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. 
 
Pinspiration
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, pinspiration.com

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, laboccapizzeria.com/la-bocca-north

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, modernmargarita.com
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, houseofcomedy.net
Photos by Charlene Santiago