An historic neighborhood in Phoenix' North Central corridor, Medlock Place is the Valley of the Sun's original suburban residential development. First opened to the public in 1926, Medlock Place was then 4 miles north of the edge of town. Today, many of the Medlock Place Historic District single family homes still reflect what Floyd Medlock, the area's first developer, billed as living amidst "city conveniences with country delights."
Breakfast, Lunch & Light Dinner
Tasty & Thirst Quenching Social Enterprise
Coffee shop by day and wine bar by night, The Refuge serves quality breakfast, lunch and light fare in the evenings. A daily happy hour features local, artisanal beer and wine.
The Refuge has a comfortable, neighborhood atmosphere that is welcoming to people who want to study, work or gather with friends. The café offers free wi-fi and has a conference room for meetings and events, which can accommodate up to 18 people.
The Refuge is a social enterprise of Catholic Charities Community Services with proceeds benefiting its several nonprofit organizations throughout the Valley. The café boasts a gallery of hand-crafted art made by refugees from around the world. Purchases of the art and handmade crafts directly benefit the refugee artisans and their families.
4727 North 7th Avenue
Set Your Sight Right
Eye Exams & Eye Fashion That Won't Leave You Seeing Yourself Coming
The Oculist Exceptional Eyewear is a true "mom & pop" operation. Brian Oetiker and Angela Marquez have always aspired to own an optical shop and this April it became a reality. Brian is the manager of the optical, and Angela is the optometrist. After many years of moving for work and school, they decided it was time to put down roots. Originally from Albuquerque, they chose Phoenix as their home for its many outdoor opportunities and laid back lifestyle. Brian and Angela enjoy living in Central Phoenix because of its diversity, metropolitan vibe, and southwest friendliness.
At The Oculist Exceptional Eyewear, Angela and Brian provide a relaxed and pleasant environment to get an eye exam and pick out glasses. In the optical, they carry eyeglasses from around the world, designed and manufactured by small independent eyewear companies. The frames are carefully selected for quality and style, not brand name recognition. Brian’s background designing telescopes gives him unique knowledge of eyeglass lenses, allowing him to match the best lens to each person’s visual and lifestyle needs. Dr. Angela Marquez has been a practicing optometry for 8 years in various clinical settings. Her knowledge and experience along with her friendly, easygoing nature make an eye exam something to look forward to instead of dread.
Pastries, Coffee & Weekly To-Go Dinner Menu
French Grocery Flavors the Hood with New Orleans Style
French Grocery was conceived in New Orleans by a young family whose constant entertaining and home-cooking meant there was a revolving door of friends and family looking for good food and drink. But what if we actually opened up our home and family to the entire community? We could spread the joy of our table to you every day!
The quest to do just that brought us to Phoenix the hometown for my wife Erin and her sister Melissa, and now my adopted hometown. I grew up down south and learned to cook (and live) in New Orleans. The name French Grocery harkens back to the small neighborhood groceries back home that over time became simple cafés and bakeries with the best home-cooking outside your grandma's kitchen.
Charter Schools Making A Difference
Get the Best of Next Fall's School Year by Signing Up Now with AmeriSchools Academy
AmeriSchools Academy, Camelback Campus, is a tuition free public charter school that serves students kindergarten through eighth grade. AmeriSchools has been named an "A" rated school by the State for its academic excellence.
Aside from offering a high quality education, AmeriSchools Academy has a wide array of extra-curricular activities to meet the diverse interest of its students. Activities include: football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, art, debate, cooking and much more.
AmeriSchools Academy provides a small group learning environment with a ratio of 25 students per classroom and placement is based on students' skill level.
Spaces are limited! Come and experience the difference at AmeriSchools Academy.
AmeriSchools Academy, Camelback Campus
1333 West Camelback
Organic for Our Pets
Noble Beast Takes The "Ew" Out of Your Pet's Food!
A new and nearby pet store, Noble Beast carries a variety of natural, organic and holistic pet foods for dogs, cats and chickens.
You'll find an extensive supplement and remedy section to fight allergies, tummy troubles, fleas & ticks, bad breath, anxiety and other health issues. Check out the quality toys, beds, collars, bowls and gear that you won't find at the big-box stores.
Local owners Alison and Marsha offer knowledgeable service and take special orders too. Best of all, they keep prices low!
1005 East Camelback
Arizona Residents Rank Among The Happiest In The U.S.
A study recently published in a scientific journal found that self proclamations of life-satisfaction correlate with objective factors. Arizonans not only claimed high levels of happiness, measurable indicators from cost of living to air quality closely correlated with our happy self-analysis. In other words, Arizonans really do enjoy their sunshine.
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Among the fifty states and the District of Columbia, Arizona ranked fifth highest. Louisiana ranked first, followed by Hawaii, Florida and Tennessee. New York ranked last and California came in near the bottom at 46th.
Louisiana first and California near to last? Did these people not hear of a little hurricane called Katrina? And California is our most populous state for good reason isn't it?
Turns out that the data the researchers worked from were culled from two different data sets, one dating back to 2003 and the other spread over the period from 2005 to 2008.
Research from UCLA published in 2003 considered objective indicators for each individual State of the USA such as: precipitation; temperature; sunshine; coastal land; inland water; National Parks; environmental ‘greenness’; commuting time; violent crime; air quality; student-teacher ratio; cost of living. This was compared with a random sample of 1.3 million U.S. citizens in which their life-satisfacion was measured.
The strong correlation between the objective and subjective scores of these data sets prompts the lead author of the study, Professor Andrew Oswald from the United Kingtom's University of Warwick, to say that "[t]he state-by-state pattern is of interest in itself. But it also matters scientifically. We wanted to study whether people's feelings of satisfaction with their own lives are reliable, that is, whether they match up to reality -- of sunshine hours, congestion, air quality, etc -- in their own state. And they do match. When human beings give you an answer on a numerical scale about how satisfied they are with their lives, you should pay attention."
That's fine, but one glance at the list indicates that maybe we'd be happier and Arizona would rank even higher if we had some sea coast. We should count our blessings says Oswald: "Bargains in life are usually found outside the spotlight. It seems that exactly the same is true of the best places to live."
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Published: December 12, 2009
City Looking For Buyers For Historical Properties In Neighboring Pierson Place
Five homes and two vacant lots on West Mariposa have been placed on the market by the City of Phoenix. The properties were purchased by the City during the development of the Metro Light Rail. A Metro station and its park and ride facilities are located close to or adjacent to the West Mariposa properties.
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The City is seeking proposals for the sale, rehabilitation and/or development of all or part of city-owned residential property. All of the properties are within the boundaries of the Pierson Place Historic District.
According to City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Officer Barbara Stocklin:
Proposers must agree to use all of the properties for single-family residential use only (except as noted below), to owner-occupy the property on which they are proposing, and live on the site for a minimum of three (3) years. The City of Phoenix will require a deed restriction to this effect as a condition of the sale.
As an exception to the exclusive residential use requirement, proposers may alternatively use the properties at 40 and 42 W. Mariposa for either residential use as noted above, or for professional office or a combination of residential and professional office use (i.e., one house used for residential purposes with an office in adjacent property). A deed restriction for the professional office use will be required as a condition of the sale.
All proposals must provide a plan for rehabilitation or development of the parcels. A certain level of rehabilitation work will be required to be completed within specified time frames which will be delineated in the development agreement.
The historic properties will convey with a 10-year conservation easement to protect their historic appearance and character.
Request for Proposal (RFP) packets are available at the Public Transit Department, 302 North First Avenue, 9th Floor, or information can be downloaded electronically from city of Phoenix Web site.
RFP submissions are due Wednesday, March 3, 2010 by by 2 p.m.
The City will make the interiors and exteriors of the historic properties at 40, 42, 50, 54, and 96 West Mariposa available for viewing by interested parties on the following dates and times:
Saturday, December 19, 2009, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 9, 2010: 9:00 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, January 20, 2010: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Additional access to the properties may be made available by appointment.
For further information and property review contact:
Assistant to the City Manager
City of Phoenix, City Manager's Office
(602) 261-8897 (Office)
(602) 620-0136 (Cell)
Published: November 3, 2009
Property Sales Reflect Neighborhood Diversity
One property sold for $130,000, the other for $685,000. Granted, one is a 1,266 square foot apartment style condominium, the other a restored and upgraded 3,460 square foot historic single family home, but those differences and others neatly reflect just some of the architectural and lifestyle diversity of our little neighborhood.
The recently sold home at 30 West Medlock is one of Floyd Medlock's 1926 suburban spreads. Originally a two bedroom, one bath, the home has been tastefully enlarged to accommodate three bedrooms, two and half baths, large, open kitchen, family room, home office, and a large basement playroom.
Have You Seen Any Shopping Carts in Medlock Place?
If so, call the City of Phoenix Shopping Cart Hotline: 602-278-7587. You can also alert the City by email. In your email be sure to include a description of the shopping cart's location.
Medlock Place E Stamps Again Available In No-Lick Singles
60 specially designed Medlock Place email stamps are available free for your most distinguished electronic correspondence. Let the recipients of your emails know that you'll spare no expense in sharing with them your words of care and wisdom.
No licking required. Simply copy and paste any stamp you like to your hard drive and attach it to your emails - or include it with your standard email signature. The sky's the limit. Use one or all as many times as you like.