This is the first West Elm in Phoenix, and it is right in Uptown Plaza next to Creamistry! I came here for the store’s opening party, and what a blast. The furniture is contemporary but bright and colorful, and though I’ve been to multiple locations in NY and California, this one has to be my favorite. I’m a huge fan of West Elm for their distinct styles and pieces, but this particular location had a whole shelf dedicated to local artists. I could find art pieces by Paige Poppe and wooden cacti earring holders that I thought I could only purchase at Bunky’s. In addition, there’s a DIY air plant area. I was the first person to try it! I picked out my vase and put soil, my two succulants, and white rocks all around it. It felt super fun and zen to do it, and any customer can make a custom one if they want to. The staff was super friendly. I understand it was their first day, so even if I had a question they couldn’t answer, they always came back to find me to answer it once they asked someone else. The bartenders were phenomenal, with strong summer drinks like Phoenix Rising, which had Johnnie Walker, jalepenos, mango and lime juice. I even saw The New Darlings, bloggers I admire greatly. Finally, their giveaway for the night was a tote by Paige Poppe. I believe this is still available for purchase, and it is just super cute and super Phoenix with green cacti on the front. Overall, I have to give my hats off to this particular West Elm as they definitely know how to target their customers. I can’t not love a store that supports local artists and has a DIY air plant area – that’s just too cool to hate on.