Sometimes a name is more than a name. And in Downtown Phoenix, this rings true: like the litty bird of myth, it’s an area ever-ready to rise from the ashes and recreate itself.
The downtown stretch of Van Buren was once a smorgasbord of motels and car camping circa the 1930s and 40s. Think jalopies piled high with suitcases and boulder-capped drivers headed West. It was place where travelers drove through and didn’t stick around for long. After that, some say that the greater downtown went though a culturally “dry” period for some time, with nothing more to offer urbanites than hot asphalt. Now, it’s an area where culture, commerce, and cool places to literally cool down in thrive. Year round farmers markets at Public Café, houses-turned-boutiques at Roosevelt Row, a bustling ASU campus across the street.
Even Stevens likes this rising Phoenix so much, we put a patio on it.
We were also thrilled to engage the muses of street artists Yai Cecream and Kevin Dmoe Aviles for a mural wall. Their distinct but complementary cartoon styles draw a vision of PHX that is vibrant, playful and inclusive. (And wacky, like us.)
Shop artifacts include an oversized steamer trunk converted into a chandelier, nostalgic toys and board games and a mural of Downtown PHX and Roosevelt Row.