What's New(s) in Greater Phoenix

Winter 2019

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Guests Tour the Musical Instrument Museum - MIM
The Musical Instrument Museum is home to more than 7,000 instruments from around the world. Courtesy photo.

Savvy in the Southwest

The 2019 Tripsavvy Editors’ Choice Awards recognized Phoenix for its exceptional businesses across multiple categories, including the Musical Instrument Museum, which has been classified as a “Hall of Fame Winner.” Tripsavvy bestows this honor to businesses that impresses their year after year, with fewer than 1% making the cut.


Block 23 Fry's Food Store Downtown Phoenix (rendering)
Rendering of Fry's Food Store at Block 23 in downtown Phoenix. Courtesy of Cushman & Wakefield.

The First Grocery Store is Now Open in Downtown Phoenix

Locals and visitors are equally ecstatic about the debut of Phoenix's first full-service grocery store in the heart of downtown. The Fry’s Food Store, located near Washington and First streets, features a pharmacy, beer and wine bar, Starbucks, deli, sushi station, bakery, online ordering, delivery, and curbside pick-up – all within walking distance of CityScape, Talking Stick Resort Arena, Chase Field, and a number of downtown hotels and neighborhoods. The grocer, which opened Oct. 23, serves as an anchor of the Block 23 residential initiative in downtown Phoenix, which also includes construction of more than 300 luxury apartments, office space as well as restaurant tenants.



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2020 Cactus League Spring Training Schedule Released 

February 2020 

Spring training fans will be singing “Take me out to the ballgame” a bit earlier next year. According to the recently released Cactus League Spring Training Schedule, the 2020 season will open Feb. 22 – making it one of the earliest starts in the league’s history – and conclude March 22. Arizona hosts 15 teams for Spring Training, but who will have the strongest start to their 2020 season?

Daytime exterior of Taliesin West
Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Ariz. Photo credit: Foskett Creative, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Taliesin West added to UNESCO World Heritage List

The Scottsdale winter home and studio of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, along with seven of the architect’s other designs, was recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Located in Scottsdale, about 25 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix, Taliesin West opened in 1937 and, today, the site offers five different tours year-round.


Ross Simon of Bitter Twisted Cocktail Parlour
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour's Ross Simon. Photo credit: Mark Lipczynski.

Sipping Success

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour has earned bragging rights via by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation’s Spirited Awards. This globally recognized restaurant and bar earned Top 10 honors for the “Best American High-Volume Cocktail Bar” and the “World’s Best Cocktail Menu” in July. To add more of a twist, Bitter & Twisted is housed inside the former Arizona Prohibition Headquarters at the historic Luhrs Building in downtown Phoenix.

Additionally, the award-winning cocktail bar’s owner Ross Simon (also co-owner of Little Rituals in downtown Phoenix) recently announced that he is bringing his signature style of elevated-but-approachable craft cocktails to the Arrive Hotel – set for completion later this year – in the form of a poolside bar that will be named Lylo, a British term for pool floats. Arrive Hotel will be located between the Biltmore and Arcadia neighborhoods on Camelback Road in Phoenix.

Grand Openings


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World’s Largest White Castle Opens in Scottsdale

Calling all cravers: White Castle's first Arizona restaurant opened at 9310 E. Via de Ventura in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District on Oct. 23, will offer a 24/7 drive-thru and dining room. The 4,589-square-foot restaurant is the largest stand-alone restaurant operated by the Columbus, Ohio, restaurant chain.



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Chugga-Chugga-Choo-Choo, Here’s A New Bar For You

The cocktail wizards behind UnderTow are at it again. Only this time around, it’s an immersive experience aboard the Century Grand. An early 20th-century train station (replica) is the setting for Barter & Shake Creative Hospitality’s biggest and most-anticipated concept yet. This cocktail bar and restaurant is serving up caboose-kicking beverages with a big story on the side, but also a menu prepared by award-winning chef Sacha Levine (FnB, Ocotillo) that draws inspiration from American comfort dishes of the era. Consistent with their previous ventures, owners Jason Asher and Rich Furnari aim to tell a story with every guest, detailing the fictional happenings of the Century Grand Train Station.

Caesars Republic Scottsdale Rendering
Rendering of the Caesars Republic Scottsdale planned to be built near Scottsdale Fashion Square. Credit: Caesars Entertainment Corporation.

Celebrity chef opening two restaurants at new Scottsdale hotel

Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis recently made headlines with the announcement that she will open two restaurants at Caesars Republic Scottsdale, scheduled to open until 2021. HCW, a real estate property development company – broke the news that two of Laurentiis' restaurants, including a new concept – would open at the brand's first non-gaming hotel in the United States. The 11-story property is being built near Goldwater Boulevard and East Highland Avenue, close to Scottsdale Fashion Square mall in Scottsdale.





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Candytopia - Scottsdale Quarter

Oct. 11-Dec. 29

You're invited to explore Candytopia, a sprawling sanctuary of confectionary bliss with more a dozen carefully curated and crafted rooms and environments. Be showered in confetti by candy-coated unicorn pigs, swim in a pool of 300,000 marshmallows, and discover the sweets of Candytopia with nine samples of candy items throughout the experience.


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Christmas at the Princess

Nov. 26-Dec. 31

Every winter, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess transforms into an enchanting holiday wonderland with festive decorations, over 4 million sparkling LED lights and countless photo ops. Christmas at the Princess offers ice skating, colorful light shows in the Enchanted Plaza, marshmallow roasting for s'mores, photos with Santa Claus, meet-and-greets with holiday characters. With activities and entertainment taking place throughout the season, this resort is the perfect destination for creating new traditions with the entire family.



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ZooLights: Glow Wild

Nov. 27-Jan. 19

Home to more than 3,000 animals, including 30 endangered or threatened species, the Phoenix Zoo presents ZooLights: Glow Wild.  A wondrous world of curiosity, imagination and discovery by day, the zoo comes to life each evening with millions of sparkling lights, hundreds of dazzling displays, live reindeer, camel rides, a Polar Slide, festive food and drink, and more. New this year is the Wildlife Lantern Safari, which features more than 60 glowing creatures.



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Las Noches de las Luminarias at The Desert Botanical Garden

Nov. 29 & 30 | Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 17-23 and 26-31

A holiday favorite, Las Noches de las Luminarias, is returning to the Desert Botanical Garden this fall. Beginning the last weekend of November and continuing each weekend through December, visitors are invited to walk the garden’s trails among 8,000 flickering luminaria bags. This season, the garden also welcomes "Wild Rising" by Cracking Art, an installation from Milan that encompasses more than 1,000 animal sculptures made from colorful and recyclable plastic.


Diamondbacks Home Plate

Topgolf LIVE Brings Driving Range to Chase Field

Dec. 12-15

There may be three Topgolf locations across Greater Phoenix, but the sports entertainment company will bring its stadium version of the game to the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks in December. Topgolf Live, formerly known as Topgolf Crush, is a pop-up version of the game offered by Dallas-based Topgolf Entertainment Group that has been held at some of the country’s most popular sports venues. From Dec. 12-15, Chase Field in downtown Phoenix will transform into a driving range that’s home to 23 private bays overlooking the baseball field.



Airline News



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Sky Harbor named Top Airport in the US by WSJ

November 2019

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal released its rankings of the 20 largest airport is the United States, with Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport topping the list. Rankings were based on five measures of operations, such as on-time arrivals; five measures of values, such as airfare; and five measures of convenience, including a grade from readers. With short waits, fast Wi-Fi, positive restaurant reviews, and cheap average rideshare cost to get to downtown, Phoenix excelled in several of the 15 categories.


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Frontier launches new Phoenix flights with a fare sale 

November 2019

The Denver-based ultra-low-cost airline launched flights to four new destinations from Phoenix this month, including San Diego, Salt Lake City, Detroit and Fargo, North Dakota. It's a period of rapid growth for Frontier at Sky Harbor. In September, it launched a nonstop between Phoenix and Las Vegas. On Dec. 12, it will start service from Phoenix and Newark, a route recently abandoned by Southwest as it consolidates its New York operations into LaGuardia Airport.



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Fly Between Phoenix and Hermosillo with American Airlines 

December 2019 

Beginning Dec. 18, American Airlines will add an additional flight from Phoenix to Hermosillo, Mexico, the largest and capital city of Sonora. Flights to Germany, Canada, London, and Costa Rica, have resulted in an economic impact of more than $3 billion dollars to the Phoenix metropolitan area. The flight will be operated by American Airlines partner, SkyWest Airlines. It will be one of 10 cities that Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport offers service to.


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