In case you haven't heard, the progressive community is gathering next week in Phoenix for one of the most anticipated events of the year: the tenth annual Netroots Nation conference!
As a Phoenician and member of team EveryAction, I'm thrilled to share that EveryAction is hosting this year's closing party, and am excited to see this fantastic city and the incredible work being done by progressive organizers on display for the entire community to see.
That's why, with help from the awesome folks at Local First Arizona, I've put together an eating, drinking, shopping, and local attractions guide to supporting local and progressive businesses in Phoenix!
The list below includes some of my favorite spots from growing up in Phoenix, but it's just a snapshot of the vibrant independent, progressive, and local businesses across the entire Grand Canyon state.
Eat + Drink
The authentic, delicious food and welcoming atmosphere make Hana one of the best family-run restaurants on the list.
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With its fresh take on Hawaiian food and tiki decor, Hula is great for happy hour, dinner, or a few late night beverages.
Image courtesy of Hula's Modern Tiki
Sit on the patio, order the Wingless Buffalo Dip, and enjoy a glass of wine or a signature cocktail. Oh, and say hi to Joel!
Image courtesy of Maizie's Cafe
Best. Cold. Brew. Period.
Image courtesy of Jobot Coffee
More to eat + drink:
- Barrio Cafe
- Bliss / Rebar
- Carly’s Bistro
- Federal Pizza
- Gallo Blanco Cafe + Bar
- Lux Coffee Bar
- Mother Bunch Brewing
- Postino Wine Cafe
- St. Francis
- TEXAZ Grill
Whatever the occasion, I can always find the loveliest handmade and locally-sourced gifts at Frances.
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I've been shopping at Stinkweeds since my time in college and they've always had my back - even when I went through a weird piano-rock phase.
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If you made it out to Phoenix for this year's Comicon but didn't get a chance to shop for comics, look no further than this shop!
Image courtesy of All About Books and Comics
- 80/20 Records
- A Second Look
- Antique Sugar Vintage Clothing
- Central Farmers’ Market
- Cherry Bombin Wear
- Cowtown Skateboards
- Junk in the Trunk Vintage Markets
- Made Art Boutique
- Noble Beast
- Retro Ranch
- Sole Sports Running Zone
See + Do
If the Netroots Music Project inspires you to check out all the local music scene has to offer, catch a show at Crescent! (Also, the late-night food is amazing!)
Image courtesy of Crescent Ballroom
With stops right in front of the Phoenix Convention Center and The Monarch Theater, home of the official Netroots closing party, there's no better way to travel!
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More to see + do:
- Arizona Brewery Tours
- Grid Bikeshare
- Heard Museum
- Musical Instruments Museum
- Phoenix Art Museum
- Phoenix Center for the Arts
- Phoenix Zoo
When you're not taking advantage of the 80 panels, 40 trainings, film screenings, and awesome Music Project at Netroots Nation, or dancing the your heart out at The Blue Party, make sure to do some exploring around Phoenix and lend your support to local progressive businesses!
Also, if you're headed to Netroots, make sure to say hi to the EveryAction team! Come find us in the Exhibition Hall at Booth 102 and sit in on a Master Class by one of our senior support team members.