Pepper Boutique to Open in Old Town Scottsdale

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Andie Flores
Pepper brings small contemporary brands to Old Town Scottsdale.

After Pepper boutique owner Cathy Beach completed her master's in clinical psychology in California, she began a career in fashion merchandising. She's done everything from working as designer Rachel Pally's assistant to overseeing visual display for Bloomingdale's and Free People stores along the West Coast. She had just begun developing the visual layout for Alternative Apparel stores in California when her mother's cancer came back. In February 2014, Beach moved back to Arizona to be with her, and decided there was no better time to open her own shop.

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Jackalope Ranch's Gift Guide for Mother's Day 2014

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Flickr via Thomas
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11.

She fed you, bathed you, and clothed you. She dried your tears, kissed skinned knees, and changed your diaper. And don't you forget it.

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11, and gone are the days when a card colored outside the lines will cut it. Yes, pedicures are pretty, and bouquets are always appreciated, but more effort doesn't mean less memorable -- or less sentimental. We've compiled a gift guide for every mom on your list, from new mother to grandmother. Slip her one of these between brunch and the madness of Monday morning as a token of your appreciation. We can't guarantee she'll love it -- but we know she'll be glad you did it.

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Hazel & Violet, Galleries to Leave Fourth and McKinley Intersection in Downtown Phoenix

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Becky Bartkowski
The building currently houses galleries and shops.

Major changes are coming to Fourth and McKinley streets in Phoenix's arts district.

Scottsdale-based Tilton Development Company recently purchased the building on the intersection's southwest corner. It's currently home to Hazel & Violet, Seven13sk8, Goings Galleria, Gallery:SUHU, S&S Floral Wholesale, 720 Gallery, and Brush Party.

Plans to demolish the building, which formerly housed .anti_space, mean that all the businesses will move out before the end of 2014.

"I'm excited," says Hazel & Violet owner Nancy Hill of the move. "Why not? What's the alternative?"

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17 Favorite Places to Shop in Phoenix

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Sarah Hurwitz
Quick PHX is your pocket guide to the city.

Quick PHX, our annual pocket guide to art, shopping, and partying in Phoenix, is on stands now. Illustrated by Sarah Hurwitz, the hand-held guide will keep you busy this weekend and beyond.

Here are our 17 favorite shopping spots in Phoenix.

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Branded Now Open in Tempe with Arizona Art, Fashion, and Screen Printing

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Pino Espudo

Branded, a new shop in Tempe, offers its space up to Arizona businesses looking to sell fashion and art items, like clothes, jewelry, accessories, photography, and other artworks.

We chatted with store owner Drew Reyner about where the idea to start such a business came from and how he wants to create a collaborative team -- and we got the lowdown on the grand opening for the shop on Saturday, March 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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Meat Market Vintage Will Move to Double Nickels Collective in Tempe

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Courtesy of Meat Market Vintage
Meat Market Vintage owner Ben Funke announced via Facebook on Saturday, March 1, that his shop, known for its cheeky throwback T-shirts and offbeat casual style, will shutter its Mill Avenue storefront where it's operated for the past two years.

While Meat Market will say farewell to its first-ever brick-and-mortar location come April, it's not exactly goodbye for the boutique.


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7 Best Boutiques in Metro Phoenix

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Frances is one of our favorite shopping spots.
Have a hankering to update your wardrobe this season? Whether you need a wedding dress or a pair of perfectly distressed jeans, Phoenix has a fashionable resource for this, that, and most everything in between. Here are the seven best locally owned boutiques this city has to offer.

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For some, good fashion sense comes naturally. For others, it all boils down to knowing where to shop. For both, in Phoenix, the destination is almost always Frances.

The local boutique, located off Central, is the go-to spot for creative gift-givers and trendy shoppers, offering an ever-changing selection of local, handmade, and bigger brand-name fashions. Whether you're shopping for your girlfriend, best man, baby, or home, you can see all around that Frances owner Georganne Bryant prides herself on carefully selected whimsical styles and subtle standout pieces.

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Is UNION at the Biltmore in Phoenix Half Empty or Half Full?

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Janessa Hilliard
The front entrance to UNION at Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix.
Disheartening. There really isn't another word to describe the feeling of walking in through the back entrance of UNION at the Biltmore. The last weeks of February have been warm, and unseasonably so -- the kind of weather conducive to leisurely patio lunches and coffee catch-ups that morph into all-afternoon affairs. Yet the small outside courtyard of wooden tables, created for just that, is strikingly empty and devoid of chatter.

A lone barista mans the coffee stand at the opening of the corridor, directly across from an uninviting former restaurant plastered with green liquor license application notices and hopeful signs declaring "coming soon!" It's the post-lunch rush, and no one is milling about inside. No browsing. No window shopping. It's dark, wooden, and looks like a boarded-up ghost town: another promising concept killed by lack of interest, lack of steady business, and seemingly absurdly high turnover.

But looks can be deceiving.


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5 Best Fashion Trends of Spring 2014

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Courtesy of Net-a-Porter.com
Junya Watanabe, TNTees, and By Malene Birger showcase fringe this season.

And you thought we at Jackalope Ranch were a bunch of negative Nancys with our tirade against spring's worst fashion trends (which, for the record, are still repulsive). But, dear fashionables, you were wrong. Without further ado, we present our five favorite trends that will hit the racks this coming season. Plan your shopping sprees accordingly.

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This spring we're allowed to embrace our inner Stevie Nicks-style witch-flapper. Don't mind if we do. Tambourines and far-off expressions count as accessories, right?


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Buffalo Exchange Celebrates 40 Years with Vintage Airstream Pop-Up Shop in Tempe

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Buffalo Exchange converted a vintage airstream into a pop-up shop for its 40th anniversary.
Buffalo Exchange is turning 40 this year, and to celebrate its fittingly retro existence, the Tucson-based national chain is going on a cross-country promotional road trip in (what else?) a vintage Airstream trailer.


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