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Celebrate Independence Day By Supporting Independent Businesses

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014


In honor of Independence Day, explore artisan crafts, eat gourmet food and pamper your mind and body, all while supporting amazing independent businesses. What could be more patriotic?

This week through Sunday, hundreds of businesses around the state are offering a 20 percent discount in honor of “National Independents Week,” an initiative to support local and independent traders.

Lucky for us, Downtown Phoenix is brimming with great local shops, enough to keep us busy for an entire day from dawn until dusk.

So download a Golden Coupon from Local First Arizona and follow this daily guide to “Shopping Local Downtown.”

asideofheartEat breakfast at Aside of Heart

Start your day off right with a delicious acai bowl and tropical smoothie packed with spirulina. Located in the heart of the Roosevelt Row Art District, this restaurant and gallery boasts locally roasted coffee beans, locally sourced food (when available), and a healthy plant-based menu. According to Amanda Langham, co-owner of Aside of Heart, it’s an unpretentious vegan eatery that promotes healthy living in a creative environment.

earringsBuy at pair of handcrafted earrings at MADE Art Boutique

MADE carries numerous one-of-a-kind items including jewelry, pottery, books and magazines. Working behind the cash register, you just might find one of the artists like Alex Ozers, jewelry designer and owner of From The Reliquary. Laughing, he says there are probably artists working in every shop and restaurant along Roosevelt Row. In fact, that’s one of the cool things about frequenting independent businesses in this area. You never know when you’ll run into the owner, designer or chef working behind the counter.

tammiecoeDevour a slice of cake at Tammie Coe Cakes

Two words: Ooey Gooey. This signature Tammie Coe recipe combines chocolate fudge cake with super decadent butter cream frosting. Put some sprinkles on top and it’s the recipe for happiness. In addition to treats, Tammie Coe offers breakfast, lunch and premier baked breads at the newly remodeled Roosevelt location.

sandwichTake a lunch break at Duck and Decanter

No one understands the importance of shopping local more than Jolynn Reisma, general manager of Duck and Decanter. Her family has been running the downtown breakfast and lunch eatery for 42 years. Try one their famous albacore tuna sandwiches, made with high-quality tuna and water chestnuts, in addition to their wonderful selection of specialty teas and coffees. Your business supports four generations of sandwich artisans.

Salon RO5 Master Logo BlkGet a makeover at SALON RO5

Creating a perfectly executed hairstyle is not only difficult, it’s nearly impossible. Fortunately the team of expert stylists at SALON RO5 understands the latest color, cutting and styling techniques. Combined with the best products, you will leave looking and feeling better than ever.

coastersPick up a pack of desert-scene coasters at Hazel and Violet

For all of your commercial and custom letterpress printing needs, Nancy Hill and Beverly Wolfe, co-owners of Hazel and Violet, print using tree-free recycled papers on vintage presses. This centuries-old method creates a clean distinctive look you just can’t find anywhere else. Besides making beautiful cards, invitations and stationery, Hill and Wolfe are dedicated to operating in an environmentally responsible way.

bunky2Buy an AZ Love shirt at Bunky Boutique

Bunky Boutique, lovingly named for Owner Rachel Malloy’s grandmother, is known for its signature “AZ Love” line of shirts and clothing. Building a sense of culture and identity around the community you love is what this clothing line embodies, and according to Malloy, shopping locally also fosters a sense of community. It shows you care about the place you live and the people in it.

CalamariwebEnjoy happy hour at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

A great place to unwind after work, listen to a local DJ, eat half-priced appetizers and sip $5 glasses of wine. Located in the heart of Downtown inside the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, District features upscale comfort food using sustainably farmed produce and fresh herbs from the hotel’s third-floor garden. It’s a welcome break from the mundane.

artmuseum3Peruse the collection of Hollywood costumes at the Phoenix Art Museum

This fascinating exhibition explores costume design throughout history as an essential component of cinematic storytelling. There’s a lot that goes into each design, and it’s that complex process that helps create film characters like Darth Vader and Austin Powers. While you’re there, stop by the Museum Store and pick up a Superman apron or classic movie coffee, 20 percent off with a Golden Coupon.

blissdrinkNosh on a late dinner at Bliss reBAR

Indulge in the “Red Berry Rapture,” or another signature cocktail less than 110 calories. You can make up for lost calories by ordering the famous mac and cheese, even late-night, since the kitchen is open until close every day. The decor gives the restaurant a posh, trendy feel, but it’s definitely a family-friendly atmosphere, according to Rudy Redondo, longtime bartender at Bliss. He says it’s a casual place where the staff can just be themselves and the customers love that energy.

Downtown Happy Hours, Student Deals and Late Night Specials

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Downtown Phoenix has the best happy hour deals around, so when thirst strikes, it’s choosing a place that’s difficult. Whichever restaurant, bar or pub you choose, the important part is to celebrate the end of the day (or beginning of the night) with a round of drinks!



1130 the Restaurant at Arizona Center

Mon.-Sun. 4-7 p.m.: $3.95 house wine, $2 domestic drafts, $3 off specialty drinks, and appetizers starting at $3.95.

Wednesdays: Wine Down Wednesdays (half-priced bottles)

Thursdays: Ladies Night (Cosmopolitans $5)

The Arrogant Butcher at CityScape

Mon.-Sat. 3-6 p.m.: Well, wine, and select cocktails for $4, draft beers starting at $3, plus appetizers from $4.

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m.: $4 craft drafts, $6 specialty cocktails, $5 wine, and $4 to $6 snacks.

Brick Pizzeria & Wine Bar at Arizona Center

All Day before 6:30 p.m.: $3 drafts, $4 sangria, $4 well, and $5 wines.  $4 to $6 appetizers from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Boka Pizza at Arizona Center

Mon.-Sat. 3-6 p.m.: $4 baby pitchers and $2 pints.

Canyon Café at Arizona Center

Mon.-Sun. 4-7 p.m.: $3 house wines, $3 margaritas, $2.50 to $3.50 draft beers, $4.50 well, plus appetizers priced from $3.95 to $5.95.

Cartel Coffee Lab

Mon.-Sun. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (close):  Half-off all pastries.

Chloe’s Corner

On Fridays, students can get $10 pizzas for dine-in or carry-out plus stay caffeinated on $3 lattes M-F.

Coach’s Corner Grill

Mon.-Sun. 3 p.m. to close: $3 Fireball on Tap, $4 Miller Lite, Bud Lite, Dos XX draft, $4 Miller Lite, Coors Light aluminums, $4 well & house wine. $5 Happy Hour food menu.

Compass Arizona Grill

Reverse Happy Hour Sun.-Thurs. 9-11 p.m.: $5 dessert, $5 house wine, $5 well drinks plus a nightly signature cocktail for $7.

Copper Blues

Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. 4-6 p.m.: $1 beer shots, $3 local and domestic brews, $4 craft and import pints, $3 house wines, $5 you-call-it, $6 Rocktails, $7 Rocktinis, over 10 food specials $4-$6.

Crescent Ballroom

Mon.-Thurs. 4:30-6p.m.: $2 PBR, $3 Wells, $3 local drafts, or $1 off drinks.

Fridays: All-day Happy Hour

District American Kitchen & Wine Bar

Mon.-Sat. 3-7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close: $5 well, sangria, and house wine and $3 select drafts.  $4 street pork machaca sliders, District mac n’ cheese, honey dipped drumsticks, lemon spiked black bean hummus, and bacon wrapped Yuma dates.

Duck and Decanter

Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m.: 100% local craft beers on draft and fine wine by the glass only $4.

Friday’s Front Row at Chase Field

Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m.: Non-game dates, $3 select drafts, $4 drinks specials, plus  half-priced select appetizers.

Gypsy Bar

Mon.-Sun. 3-7 p.m. $2 domestic draft, $3 imported draft, $3 premium cocktail, $4 selection of wine, $3 – $4 selected menu items.

Hard Rock Café

Mon.-Fri. 9 p.m. to close: $3 domestic drafts, $4 well liquors, $5 house wine.  Half priced appetizers.

Hooters at Arizona Center

Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m.: $3 Wells and Domestic Drafts. $4 Fried Pickles, Tots, Cheese Sticks, Premium & Craft Draughts, Fireball, Hooters Long Island Iced Teas & Margaritas. $5 Burger or Buffalo Chicken Sliders (2 sliders & fries). $6 10 boneless or traditional wings with dressing.

ICON Lounge

Mon.-Fri.  3-7 p.m.:  6-5-4-3 $6 bruschetta, $5 house margarita, $4 house wine, $3 select draft beer.

Kincaid’s at Collier Center

Mon.-Sun. 4-6 p.m.: $4 specialty drinks, house chardon­nay, cabernet or draft beer, and half off select appetizers.

La Piazza Locale

Tue.-Fri. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.:  $2 off wine and cocktails.  $1 off bottle beer.

Lucky Strike Lanes at CityScape

Mon.-Sun. 4-7 p.m.: $2 domestic drafts, $3 well drinks, $4 house wines, and half off select menu items.


Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m.: $6 Café Racers, $6 Tommy’s Margaritas, $6 Bronze Monkeys, $6 Sangria, $6 N2 White Blend, $6 Charles & Charles Red Blend, $6 Two Draft Beers, $6 snacks.


Mon.-Fri. 3-7 p.m., and Reverse Happy Hour Mon.-Fri. 10 p.m. to close: $4 wells, wines, and rocks margaritas, $3 domestic drafts, plus half off select appetiz­ers.

Monday: $5 Martinis

Thursday: $4 Long Islands

Friday: $4 Blue Hawaiians

Saturday: $4 Vodka Strawberry Lemondae

Sunday: Bloody Marys

Mi Amigos at Arizona Center

Mon.-Sun. 3-6 p.m.: $2.50 fresh lime margaritas & 20 oz. domestic drafts, $2.95 Mexican drafts, and $2.50 appetizers.

Networks Bar & Grill

Mon.-Sat. 3:30-6:30 p.m.: $3.50 drafts, $4 well, $5 wines, and $5 appetizers.

Province at Westin Phoenix Downtown

Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: $3 drafts, $4 house red/white wine and sangria, and $1 off tapas style items, $2 off to share items, $3 off traditional items.

Wednesdays: Wine Down (half-priced bottles)

Thursday 5-8p.m.: DJ Mike Hooker and happy hour specials including $5 beer pitchers, $10 sangria pitchers, and unlimited street taco and gourmet salsa bar for $9 per person.

Friday 7-9 p.m.: Flamenco dancing by Lena Jacome alongside Spanish guitarist and partner Chris Jacome. Also, bring in your four-legged friend along to enjoy a complimentary, homemade dog biscuit buffet, while you enjoy specials on tapas, entrees and desserts, as well as a selection of five doggone drinks.

Rose & Crown Pub

Happy Hour Mon.-Fri. 2-7 p.m.: All well drinks and drafts $3.50.

Mondays: Half-priced burgers from 5-10 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Industry nights from 9 p.m. to close. $2 wells, $3 drafts and $4 Pinnacle Vodka flavored drinks

Wednesdays: Team Trivia at 7 p.m.

Fridays: All-you-can-eat Fish N’ Chips from 5-10 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays: $3 breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon.

Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m.: House wines, drafts and appetizers starting at $3.

Squid Ink Sushi

Mon.-Sat. 3-6 p.m., Sun 4-6 p.m.: 1/2-price starters, 1/2-price select sushi rolls, $2 off wines by the glass, $3 domestic bottles, $4 draft beer and well cocktails, $5 select house cocktails, $6 Kirin Light sake bombers.

Steve’s Greenhouse Grill

Mon.-Sun. 3-6 p.m.: $1 Off Draft Beer, 1/2-off Well Drinks, $5 House Wine, 1/2-off Bottles.

Monday: Extended Happy Hour 3 p.m. to close

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday

Wednesday: $5 Burger

Thursday: 50¢ Wings

The Strand Urban Italian

Mon.-Sun. 2-6 p.m., and 9 p.m. to close: $2.50 Shock Top, $4.50 frozen cocktails, $4.50 wells, $5.50 martinis, $4.50 house wines, and $3.50 – $6.90 appetizers.

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m.: $3 well drinks, $5 Red Bull & vodka, $3 domestic 14 oz. drafts, $5 Jack Daniels, and $5 select appetizers.

Tom’s Tavern

Mon.-Fri. 2:30 p.m. to close: $5 appetizers & well drinks, $4 house wine & premium draught, $3 Bud Light Draft, $2 house shot. $1 off premium and signature cocktails & wine by the glass.

Downtown Dominates Best of Awards

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Welcome Poster 2010

We’ve known it all along – the best of the Valley really is in Downtown Phoenix. Don’t believe us? Just read on.

With over 90 business around the Greater Downtown area being named as a best restaurant, venue, festival and more by the Phoenix New Times, Phoenix Magazine and Arizona Republic this awards season,  the results speak for themselves. And, it just so happens, we’ve compiled a complete list of them here for your viewing pleasure.

Additionally, we’ve created this map for easy navigation of Downtown Phoenix Best Of award winners.

Welcome Poster 2010

Downtown Phoenix Best Restaurant Cluster – Arizona Republic

Angels Trumpet Ale House

- Best Reimagined ‘60s Standard (TV Dinners) – Phoenix Magazine

- Best Beer Selection – Phoenix Magazine

- Best Brew and Bite - Arizona Republic

Bliss/reBar Best Gay Bar – Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails – Best Destination for A Girl’s Night Out - Arizona Republic

Bonjour Vietnam

- Best-Kept Restaurant Secret - Arizona Republic

-Best Happy Hour - Phoenix New Times

Bragg’s Factory Diner

- Best Waffles (Coconut Curry Waffles) – Phoenix Magazine

- Best Vegan Restaurant – Phoenix New Times

Cibo Urban Pizzeria Cafe

- Best Neighborhood Restaurant - Phoenix New Times

- Best Place for a First Date – Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

Cocina 10 at Crescent Ballroom

-Best Burritos - Phoenix New Times

- Best Post-Event Downtown Eats - Arizona Republic

Downtown Phoenix Public Market Best Farmers Market – Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

The Duce Best Cocktails (Retro) – Phoenix Magazine

Duck and Decanter Best Downtown Lunch - Phoenix New Times

Friday’s Front Row Best Sports Bar, Downtown Phoenix - Phoenix New Times

Giant Coffee Best Shot of Espresso - Phoenix New Times

Hanny’s Best Vintage Downtown Building to Poke Your Head Into - Phoenix New Times

Lustre Rooftop Garden Best Poolside Happy Hour - Phoenix New Times

Matt’s Big Breakfast

- Best Breakfast/Brunch - Phoenix Magazine Reader’s Pick

- Best Neighborhood Breakfast, Downtown Phoenix – Phoenix New Times

- Best Hangover Breakfast – Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

- Best Breakfast - Arizona Republic

Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Cafe Best Soul Food Restaurant – Phoenix New Times

Nobuo at Teeter House

- Best Japanese Restaurant For Izakaya – Arizona Republic

- Best Japanese Restaurant - Phoenix New Times

Phoenix Food Truck Fridays Best Place to Find Food Trucks - Arizona Republic

Phoenix Public Market Café Best Universally Pleasing Eatery - Phoenix Magazine

Pita Jungle

-Best Downtown Lunch - Phoenix New Times Readers’ Pick

-Best Gluten-Free Restaurant - Phoenix New Times Readers’ Pick

-Best Mediterranean Restaurant - Phoenix New Times Readers’ Pick

-Best Vegan Restaurant - Phoenix New Times Readers’ Pick

-Best Vegetarian Restaurant - Phoenix New Times Readers’ Pick

-Best Healthy Restaurant – Arizona Republic

-Best Lunch – Arizona Republic

-Best Mediterranean Restaurant - Arizona Republic

Pizzeria Bianco
-Best Gourmet Pizza – Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

-Best Pizza – Arizona Republic

Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana Best Neighborhood Pizza, Downtown PhoenixPhoenix New Times

Rose & Crown Best English Pub - Phoenix New Times

Seamus McCaffrey’s Best Neighborhood Bar, Downtown Phoenix – Phoenix New Times

Short Leash Hot Dogs Best Hot Dog - Phoenix Magazine Reader’s Pick

Songbird Coffee & Tea House Best Homegrown Culture-and-Coffee House - Phoenix Magazine

Tammie Coe Cakes Best Bakery – Phoenix Magazine Readers’ Pick

Thai Basil Best Thai Restaurant – Phoenix New Times Readers’ Pick


- Best Cold-Brewed Coffee (Mornin’ Moonshine) – Arizona Republic

- Best Neighborhood Breakfast, Central Phoenix - Phoenix New Times

Welcome Diner Best Fried Chicken – Phoenix Magazine

Welcome Poster 2010

Arizona Theatre Company performing at Herberger Theater Center Best Equity Theater - Phoenix New Times

Ballet Arizona Best Performing-Arts Company – Arizona Republic

Chris & Lena Jàcome (at Province every Friday night) Best Flamenco Duo – Phoenix Magazine

Crescent Ballroom

- Best Live Music Venue - Arizona Republic

- Best Live Music Venue – Phoenix Magazine

- Best Live Music Venue – Phoenix Magazine Reader’s Pick

- Best Dance Floor – Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

- Best Place to be Seen – Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

- Best Venue for Local Acts – Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

- Best Venue for National Acts - Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

- Best Place to Take a Scenester – Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

Downtown Phoenix Zombie Walk Best Family-Friendly Flesh-Eating Festival - Phoenix Magazine

Fashion Collection at Phoenix Art Museum Best Museum Collection – Arizona Republic

Feast on the Street Best New Food Event - Arizona Republic

FilmBar Best Independent Movie Theater - Phoenix New Times

Foul Play, Fridays at Bar Smith Best Weekly Dance Night – Phoenix New Times

Grand Canal Best Downtown Run - Phoenix New Times

Gypsy Bar

- Best Party Destination – Arizona Republic

- Best Bar with an Arcade - Phoenix New Times

Last Exit Live Best Comeback - Phoenix New Times

The Lost Leaf Best Place to Be Seen – Phoenix New Times

Lucky Strike Best Bowling Alley – Phoenix Magazine Reader’s Pick

Lunchtime Theater at Herberger Theater Center Best Afternoon Quickie – Phoenix Magazine

McDowell Mountain Music Festival

-Best Music Festival – Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

- Best Reinvented Music Festival - Arizona Republic

Monarch Theatre

- Best Dance Club - Arizona Republic

- Best Place to See Turntablists - Phoenix New Times

The Nash

-Best Jazz Joint – Phoenix New Times

-Best Local Effort at Raising the Profile of Jazz - Arizona Republic

Outside of the Channel 12 EVB Live studio Best Place to Make a Fool Out of Yourself on Live TV – Phoenix Magazine

Phoenix Mercury Games Best Cheap Seats – Phoenix Magazine

Rose & Crown Pub Best Bar Trivia Night (Wednesdays) – Phoenix Magazine

Silent Sundays (Orpheum Theater) Best Vintage Film Series - Phoenix New Times

Sky Lounge Best Latin Club – Phoenix New Times

The Turf Irish Pub Best Place to Drink Guinness and Play OTB – Phoenix New Times

Welcome Poster 2010

ASU Art Auction at First Studio Best Place to Buy Photography - Phoenix New Times

Central and McDowell in Phoenix Best Hot Spot for the Arts – Arizona Republic

Combine Studios Best New Gallery – Phoenix New Times

Her Secret is Patience Best Public Art - Arizona Republic

The patio behind Drive-Thru Gallery and 1Spot Best First Friday Hangout - Phoenix New Times

Sarah Hurwitz’s “Everything I have ever wanted to own” Best Stop on Art Detour 2013 - Phoenix New Times

Space 55 Ensemble Best Black Box – Phoenix New Times

Welcome Poster 2010

greenHAUS Best Eclectic Boutique - Phoenix Magazine

Bison iPhone sleeves Best Urban Cowboy Accessory – Phoenix Magazine

Flag World USA Best Place to Buy a “Parking for Estonians Only” Sign – Phoenix Magazine

Downtown Phoenix Public Market

- Best Farmer’s Market – Phoenix Magazine Reader’s Pick

- Best Farmer’s Market – Phoenix New Times

Phoenix Spokes People Best Bike Advocacy Group - Phoenix New Times

Altitude Aerials & Dance Co. Best Place to Learn How to Fly – Phoenix New Times

Vintage Industrial Best Industrial Vintage Goods – Phoenix New Times

Jackalope Trading Post Best Shopping on Grand Avenue – Phoenix New Times

GROWop Best Homegrown Boutique - Phoenix New Times

Easley’s Fun Shop Best Costume Shop – Phoenix New Times

Cellar Door Vintage Best Vintage T-shirts - Phoenix New Times

Lawn Gnome Publishing Best Used Bookstore - Phoenix New Times

MADE art boutique Best Retail Gem - Phoenix New Times

Welcome Poster 2010

The Icehouse Best Rooftop View of Downtown Phoenix – Phoenix New Times

FQ Story Best Neighborhood - Phoenix New Times

Willo Best Home Tour - Phoenix New Times

Wake Up And Smell The Coffee

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

If you think you’ve got to be somewhere cold, wet and gloomy to find a great cup of coffee, Downtown Phoenix’s coffee houses can’t wait to prove you wrong. They roast their own beans, take brewing seriously and offer that extra something – from vegan eats to just being a cool place to linger – that will have you headed their way the next time a caffeine craving hits.

Coffee-5If you’re serious about your coffee, then Cartel Coffee Lab is where you want to go. Cartel’s beans come from small farms in Central and South America, and they’re roasted at the company’s original Tempe store. To top it off, Cartel is the only coffee house in Arizona with a Clover brewing machine, something that can best be described as a French press from the future. Here’s how good Clover coffee is: Starbucks bought the company that makes the $11,000 machines. Cartel also serves up great espresso drinks, cold-brewed iced coffee, breakfast and lunch, and an array of baked goods, some of which are accented with bacon and all of which are half off starting at 12:30 p.m. Cartel will soon move in to new, more spacious digs on the corner of First Street and Washington, offering up an expanded menu and longer hours.

Duck and Decanter is an easy choice for lunch. It’s bright and open, offers patio seating and has the full menu of sandwiches “the Duck” is famous for. But you might want to start the day here, too. Of course the breakfast sandwiches are good. But the Duck’s flagship store on Camelback got into the coffee business more than 20 years ago, and the Downtown Phoenix location benefits from that experience. It boasts a full espresso bar, including less-acidic toddy iced coffee, and serves all the Duck’s coffee blends on a rotating basis. Although the beans come from around the world, 80 percent of the Duck’s coffee is roasted in Phoenix or Scottsdale, including the house blend – two types of Central American and two types of South American beans with a touch of French roast – and the not-too-sweet Cafe Mexicana – a mix of Viennese Cinnamon and French Vanilla dusted with cocoa. Here’s a moneysaving tip: If you buy a reusable cup, the Duck offers a discount.

It’s tough to see One Coffee from Washington Street, but it’s a place worth finding. Owner Damian Serafine is the most laid-back perfectionist you’ll meet. He spent 15 years perfecting Sofia’s blend, an in-house roast named after his daughter. But One Coffee invites you to hang out for awhile and meet new people with its communal seating and local art hanging on the walls. And Serafine remembers his regulars and will offer friendly suggestions if you ask. On a hot day, the iced vanilla latte is perfect. The bitterness of the espresso comes through, but the drink is smooth overall, without the cloying sweetness that too many lattes have. The regular coffee menu has a good variety of hot and iced drinks, and the daily special board adds even more options. Turkish coffee in Downtown Phoenix? You’ll find it here.

Walk downstairs under the huge net sculpture in Civic Space Park, and you’ll find Fair Trade Cafe, a coffee place where the locally roasted beans are also certified fair trade, organic and shade-grown. Fair Trade has great coffee and a great setting. Almost every seat inside or out offers a view of the patio fountain, a nice oasis in Downtown Phoenix. Those who don’t drink espresso will love the rich French press coffee. And espresso fans won’t be disappointed. In addition to the standards, Fair Trade has some inventive seasonal drinks to offer. The spicy mocha, a mocha spiked with cayenne pepper and cinnamon, gives a one-two punch of sweetness and heat that really wakes you up. Fair Trade also serves up vegan baked goods and vegetarian lunch specials for those who don’t think everything’s better with bacon. And, they’ve expanded their offerings to include ice cream, wine and craft beers.

Added bonus? All the coffee houses listed have free wi-fi. So, go ahead, spend an afternoon “working.”

(Editor’s note: A shorter version of this article originally appeared in our Dining Guide.)

5 Things to Be Thankful for Downtown

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

The Orpheum Theatre. Burgers. Free Wi-Fi. These are a few of my favorite things, as Maria Von Trapp and Oprah might say.*

And since it’s the time of year to give thanks, here’s a short list of things I’m thankful for Downtown, including suggestions for things to see and do:


Five Guys Burgers has already made a big splash at CityScape. I’ve sampled their not-so-small “little cheeseburger” and it’s messy, juicy and fabulous. If that’s not enough burger for you – and what is? – Blu Burger Grille is joining the restaurant roster at CityScape in 2011. Their burgers are seriously hefty half-pound bites of Angus beef, Kobe beef, salmon, Portobello mushroom or bison.

A Showcase for Local Artists

In an effort spearheaded by Phoenician Joey Robert Parks, 26 local writers were paired with 26 local photographers to create the 26 Blocks Exhibit.  The idea was to capture the past, present or future of 26 city blocks in downtown Phoenix. You can see the results of all this artistic effort through next Monday, Nov 29, in the lobby of CityScape’s Main Tower.

orpheumThe Orpheum Theatre

On Nov. 23 and Dec. 14, the Orpheum is offering a free, guided tour of this gorgeous, historical site. The one-hour tour, offered at noon and 1 p.m., will provide all kinds of history and a look backstage. Theater buffs should check this out.

The Ever-Changing Science Center

Even if you’ve been to the Arizona Science Center several times, you’ll always find something new to do or see.  Thrill-seekers will love the Evans Family SkyCycle, which gives you the chance to be strapped into a harness and ride across a cable nearly 14 feet in the air.

Free Wi-Fi

I’m almost sorry I discovered the fun of working on my laptop and drinking some kind of mocha latte. It hurts my diet. Ouch. On the bright side, we can all take advantage of free wi-fi Downtown at Duck and Decanter, Fair Trade Café and the Arizona Science Center café, to name a few.

* Apologies if you were hoping some of these things would include raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, a free car, or Dr. Phil.

Downtown Food Diaries

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Who builds your favorite Downtown sandwich? Where can you get a mean glass of passion fruit iced tea? When you’re feeling blue, what Downtown comfort food turns your frown upside down?

Those are the questions we posed to our Facebook Fans on Tuesday and here’s what they had to say about…


hero_factoryDuck and Decanter has the best sandwiches!” - Joshua S.

Fair Trade has a great turkey sandwich and the best tea!” – Nathalie C.

Jacquee’s Espresso makes the best sandwiches!” – Cheryl R.

“It’s The Hero Factory and it’s not even close.” – Matt K.

“I love Ladybug House of Sandwiches (11th St. & McDowell). Always great service, small, and deliver.” – Meg E.

“I love Fair Trade Cafe! They have lots of food options, fair trade coffee and the employees really love the customers.” – Heather

Hero Factory!” – Glenn D.

Coach & Willie’s.” - Jessica M.

“Long live The Duck. Still my favorite.” – Cristen P.

“Is My Florist still around (editor’s note: YES)? I am in Minnesota. I LOVED their turkey and brie sandwich. YUM!” – Jennifer S.


royal“Strawberry iced tea at Royal at the Market and tuna sliders at Tammie Coe.” – Rachel Richards-M.

Royal at the Market has fantastic iced teas. Try the Cactus Flower or Jasmine Green. De-lish!” – Sasha H.

 ”Iced Chai tea at Conspire also makes my day.” – Jefferson C.


“The 5 Spot from Matt’s Big Breakfast is pretty stellar. With extra jalepenos please!” – Jefferson C.

Thai Elephant will turn that frown upside down.” – Chris V.

“Penne a la Vodka at Focaccia Fiorentina is my fave comfort food!” – Nichelle C.

 ”Fair Trade Cafe has great vegan brownies and tea.” – Jana S.


Hope you enjoyed the tips. Stay tuned for more installments of Downtown Food Diaries and make your entry into the Diary here or at our Facebook page.