Saturday, March 8, 2014 4:48 am
Men in uniform, pin-up girls, mermaids, comic strips, anime, skulls and crossbones, and various fruits are some of the enticing patterns Alexandria Padilla uses to create her hand-sewn aprons.
Friday, March 7, 2014 11:37 am
Friday, February 28, 2014 12:00 pm
Eating well can be hard to do — but not because of a lack of options. Farmers markets make finding fresh-picked produce (and a variety of locally made specialty foods and products, like hummus and bath soaps) convenient in and around the East Valley.
Friday, February 21, 2014 5:00 am
More than 150 young artists submitted entries to Benedictine University at Mesa’s statewide art competition to win a 50 percent tuition renewable scholarship.
Friday, February 14, 2014 12:15 pm
From wooden wine stoppers to mirrors, light pulls and more, Mark Svoboda, owner of Turning Heads Art Work, really does create pieces that cause fans to look twice.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:20 am
Vintage markets are spreading like wildfire — think Phoenix’s Sweet Salvage or WestWorld’s Junk in the Trunk — but until recently, the East Valley didn’t have a permanent presence on Arizona’s shabby chic shopping circuit. That changes with today’s opening of the Old Brick House Vintage Market in downtown Mesa.
Friday, January 31, 2014 9:00 am
In 2007, Marlies Mercil was diagnosed with breast cancer. During her radiation treatments, she took up beading as a way of passing time and keeping her mind occupied. She has been in remission for the last seven years, and her jewelry designs have taken off.
Dan and Marlies Mercil host a jewelry booth at Mesa’s downtown arts and craft fair.
Thursday, January 30, 2014 7:15 am
Friday, January 24, 2014 11:26 am
You’ve probably seen Gilbert graphic designer Tad Smith’s work and not even realized it. He’s the man behind the old Historic Downtown Chandler “lamp post” logo, and his Glamour Girls hung for a time on the brick walls of Queen’s Pizzeria in Mesa.
Monday, January 20, 2014 5:15 pm
Mesa celebrated MLK Day by renaming a street after him on Jan. 20.
Sunday, January 19, 2014 2:30 pm
Cemeteries are filled with the names of the long forgotten, those whose marks on the world are confined within the dash between year one and the final year. Legacies that reach beyond those years on earth are difficult to achieve and belong to the men who define history — for better or worse — and on scales both small and large.
Saturday, January 18, 2014 6:23 am
Theresa Alberico, owner and baker at Baked with Love, a small home-based business, is one of the vendors you’ll find at MACFest, a free street fair featuring unique artist creations and fun for the whole family the first and third Saturday of every month through April.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 6:05 am
Brides and their families are invited to ride a limo or party bus to eight Mesa wedding venues. The venues will be bedecked in full wedding decor and will offer wedding cake, food and champagne tastings. Vendors will be on hand to answer questions. There is also a Marriot staycation giveaway, a wedding dress trunk show, and photobooths.
Friday, January 10, 2014 4:00 pm
Several portions of Interstate 10 near downtown Phoenix will close this weekend due to scheduled maintenance on the Deck Park Tunnel.
Thursday, January 9, 2014 6:15 am
My wish for a new year? Plenty, mostly good health and happiness for my family and yours.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 3:00 pm
Downtown Mesa’s own brewpub is broadening its reach. Beer lovers will now find Desert Eagle Brewing Company’s Das Dunkle at Tilted Kilt in Tempe. Its Red Mountain Ale — a rich red to orange brew with a toasted and nutty flavor named for northeast Mesa’s distinctive Mt. McDowell — is on tap at Barrelhouse American Kitchen in Chandler.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 5:15 am
From education to economic development, the Town of Gilbert ended 2013 with solid economic prospects, a sterling reputation for safety and a couple of issues that irked several of its residence. But the year might be best known for how it contributed to the foundation of what the town can be in the near future.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 5:52 am
Downtown Mesa’s Arizona Museum for Youth is inching closer to becoming the i.d.e.a. Museum. The re-branding, set to launch to the public on Feb. 7, 2014, will transform the much-loved family venue with creative innovations, including — fundraisers hope — a place called The HUB.
Monday, December 16, 2013 12:00 pm
The City of Mesa held a grand-opening ceremony for a new facility to house independent seniors in the downtown area.
Monday, December 16, 2013 10:02 am
When he was a young boy, Mesa Mayor and native Scott Smith remembers what it was like being a child growing up in the fun-filled environment of downtown Mesa. He now looks to the future as he and the city plan for the new urban environment he knows downtown Mesa can eventually become.
Encore on First located in Downtown Mesa. [Courtesy City of Mesa]
Saturday, December 14, 2013 11:25 am
Christmas arrived on Dec. 2 for the Mesa Martin Luther King Jr. committee, as the Mesa City Council voted unanimously to rename 3rd Place — located off Center Street south of University Drive — to Martin Luther King Jr. Way in the downtown corridor.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 10:15 pm
Browse original work from more than 60 artists or enjoy the live music, gallery openings, food booths and kids games that pepper Downtown Mesa during its monthly 2nd Friday block party.
Check out pictures from the weekend's Western-themed celebration on Main Street.