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Page 66 BLD debuts as Cork’s casual brother

by Joan Westlake Cork, the fi ne dining culinary child of Ocotillo residents Robert and Danielle Morris, has a new baby brother, BLD, which stands for breakfast, lunch and dinner and opened in March. The savory new sibling boasts the family’s fl air for creative fare but in a more relaxed atmosphere.

“Our fans at Cork kept asking when we’d open another restaurant. We fi nally gave in and delivered BLD, the casual little brother of Cork,” says Robert. Brent Shinyeda is the general manager and Ehren Litzenberger, the chef. On a recent visit, we were impressed with our server’s knowledge of the menu and the manager checking to see if each guest enjoyed their meal.

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NEW EATERY: Chef Ehren Litzenberger at BLD at The Shops at Pecos Ranch.

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CASUAL: Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in the casual surroundings at BLD.

The rumors are true about BLD’s reputation of being the “faster” of the brothers. At least that is what folks are fi nding at the drive-through window, open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Pick up barista-made coffee and tea beverages plus protein shakes and gourmet smoothies. While little bro may be fast on the beverages, there’s no food sitting under hot lamps, so if you want food at the drive through, call ahead and it will be ready when you arrive. BLD’s design refl ects a more casual mood compared with Cork. It’s a nod to fun, featuring big windows, a bar tucked away on one side of the space, a sprawling community table, easily pushed together tables for four, oversized booths and garage side doors that slide up to create an open-air bar and large patio. Signs of BLD’s upscale pedigree are the wine selection on display

in a large glass case and made-right-there salami and prosciutto hanging in the back. Those meats plus cheese are on the $8 Charcuterie plate with Dijon mustard, pesto and thick crusty bread. Or, start your dinner with family favorite choices such as mac and cheese or crab cakes. Expansive breakfast and lunch menus are served until 2 p.m. Robert says breakfast stars are the various eggs Benedict including short rib, crab cake and Florentine. Numerous egg dishes, steak plus vegetarian huevos rancheros also shine.

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45 Neighbors

New boutique opens at Pecos Ranch

Denim, handbags, hats, jewelry and more are part of So Cute! Boutique, a new women’s store opening Tue., Sept. 6 at The Shops at Pecos Ranch in Southern Chandler. Founded in 2009 by Alicia Coleman and Kristy Kollman, the women have spent their careers in the advertising and marketing fi elds helping other businesses grow and prosper. Looking to “unleash their entrepreneurial spirits,” love for fashion and the desire to help women look and feel great about themselves, they began So Cute! Boutique with private home party shopping experiences, at fashion trade shows and events and in statewide craft fairs and festivals until they decided the time had come for a retail location. The owners say So Cute! Boutique has built the business on some fundamental principles. “Have great products, at great prices with unprecedent- ed customer service!” exclaims Coleman. “Purchasing cloth- ing, especially denim, can be a very frustrating experience for some women. We do our best to fi nd the right fi t that fl atters every ‘body.’ It is our goal to create a welcome and fun environment for everyone who comes through our door.” Denim pants come in sizes petite to plus, and LA Idol kids denim will be in the store soon. They also are looking for creative ways to give back to

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SO CUTE: Alicia Coleman and Kristy Kollman, partners in So Cute Boutique, take a break from opening day tagging and setting up displays for their retail store at the Shops at Pecos Ranch at Dobson and Germann. They open Sept. 6.

charitable organizations, and So Cute! Cares will host a fundraising event to help others raise funds for the upcoming Susan G. Komen Foundation’s breast cancer events. Through the teams that sign up with the shop for the event, So Cute! Boutique will donate 15 percent of all purchases on Sept. 22 to the Foundation.

Kollman adds that So Cute! Boutique will host a “Happy Hour” event once a month where certain items or groups of items will be offered at exclusive happy hour prices. Announcements will be made on Facebook, Twitter, through the company’s email list and in the store.

“We are so excited to be a part of The Shops at Pecos Ranch and bring lots of fun and affordable fashion to the neighborhood!” says Kollman. “Please stop and check us out. We’d love to meet you!”

Check them out on Facebook at So Cute! Boutique and on Twitter as socutefashion.

See BLD Page __ Move to Mariachi music

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with two Mariachi events held in Chandler, beginning with Garibaldi Night, which salutes Plaza Garabaldi, known as the home of Mariachi music in the heart of downtown Mexico City. The event is free and open to the public from 6 to 10 p.m. Fri., Sept. 9 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, 2626 E. Pecos Rd.

Next up is the 12th Annual Chandler C3HR Mariachi Festival, the signature event of Hispanic Heritage Month in Chandler. The Festival runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Sat., Sept. 24 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.

Hispanic Heritage Month is supported by the City of Chandler Human Relations Commission, which acts as an advisory board to the City Council by recommending ways to encourage mutual respect and understanding among the many groups of people who live, work and spend time within the community.

Tickets cost $20 to $50 and are available by calling 480-782-2680 or online at www.chandlercenter. org. For more details and information about Hispanic Heritage Month, visit www.chandleraz. gov/diversity or

So Cute! Boutique is located at 1900 W. Germann Rd., Suite 12, in The Shops at Pecos Ranch on the northeast corner at Dobson in Southern Chandler. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For details, call 480-809-6812 or visit

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MARIACHI MUSIC: Crowds enjoy the Mariachis during Garibaldi Night at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

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