Monday, September 19, 2016

First Friday First Impressions

After years (years!) of wanting to check out First Friday, Greg and I finally made a date night of it earlier this month.

It was the Friday of Labor Day weekend, and fortunately, that was a work holiday for me (there are certain holidays where we get a 4-day weekend instead of a 3-day weekend).

We chose to focus on Roosevelt Row, sticking between 1st Avenue and 5th Street. There was also the Grand Avenue area, which we chose not to hit up this time around because we didn't feel like we had enough time left in our night to really be able to leisurely poke around. Instead, we left Roosevelt Row a bit early (8:30ish) and grabbed an ice-y treat before going home (because it was toasty out!).

MADE Art Boutique
MADE is a shop of handmade items, many by local artists. While there, I saw this Flowering Branches tank from MadLove, but they didn't have it in my size (I bought it from Etsy later). We did pick up this amusing birthday card from Unika Collections:

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Pop-up Vendors
There was a hodge podge of things, from art/handmade goods to food to random things like tarot card and psychic readings. I don't remember which vendor we picked up this magnet at, but we got this as well as another Arizona one and Montana one:

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MonOrchid
I've driven by MonOrchid many times, but this was the first time I've been in it. The exhibit showing during First Friday wasn't my jam, but it was nice to get out of the heat and refill our water bottles!

Desoto Market
We had dinner before we got to First Friday, so we didn't have much interest in the food options, but there were also some booths of handmade wares.

First Studio
I've also driven by First Studio numerous times driving to the office, but I never really knew what the building was or what was inside. It's a bit of a walk from Roosevelt Row, but it turns out it was the first television studio in Arizona!

Modified Art
We did a quick walk through this gallery. There were a couple of pieces in Karolina Sussland's exhibit that I enjoyed, from her Sunset Series.

Overall, we felt like we were too old-ish for the vibe and crowd, but before calling it a night (before 10:00 pm, 'cause we're old and stuff), we also hit up Bahama Bucks:

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It had been such a long time since Greg and I had been to one. Perhaps high school or early college (so over 10 years ago). It was actually better than I remembered! What I remembered was pretty coarse shaved ice, which does not pick up the flavor syrups well. What we had this time around was more of a snow-like consistency, and it was pretty yummy! Also, the cream is a must.

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