Dog Days of Summer 1

It’s safe to say that Downtown Chandler is not what it used to be. Back in the mid-1980s, I recall walking down a less busy Boston Street to get immunizations for school. My memory is foggy but I do remember the area being a little sleepy and quiet; not the bustling, foot-traffic-heavy place that it is today.

But you don’t have to be a native or have lived here for 30-plus years to know that the landscape of Downtown Chandler has changed—and for the better! It seems like we are continually hearing about the new growth happening in our city center. From new multi-family residential buildings to new restaurants, bars, retail and entertainment spaces being built from the ground up, Downtown Chandler is becoming THE destination place in the East Valley.

And why wouldn’t it be? There’s something for everyone. Locally owned restaurants cater to the foodie crowd (get it, cater?). Lively bars entertain the night crowd. Festivals, events and the farmers market attract families.

I’m excited for you to dig into this issue. As I was editing the articles the other night at Black Rock Coffee Bar (killer hazelnut soy latte there, BTW), I actually paused and thought to myself, “Wow, this issue is coming together really well. I’m proud of it!” Not that I’m not proud of every issue, but I got giddy thinking about the copious amounts of good and useful information in here for you, our reader.

For example, we tasked ourselves with compiling all of the major Downtown Chandler projects to provide you with a handy list of what’s currently being built and what’s coming up. (Hint: More restaurants and entertainment spots!)

And if we’re going to talk about city development, we can’t continue without mentioning Michael Pollack. You may have heard of him or seen his face on advertisements across town. As a major developer and overall lover of Chandler, he’s been a huge part of the revitalization process. You can read more about him and his work in the pages to follow.

To stick with the theme of regrowth but change it up a bit, we’ve snuck in a few articles about fashion. We encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and try new looks that complement your body type. If you need some inspiration, check out our articles on local Instagram fashionistas to follow and how to wear bold prints like leopard and snakeskin.

Like I said, I’m really proud of this issue and I think you will be, too. Happy reading!