Sunnyslope earned its name around 1911, when the daughter of founder William R. Norton saw the sun shining on the desert landscape while on a buggy ride and declared, “What a pretty sunny slope!” BUT IT’S A DRY HEAT: Many of the original residents of Sunnyslope were tuberculants sent to the desert for its drier, cleaner air. WORKING MAN: The John C. Lincoln Healthcare Network is the largest employer in the community. FROM A MILE AWAY: The large “S” painted on the side of Sunnyslope Mountain is refurbished each year by incoming freshmen at Sunnyslope High School.
1. North Mountain Brewing
Owner Rob Berkner’s all-American twist on the traditional European gastropub brings delicious “beer-centric” food like fish and chips and shepherd’s pie (made with locally sourced ingredients) into the mix with craft beer, a sense of community and good, old-fashioned fun. The pub refreshes its menu every season with new dishes and brews. 522 E. Dunlap Ave., 602-861-5999, northmountainbrewing.com
2. Tony’s Italian Delicatessen
This authentic Italian delicatessen not only offers hand-cut sausages and meats, but also a wide variety of groceries, desserts, hot sub sandwiches, cheeses, pasta and spices. This family-run operation has been serving customers since the 1970s, and their crunchy-creamy cannoli are local legend. 536 E. Dunlap Ave., 602-944-5952
3. Arizona Humane Society, Sunnyslope
The Sunnyslope Humane Society boasts a newly refurbished facility – including temperature-controlled kennels with plush beds – to house the animals in their care. These state-of-the-art kennels keep more than 100 dogs and cats comfortable until they are adopted. Veterinarian services and grooming are available, and volunteers and donations are always welcome. 9226 N. 13th Ave., 602-997-7585, azhumane.org
4. Historic Home Tours
Sunnyslope Historical Society hosts its eighth annual tour of historic homes on November 23 and 24, with five homes built between 1948 and 1979, including a former residence of architect Al Beadle and a 1960 desert-setting home decorated and furnished in ‘60s style. Tours start at Sunnsylope Historical Society Museum. 737 E. Hatcher Rd., 602-331-3150, sunnyslopehistoricalsociety.org
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