Business partners Greg Centrone and Andrew Meister first launched Bud’s Glass Joint in 2012, on First Street just north of Roosevelt Street. They’ve since relocated to Fifth Street, just south of Roosevelt. So they’re still right at the hub of the Roosevelt Row arts district. (Disclosure: Both Andrew Meister and his wife, Jennifer Meister, work for Phoenix New Times.)
But lately they’ve been wanting to branch out a bit more, and help bring more attention to Phoenix-based glass artists. The Grand Avenue space, located next to Lady Luck Tattoo, will give them more room to make that happen.
They looked at the space back in May 2018, and knew it would make a great fit. “We fell in love as soon as we saw it,” Centrone recalls. But someone else was eyeing the space too, so they started looking at other options. “We just weren’t finding another space with everything we needed.”
Their luck changed around October 2018, when they ran into Mark Allred, a luthier whose guitar shop is located inside Bragg’s. He’d heard the space was still open, so they approached Beatrice Moore about renting the space. She’s an artist and preservation activist who owns several Grand Avenue area properties with her partner Tony Zahn.
“We’ve always wanted to have part of a gallery and showcase the local arts scene, including local glass artists.” The new space comes with portable gallery walls, which will help with future exhibitions in the space. First up will be a First Friday show on February 1, featuring paintings by Tato Caraveo, JB Snyder, Lalo Cota, and other staples of the downtown arts scene. That's the first day Bud's on Grand will be open.
Basically, they’re rolling with the flow, and taking in all the positive energy they can find. “I love the arts community down here; you get that comfortable feeling like being in a small town,” Centrone says of their new location. “There’s just something about the industry, and Arizona has so many amazing glass artists.”