Bricks, brunches and brainstorms: The Warehouse District in Downtown Phoenix

Posted on 20 Mar, 2019

You know a place is rising on the coolness meter when it’s becoming a hot spot for the trendiest new startups, coffee shops and creative companies. And while Phoenix as a whole is growing more exciting by the day, its historic Warehouse District is where the wind of progress is felt more than anywhere else.

 

Just a few blocks south of Downtown Phoenix and north of Interstate 17 lies an area that, while it’s been there for over a century, has recently undergone an incredible revitalization and transformation.

Made up of 36 large produce warehouses and distribution centers spanning 14 x 6 blocks, the Warehouse District was once the heart of Arizona’s goods and services industry. Today, one might call it the heart—and brain—powering the expansion of Downtown Phoenix. Thanks to a recent influx of modern businesses that have rediscovered the district, a new, adventurous spirit and game-changing creativity has rejuvenated these old streets.

 

Meet the New Warehouse District

Is it the gritty authenticity and spirit of pioneerdom past that makes this location so magnetic? Or the sprawling, historic setting that invites big, visionary thinking? Or is it the collaborative and, for now, affordable workspaces that make kickstarting a startup so much easier?

Either way, it works. Over the past five years, more than 110 new businesses have taken up residence in the warehouses. Local and national tech companies like Galvanize Phoenix, Intertek CECET and WebPT were among the first to move into the district, along with architecture firms and design studios (Angelic Grove, CCBG Architects, Gould Evans Architecture), advertising agencies (Moses, R&R Partners), established and up-and-coming artists (Arizona State University School of Art, Bentley Gallery @ Bentley Projects, George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center), innovative event venues (The Croft Downtown, The Pressroom, Vintage 45 and others) and, of course, restaurants (The Duce, La Canasta). And while rock legend Alice Cooper’s restaurant Alice Cooperstown closed in late 2017, its 16,000-square-foot space was reborn as the headquarters of Equality Health, a tech startup specializing in innovative health services with a social mission.

 

New Jobs, New Trends & A New Push for Phoenix

All this is just the beginning of what’s on track to become one of the greatest revivals in the city’s history. And that’s something ALL Phoenicians can benefit from, whether it’s in the form of job growth, a flourishing art scene or a newly increased coolness factor.

We suggest you stop by soon and enjoy the transformation in real time—during your next urban adventure or job search.

Read more about the Warehouse District here and here.