Phoenicia's New Downtown Location Looks Every Bit the Urban Grocery

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This new downtown Phoenicia is so much more than the warehouse on Westheimer, in a wildly different way. The second-generation influence of Ann-Marie and her brother Haig, who buys the store's wine, beer and cigars, is felt in more modern and elegant touches. The store itself is a marvel of engineering, thanks to Bob Tcholakian's background as an architect: Phoenicia is able to bake all of its bread and other goods on site because of the intricate way in which he designed the elaborate venting system beneath One Park Place's residential units and parking garages. PHOTOS BY KATHARINE SHILCUTT