North Phoenix’s mixed-use district provides opportunities to “Shop, Dine, Live, Work, Explore.”

High Street at CityNorth AKA Mini PHX

Written by Claire Demirjian Category: Lifestyle Issue: September 2017
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It’s no historical neighborhood – or even a traditional one – but High Street has its own modern ‘hood mojo going on. The North Phoenix multiuse property is a self-contained district with the tagline “Shop, Dine, Live, Work, Explore.” PHASE ONE: Opened in November 2008, High Street encompasses 6,300 square feet of retail, residential and office space owned and managed by ScanlanKemperBard Companies and Harbert Management Corporation. PHASE TWO: SKBC and HMC are mulling additional office, retail and residential buildings and bringing a hotel into the mix. GREEN LIVING: The Residences On High Street – eight floor plans, from one-bedroom to three-bedroom units – have LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. 
Make all of your Pinterest dreams a reality at Pinspiration, an arts and crafts studio beyond any scrappy DIYer’s wildest fantasy. Filled with all the materials and step-by-step directions crafters need to create macramé wall-hangings, string art, pallet signs and more, the studio also has a party room that customers can reserve for craft extravaganzas. Reservations for individuals aren’t required, though, and drop-in DIY projects are welcome.
5410 E. High St., Ste. 105, Phoenix, 480-636-8010,

Photos by Charlene Santiago
La Bocca
The second location of Tempe institution La Bocca opened to great fanfare in High Street in 2014. Residents and visitors swarm to the Italian-Mediterranean eatery for bruschetta planks, basil hummus, pizzas topped with local ingredients and a killer sangria selection. 
5415 E. High St., Phoenix, 480-840-1799,

Photos by Charlene Santiago
Modern Margarita
Choose from 11 signature margaritas made with your choice of 65 tequilas at this bright and colorful restaurant, or sip a flight of straight tequila or mezcal around the fire pit on Modern Margarita’s 1,200-square-foot patio. Margs range from $9-$14 and during happy hour are discounted to $6-$11. Knock a few back with happy hour street tacos (two for $7) or veggie tostadas ($5). 
5410 E. High St., Ste. 115, Phoenix, 602-795-8111,
Photos by Charlene Santiago
Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy
In addition to hosting big-name acts including Jimmy Kimmel, Marc Maron and D.L. Hughley, House of Comedy runs Comedy for a Cause, which gives charitable and nonprofit organizations a unique and fun way to raise money. The club also facilitates private parties and a “Hire a Comic” program. Get to shows early for local and alternative comedy. 
5350 E. High St., Phoenix, 480-420-3553,
Photos by Charlene Santiago