The weekend before last, CityNorth in Northeast Phoenix had its Grand Opening celebration. While the complete complex has yet to be completed, many of the shops and restaurants on High Street were unveiled.
The celebration was complete with food vendors, animals from the Phoenix Zoo, live entertainment and music and more.
High Street is a nice blend of chain retail stores and local boutiques in an open-air setting. Some of the stores that are already open include Chico’s Gymboree, Caribbean Kids and more. For pet lovers, there is Green Bone Bakery, which serves up organic treats. The remainder of the stores should be opening soon.
Dining-wise, there are a few places open already that look to be quite tasty. Anchoring one end is Ocean Prime that looks like a more contemporary Ocean Club. It has a great patio area where you can enjoy drinks and food while people watching. Another establishment to try is Saito’s Japanese Steakhouse. It is filled with teppanyaki grills where the food is cooked up right in front of you. I had an opportunity to try Mojo Yogurt, which is a self-serve yogurt store with at least 6 flavors to choose from and lots of toppings. Another place that looks interesting is Press Coffee Food Wine with its indoor/outdoor seating.
CityNorth is also home to luxury condos, The Residences on High Street, which are located over the retail space below. I did not get a chance to see them in person, but from what I can tell, they are going to be a great addition to the area and you cannot beat the location.
When complete, CityNorth will have a Nordstrom, Macy’s and Arizona’s first Bloomingdales. These new additions should open in 2010.
About CityNorth: CityNorth is located next to Desert Ridge Shopping Center at 56th Street and Deer Valley, just north of Loop 101. Public as well as valet parking available.
For more information, please visit www.citycenterofcitynorth.com