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Uptown Plaza is Launching an Art Contest for Seven Wooden Benches |

Uptown Plaza is central Phoenix will be accepting submissions for artwork on their seven benches around the center. The contest will run from June 1st through the 15th.

The benches were made by Modern Manor’s Ryan Durkin, who recreated them based on blueprints found in an old trunk of one of Disneyland’s original designers.

Artists will have one month to complete their artwork (July 1-31), which will then be placed back at Uptown Plaza with a placard acknowledging each artists work. A stipend will be given to the seven chosen artists.

So, calling all artists – what would your bench look like? Submissions can be made by sending ideas to uptown@mmprmarketing.com.

Uptown Plaza was originally built in 1955 as the Valley’s first suburban shopping center. In 2016, this landmark shopping center was artfully renovated to reveal its classic mid-century look, while the original vibrant mix of local, regional and national tenants was restored.

Located on the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Camelback Road, in the heart of Phoenix’s historic north-central neighborhood, Uptown Plaza today is a lively urban hotspot, boasting a wide variety of retailers and restaurants such as Elly’s Brunch & Cafe, Huss Brewing Co., Shake Shack, Local Nomad, Chula Seafood, Francesca’s, Modernique and West Elm. For more information about Uptown Plaza, please visit the website at www.uptownplazaphx.com.

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Get Artsy |

Take the month to finalize your designs for Uptown Plaza’s art competition. The plaza will accept submissions June 1-15 for artwork on their seven benches around the center. Artists will have one month to complete their artwork on the benches (July 1-31), which will then be placed back at Uptown Plaza with a placard acknowledging each artist’s work. A stipend will be given to the seven chosen artists. www.uptownplaza.com.

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Artists sought to decorate benches |

Uptown Plaza in Central Phoenix has launched an art contest to decorate the center’s seven wooden benches.

Uptown Plaza, 100 E. Camelback Road, will accept submissions for artwork June 1-15. The benches were made by Modern Manor’s Ryan Durkin, who recreated them based on blueprints found in an old trunk of one of Disneyland’s original designers.

Artists will have one month to complete their artwork on the benches (July 1-31), which will then be placed back at Uptown Plaza with a placard acknowledging each artists work. A stipend will be given to the seven chosen artists.

Send submissions to uptown@mmprmarketing.com.

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Free events held at Uptown Plaza |

Uptown Plaza, 100 E. Camelback Road, is welcoming spring with a series of free events every Saturday in March. Come for movies, music and yoga in the courtyard, and stay for lunch or dinner at one of the plaza’s 11 restaurants or browse the offerings at one of 11 retailers on-site. The March schedule includes: movie screening of “The Sandlot,” 6 p.m. March 2; music by Mike Chapman, 4-7 p.m. March 9; Yoga in the Courtyard with Sweatshop, 10:30 a.m. March 16; acoustic music, 4-7 p.m. March 23; and movie screening of “La La Land,” 6 p.m. March 30. All events are free and open to the public. For the music and movie events, bring your own blanket or chair to sit on; for yoga, bring your own mat. For more information, visit www.uptownplazaphx.com.

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Spring at the Plaza |

Uptown Plaza is celebrating spring with a series of events taking place in the shopping center’s courtyard every Saturday this month, from movies to music to yoga: March 2, Movie in the Courtyard at 6 p.m. (The Sandlot); March 9, Music in the Courtyard from 4-7 p.m. (acoustic); March 16, Yoga in the Courtyard with Sweatshop on Central at 10:30 a.m.; March 23, Music in the Courtyard from 4-7 p.m. (acoustic); and March 30, Movie in the Courtyard at 6 p.m. (La La Land), www.uptownplazaphx.com

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Photos with Santa, more at Uptown Plaza |

This December, get in the holiday spirit with a little help from Uptown Plaza, 100 E. Camelback Road.

Every Saturday before Christmas (Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22) from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., guests can take pictures with Santa, sip hot cocoa and apple cider provided by Elly’s Brunch & Cafe, and hand off the gift-wrapping hassle to professional “elves.”

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Jonathan Adler closing Biltmore store, opening a smaller store concept at Uptown Plaza |

The two companies are still working on a date for the Adler store to open at Modernique, but it will likely be in August.

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Cookie dough restaurant to open at Uptown Plaza |

Scoopwell’s Dough Bar, a Valley company that makes and sells edible cookie dough, will open its first location at Phoenix’s Uptown Plaza in September.

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Good Neighbor Policy: How piecing together commercial real estate leasing has turned into community building |

 

Developers are finding tenants that work well together, and they’re finding it’s working. So are businesses.

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Modernique at Uptown Plaza named to 2018 Retail Stars List |

Modernique, the Uptown Plaza home furnishing source by famed interior designer and author, Julia Buckingham, has been named to the 2018 Retail Stars list by Home Accents Today magazine. The list highlights 50 Retail Stars, sponsored by AmericasMart Atlanta, and publishes each year in Home Accents Today’s May issue.

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