A guide to local favorites in North Central
- By Carrie Wheeler
- Photos by Dominic Valente
The area around Camelback Road and Central Avenue is the hub of a movement in Phoenix to buy local. Clusters of 1950s- and ’60s-era strip malls have been revitalized and developed, many into independently owned boutiques and restaurants. Accessible from downtown via the light rail, the area has loads of retail shops and reliable dining spots.
Meet Carrie Wheeler
Carrie has lived in the Phoenix area since 3rd grade. She left for short stints in Osaka, D.C. and L.A., but has always found her way back to the desert. One of her favorite things about living in the Valley: the smell of creosote bushes after a rain. Her biggest dislike: finding live scorpions in and around her house.
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