Downtown Phoenix’s Warehouse District is in the midst of a renaissance.

Warehouse District AKA Rail Row

Written by Paola Garcia Category: Lifestyle Issue: August 2017
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In the early 1900s, the Warehouse District was the hub of the Valley’s railroad-based agricultural shipping industry. Located just south of Downtown Phoenix, between Seventh Street and Seventh Avenue and from Jefferson to Grant streets, the WD now has its sights set on a comeback with the recent revitalization of the old warehouses that once held lettuce, grapes, citrus and more. There’s even a snazzy new council promoting the ‘hood, complete with a tricked-out website (phxwd.com) offering virtual tours. BRICK HOUSE: The integrity of the brick buildings is maintained by a devoted coalition of new tenants, including restaurants, galleries, venues and office spaces. They’re keeping the “good bones” but adding their own flair. METRO A-GO-GO: Warehouse District Council member Andy Lucich, a marketing pro at Impress Labs, says that in 10 years, the light rail will run through the district to South Mountain, bringing in even more people. STRANGER DANGER: Lucich says a misperception about the area is that it is dangerous. Reports by the Phoenix Police Department show that crime rates in the Warehouse District are actually among the lowest in the metro area.

The Croft by Angelic Grove
Angelic Grove is owned by husband and wife Mark and Angela Karp, who partnered with WD venue The Croft to provide party planning, corporate event hosting, and floral and wedding design. Event coordinator and operations manager Alex Loda says the venue is “an element of surprise” in the neighborhood, since no one would guess that behind the old brick walls is a room covered with the company’s titular angelic, pure white decorations. 
22 E. Buchanan St., Phoenix
602-462-9700, thecroftdowntown.com
The Duce
Travel back in time at The Duce, which features a 1915 drugstore soda fountain from Chicago amid R&R surplus goods, an old-school boxing ring and a retro trailer kitchen. Co-founders Steve and Andi Rosenstein wanted to liven up the warehouse and serve interesting twists on Midwestern food and classic cocktails and brews, including cheap, paper-bagged beer from Chicago.
525 S. Central Ave., Phoenix
602-866-3823, theducephx.com
 
Bentley Gallery
Bentley is one of the oldest tenants in the district. Owner Bentley Calverley bought the space in 2005 and turned it into an art gallery and event space, with regularly changing artwork from local and international artists. The gallery has hosted numerous events, including a visit from Mayor Greg Stanton, who applauded Bentley artists for doing their part to revitalize Phoenix. “We could have called it the ‘Creative District’ because of all the creative ideas all the companies have to offer,” Calverley says.
215 E. Grant St., Phoenix
480-946-6060, bentleygallery.com
Galvanize
Founded in 2012, the business incubator Galvanize came to the Warehouse District early this year. General Manager Diana Vowels says its focuses are education, entrepreneurs and events. Galvanize is one of the largest hubs in the neighborhood, with about 90 companies working and learning side by side in the co-working space. 
515 E. Grant St., Phoenix
602-362-2670, galvanize.com
 

Photos by Charlene Santiago; THE SHEPARDS ADVENTURE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY; Kamden Storm