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Snack (and Shop) Your Way Through Phoenix

We picked our favorite establishments around the Valley of the Sun (and beyond) where charming eateries happen to be found inside specialty retailers. Buy some legit stuff and stuff your face!

A long-favored haunt for bookworms, Changing Hands Bookstore has well-read employees, shelves of gently used classics and cutting-edge think pieces, and a guest-appearance roll that has included rocker Billy Idol and secretary of state Madeleine Albright. A new, “abridged” second location in Phoenix stocks fewer books than the Tempe store, but maintains a steady schedule of author appearances, and pours wines by the glass and beers by the pint—or a $2.50 half-pint—at the in-store bar. 6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, 480.730.0205; Changing Hands Bookstore & First Draft Book Bar, The Newton, 300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602.274.0067

This oddball-awesome combo of books ’n’ beer got us thinking of other great pairings of niche retail goods with made-to-order snacks or poured-to-order drinks.

Gluten-free groceries and falafel

Gluten-Free Creations: This culinary biz sells gluten-free mixes for bread, pizza crust, brownies and pancakes, and will also fix you a falafel slider or a turkey club sandwich. 7607 E. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale, 480.990.2253; 10880 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, 602.680.7258

Gifts, Gouda and salads

La Grande Orange: This corner spot in Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood may have been one of the area’s earliest hipster grocery/cafe hybrids. The retail floor entices with fragranced soaps and candles, irreverent greeting cards, and foodie, New Age and intellectual periodicals—plus wine, cheese and dried pasta—while the counter takes orders for breakfast burritos, BLTs and smoked-salmon salads. 4410 N. 40th St., Phoenix, 602.840.7777

La Grande Orange, Phoenix
La Grande Orange (©LGO Hospitality)

Local-origin groceries and lunch/dinner

Bodega/AZ Wine Merchants/FnB: Baskets of regionally grown vegetables and herbs and a wall of Arizona wines lead the way to a small bistro that serves one featured sandwich and salad of local ingredients each week. Kiva Courtyard, 7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, 480.284.4777

Organic/natural groceries and sandwiches

Luci’s Healthy Marketplace: It’s a grocery store with garage doors that retract for maximum fresh air—what a great idea in fall, winter and spring! Some customers roam the aisles for semi-obscure boxed cereals, interesting grains, all sorts of energy bars, even biodegradable dish soap, while others order a hot sandwich or soup du jour and settle in (or out) with their laptops. 1590 E. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix, 602.773.1339

Luci’s Healthy Marketplace
(©Luci’s Healthy Marketplace)

Beer and ... beer

Papago Brewing Co.: Dash into this dark den to build your own six-pack of bottled beers from near (Arizona) and far (Czech Republic). Or, for instant gratification, request a draft of Papago’s own Orange Blossom wheat ale or Coconut Joe coffee stout, have a seat, and order a Buffalo wing pizza. Papago Plaza, 7107 E. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale, 480.425.7439

When in Sedona, enjoy jewelry, burritos and waffles

ChocolaTree: Stop in for herbal tinctures, melatonin supplements and crystal jewelry, or step out to the hammocked yard (weather permitting) to enjoy vegan/raw burritos or a buckwheat waffle with almond cream. 1595 Hwy. 89A, Sedona, 928.282.2997

When in Tucson, check out gourmet treats and recycled supplies

The RumRunner/The Dish: A gourmet-goodie emporium, liquor store and intimate bistro make delectable bedfellows. Pick up a jar of anything pickled, or sit down to a small plate of artichokes, shiitakes and Parmesan polenta. 3131 E. 1st St., Tucson, 520.326.1714

Maynards Market & Kitchen: Consider computer bags made from recycled billboards or beauty supplies containing state-grown ingredients, then grab a table for “farm-to-table” brunch, lunch or dinner. 400 N. Toole Ave., Tucson, 520.545.0577