Phoenix’s posh Biltmore Fashion Park, home to such retailers as Saks Fifth Avenue and Ralph Lauren, is now also home to an eclectic mix of local and independent businesses. Opening in November 2012, the new UNION shopping space introduces a new concept to the local shopping scene with this exciting mix of local boutiques and eateries, all converging at one of the city's most coveted retail addresses. The 7200-square-foot platform will showcase local independent businesses in a contemporary industrial space decorated with romantic flourishes such as wood floors and antique chandeliers.
Paris Envy is just one of the specialty boutiques at UNION Paris Envy is one of the specialty boutiques at UNION, a locally-owned, independent retail concept at Phoenix's Biltmore Fashion Park. — Photo courtesy of Biltmore Fashion Park
Shoppers can enjoy sampling the fares at local favorites like Smeeks, an independent candy store stocked with colorful handcrafted lollipops, caramels, toffee, nostalgic toys and hard-to-find sweets. Oils and Olives by Queen Creek Olive Mill features signature extra virgin olive oils, stuffed olives, balsamic vinegars and tapenades, all made locally at the Queen Creek Olive Mill outside of Phoenix. Daily fresh baked bread, bath products made with extra virgin oil and other locally made products make this the perfect spot to find unique (and tasty) gift items.
Other boutiques at the new Biltmore UNION include Bonafide Goods, Phoenix’s first micro-haberdashery, featuring a modern take on classic American men’s clothing, hats and accessories. Citrine Natural Beauty Bar will give discerning shoppers an opportunity to sample custom beauty products and fragrances, all made without harsh chemicals or parabens.
Round out your unique shopping experience with a treat from the Whoopie Baking Company, offering such signature pies as the popular Mimosa, Spicy Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Cup. For breakfast, lunch or dinner, grab a table at Trattoria del Piero and sample the award-winning menu of fresh salads, sandwiches and handcrafted cocktails.