Back in 1887, railway builder Francis Quarles (F.Q.) Story – who assisted with the development of Grand Avenue and its attendant streetcar – purchased a 200-acre parcel north of Downtown Phoenix. The population of Phoenix swelled to 29,000 over the next three decades, and ultimately the parcel was developed as the residential district that bears his name. HOME STYLE: F.Q. Story’s 602 homes represent a range of historical architectural styles, from English Tudors and Craftsman bungalows to Spanish Colonial revivals and ranches. SUNKIST STORY: Originally a wool merchant from Boston, Story was a man of diverse interests. He planted acres of orange groves in Southern California, and is known as “the father of Sunkist orange.” PHONY PHOENICIAN: Though he was involved in many civic projects throughout the city, Story never actually lived in Phoenix. He moved to Los Angeles from Boston in the late 19th century and lived there until his death in 1932.
More than 45 beers, 40-plus wines and countless custom cocktails made with freshly squeezed juice are on tap at Sidebar. The cozy brick walls, warm hardwood floors and comfy couches invite buzzed relaxation. Snack with friends, tune into the music, admire the local art or zone out to an old silent film. The bar’s WhiskeyBerry Sour – made with Jameson, homemade sweet and sour mix, club soda and blueberries – is a local legend.
1514 N. Seventh Ave.,
F.Q. Story Home Tours
Every December, the residents of the F.Q. Story neighborhood invite the public into their homes for a weekend of wintry revelry. This year’s tours take place Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, and include luminarias and Dickens Carolers on Saturday night, and trolley transport on Sunday. Gift and food vendors line the streets for this fête, dubbed the 31st Annual F.Q. Story Home Tours and Holiday Street Fair Marketplace.
11th Ave. and Portland St.,
Garfield Galleria, previously an apartment building and a Baptist church, provides 13 art areas to local lessees. Owned and managed by Donna Trigilio since 2002, the galleria features photography studios, a custom framing shop, a martial arts studio, a boutique and many other creative spaces. Visitors can ponder the incredible nature-inspired paintings of Barry Sparkman and enter the working space of Rocco Designs, where Rocco Menaguale creates 3D acrylic art installations.
316 W. McDowell Rd.,
Great Arizona Puppet Theater
It’s not quite what you might expect. Sure, you can bring your kids to see The Little Red Hen or The Night Before Christmas, but for the 18-and-over crowd, there are adult puppet slams. These slams feature five to 10 short performances that might include strong language, sexual references, violence, politics or simply discuss more serious topics that kids wouldn’t be interested in.
302 W. Latham St.,
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