You might be certainly entering into the nice life, not less than how house owners Jacqueline Garay and JT Taber II envision it – and dwell it. Redefining what you may discover in a conventional nook retailer, Buena Vida is a metaphysical-wellness-craft-gift-novelty-necessities-food-booze store, a hyphenate very similar to the multi-dimensional house owners themselves (Jacqueline’s background is in design, aromatherapy, and sound therapeutic, whereas JT’s is in bartending, espresso retailers, and carpentry).
“Buena Vida is greater than a bodega; it’s a mantra that encourages the straightforward pleasures of on a regular basis rituals that promote the nice life,” says Garay. It’s one-stop procuring with out the one-stop really feel.
The seed for Buena Vida Bodega was planted on a year-long journey the now-married couple took by Latin America. In 2018, Jacqueline and JT determined to promote their house in Phoenix and all their belongings and head to Argentina (to see Radiohead). Throughout their travels, they skilled a novel nook retailer in nearly each neighborhood, a spot that supplied each items and social interplay.
“We beloved these experiences, because the shopkeeper at all times had the very best off the crushed path suggestions and supplied a novel perspective of the realm,” provides Garay.
Household roots additionally performed a job. JT’s household lives in Mexico, whereas Jacqueline’s hail from El Salvador, the place her grandmother owns a bodega, they usually needed to create one thing each hyper-local and culturally numerous.
“We come from risk-takers and romantics, and whereas connecting and studying extra about our household origins, we realized that the confluence of intentional product storytelling and hospitality may assist present a extra highly effective shopper expertise,” says Garay.
It’s not sufficient to say Buena Vida affords a curated number of jewellery, clothes, drinks, snacks, and artisan presents, many made proper right here in Phoenix; each merchandise comes with intention.
“Our working precept for selecting merchandise centered round a trinity of thoughts, physique, and residential,” says Garay. “We determined to construct our choices across the notion of ‘ritual expertise’ and selected the time period Fashionable Mystic Provisions as a illustration for the complete scope of what Buena Vida carries.”
Meaning prospects don’t simply pop out and in; they browse, wander, and uncover in a extra immersive method: They breathe within the grounding aromas of incense, they loosen up a bit of with the therapeutic sound of water, they usually peruse merchandise with a traveler’s mindset, every thing from a $3 can of Tepache fermented pineapple juice to a $1,500 lamp hand-carved in Arizona. So even when somebody comes searching for, say, a bottle of wine, they might go away with tarot playing cards, a crystal tower, Arizona sake from Holbrook or maybe rolling papers, contemporary flowers, and an artisan piñata made in Phoenix.
Designed and constructed by JT and Jacqueline, the bodega meets their minds and entity.
“With JT’s background in hospitality, he curated the wine and beer program and was capable of observe his carpentry abilities and helped construct the bodega. With my background in design and love of sensory experiences, I used to be capable of breathe life and provides the house path,” says Garay. “However actually, the bodega has a character of its personal, and it’s been lovely to witness and watch the way it evolves and grows the extra individuals work together and have interaction with the house.”
A wanted addition to Phoenix, the shop’s character comes by locally vibe fostered by pop-ups that includes native makers, within the enthusiasm over discovering the proper candle or suncatcher, and in interactions with JT and Jacqueline.
“Having lived right here our entire lives, we’ve at all times heard about how Phoenix ought to be impressed by locations like Portland, LA, or Santa Fe. However finally, we wish to foster an atmosphere the place we encourage a way of place and an understanding of what it means to be of and for Phoenix,” says Garay.
Buena Vida Bodega
1002 East Pierce Avenue
Open 4-9 p.m. Wednesday by Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to six p.m. Sunday; Closed Monday and Tuesday.