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CLOTHING BOUTIQUES OPEN IN UPTOWN PLAZA |

Three clothing boutique concepts opened their doors last month inside the Uptown Plaza shopping center, the landmark midcentury shopping center at the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Camelback Road. Each offers something different to the discerning clothes shopper. Local Nomad, which opened Oct. 15, is a locally owned clothing, jewelry and accessories boutique that features stylish yet sustainably made goods from around the world as well as right here in Arizona.

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LOCAL NOMAD BOUTIQUE NOW OPEN IN PHOENIX’S UPTOWN PLAZA |

There are many places to shop local in Phoenix, but the idea behind Local Nomad – a new boutique set in the revamped Uptown Plaza – offers shoppers the ability to buy handmade apparel, accessories, and décor from around the world. Owned by Lauren Danuser, Local Nomad opened on October 11.

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CREAMISTRY ICE CREAM JOINS NEW LOU MALNATI’S AT UPTOWN PLAZA IN PHOENIX |

Uptown Plaza in Phoenix continues its transformation with the latest — and sweetest — addition: Creamistry, the ice cream store is set to open on Monday, July 11, next to the new Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria at Central Avenue and Camelback Road. The sweet shop, a California-based franchise founded by a former Arizona Cardinals player, serves made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream.

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CHICAGO’S LOU MALNATI’S PIZZERIA OPENING LOCATION IN PHOENIX |

Pizza lovers, rejoice! Chicago-based pizzeria Lou Malnati’s is expanding and opening a location in Arizona, its first location outside Illinois.

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INSIDER TOUR OF UPTOWN PLAZA |

Over 100 guests took a trip back in time with Walter Crutchfield of Vintage Partners at the recently-renovated Uptown Plaza. They got an inside peek at the work-in-progress, heard an actual vintage vinyl radio jingle for the plaza, learned about Del Webb Construction’s massive impact on Valley development and toured the new site at the heart of Modern Phoenix.

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PHOENIX FILES, IN DEVELOPMENT |

When Del Webb built the original Uptown Plaza in 1955, most of the anchors for the shopping destination were retailers like Bostrom’s department store and Porters apparel. But since getting a major facelift last year, the plaza is banking on dining as the new draw — Sam Fox’s Flower Child was the first restaurant to open, with New York City-based Shake Shack and popular Chicago pie joint Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria scheduled to follow by spring 2016.

PHOENIX MAGAZINE – PLAZA RESCUE |

It’s difficult to imagine now, as the light rail whizzes by and cars snake through congestion during rush hour, but the intersection of Central Avenue and Camelback Road was once considered part of the ‘burbs.  When the iconic shopping center Uptown Plaza opened there in August 1955, the area was so fringe that it was county land, outside Phoenix city limits.

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UPTOWN PLAZA’S NEW TENANT OPENS TODAY |

Muse Apparel is the first new tenant to open at Uptown Plaza, which has been undergoing a massive renovation since mid-2014.  The 10-year-old women’s clothing boutique, previously at Seventh Street and Glendale Avenue, occupies a space next to AJ’s Fine Foods. Uptown Plaza, which marks its 60th anniversary today, is at Camelback Road and Central Avenue.

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"I always imagined Muse being part of a more village-like atmosphere, so when I saw the remodeling efforts at Uptown Plaza I knew it was the perfect fit."

LOU MALNATI’S MIKE MALNATI ON COMING TO ARIZONA |

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria is going the way of the Cubs, White Sox and many of their fans, and setting up an outpost in Arizona. According to restaurant officials, it’ll be the first to open out of state for the 44-year-old iconic Chicago-area chain.

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LOU MALNATI’S PLANS ARIZONA EXPANSION |

In its 45th year in business, Lou Malnati’s is finally taking its first step out of Illinois. Following the Chicago Cubs and the region’s snowbirds, the 42-restaurant Northbrook-based pizza purveyor signed a lease in central Phoenix last week and plans to open a sprawling, 250-seat restaurant in the spring.

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