Thanks again to our host AND sponsor in February, Core Crossfit –in their new location at 9th St. and McKinley. Kim Flores and her team have created something truly unique in the neighborhood. It will drive revitalization and community health. I can’t encourage you enough to drop by and give them a try. You don’t have to be a beefcake to do Crossfit. This is a method of work that will help you build your core strength, which is crucial to over-all fitness, regardless of your age or current fitness level.
This March, Get Your PHX is headed to Groove on Grand to celebrate the re-birth of Grand Ave. It’s a beautiful patio spot with music and a cold brew.
Groove on Grand is a shared property with an art gallery facing Grand Avenue and behind it outside is an eclectic array of small cabins lining the back wall. The small shops are home to Red House Pub, Kustumz Hairshop, Grand Ol’ Optics, Muse Gallery Boutique, ib2 Chocolate, and even a coffee roaster.
Some of you probably remember that these small cabins now occupied by businesses once served as German POW housing for soldiers during WWII. Built in 1888, Grand Avenue was vital in connecting commuters to the West and even helped establish much of the West Valley as we know it today.
Post recession, we are seeing the artists starting to return and efforts to revitalize the area in a more sustainable way encouraged the formation of the Grand Avenue Merchants Association, or GAMA.
Owners Laurie and Tom Carmody fell in love with the look and feel of Phoenix early on and at some time or another have owned many recognizable locations in Downtown Phoenix. These include what are now Modified Arts Gallery, Made Art Boutique, Shine Coffee, Carly’s Bistro, Eye Lounge, Oasis on Grand, as well as currently owning Groove on Grand. They envision Grand Avenue growing as an integral piece to the arts district in Downtown Phoenix.
Laurie and Tom wanted to activate the space by adding food and drinks and brought in Red House Pub, which opened its doors in October offering local brewery favorites and wine that continue to fill the patio every Tuesday through Saturday.
There are plans to construct a useable kitchen in the main building facing Grand Avenue. Until then food trucks are welcome to park and feed the crowds.
Join Get Your PHX + Local First Arizona March 20th for a laid back hang-out with food, drinks and a great patio. Street parking is available along 11th Ave. and along Grand Avenue, but we encourage everyone to take advantage of the new bike lanes too!
Please RSVP here: March at Groove on Grand. There is sign up form posted so we can get a head count to provide enough food and drinks for everyone. And while we love having your support on Facebook, if you cannot make it, please leave that spot open for someone else.
You can still find the event on Facebook. But, we’ve learned that you can’t trust the RSVP numbers on there.
Here is the photo album for Groove on Grand, too.