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."

TGIF Cool & Tasty

Shanny's Frozen Bananas Delivers to Your Door on Fridays

Frozen bananas like you've never had! Perfectly ripe bananas, freshly frozen, dipped in real dark chocolate for a thick, decadent coat, then covered in yummy toppings and finished with chocolate drizzle.

Top quality chocolate makes all the difference. Gourmet Guittard chocolate, 60% cacao, with a variety of toppings like salted peanuts, sweetened coconut flakes, sprinkles, cookies, and candy. Shanny's Frozen Bananas come in half banana big and banana bites which are a bite size on a stick (pictured).

Shanny's delivers on Friday's via DoorDash.

In addition to the frozen banana delivery, Shanny's also offers catering with a cute cart along with cold brewed coffee!

• Order through Shanny's menu on the DoorDash website or app

More info:
• Email

Uptown Farmers Market

Farmers Market Brings Local Produce to 'Hood

Several dozen local farms and vendors bring their produce to Central and Bethany Home every Saturday.

More than a local produce outlet, the market is a perfect place for inspiring and educating home cooks through Arizona farm produce, handmade foods and handcrafted goods.

Uptown Farmers Market
9 am to 1 pm - October through April
8 am to 12 noon - May through September
8 am to 1 pm - October through June
SE corner of Bethany Home & Central at North Phoenix Baptist Church

Forever Young

Cowtown Enlivens the Arizona Skateboarding Scene

Cowtown Skateboards first opened its doors in January of 1997 on the corner of Central and Camelback. The intention was to create a local skater owned place that skateboarders could feel comfortable hanging out, get what they needed at fair prices, and call their home. They’ve further expanded to 3 other locations in Tempe, Glendale and Litchfield Park.

Local and national skateboarding events, video premiers, and art shows are a just a handful of things Cowtown does to give back to skateboarding and the local community.

Cowtown Skateboards, serving it up with passion since ‘97
5024 North Central Avenue

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.

The Refuge
4727 North 7th Avenue

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!

Noble Beast
1005 East Camelback

Happy Arizona
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Who knew? A study that included the responses of 1.3 million people helped place Arizona fifth highest in personal happiness.

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."

For more information visit:

» Warwick News & Events
» New York Ranks Last in Happiness Rating

42 West Mariposa
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42 West Mariposa, one of the properties near the Camelback and Central Metro station the City of Phoenix wants to sell.
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:

Maria Hyatt
Assistant to the City Manager
City of Phoenix, City Manager's Office
(602) 261-8897 (Office)
(602) 620-0136 (Cell)

30 West Medlock
The kitchen at 30 West Medlock.
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.

Fairmont Pharmacy
Shopping Cart

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.

» Go To The Stamp Dispenser

Established 1926

Next Neighborhood Meeting:

1st United Methodist Church
Central & Missouri
Networking 6:00 p.m.
Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.


City Council News

Alhambra Village Planning Committee meeting
6 p.m.
4th Tuesday of the month
Washington Activity Center
2240 West Citrus Way

Good Words Online

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A Fine Book

Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, first published in 1961, and its 1970 sequel, have been reprinted in a two volume hardcover set, bringing to both the novice and the experienced cook 781 classic French recipes.
» Get it at Amazon

Yoga Heats Up for Health
A relatively new form of yoga comes to the neighborhood. It's a real hot thing.
» The story

Digital Art Direction

Great Trees of Arizona
February 2005

Historic roots in Medlock Place: in the late 1940's, a young couple plant future shade and several pieces of history.
» Pop up the story

First Home To Undergo Historic Overlay Reconstruction Provides Preservation Test Case
September 2003

» Architect's plans and Historic Preservation staff minutes

Medlock Place Historic District Ribbon Cutting
July 2003

» See the pictures, nay, read the comments!

Medlock Place Neighborhood Association Bylaws

Upowm Farmers Market
Smelly Dog