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Businessman. Philanthropist. Middle-aged gentleman of means. Epicurean. Bourbon enthusiast. Gym rat. World traveler. Enjoys a cigar now and then. Probably owns a lake house somewhere.
In addition to locally crafted objets, owners Cole and Dayna Reed curate vintage items they collect during yearly trips abroad. GreenHAUS contains a unique collection of smoking pipes ($10-$20) for tobacco connoisseurs and vintage-goods junkies. Cole Reed says the collection is an homage to her grandfather, whom she remembers with pocket watch and pipe always in hand.
Asian food trucks let Phoenicians satisfy their noodle needs on the go.
One of the newest additions to the Phoenix Street Food Coalition, Hao Bao spirits customers – or, at least, their tongues – to eastern China for a taste of authentic Mandarin cuisine. Billed as “Chinese soul food,” the Hao Bao menu includes such comfort-minded staples as dumplings, noodle soup and fragrant scallion pancakes served with a tangy ginger dipping sauce. Owner Jake Lau went on hiatus earlier this spring but expected to bring the Valley’s only Chinese food truck back by summer. Check their Facebook page to see when Hao Bao will return to venues like CO+HOOTS and Downtown Phoenix Public Market’s Food Truck Fridays. facebook.com/haobaousa
AKA “Arizona’s Antique Capital”
BIRTH OF A ’BURB: Arizona Canal builder William J. Murphy founded Glendale in 1892. The city incorporated in 1910. VIGOROUS VINTAGE: In the 1990s, Glendale sported more than a thousand antique shops, leading to accolades from USA Today and Sunset magazine. CELEBRITY CENTRAL: Numerous notables have lived in Glendale, including actor Jennie Garth (Beverly Hills, 90210), singer Jordin Sparks (winner of American Idol season six), and country star Marty Robbins. SUPER STADIUM: Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium, which hosted the Super Bowl in 2008 and is slated to host again in 2015, was featured on the History Channel show Modern Marvels in 2008 for its roll-out, natural grass field.
Forget the treadmill. Get outside and try a canal.
Imagine yourself jogging, sans iPod, to the song of birds and the faint sound of lapping water. Your sneakers rhythmically pound the ground, unearthing pebbles and bits of sand. With every few strides, you inhale mighty lungfuls of air, the piquant tinge of nearby water making each breath that much more invigorating.