Shopping Guide: Retail Hubs to Visit in the Valley

Editorial StaffSeptember 29, 2021
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From luxury furniture shops and art galleries to indie boutiques and local liquor stores, the Valley is a shopper’s paradise.

Photo Courtesy Uptown Plaza

Uptown Plaza
100 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, uptownplaza.com

Built in 1955 by legendary developer Del E. Webb, Uptown Plaza was remodeled and rejuvenated in 2015. Now it’s once again among the top shopping centers in the state, with tenants including local boutiques (Muse Apparel, Manor, Local Nomad), salons and spas (CLOVR Life Spa, PROSE Nails, Boardroom Salon for Men), and restaurants galore (Flower Child, Chula Seafood).

Barnone
3000 E. Ray Rd., Gilbert, barnoneaz.com

Looking to create a shared space for maker-driven businesses, Gilbert visionary/entrepreneur Joe Johnston upcycled a 1950s grain storage building located on his ancestral family farm at Agritopia, the agrarian housing development he launched in the 2000s. Currently, 12 makers share the space, from woodworkers to machinists.

Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-955-8400, shopbiltmore.com

Fashion Park is an apt moniker for this luxurious outdoor shopping center, which frames verdant lawns and sun-drenched open spaces with high-end boutiques and designer destinations, located within walking distance of the historic Arizona Biltmore resort. Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue anchor the cluster of shops, which include Ralph Lauren and Arhaus. To support local, pop into Citrine Natural Beauty Bar for cosmetics, Woods & Whites for housewares and Naked Rebellion for nude-shade bras and underwear for every skin tone. Get a local caffeine fix at Royal Coffee Bar.

Chandler Fashion Center
3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, 480-812-0152, chandlermall.com

Chandler Fashion Center offers family-friendly mall favorites – department stores Macy’s and Dillard’s, along with food-court staples – and a few higher-end offerings, including Free People and Coach. Personal shoppers are available to guide your retail therapy – and help lug your haul from Banana Republic, lululemon athletica and Pottery Barn. Support local with some lash pampering at Amazing Lash Studio.

Grand Avenue Arts District
Grand Avenue between Roosevelt and Polk streets, Phoenix, grandavenueartsandpreservation.org

Grand Avenue is giving RoRo a run for its money with cool galleries (Sisao Gallery), collectives (Nurture House), interesting shops (Hawk Salvage) and restaurants (Grand Avenue Pizza Company).

Hive on 16th
2222 N. 16th St., Phoenix, 602-756-1082, hiveon16th.com

This collection of tiny Midtown businesses has a fresh coat of a paint and a new owner, but the Hive’s reputation as one of the artsiest spots in town is holding strong, with Julia Fournier’s Bee’s Knees vintage shop, Tennille Neilsen’s Composite Boutique and Keri Mosier’s Mer.Made Jewelry studio as well as a performance space, coffee window, tattoo shop, interior design/organization studio and more thrifted goods for sale.

Mill Avenue
Mill Avenue between University Drive and Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, downtowntempe.com

Mill Avenue, a walkable shopping district less than a mile long, is the epicenter of activity for college students from nearby Arizona State University. Find hipster garb at Urban Outfitters, eclectic fashions at Pitaya and sports merchandise at Cactus Sports. Yucatecan Imports, a longtime Mill mainstay, sources handcrafted treasures from around the world.

Park West
9744 W. Northern Ave., Peoria, 623-877-9771, shopparkwest.com

This outdoor mall features shops clustered around Harkins Park West 14 movie theater. An influx of West Valley outposts from local restaurant groups – Hash Kitchen, The Sicilian Baker, The Sicilian Butcher, Pita Jungle – has reinvigorated the shopping complex.

Pemberton PHX
1121 N. Second St., Phoenix, pembertonphx.com

This “ever-evolving collective” is situated on about 2 acres just north of the Roosevelt Row arts district. Opened in 2020, it will have permanent fixtures including ABNORMAL Airstream Taproom, Dino’s Napoletana Pizza, Saint Pasta, be Coffee + Stuff, Breakfast Bitch Xpress, FilmBar indie cinema, indoor/outdoor personal training gyms and more, many with open-air components.

Roosevelt Row Arts District
Roosevelt Street, from 16th Street to Seventh Avenue, Phoenix, rooseveltrow.org

For a true taste of independent Phoenix, explore this historical corridor of boutiques, art galleries, coffee houses, shops and co-ops – many housed in renovated bungalows and 19th-century homes. Art galleries and performance spaces abound, including the Alwun House Foundation, Great Arizona Puppet Theater and Phoenix Center for the Arts. Buy local goods at MADE art boutique, Rubymint General and newcomer Now or Never. Art galleries and Phoenix Art Museum stay open late for First Fridays, a monthly art walk and crafts bazaar with food trucks. The vibrant street art alone could make for a compelling tour of “RoRo.”

Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, 480-941-2140, fashionsquare.com

Shopping is elevated to an art form at Scottsdale Fashion Square. The largest shopping mall in Arizona – almost 2 million square feet of retail heaven – also boasts the most amenities and complimentary services: personal shoppers, carry-out assistance, omnipresent concierge staff and valet parking with optional detailing service. It’s also the only Arizona location of several high-end emporiums, including Kate Spade, Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo and Bottega Veneta. A multi-year redevelopment includes a new luxury wing (anchored by Neiman Marcus and home to a Dior flagship store), custom artwork and destination restaurants including Nobu, Ocean 44 and Toca Madera.

Scottsdale Quarter
15037 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-270-8123, scottsdalequarter.com

Scottsdale Quarter is a mixed-use, open-air center designed to resemble a city district. Major retailers H&M, Sephora, Apple, Amazon Books, Restoration Hardware and Fabletics mix with local shops like Cheeky Chic Baby Boutique and Candle Chemistry. Re-energize with a cup of fair-trade coffee at Press Coffee and then craft your own grab bag of candy at IT’SUGAR to enjoy at The Quad, a park-like gathering spot with the largest pop-jet fountain in the region.

Seventh Avenue/Melrose District
Seventh Avenue between Indian School and Camelback roads, Phoenix, melrosemerchantsassociation.com

This stretch of shops, restaurants, salons, garages and sundry businesses located just north of Downtown Phoenix is home to Modern on Melrose, Retro Ranch, Big Wow Home & Garden, Green Goddess House of Herbs and Melrose Pharmacy. The Melrose District is known for its abundance of vintage and antique shops and is a popular destination for thrift shoppers and treasure hunters. It has also been an iconic neighborhood for the Valley’s LGBTQ+ community. Its annual street fair draws big crowds.

Westgate Entertainment District
6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale, 623-385-7502, westgateaz.com

Gila River Arena, State Farm Stadium and AMC Theatres anchor this shopping complex, which brims with restaurants and bars. Pop into Wicked Vintage to browse the racks, or hit new tenant PXG for the finest in luxury sports apparel and golf gear, including custom clubs.

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