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email: GrandAveFest@gmail.com

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GRAND AVENUE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE FINALIZED

Phoenix, AZ (September 14, 2009) – The Grand Avenue Festival, to be held on Saturday, September 26, 2009, has finalized a schedule of events including live music performances, fashion shows, adaptive re-use tours, open studios, and other special events throughout the day. The festival will focus on the theme of neighborhood sustainability and adaptive re-use of the Lower Grand Avenue arts and small business district. Everyone is invited to this free (except for adaptive re-use tours), day-long celebration.

Adaptive Re-use/History Tours
Guided walking tours of some of the historic buildings on Lower Grand Avenue will focus on interesting adaptive re-use projects. Tours will start at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am and will last approximately 1.5 hours. This is a walking tour so participants should wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat. Tour tickets can be purchased at Tilt Gallery for $10 per person on the day of the festival, or in advance online at www.grandavenuefestivalaz.com/tour-info-tickets. Tour stops will include Tilt Gallery (all tours will start at Tilt Gallery), 919 W Fillmore; Jordre Studio, 1007 W Grand Ave; Paisley Violin Cafe & Paisley Town, 1028 W Grand Ave; Motley Design Group building, 1114 W Grand Ave; Arnold’s Auto Body Shop building, 1209 W Grand Ave; and Bragg’s Pie Factory building, 1301 W Grand Ave.

Fashion Shows
Three fashion shows are planned for the afternoon and evening of the festival. The shows will feature the work of local artists, designers, and boutiques. “Recycled Wearable Art” presented by Lee Berger will be at 5pm at Bragg’s Pie Factory and will feature fashions made from reused materials. At 7pm “Local Boutique Fashions” will be presented at Bragg’s Pie Factory with fashions from Dragonfly Boutique, Wicked Wear, and Butter Toast Boutique, and music by Silver Medallion. At 8:30pm, Gloria Marsiglia will present “The BoHo Haute Hippie Movement” at Soul Invictus Theatre. This accessories fashion show will fuse Bohemian Hippie fashions, late 60s music, a light show, and special effects. All fashion shows are free.

Live Music Performances
A variety of music performances will be presented free of charge as part of the festival activities at The PHiX, Sweets & Beats, Rockin’ A, and The Loft. Bands include Flyaway Tigers, The Boys, The Super Funk All-Stars, The Chandails, Great Job, River Jones PRESENTS!, The Complainiacs, Snake Snake Snakes!, Liam and the Ladies, Ray Reeves & the Phoenix Sons, Boys and Frogs, Bolt, Some Never Sleep, The Package, Scorpian vs. Tarantula, Azul, Flux Manifesto, Haunted Cologne, Somber Sounds, Man About a Dog, and The Skinwalkers. Performances will start at 4:00pm and continue through midnight. A complete schedule of music will be available on the day of the festival.

Open Studios
Fifteen artist studios will be open to the public on the day of the festival from 10am to 6pm. The public is invited behind the scenes at these working studios: Jordre Studio, The Lodge Art Studio, Lucky Rabbit Studio, Studio of Jen Urso & Christy Puetz, Studio of Lee Berger, the ambient studio, Deus Ex Machina Gallery, Phoenix Fall Space, Studio 8, Moderncat Studio, Barry Sparkman Studio, Brad Konick Sculpture Studio, R. Booker Studio, Chris Caufield Studio, Trillion Clarke Studio.

Other Special Events
Businesses all along Lower Grand Avenue will host special events throughout the day including “The Trashy Sculpture Show” at Bragg’s Pie Factory; “Celebrating Woodstock” with acoustic music starting at noon at Gallery Marsiglia; glass blowing and pottery demonstrations, live music, and exhibits at Paisley Violin and Paisley Town; mural painting in the parking lot at Bragg’s Pie Factory; and free snowcones at ShopDevious.com. There will also be a raffle for art, jewelry, pottery and more hosted at Paisley Town. Neighborhood cafes and bars will be open for festival goers to purchase food and beverages. Parking is allowed along Grand Avenue on the day of the festival.

The Grand Avenue Festival is a project of the Grand Avenue Merchants’ Association. The 2009 Grand Avenue Festival is being sponsored by Downtown Voices Coalition, Phoenix Revitalization Corporation, Downtown Phoenix Journal/Urban Affair, New Times, Capitol Litho, Grand Oasis, Habitat Metro, CenPho.TV, and Yelp. For more information about the festival, please visit www.GrandAvenueFestivalAZ.com or follow the festival planning on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GrandAveFest.

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About the Grand Avenue Merchants’ Association
The purpose of the Grand Avenue Merchants’ Association (GAMA) is to actively and collectively promote a distinct, pedestrian-friendly arts and retail district along the Lower Grand Avenue Corridor*. GAMA coordinates efforts that encourage both existing and new independent, locally-owned businesses while preserving our corridor’s unique, historic and diverse character.

*Lower Grand Avenue Corridor is defined as all commercial property on Grand Avenue
from 7th Avenue to 19th Avenue and also commercial property that is parallel and estimated within 1/4 mile on either side of Grand Avenue between Van Buren and McDowell.

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New and exciting things are happening at Paisley Town! We have a new tenant next door to us: artist duo, Joe and David. Dope Stone is their artist alias, and these guys are truly multi-faceted in their work. Their media includes (but is definitely not limited to) photography, painting, graphic design, and videography. They are currently showing their work on display inside Paisley Violin. I highly recommend checking these new guys out. They are super ambitious and that’s why Butter Toast hearts them. I really enjoyed these fractals Joe made so I wanted to share them with you! Psychedelic man!

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Peace and Love.
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Our mascot had some fun today roaming around Paisley Town. Oh, how mischievous our little mascot can be!!

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getting some mannequin action….
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taking a break…
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climbing trees and such…
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another break…
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gatekeeper…
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playing on the patio…
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hanging with paisley patrons….
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enjoying the scenery…
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making friends with the dead…
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doorman….
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haha, what will he be up to next?

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YES! We have a twitter account!
Keep up-to-date with the happenings at Butter Toast with TWITTER!

Our name is ButterToastPHX

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Hi loves,
We are planning an ultra fun BLOCK PARTY in June to promote the opening of Paisley Town. Below, is the preliminary flier for the event. We will have more updates soon, as well as a detailed schedule of events. Just know– we have some pretty awesome things lined-up–it’s not going to be something you’ll wanna miss!!

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I know we are a little late, but we wanted to share our photos from our grand Re-opening at Paisley Town @ the Paisley Violin. We  love the new look of the store, and we hope you do too!

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Champagne after the hard work!

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Owners: Jasmine & Traci

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CHEERS!

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First Friday Patrons: Toastin’ the Butter!

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That’s all for now, of course there shall be more in the future!

xox,

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Butter Toast Boutique is on it’s way to a whole new look! We teamed up with local artist Eliza Castro to collaborate on new artwork for the shop, website and more! We are a fluid company and will always be changing, but we are really excited for the new look and feel to our humble little vintage boutique. A special thanks goes out to Eliza and my lovely boyfriend for all their hard work and help!

btb new looke

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