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Eclectic Monkey Emporium in Downtown Mesa to Undergo Major Changes

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Blackmore says musicians will vary from well-known artists who might drop in on tour to local artists.

LollyPOP Vintage, who previously supplied Eclectic Monkey with some of its vintage clothing and accessories will hold a four-day sale on the first weekend every month starting in August. LollyPOP recently closed up shop on Seventh Avenue, but its Etsy shop is still alive and well.

The idea behind the monthly sales is to allow Phoenicians a sneak preview of merchandise that will eventually go on to bigger markets in California like Los Angeles. The owner works with other stores in California where merchandise is sold for a bigger price tag than it would be in the Valley.

After the sales, Blackmore and his crew will work on creating "weird things" as they have always done. He says, "If you need a car built out of a fighter plane, we can fabricate it."

Blackmore is creating the new community space to add to the culture in Mesa. "There needs to be a cultural underground vibe on the East side that's not the Mesa Arts Center," he says. "They [Mesa Arts Center] do a great job," he adds, though he wants a more intimate place where guests can sit and have dinner with the performers.

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