phoenix guide.

It's taken some time to get there, but we are pumped about living in Phoenix. There is a growing list of local businesses - great restaurants, vintage & retro stores, boutiques, galleries, and more. Angela posted this guide a few months ago on her blog, but we thought we'd share it here too.

I decided to share the wealth with those who might care by compiling a mini-guide, an abbreviated version of the small wonders map that is being distributed by LocalFirstAZ. Most I have been to, and some I still have not...but all are worth discovering.

1.Barrio Cafe - a little neighborhood eatery providing authentic southern Mexico cuisine in an unpretentious atmosphere 2.Chelsea's Kitchen - casual urban sophistication with a menu for the whole family 3.Cibo - authentic Italian cuisine in a rustic and charming old house setting 4.Copper Star Coffee - gourmet pastries and sandwiches housed in a charming old filling station in the historic Melrose district 5.Drip Coffee Lounge - serving all organic; breakfasts, artisan soups, gourmet sandwiches and snacks 6.Duck & Decanter - award-winning sandwiches, soups, and salads surrounded by an epicurian marketplace 7.Estate Treasures - vintage & retro to modern, rustic and shabby chic furniture, clothing, and accessories 8.Fate - well-crafted, modern Asian fare in a funky-chic setting 9.Frances - handpicked new and vintage women's clothing, jewelery, gifts, paper goods & more {my favorite!}

10.Goldlion Boutique - vintage, new, handmade, apparel, gifts, art gallery 11.La Grande Orange - grocery & pizzeria; yummy breakfast lunch & dinner, not to mention adorable 12.Lisa G. - modern design, fresh ingredients and affordable prices; mouthwatering gourmet sandwiches, salads and pastries 13.Lola Tapas - coffee and french pastries 14.Lux - coffee and bakery goods in an atmosphere where art, music and design are cultivated to create a place of culture and shared ideas 15.Made Art boutique - antidote to the everyday featuring gifts, books, art, and chocolate 16.Melrose pharmacy - professional and friendly service - old school style 17.Palatte - not terribly typical... breakfast & lunch 18.Pizzeria Bianco - best pizza in the U.S. and worth the super long wait

19.Postino - a delightful space carved out of the old Arcadia post office with delicious Italian food 20.Radio Milano - Italian-accented restaurant and bar with great food and great atmosphere 21.Red modern furniture - best source for Midcentury modern furniture & also vintage clothing, jewelry and purses by Mint 22.Rowdy Boutique - men's and women's clothing & accessories 23.MacAlpine's Soda Fountain - restaurant and old tyme soda fountain, vintage & retro store 24.Spoken Boutique - street wear, hip accessories, and tons of designer denim 25.Stinkweeds - New & used vinyl, CDs, DVDs, books, magazines, and more 26.Sweet Pea Bakery - quality goodies from quality ingredients 27.That's A Wrap - fresh, healthy ingredients for salads, wraps, soups and smoothies


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