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September 2015 Sibley's West Newsletter & Coupon
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The new Downtown Chandler stage is taking shape in the green space west of the library. It will be ready for the Oct. 3 Oktoberfest organized by SanTan Brewery.
News updates for the DC  
   Who said summer is slow?
  The city and various Downtown Chandler businesses are using the season to spruce things up.
  First, there is the stage being constructed on the north side of Commonwealth Avenue, just west of the library.
  The permanent stage will host four or five concerts this fall, starting with the Oktoberfest event on Saturday, Oct. 3.
   Second, the city has been installing a new coating for the sidewalks under the colonnades.
   The material is a bit more granular for better footing and comprises different colored materials to limit the impact of staining.   

The new sidewalk material, in front of Saba's. 
   Third, the long-awaited Crust - Simply Italian Restaurant opened Aug. 17 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos resort.
   Crust is the inspiration of Michael Merendino, who started his first restaurant in Scottsdale in 2007 with partners Ryan Mitchell and Duke Hormia.
Crust offers a number of special, including lunch deals. 
  The restaurant features pizza -- Sicilian-style thick, New York-style thin, and unique personal pizzas in various shapes.
   The menu includes chicken, veal and pasta entrees, salads, bruschettas, mac and cheese, rollatinis and desserts.
A personal pizza at Crust. 
   The restaurant is open from 11-9 Monday through Friday and 12-9 Saturday and Sunday.
   The entrepreneurs' other venture, The Ostrich speakeasy in the basement below Crust, is expected to open in October.
   It will have an entrance stairwell along the sidewalk across from SanTan Brewery.
Work continues on The Ostrich speakeasy in the basement below Crust. 

  Downtown Chandler is also lucky to have a great events venue, Soho 63, at 63 E. Boston St.
  The family-owned business can design your special occasion in unique ways, through lighting, seating, services and amenities, and catering items.
   It's now 2 years old and they used the summer to add some options for event planners.
   If you're organizing a holiday party, as these photos show, Soho 63 can make it memorable!
   (Ask for Meghan!)
One of the decorated event rooms at SoHo 63. 
The SoHo 63 staff can handle special requests. 
  Last, but not least, the Chandler Center for the Arts has produced an awesome schedule of performers for the 2015-16 season.
   Some highlights:
   Nov. 7: Tower of Power
   Jan. 23: Deana Martin
   Feb. 20: Frankie Avalon
   Feb. 27: Ben Vereen
   March 4: Second City comedy troupe
   March 5: Vicki Lawrence
   March 18: Rita Rudner
   Here's a link to the full schedule
Happy 3rd Anniversary!
Store manager Steve McElrath marked his third anniversary at Sibley's West on Sept. 1. We celebrated with a cake and cookies!
Upcoming Events
Friday, Sept. 18: The Chandler Art Walk resumes this month. Artists will be set up on San Marcos Place and in the center ramada area from 6 to 10 pm.
Saturday, Oct. 3: Book-signing with Scott Hanson of " Who is Gym?" from 1 to 3 pm.
8th Oktoberfest, presented by SanTan Brewery, 3-11 pm, featuring Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, at the new Downtown Chandler stage.
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11: Indian Art Market, Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. Saturday 9-6; Sunday 10-4.
Friday, Oct. 16: Chandler Art Walk, 6-10 pm. Visiting artist Twyla Olsen at Sibley's West from 6 to 8 pm.
Friday, Oct. 30: Chandler Spooktacular, 5:30-8:30 pm, Chandler Library Plaza.
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Sun 11-4
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Chandler, AZ 85224

A lot of folks have asked about things happening downtown, so this month's newsletter includes some updates on our neighbors.
Thanks for reading!
Lucky us! Some Joseph Ward copper fountains now available!
Aren't these beautiful? Joseph is known for the depth and detail of his work.
   Longtime regulars to Sibley's West often comment on th e beautiful copper fountains created by Joseph Ward of Ward Studios of Queen Creek.
   We were fortunate to carry his work until he became more in demand for his detailed copper fountains, bowls and custom wall hangings.
   We have always kept in touch with Joseph to see if we could share his work, even if it were on a limited basis.
   Last month we were happy to hear that he had some fountains available for Sibley's West. They arrived Aug. 21 and fill the entry to the store.
   Once again, Joseph has incorporated quail, kokopellis, butterflies and hummingbirds in his fountains, with tremendous care placed in the appearance of leaves, flowers and cattails.
   If you have seen the fountains in the past and wanted one for your home, now is the time to visit!
Joseph Ward of Queen Creek signs his artwork.
Artist uses copper for rings, bracelets
Sassha Motz of MotzArt Designs.
   Many visitors to Arizona look for items made of copper, because of the metal's prominence in the state's history and current economy.
   In particular, when they asked for rings, we had to say no.
   Until this summer.
   One of our newest suppliers is native Arizonan and jewelry artist Sassha Motz.
   Her company is called MotzArt Designs, and she produced fabulous copper rings and bracelets (cuffs).
   Each is different, and she uses different techniques to produce the one-of-a-kind items.
   Sassha grew up in Rainbow Valley on the west side and comes from a family connected to Arizona's past.
   She describes her start in this video we shot for Sibley's West's YouTube channel this month.
   Welcome, Sassha!
Some Sibley's West news
There was a meeting of the ostriches last month as Cee Cee the Ostrich met Chamber Ostrich as it passed on the colonnade. Chamber Ostrich, which is also the property of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, is the new mascot at the Ostrich Bar being constructed below the Crust Restaurant at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort.

John participated in a panel discussion with Chandler artist Marnie Brookins of GlassMelts in August at the CraftHack event at TechShop. They discussed ideas for taking an idea from conception to the marketplace and the need for market feedback.
Ref pens 'Who is Gym?' book on figures behind HS venues in AZ
   Do you know who your high school football stadium is named after?
   Or the gym?
   Or the school itself?
   If not, don't worry because Gym has all the answers - or, more specifically, "Who is Gym?" a new book focused on telling the fascinating stories about the names behind Arizona's high schools and their sports venues.
  Written by Arizona native and 30-year high school football and baseball official Scott Hanson, "Who is Gym?" is the result of three years of research and interviews with Arizona's high school athletic directors, administrators, alumni, librarians, local historians, long-time school employees, relatives of those honored, the honorees themselves and others who may have known the people whose names adorn the buildings and fields across Arizona.
Author Scott Hanson referees high school football, basketball and baseball games as a sideline.
   "The idea for the book started three years ago on a Friday night at Cactus High School as my football crew was preparing to officiate the school's varsity football game," the author said. "The field was named M.L. Huber Stadium. Not familiar with Huber, I asked a couple people at the school who he was. To my surprise, they didn't know who Huber was either.
   "Then a week later, our football crew was at Independence High School and I asked about the story behind their Tolmachoff Stadium," he said. "I got the same answer. It was then that I was motivated to action."
   His first action - a conversation with Arizona state historian Marshall Trimble on the topic.
   "We got to talking, and Marshall was quick to point out there was no one place where all of this history lived. No collection. No official records," Hanson said. "He told me right then and there I should take it upon myself to create a record and collection for our state. Those were powerful words." 
   "Who is Gym?" is now available for purchase at Sibley's West for $19.95.
Hanson, an Arizona native, is an alumnus of Washington High School and Northern Arizona University.
   He has been officiating high school football and baseball in Arizona for nearly 30 years. During the day,
    Hanson is the president of HMA Public Relations, a 35-year-old marketing communications firm based in Phoenix. He's a former Arizona sports broadcaster at both KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff and KPHO-TV in Phoenix.
Mark Your Calendar: Historian Marshall Trimble returns Nov. 20
   Marshall Trimble --  State Historian/Author/Raconteur/Cowboy Poet -- will return to Sibley's West on Friday, Nov. 20, from 6-8 pm during the Chandler Art Walk.
   Marshall has a new book out -- "Arizo na Outlaws & Lawmen" -- which describes the Arizona Territory of the 1800s as a lawless refuge for outlaws and gunfighters.
 His other works include  "Arizona: A Cavalcade of History" and "Roadside History of Arizona."
   He was born in Mesa in 1939 and grew up in Ash Fork, AZ. He graduated from Arizona State University in 1961 and started the Arizona history class at Scottsdale Community College in 1972.
Sample Brittle Bliss at Sept. 18 Art Walk
  The Chandler Art Walk resumes in September with the event from 6 to 10 pm Friday, Sept. 18.
   Sibley's West will welcome Janet and Billy Repko of Brittle Bliss for sampling of their delicious flavors of brittle from 6 to 8 pm.
   Hope you can stop by!
Sibley's West welcomes 2 to staff
   The Sibley's West family has grown by two.
Ellen Kretchman
Beverly Dees
   In August we welcomed two sales associates to our staff in anticipation of the busy fall season.
   Beverly Dees has been a resident of Chandler for seven years.
   She is a native of Northern Illinois and is "crafty." She enjoys quilting, knitting, cooking and gardening, plus caring for her dog and cat.
   Ellen Kretchman was born in Virginia and has lived in a number of spots -- including Chicago, her favorite escape  -- before landing in Arizona in 2004.
   She is a home shopper and also makes jewelry. She loves animals and volunteers at the Arizona Animal Welfare League location at Chandler Fashion Mall.
    Stop by and welcome Bev & Ellen!
New at Sibley's West!
Have you seen the new trendy titanium "spine" wallets? They are a "lite" option, with simply a wrap to hold credit cards or cards. Plus it's a bottle opener! Made in Gilbert by Barclay & Co. and now available for $34.95 at Sibley's West!
Hurray! We now have thimbles that are actually made in Arizona! Our friends at Heritage Metalworks in Chandler dusted off an old molding to reintroduce the Arizona thimble just for Sibley's West! The thimble features a desert scene, a roadrunner and some cacti. They are $8.99 apiece. Great for collectors!
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We look forward to seeing you in the store soon!

Michelle and John Wolfe
Sibley's West
SEPTEMBER 2015 COUPON-----------------
    Gary Houston
Stoneware Mugs!
Here's the deal:
From September 1-20, 2015
Present this coupon for:
10% off 1 Houston mug
20% off 2 Houston mugs
30% off 3 Houston mugs
40% off 4 Houston mugs
50% off 5 or more Houston mugs
Now is the time to stock up or purchase early holiday gifts!

Cannot be combined with any other offer. Designated quantity of mugs must be purchased in the same transaction -  transactions cannot be combined to attain discount. All sales are final. Not valid on exchanges or returns of previous purchases. Valid on in-stock items only - no special orders or layaways.
Offer valid September 1-20, 2015