For decades, the Loma Linda Historic District – stretching from Indian School Road to Thomas Road, between State Route 51 and 24th Street – was home to the medieval-themed restaurant Green Gables. Owner Robert Gosnell Sr.’s castle of historical kitsch was where generations of Phoenicians gathered for special occasions before it closed in 1984 and was converted into a four-story office building. Now, Loma Linda is a neighborhood rich in food, activities and shops. It’s also an emerging antiques district with shops that offer varied specialties.
Photography by Karina Romero
3 Things To Do
1 The ‘In’ Groove
Stop in and listen to some music while searching for vintage vinyls, collectible records and CDs. This jam-packed store also has all your record-playing needs, such as turntables, speakers and amplifiers.
3300 N. 24th St.
2 Camelback Antiques
This antique mall offers more than 7,500 square feet of vintage treasures and collector’s items. Discover an ever-changing display of art, furniture, jewelry and knickknacks from more than 40 vendors.
2230 E. Indian School Rd.
3 Collectors Marketplace
Take a trip down memory lane, exploring aisles overflowing with nostalgic toys and memorabilia. This third-generation antiques-dealer-owned shop has one of the Southwest’s largest selections of collectibles, which consists of vintage toys, Funko Pops, anime and video games.
1945 E. Indian School Rd.
3 Places To Eat
1 La Purísima Bakery
Start your morning with a delicious Mexican pastry at this family-owned favorite, which opened in 1983. While the bakery is known for its pan dulces, its conchas and empanadas are also must-tries. The bakers don’t stop at sweets – you can purchase handmade tamales and tortillas as well.
2318 E. Indian School Rd.
2 Así Es La Vida
For more than 30 years, Así Es La Vida has been serving food that reflects the history and culture of Mexico City. The fuchsia building and paintings of Frida Kahlo make this place a true experience. Enjoy fresh chips and guacamole with a tangy margarita while listening to live music.
3602 N. 24th St.
3 Rewined Beer And Wine Bar
Conclude your evening at Rewined, which boasts a rotating tap of eight different beers and wines. Immerse yourself in nostalgia by playing timeless games such as Scrabble, Battleship and Rummikub. Binkley’s and Glai Baan are just around the corner, making it the perfect place to enjoy a drink while waiting for your table.
3308 N. 24th St.
After jamming out to a show at The Rebel Lounge, take a peek at the back of the building. A 50-foot mural features “ARIZONA” in colorful letters, each depicting an element of the state’s background. The piece was completed by a team of artists, including Joe Pagac, Ashley Macias, BASK, Joshua Rhodes, Clay Halling, Andy Brown, Volar and JB Snyder. 2303 E. Indian School Rd., therebellounge.com
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