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Warehouse District

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Industrial buildings and warehouses that served Arizona’s citrus and cotton markets during the early 20th century have now blossomed into galleries, ateliers, restaurants and nightspots. 


  • Arizona State University School of Art’s Step Gallery, an indoor-outdoor space tucked between warehouses, serves as both art gallery and event space.

  • Housed in a repurposed commercial laundry building, Bentley Gallery’s large-scale sculpture and minimalist art add sophistication to events and conferences.

  • Nearby, The Croft Downtown, a blank-slate warehouse, can be transformed into anything, thanks to event-designer owners Mark and Angela Karp.


  • The Pressroom, once home to a printing operation, now presents everything from rap to indie music acts and doubles as an event space. 


  • It’s rock star meets sports bar at Alice Cooper’stown, named for the native-son shock-rocker. If you haven’t eaten in a week, try the signature 22-inch Big Unit hot dog, served on a baguette. 


  • Sip Moscow Mules or Greyhounds at The Duce, an eclectic warehouse where you can also play pingpong or shop for workout attire.


Written by Nora Burba Trulsson. Originally printed in the 2016 Greater Phoenix Destination Guide: Meeting & Travel Planner Edition, published by Madden Media.