“This little art gallery and shop is the highlight of Roosevelt Row. It boasts one-of-a-kind work from over 100 unique artists and has surprisingly affordable prices. Their selection is always diverse, and always changing, so stop in often.”
BEST RETAIL GEM PHOENIX 2013
“How many shops have been on Roosevelt Street for so many years you’ve lost count? We can think of only one. We love MADE for so many reasons, we lose track of those, too. Owner Cindy Dach showcases local artists and craftspeople and supplements her inventory with smart books.”
MADE ART BOUTIQUE : BEST INSPIRATION IN A RETAIL SETTING
“Believe it or not, the Phoenix arts district known as Roosevelt Row has been around long enough to have some actual history. And when people tell the story of how the whole thing started, they love to talk about Modified Arts, the music/arts venue that popped up many years ago in a nest of twinkly white lights that eventually put the spotlight on downtown. With all due respect to Modified’s Kimber Lanning, there’s another pioneer in the field (and one that’s still going strong, while Modified has adopted a lower profile): MADE. Cindy Dach opened her little boutique in 2005 and — in a city where shops come and go with the seasons — she kept it going during one of the toughest economic times in history. That’s because MADE isn’t just a store (although that would be enough — we’d go there just for the refrigerator magnets!); it’s a community gathering spot, both literally and figuratively. Dach hosts workshops and classes (full disclosure: New Times‘ Deborah Sussman and Laura Gill currently lead workshops there) and themed art exhibits (among our favorites, the artist-made salt-and-pepper show several years ago). The merchandise (much of it made by local artists) is constantly changing, and we find ourselves stopping by on a regular basis for inspiration – or any time we need an original gift. A bonus: In the years MADE’s been there, an entire community of coffee shops, boutiques, salons and other businesses has sprung up near the corner of Fifth and Roosevelt streets, with Dach’s little shop as its centerpiece. Thank you, Cindy.”
“We try not to judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to food presentation, having the right serveware and bakeware can inspire one to bake and cook away the day. Good looking “ware” also makes it look like you know what you’re doing no matter what the outcome.
Here are five places in Phoenix to check out to give you and your kitchen that, “Oh this old thing?” effect.
MADE is only 700 square feet and inventory changes quickly, so if you see something you like, you’d better grab it quickly! The ceramic items featured are perfect for kitchen, home and garden. Where else will you find wine stoppers made of bike parts? There are lovely teapots available along with fun everyday bar-ware. The best of thing of all- they’re nearly all handmade- none of this “made in China” business.”
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“Bird feeders are a great way to attract nature to your yard and help local wildlife. Feeding the birds in the fall and spring gives a boost to migrating song birds needing fuel for their journey, and feeding the birds year round provides sustenance for our local wild birds as well as adding to your own enjoyment as you get a chance to observe different species up close. Right now, you can accomplish that while adding unique artwork to your yard. MADE art boutique in downtown Phoenix is currently displaying bird feeders created by 11 artists in a show called TwEAT: Artist-made bird feeders. Featured artists are Brett Berres, John Ebinger, Lizeth Garcia, Erik James, Andrew King, Holly Leigh, Lindz Lew, Mary Meyer, Ellie Richards, Joe Willie Smith and James Sulak.
MADE is located at 922 N. Fifth Street at Roosevelt in downtown Phoenix. The bird feeders will be on display until August 30. Hours are Monday through Friday 11 – 6, Saturday 11-5, and Sunday 11-3.”
"For months, our very own Laura Gill (aka Pin Up Girl ) has kept tabs and tested out craft projects made popular by the eye-candy wormhole website that even Michelle Obama has joined – Pinterest.
And starting this month, she’ll be sharing a few of her own projects and tips in person.
MAKE @ MADE is an ongoing workshop series hosted by MADE Art Boutique on Fifth Street in downtown Phoenix.
On June 28, she’ll teach a roomful of creatives how to create one-of-a-kind stencils with freezer paper and print on napkins and tea towels (take that, Anthropologie).
The workshop will take place the fourth Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and $25 will cover all supplies, two napkins or tea towels, and a few hours of creative experimentation.”