Urban Phoenix is home to a great group of bike shops, whether you’re a newbie looking for a beach cruiser or a seasoned racer looking for that carbon fiber seatpost that will surely guarantee your PR to the South Mountain towers. Having been in both those categories, and having five bikes hanging in the garage, I knew this assignment was right down my path.
April was Valley Bike Month. Events included the Great Bike Chase that took bikers from Hance park through the streets of downtown to Chase Field to experience a Diamondbacks game, and PedalCraft which brought together bicycles, art, and community to celebrate the city’s growing urban bike scene.
The biking euphoria continued straight into May with National Bike Month, which is more appropriate for those states that just recently de-thawed. Though, we’re lucky enough to have year-round bikeable weather for commuting, racing and bar-hopping, and it feels like there are more bike riders on the streets of downtown than ever before. Businesses are cluing in that adding bike racks attracts business, ASU’s downtown population is growing and downtown-adjacent residents are joining in and leaving the car at home.
We bike locally, why not buy locally? Local First Arizona acts as a great reminder to source as much of your daily needs as you can from local growers and purveyors. Local goods are likely to be fresher and feed our local economy.
Think of your local bike shop in the same way. No, squeezing the seat won’t tell you if the bike is ripe, but the local knowledge, customer service and selection are enough reasons to put these four Central Corridor shops on your go-to list. The common theme in talking to these shop owners and managers was the passion that they have in giving a quality customer service and products to the buyer. They are all dedicated to the development of a cycling friendly Phoenix.
From south to north, this local line-up of full service cycling shops between 7th and 7th can satisfy all your cycling needs from bikes and accessories to repairs and advice. Honorary mention in this list is State Bicycle Co., a Tempe-grown, urban bike manufacturer, in keeping with the Local First Arizona theme.
130 North Central Avenue #104, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Owner: Palmer Martines
Hours: Mon-Fri 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sat 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phx Bike is an urban cycling boutique with a wide variety of bikes ranging from BMX, commuters and fixed gear bikes. This downtown shop is a blend of a traditional cycling shop and art gallery. Bikes and original 35mm photos are displayed with an organized, modern slant. Palmer’s detail for design carries forward with custom build options of all price ranges, as well as complete bikes from a diverse supply line. Same day service and proximity to light rail are a draw.
712 West Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013
Manager: Tim Furguson
Opened: 1912, 1955 at current location
Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sun 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Since 1912 Landis has grown up with the valley. From its original Central Phoenix location, they have expanded to four shops. The 7th Ave location has adapted to the trends over the years and now specializes in bikes for the whole family, including cruisers, commuters, kids bikes, and great accessories. Don’t worry, you’re still able to drool over the selection of Lance-worthy road and mountain bikes. Landis also features a unique “Women’s Only” section featuring specific bikes, clothing and accessories for the ladies.
4412 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85013
Owner: Eric Angermeier
Opened: 1999, current location 2010
Hours: Mon-Fri 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Slippery Pig Bike Shop has a prime location next to Lux Central, Pane Bianco, and a short walk to a light rail stop. You’ve got fuel and transportation and none of it involves a car. A wide variety of bikes and accessories are found at Slippery Pig with an extensive mountain and road selection. Eric has been an advocate of 29er mountain bikes since their inception and is a great resource.
5833 North 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85014
Manager: Joe DeLong
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Joe keeps an inventory of mountain and road bikes, but the impressive selection of cruiser bikes and accessories make this showroom a destination. If you are looking for something unique like a stretch low-rider, or a cruiser with a built-in cup holder, Sun Cyclery is the place. They also have a great selection of recumbent bikes and trikes, for a more relaxed or stable cycling experience.
2167 E. Cedar St #4, Tempe, AZ 85281
State Bicycle Co. is a Tempe based manufacturer of high quality, stylish, and affordable bicycles. Started in 2009 by three ASU graduates, State Bicycle Co. has quickly grown to offer a single speed/fixed speed bike as well as a fixed gear freestyle bike, which are both gaining a strong urban following. State Bicycle Co. likes to keep things fresh by running production of their colorways for only 3-6 months before they are retired and new models are introduced. You don’t have to travel to Tempe, PHX Bike and Slippery Pig Bikes carry a selection of these hot urban bikes.
Photography by Jack London
Did you hear that Travel + Leisure ranked Phoenix/Scottsdale number nine in the nation for worst dressed? Well, that is certainly a disappointing (and questionable), but let’s see if we can switch up our style by taking advantage of these fabulous sales and events going on in June.
District: Evans Churchill
(6th Street south of Roosevelt Street)
• Men’s and women’s bathing suits are 20% off the entire month
(1st Street South of McDowell Road)
• Rachel Malloy [owner] is celebrating her 30th birthday by offering a special online coupon
(West side of CityScape)
• Mention Downtown Phoenix Journal and receive 10% off your purchase
• Storewide T-shirts are 20% off
• Shirts from the Culture Fresh brand are 30% off
• New women’s collection will be available in the 2nd week in June
District: Historic Roosevelt
(Central Avenue south of Roosevelt Street)
• Every Saturday in June is buy 1 get 1 50% off any dress when you mention the Downtown Phoenix Journal
• New Summer Hours:
(Central Avenue south of Roosevelt Street)
• 15% off for ASU students with a valid i.d.
• All long sleeved items are 25% off
(Located inside Vintage by Misty)
• 15% off for ASU students with a valid i.d.
• All neckwear items are 10% off
• 30% off of jackets and vests
District: Melrose/7th Avenue
(7th Avenue north of Indian School)
• Everything in store is 20-50% off through June 30
(7th Avenue south of Indian School)
• Nightwear items are 50% off all month
(7th Avenue south of Camelback)
• 25% off denim, handbags and bath & body products the entire month
• Pink Tent Event on June 21 and 22 — 25-75% off everything at the event
District: North Central
(Bethany Home Road west of 16th Street)
• Mention Downtown Phoenix Journal and receive 15% off your purchase, excludes homemade items
The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel is amping up its wine program with the launch of two initiatives aimed at visitors and downtown regulars alike.
The new Sheraton Social Hour takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Park Lounge Lobby and offers guests a comparative tasting of two wines highly rated by Wine Spectator. For $5 you get two 2-oz. pours of wines of the same varietal (i.e. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc vs. a Sauvignon Blanc from Washington), and the wines available will change weekly.
Additionally, the Sheraton is introducing its Sheraton Selects menu of premium wines by the glass. All wines in the program have been rated 85 or higher by Wine Spectator with at least four coming in at 90 or greater.
The spacious Park Lounge Lobby features plenty of comfortable seating and the bar along the wall has three televisions tuned to a variety of sporting events. District American Kitchen and Wine Bar offers selections such as Schreiner’s Bacon Wrapped Dates, Baked Macaroni and Cheese and their All American Burger in the Lounge, so there’s plenty to attract those hoping to stick around Downtown and avoid the rush hour traffic.
If you go
What: Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel’s new Sheraton Social Hour
Where: 340 N. 3rd St. (3rd St. & Van Buren)
When: Monday-Thursday, 5 to 6 p.m.
Parking: Free parking in Sheraton self-parking garage off of 3rd St. with District American Kitchen and Wine Bar validation.
Take a peek inside locals’ shopping bags and learn how they use health and beauty products in everyday life.
Occupation: General Manager at Baja Bush Pilots
What she purchased:
• B-Green Mint Lip Balm
• B-Pure Almond Lip Balm
Why she chose these products: I walked by the Just B booth once at First Fridays, but I didn’t have any cash on me. I knew I wanted to come back because I really like their cause here — all of the proceeds go toward fighting homelessness. The products are reasonably priced, and I feel good paying for something that is so worthwhile. It helps support a local business, which I’m always more than happy to do.
Her must-have: My favorite of my purchases is the mint lip balm. It has that clean, relaxing smell and it just feels great. I’m happy with what I bought because they are the same scents I always buy, but I was able to get them while supporting a good cause.
How she benefits: I like that these are good health and beauty products. Just looking at the overall big picture, their stuff contains no chemicals, so it is beneficial to health without using harmful ingredients. And also, natural products are just always going to be better for you and easier on the skin and body.
Why they fit her style: A lot of people now are more interested in knowing exactly what they are putting in and on their bodies. They also seek a higher benefit when shopping for these kinds of items. Buying these lip balms shows that I care about where my beauty products come from and that I don’t buy things just anywhere. I will definitely be coming back here to try out different flavors.
Bike Chic Special Edition | Bunky Boutique features bicycle-inspired accessories for the dapper downtowner looking to add some hot wheels to their life in ways other than as transportation.
Age: Opened in 2007
Occupation: Providing a fun shopping experience
Where Spotted: 1st Street south of McDowell Road
The Story: Bunky Boutique owner Rachel Malloy is constantly restocking the shop with stylish and unique clothing and a large array of accessories, but did you know she also focuses on the transportation side of fashion? No, that doesn’t mean that the boutique is now carrying bicycles (though that would be quite fantastic), but that does mean bicycle-inspired accessories are in and going fast!
These little and big necklaces are simple and delicate but certainly add a little spice to a simple T-shirt when biking around.
Bicycle | $20
Vintage Bike | $20
If you’re headed out to a wedding or a baby shower, these two cards are great buys and so unique!
Baby Shower | $6
Wedding | $5.25
Of course rings are a great feature to add to any outfit, so why not throw some personality in with those rings by wearing these detailed bicycles.
Each | $13
This handy notebook is great to keep in your bag for those random thoughts in your head, and the cute front cover is sure to start a fun conversation.
Notebook | $10
Perhaps the best accessory, a bike light! These are vital to any chic yet safe bicycle ride and this new style is surely an eye-catcher.
Each | $29