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“Infinite Light” Art Exhibition by Artists Jehnifer Henderson, Darcy Rosenberger and Sam Sartorius

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Be among the first to experience Infinite Light, a multimedia exhibit that showcases the work of Jehnifer Henderson, Darcy Rosenberger and Sam Sartorius. The three Houston-based artists come together and present their ability to create beauty from intangible and often unnoticed moments by focusing on intimate depictions of color and light.


Employing a technique called Photomicrograph, Henderson snaps photographs of tiny subjects using a camera and a microscope to explore unseen natural beauty. Rosenberger uses drawing and photography to create works that are both intricate and playful, and Sartorius’ imaginative paintings depict other-worldly abstractions of landscapes.

For more artist information, visit, and

OPENING RECEPTION w/ VINYL NIGHT: Meet the artists on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 7-10PM

Fresh Arts’ Jenni Stephens is our featured Vinyl Night DJ on this same evening! Mention “Fresh Arts” and enjoy $5 cocktails and $2 off MKT BAR artisan pizzas. Vinyl Night is sponsored by Cactus Music. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Fresh Arts.

EXHIBITION: Through August 29, 2014

COST: Free admission. All artwork will be available for purchase.

Exhibition organized by Fresh Arts’ Sarah Schellenberg and Jenni Stephenson, and MKT BAR Art Coordinator Megan Badger.

Free customer parking is available in the One Park Place garage on a first-come, first-served basis. Enter garage on McKinney.

America’s Got Talent Viewing Party for Juan Carlos, the Montrose Rollerblade Dancer

Posted in Events, MKT BAR

Join friends and fans on Tuesday, June 24th from 6:30-9PM at MKT BAR for an America’s Got Talent viewing party honoring the Montrose Rollerblade Dancer, whose audition is scheduled to air during the evening’s episode. The top-rated NBC series, now entering its ninth season, is television’s biggest and brightest variety show, featuring a colorful array of singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians, ventriloquists and hopeful stars, all vying for their chance to win America’s hearts and the $1 million prize.

A local celebrity and YouTube sensation, Juan Carlos has been making people smile with his free-spirited, joyful rollerdancing moves at the intersection of Montrose & Allen Parkway during rush hour every day for the past 15 years. This is a rare opportunity to meet the local celeb who has rolled into the national spotlight, earning AGT judge Howie Mandel’s praise as “The Juan and only!”

To celebrate Phoenicia’s 30th anniversary last year, Juan Carlos was our special guest during last fall’s Grocery Get Down. He danced his way through the downtown market with surprise appearances during Anniversary Week, and wowed admirers with an exclusive performance at Discovery Green.

Admission is free. Light bites and drinks will be available for purchase, with a signature cocktail, the Montrose Rollerblade Dancer Mojito (raspberry and mint, shaken with apple cider and sparkling wine), also making an appearance for $5/glass. During the viewing party, Juan Carlos will be available for autographs and photo opportunities with fans.

WHAT: America’s Got Talent Viewing Party for Juan Carlos, the Montrose Rollerblade Dancer
WHEN: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 6:30-9PM
Meet Juan Carlos in person, who will be available for autographs and photo opportunities with fans.
WHERE: MKT BAR at Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown
1001 Austin Street (across the street from Discovery Green)
Houston, Texas 77010
ADMISSION: Free. Drinks and light bites will be available for purchase.

Complimentary parking is available in the One Park Place garage on a first-come, first-served basis. Enter garage on McKinney.

Follow the Montrose Rollerblade Dancer’s Facebook fan page for updates.


Big Tree Studio Exhibition by Artist Yan Lee

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Be among the first to experience the character of famous and historic trees through an exhibition featuring the pen-and-ink portraits of Artist Yan Lee.

Lee attained the degree of Ph.D. in geophysics at Texas A&M University. It was there that he became enamored with “The Century Tree” on campus that has shaded tens of thousands of Aggies since 1898. Lee vowed to draw it for posterity. This experience was so personally overwhelming that he resolved to search out and immortalize the famous and historic trees in America.

Lee’s pen-and-ink portraits of famous and historic trees are sketched in minute detail with delicate precision. When each portrait is completed, the tree appears living, exquisite and unique, and will remain so for all time.

Lee captures the beauty and character of trees that live among us. Like a transcendentalist poet, Lee says, “You see my pictures, you want to see the trees. You see the trees, you want to see my pictures. I let these trees live in your home.” Capturing details that take viewers’ breath away, he is known to spend one hour on just one square inch of his art, capturing the character of each tree he meets. Come see the life Lee captures in his art.

Lee lives with his wife, Lu, in Spring, Texas. For more information, visit his website at

EXHIBITION: Through July 4, 2014
COST: Free admission. Food, drinks and all artwork will be available for purchase.

Free customer parking is available in the One Park Place garage on a first-come, first-served basis. Enter garage on McKinney.

Weekend Brunch for Father’s Day

Posted in Events, MKT BAR

Give Dad a weekend away from the grill and bring him to MKT BAR instead. Our weekend brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM-3PM and is sure to satisfy his manly appetite. He won’t be able to resist classic favorites like Hill Country Fried Chicken & Waffles, Black Pepper Waffle with braised lamb & shaved Pecorino Romano, or Piperade with Eggs. Pair any dish with our hearty sidekicks and a MKT Cocktail or share some slices of an artisan pizza. Jazz up his special day even more with a live performance from Boodah and His Painted Band on Sunday, June 15th, from noon-3PM. See the menu and we’ll look forward to seeing you and Dad here.

Mother’s Day Top Ten List

Posted in Downtown Market, MKT BAR, News

Top 10 Ways to Make Mother’s Day YUMMY!
at Phoenicia Specialty Foods and MKT BAR

It’s all about the experience and enjoying time with Mom.

Number 10: A Chip Off the Old Feta Block
Educate your palate by tasting 10 different types of feta: Greek Sheep’s Milk, Greek Goat’s Milk, Domiati Danish, Hungarian Double Cream, Bulgarian, Romanian, French, Turkish Sheep’s Milk, Egyptian, Egyptian Creamy, Cyprus Sheep & Goat’s Milk, and Domestic.

Number 9: Spice Rack Tutorial
Fill both your spice racks and let her teach you family recipes again for the first time! Try our spectacular and versatile Phoenicia mixes like Ras el Hanout, Zohrab’s Mideast Zaatar, Zohrab’s Greek, and Arpi’s Beef & Chicken Shawarma.

Number 8: Olive Branch Out
Create your very own international olive oil tasting with our baked-fresh-daily baguettes!  Discover the unique characteristics of our oils from Europe, the Mediterranean and South America.

Number 7: What’s the Scoop?
Enjoy a sweet conversation and a cup of Phoenicia gelato together. Perhaps, even pair with our signature Turkish Coffee, Apple Baklava or Pistachio Orange Blossom-flavored gelato as you reminisce about chasing the ice cream truck in the neighborhood and playing in the sprinklers.

Number 6: The Great Chocolate Scavenger Hunt
First one to find chocolates from five different countries gets to try them first! Our selection is vast, so the competition will be over really fast!

Number 5: Sharing a Slice
Mothers bring comfort to our lives, and what says comfort more than sharing a pizza? Try our own ready-to-go doughs. Our flat bread Tannour or puffy Barbari bread go perfectly with any topping or cheese. For something with Phoenicia flair, pick up some Armenian String Cheese, oil-cured Moroccan olives and walnuts to top your own custom pie. Just pop them in the oven, get the right crisp, let the good stuff melt, and voilà!

Number 4: Jam On
For breakfast or snack time with Mom, try new jellies, jams, spreads and preserves from around the globe on a fresh loaf of pita. Or, try our Morello sour cherry on vanilla ice cream.  It’s okay to share with your siblings (if you want to).

Number 3: Tea Time
Nothing says quality time like “Tea Time.” From Ceylon and Rooibos to Apple and Yerba Mate, warm and toasty is what you will feel with Mama.

Number 2: Go-Go Gadgets
Explore our housewares section with items such as olive pitters, nut crackers, Bulgarian and Polish ceramics, and fine French cookware that will impress Mom.

Number 1: Weekend Brunch at MKT BAR
With classic favorites like Hill Country Fried Chicken & Waffles, Black Pepper Waffle with braised lamb and Pecorino Romano, Egg Piperade or Aleppo Roasted Potatoes, Mom’s taste buds will be tempted. Add her favorite cocktail or a refreshing mimosa while enjoying live music by Cesar Tello on Sunday, May 11th, and she’ll be convinced you hung the moon. See the menu.

And if you just can’t decide on the perfect goodie to give her, a Phoenicia gift card is always sure to please!

Give 5% to Conserve Houston

Posted in Arpi's Deli, Downtown Market, Events, MKT BAR, Westheimer Market

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Celebrate Earth Day! Join us in showing love for our city’s green spaces by helping us donate to Houston’s Give 5% campaign. Shop at either of our market locations or dine with us at MKT BAR or Arpi’s Phoenicia Deli on Saturday, April 26th to contribute to the cause. We’ll be donating 5% of our gross revenue that day to our favorite Houston-area conservancies who are collaborating to make the Houston area a better place.

Air Alliance Houston
Bayou Land Conservancy
Bayou Preservation Association
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Galveston Bay Foundation
Houston Audubon
Katy Prairie Conservancy

We look forward to seeing you and sharing our love by Giving 5!

Astros Game-Day Specials

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MKT BAR Triple Play

This special is practically a steal! Show your game-day ticket stub or wear your Astros jersey on home game days to take advantage of our MKT Triple Play:

* $3 off sliders
* $3 off MKT 
* $3 domestic beers

Swing by for a short stop or stay for extra innings!

“SlideShow” Artwork by University of Houston Student & Alumni Photographers

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Be among the first to experience “SlideShow,” a group exhibition featuring the works of University of Houston student and alumni photographers, Jeff Bradley, Andre Brooks, Alyssa Brown, Brenda Cruz, Richard Custer, Brenda Franco, Donna Fernandez, Os Galindo, Laura Grievencamp, Tina Hernandez, Adrienne Meyers, Kahiah Polidore, Alexis Scott, Alyssa Stephens, Alonso Tapia and Kate Washmon.


Each artist, through a variety of mediums (digital, film, transfers, digital collage, and mixed media), provides a visual commentary on cultural portrait studies, landscapes, still-lifes, and surreal imagery.

Much of the work included uses the city of Houston as the backdrop for its imagery, and the artists, although diverse in approach, illustrate the type of work being made from artists who all started in a similar place, the University of Houston.

OPENING RECEPTION: Meet the artists on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6-9PM
EXHIBITION: Through May 3, 2014
COST: Free admission. Food, drinks and all artwork will be available for purchase.

Exhibition organized by Megan Badger.

MKT BAR Dynamo Game-Day Deals

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Cheer ’em on and score! Show your ticket stub or don orange attire anytime during home game days and get a kick out of these soccer specials:

* $2 off artisan pizza
* $16 craft beer pitchers (60 oz.)

Bring your football-fan friends and watch the game here!


YUM o’ the Irish

Posted in Downtown Market, Events, MKT BAR

Join us as we pay homage to Irish culture with an offering of St. Patty’s-themed food and beer specials!

Available Tuesday – Monday, March 11-17

MKT BAR Specials
Available 2PM-kitchen close

House-cured Salmon and Toast $8
with red onion and caper relish, served with mixed baby green salad

Shepherd’s Stew $11
Phoenicia’s own Guinness beef stew served in a cast iron pan, topped with whipped potatoes, browned in the oven and served with Irish soda bread


Chestnut Cake $6
served warm with Bailey’s flavored gelato

Bailey’s Cheesecake Gelato

Whiskey Carmelo Gelato

Beer Specials
Flights of Hearty Ales $8
60-oz Craft Beer Pitchers $16

Phoenicia In-Store Specials

Soup Bar
Irish beef stew

Featured Cheeses
Kerrygold Cashel Blue
Tuxford and Tebbutt Mature Irish Cheddar
Cahill’s Farm Cheddar with Porter

Irish crème brulée
Shamrock shortbread cookies
Green pistachio cake balls
Shamrock pita puffs

Highlighted Beers
Moylan’s Irish Style Ales
Leprechaun Ciders