored by The Mini Time Machine League, a committee of the Mini Time Machine, Inc. and the Southern Arizona Miniature Enthusiasts social club. All the proceeds from the show will go towards The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures.   

To enter the showcase tickets will be sold for $7 general admission, $3 for children ages 4-12 and free for children ages 3 and under. Admission will be valid for both days of the event and each paid admission will also include admission ticket to The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures.

The miniature showcase will be on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and located at the Tucson Woman's Club on 6245 E. Bellevue Street. 

For the more information bout the Miniature Showcase, click here.
click image Visit the showcase on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21. - TUCSON MINI TIME MACHINE MUSUEM OF MINIATURES
  • Tucson Mini Time Machine Musuem of Miniatures
  • Visit the showcase on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Pet Supply Shop Opens at PACC

Posted By on Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 2:41 PM

Courtesy of PACC - NIKKI RECK
  • Nikki Reck
  • Courtesy of PACC
The Pima Animal Care Center in partnership with Friends of the PACC nonprofit has opened a pet supply store in the lobby of PACC.

The store, named “Central Pet: Adopt. Shop. Give,” sells treats, bones, food, leashes, collars and everything else your new pet might need.

The shop's prices are competitive with other pet shops in the area, and the best part is that 50 percent of the profits will go towards Friends of the PACC, a nonprofit partner of PACC that is dedicated to saving animals lives and helping find them loving homes.

PACC is the largest animal adoption agency in Southern Arizona, caring for 17,000 animals each year.

Whether you're buying for your newly adopted pet or your longtime friend, your purchase will benefit the animals at PACC; better yet, buy a treat for your pet and one for a PACC animal.

Courtesy of PACC - NIKKI RECK
  • Nikki Reck
  • Courtesy of PACC

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Visit the Mercado Flea Market

Posted By on Mon, Sep 3, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Last years Mercado Flee Market displaying unique collectible items. - PHOTOS BY MOE IRISH
  • Photos by Moe Irish
  • Last years Mercado Flee Market displaying unique collectible items.

For the second year in a row, the Mercado Flea Market located near Mercado San Agustin and the Mercado Annex, will be vending a wide variety of vintage and antique items.

Check out a sizable selection of vintage items up for grabs including furniture, collectibles, clothing and more.

The Mercado Flea market will be running on the second Sunday of each month from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m and the market will be open to the public on Sunday, Sept. 9 through May, 2019 at 100 South Avenida del Convento.

If interested in being a vendor, visit the Mercado District website for more information.

  • Photos by Moe Irish
  • Photos by Moe Irish

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Fourth Avenue's Ordinary Bike Shop Is Closing Down

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 4:32 PM

The downside of the cycle of life. - JESSICA CANCHOLA
  • Jessica Canchola
  • The downside of the cycle of life.
Another Fourth Avenue bummer: Ordinary Bike Shop, a regular contender in Best of Tucson™, is shuttering its doors. From the bike store's Facebook page:

I want to thank the Tucson community for the opportunity to serve your bicycle needs over the past 24 years. I am beyond grateful to personally have served the downtown/4th Ave area for more than a decade, and will cherish the experiences and relationships made along the way.

It is my duty, with a heavy heart, to announce Ordinary Bike Shop will be closing its physical retail location next week, and will lock the doors at 6pm on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

Until then, my staff and I will still be happy to repair your bike, answer any questions, give bike advice, and will have discounts on all remaining inventory until our last day. Feel free to come by during business hours, or shoot an email to

David and the OBS Crew

*Deposits and gift cards will be eligible for refund (excluding any promotional cards, raffle prizes, etc).

*Any special orders will be cancelled, unless previously arranged.

*Any repairs left past 7/26/18 will be held for 10 days.


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Thursday, June 14, 2018

A Bitter Cup of News: Revolutionary Grounds Is Grinding to a Halt

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 10:12 PM


Revolutionary Grounds Coffee and Books, the small storefront on Fourth Avenue near the corner of Fifth Street, is closing its doors for good on Sunday, June 17. But a revival may be on the horizon.

Usually invisible to the average tourist, the store’s red brick walls housed a vibrant local community for the past decade. The place has a collection of leftist and progressive books that are sourced and sold by the owners, Joy Soler and her husband, attorney Paul Gattone.

You can find paperbacks about Marxism, sustainable food sourcing, feminist memoirs, the Civil Rights Movement and much more stacked on the shelves, adjacent to a comfy seating arrangement with faces of famous activists accenting the wooden tables.

Soler received a letter earlier this month from her landlord, Andy Fried, announcing that their rent has been increased, again. The monthly bill has risen to a point where her family can no longer afford it.

“Our landlord sent a letter saying that he had increased [the rent] back in January and we hadn’t been paying it, but he never told us he increased it back in January.” Soler said.

The letter Fried also said he will be increasing the rent again this month, and he expects back rent to be paid from January through May on top of this increased price.

“He wants us out, so he told us if we leave by the 30th he’ll forgive one month’s rent,” she said.

Soler and Gattone have spent the last decade building up their business at 606 N. Fourth Ave. She told me they have been paying on a month-to-month basis, and although Fried has been slowly raising the rent in the last couple of years, it has never been this drastic until now.

Fried, who also owns the connected buildings where Tallboys and Myztic Rootz are located, told the Weekly he increased the rent because Pima County increased the value of the property, and therefore his property tax.

Records from the Pima County Treasurer’s Office showed the property tax was $8,636 in 2017, compared to $7,856 in 2013.

Soler’s regular customers are understandably upset about this news, which she announced through the store’s Facebook page a few weeks ago. Revolutionary Grounds hosts a lot of niche community events and outreach activities that can’t be found elsewhere.

“A lot of people feel like [Revolutionary Grounds] is a safe space on the Avenue for folks who don’t have many safe spaces to go to,” she said.

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