5) Reborn Bungalows

You won’t confuse it with SoHo, but some marketers are trying to brand the burgeoning cultural scene in central Phoenix as, um, CenPho. A cluster of galleries, boutiques and restaurants have opened in rehabilitated bungalows along once-forlorn Roosevelt Street, where you’ll find exquisitely torn clothing and artwork by the up-and-coming — or came-and-went. Start at Made Art Boutique (922 North Fifth Street, 602-256-6233; www.madephx.com), an eclectic boutique that carries vintage magazines, ceramics and jewelry. Farther up the street is Conspire (901 North Fifth Street, 602-237-5446;www.conspirephoenix.com), featuring the works of local clothing designers and artists and a coffee bar to boot.

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