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.
Drawn to Comics
Nominated for three Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Awards (a big accolade in comic-nerd nation), this independent comic book shop draws fans of every ilk for its stellar selection, from rare, first-edition superhero comics and animated films to adult-oriented graphic novels and custom character sculptures. 5801 W. Glendale Ave., 623-847-9090, drawntocomics.com
This family-owned restaurant in an inviting cottage decked with Vietnamese memorabilia serves nearly a hundred dishes, including six types of pho (chicken, beef meatballs, sliced beef and more), fire pot soups, seafood from sea bass to steamed catfish, and specialties like carí gä – stir-fried curry chicken with a roasted peanut garnish. 7016 N. 57th Ave., 623-939-6136, littlesaigonaz.com
Olde Towne Glendale Wine & Beer Bar
Cozy and casual, OTG offers a global selection of vino (around 68 bottles) including Argentinian malbecs, Sonoma Valley varietals, and local vintages. On Wednesdays, all bottles of wine are half-price. OTG also pours around 40 beers (10 on tap), with tastings of all tappers for $6. 5745 W. Glendale Ave., 623-937-9463, otgwinenbeerbar.com
A Mad Hatter’s Antiques & Collectibles
The White Rabbit would go crazy in this 20,000-square-foot store, with its shelves of antique toys, books, clothing, jewelry, vintage furniture and home decor. 5734 W. Glendale Ave., 623-931-1991, amadhatters.com
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