Off-the-rack is A-OK when it comes to low-fat milk and tennis shoes. But when you want to treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind ware, the Valley has plenty of talented artisans at the ready.
Guitars from Atomic Guitar Works: You want crazy? Master luthiers Tim Mulqueeny and Harry Howard will give you crazy. “Once, we had a request for a double-necked guitar shaped like a dollar sign,” Mulqueeny says. “Most of the pieces we make are more sedate, but we can do the shock-and-awe stuff, too.” The duo handcrafts up to 110 electric guitars a year, from the $995 standard Atomic model to ground-up originals and complete customs ($2,500-$4,000). 8550 N. 91st Ave., Peoria, 623-878-4127, atomicguitarworks.com
Navigate your next Arizona road trip with these fun, funky and (mostly) Southwest-produced travel guides and maps.
Wide World of Maps
Google may have cornered the street-map market, but when it comes to less trammeled tracks, nothing beats boots-on-the-ground cartography. Find an assortment of atlases, digital and historical maps, and satellite posters at this map emporium’s locations in Phoenix (2626 W. Indian School Rd.), Mesa (1444 W. Southern Ave.) and North Phoenix (17232 N. Cave Creek Rd.), 800-279-7654, maps4u.com
Whether you’re relocating or just recreating, the Valley’s diverse and distinctive neighborhoods offer a host of haunts to explore. From family friendly enclaves to hidden historic ’hoods, plus meccas for outdoorsy types, foodies anD creatives, here are 30 of our favorite neighborhoods.
Tired of the tried-and-true? Does the above-board leave you feeling, well, bored? Then join us for a tour of the Valley’s hidden gems, secret shops, infamous haunts and unseen underbelly. From extra-menu eats to suburban moonshiners, we throw back the covers on the uncoverable.
How better to begin our exploration of “undergound” Phoenix than to look, literally, underground? The Valley is not an obvious hotbed for subterranean adventure – after all, we have that troublesome,
AKA “The Silicon Desert”
DOCTOR’S ORDERS: Chandler was founded by veterinarian Alexander John (A.J.) Chandler on May 17, 1912, when he opened a townsite office to sell parcels of his 18,000-acre ranch south of Mesa. Chandler incorporated as a town in 1920, and was recognized as a city in 1954.
Ten Great Patio Wi-Fi Spots in the Valley
JoBot Coffee Shop
918 N. Fifth St.
A popular spot in the downtown Phoenix arts community, JoBot is known for its savory crepes, eye-peeling espressos, and patio populated with social media addicts and hipster workaholics on laptops. A canopy offers shade and a misting system provides relief from the heat.