28: Rachel Malloy

Categories: Creatives 2012

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

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Rachel Malloy
Rachel Malloy is the owner and buyer for Bunky Boutique, a local shopping staple with a funky and timeless aesthetic that just celebrated its fifth year in business. Malloy grew up in Montana and before moving to Phoenix, she did social work in Key West, ice fished and logged forests in Michigan, and learned the boutique business in the seaside town of Cape May.

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Rachel Malloy
I came to Phoenix with ... no expectations. When I first moved here I felt a bit adrift and needed to find a community. Once I moved Downtown and found like-minded people and culture, I knew that it was a place that I could create and be inspired as an entrepreneur and artist.

I make art because ... it is what feels authentic and true. I strive to design a space that my customers will love to shop and spend time in. My customers motivate me to continue to create a special experience at Bunky Boutique. I listen to what they want and I am excited by their enthusiasm for being unique.

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Rachel Malloy
I'm most productive when ... I've just met with an artist or business colleague that I'm planning on collaborating with. Or when I've discovered a new designer that I want to bring into Bunky Boutique. I started writing the blog last year and I am the most inspired to write when I'm standing at my kitchen counter in the early morning with a notebook, laptop, and a cup of hot tea.

My inspiration wall is full of ... vivid colors and images that allow me to feel both energized and peaceful at the same time. The ocean specifically inspires me. The fluidity and constant motion reminds me to move forward in life and allows me to see the bigger picture.

I've learned the most from ... fellow business owners, and my husband. Some of my best friends are independent business owners in Phoenix and I am grateful to have them as sounding boards. Their ideas and concepts are powerful and I love being witness to such hard work and creativity. My husband, Jim, is constantly exposing me to new avenues of art and his never ending quest for art and beauty in life is impactful.

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Rachel Malloy
Good work should always ... come from a place of authenticity.

The Phoenix creative scene could use ... more shopping! Phoenicians are craving walkability and they want to be able to find multiple destinations once they park their car. The more, the merrier! It's better for everyone.

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina
69. Cavin Costello
68. Claire Carter
67. Lindsay Tingstrom
66. Catherine Ruane
65. Christopher Crosby
64. Aaron Johnson
63. Brenda Eden
62. Colton Brock
61. Ernesto Moncada
60. Benjamin Phillips
59. Brad Armstrong
58. Angela Hardison
57. Tyler Quinn
56. Andrew James Benson
55. Charles Anthony Darr
54: Tiffe Fermaint
53. Eric Cox
52. Victor Vasquez
51. John Randall Nelson
50. Lauren Lee
49. Kyle Jordre
48. Julie C. Kent
47. Sean Deckert
46. Niba DelCastillo
45. Joseph Benesh
44. Ashley Harder
43. Dan Vermillion
42. Daniel Shepherd
41. James B. Hunt
40. Lori Fenn
39. Seth Gideon Fainkujen
38. Wayne Rainey
37. Christian Filardo
36. Melissa Cody
35. Jason Rudolph Peña
34. Cindy Iverson
33. Ryan Gentry
32. Sebastien Millon
31. Andrea Beesley
30. Chris Pruitt
29. Robert Diehl

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