Practical Art’s 2015 Holiday Extravaganza!

Twas the month before Christmas and all through the great metropolitan of Phoenix, not a creature wanted to miss out on Practical Art’s HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA!! Don your favorite holiday sweater and join us at Practical Art this Friday, December 4, 2015,from 6:00pm-10:00pm.


Only at Practical Art will you get to make ROBOT ORNAMENTS with our local robot expert, Jordan Alexander Thomas. Then watch live as December’s featured wall artist, Jesse Perry, demonstrates how he creates his painted street art. Listen to carolers sing your favorite holiday tunes as you munch on delectable holiday treats. Browse through the work of Practical Art’s 130 artists and peruse Bunky Boutique’s ‘Pop-up-shop’ to find the perfect one-of-a-kind gifts for every person on your list. Document all of your merry-making with our polaroid camera photo ops!  And when you work up an appetite after participating in all of these festivities, you can scrumptious tacos from Paz Cantina’s (one of our favorites!).



Still looking for more local love? Walk from Practical Art over to Crafeteria to explore even more local art and shops. Bring your friends, your spouse, your grandparents, your kids, your neighbors– everyone! This Friday will be a night to remember and we can’t wait to see you there!


A City Guide to Shop Local Saturday


There’s an important day that seems to get lost in the shuffle with all of the hubbub about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. That day is Shop Local Saturday on November 30…a pretty important day in our book. If you’re anti Black Friday madness but pro not procrastinating, Shop Local Saturday just might hit your shopping sweet spot. You can also feel good about supporting your favorite local businesses.

Besides hitting up Practical Art (it’s okay to name-drop yourself on your own blog, right?) there are so many other great, locally owned shops to find your muse in Phoenix.

Here is a mix of 10 of our favorite Phoenix locales for you to check out all right around Camelback and Central. Cheers, and happy shopping!

Frances VintageThey’re slogan – a “modern boutique with vintage charm” – says it all. Here you’ll find gifts that are eclectic and classy with that vintage soul. Plus they are hosting their  8th Annual Crafeteria on December 6…one of our favorite events.

Stinkweeds – Around since 1987, Stinkweeds is an iconic music store that is as independent as it gets, focusing primarily on imports and independent labels. With more than 19,000 albums, you can bet you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for. If not, they’ll track it down and order it!

The Torch TheaterNot for the faint of heart, this is a creative hub for improv. If you have someone on your list who loves to ham it up or wants to come out of their shell, consider one of their improv classes and customized workshops.

180 Degrees Automotive – What is the 180 degree difference at this shop? Well, it’s owned and operated by women! This awesome car repair shop is friendly, efficient, and even offers classes.

Bikram Yoga – If you haven’t experienced Bikram Yoga yet, this is the ideal time of year to check out this studio. Owner Brooke Sterling has been practicing yoga since 1992, and became certified in Bikram in 2000. A great gift for the active person in your life, or even for yourself if you need a reprieve from the holiday stress.

Slippery Pig Bike Shop – Love bicycles? Slippery Pig is calling your name. Here they only offer the best bikes, from the best brands for their customers. They believe in quality product and service all the way around.

Modern Manor – A great mid-century, modern furniture store located in a stylish warehouse. They offer amazing hand-selected furniture you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere.

Tammie Coe Cakes – Just walking into this place is worth the visit! From the most beautiful cakes to mouth-watering cupcakes, cookies and breads, Tammie Coe Cakes is a must-stop for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Lux – If you need a recharge while shopping local, swing by Lux for delicious baked goods, seasonal breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, and amazing espresso and adult bevies. It’s great for socializing or people watching too.

Postino – For a midday or end-of-day reprieve visit our awesome neighbors to the north. Bruschetta, wine and beer…need we say more.

Of course you don’t have to wait until November 30 to shop your favorite locally owned business. Many are likely offering Black Friday deals without the mass crowds. Here at Practical Art we’ll be sipping mimosas and nibbling on pastries during our Black Friday Brunch (we’ll be sharing too of course). We’re also giving Practical Arts t-shirts to the first 15 shoppers and on Friday and Saturday you can earn $10 Practical Art gift cards for every $100 you spend.

Happy Shopping Local!