I was driving along Indian School Road near 56th Street and I finally decided to stop and see Arizona Falls at Herberger Park. I bet most locals have never visited this spot, and it has an interesting history! It was the site of the area’s first hydroelectric power plant, in operation from 1911 to 1950. It reopened in 2003 and now produces 750 kilowatts of renewable energy, powering up to 150 homes. “WaterWorks at Arizona Falls”, commissioned by the Phoenix Arts Commission, was designed by artists Lajos Heder …
I have always thought the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art was, architecturally, a piece of art that housed more wonderful art. But that has been taken to the next level of cool with the recent additions by Hurley brand artist James Marshall (a.k.a. Dalek). He is known for his colorful, geometric skateboard and graffiti art, and was commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art and SMoCA to produce murals for the museum walls.
I had a wonderful dining experience at Kevin and Amy Binkley’s newest restaurant, Bink’s Scottdale. We stopped by during happy hour, which is 2:30 to 6:00 every day! Chef Kevin Binkley has been called a “food pioneer” and has been nominated for the James Beard Award Best Chef of the Southwest every year since 2005. He supports local farmers and only uses vegetables that are in season.
If you like retro threads, add Vintage by Misty in Downtown Scottsdale to your list. This vintage clothing shop has a wide range of items from the 1960s and 70s, including apparel, sunglasses, jewelry, bags, and cropped silk kimonos.
The store opened in October 2013, but before that owner Misty Guerriero had a location in Downtown Scottsdale, which later moved to Midtown Phoenix.
The eagerly awaited Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour has finally opened in Downtown Phoenix! A long-time dream of owner/principal bartender Ross Simon, the bar is inside the historic Luhrs Building, built in 1924 as Phoenix’s first high-rise.
Ross is one of the co-founders of Arizona Cocktail Week. He hails from Scotland and has worked in several of London’s top bars. Thankfully he decided to bring his talents to Arizona. Bitter …