“Desert Born | Desert Bred” is the mantra for The Churchill, located at 901 N. First St. in downtown Phoenix. The brainchild of Hartley Rodie and his business partner, Kell Duncan, The Churchill is an innovative shopping and dining destination – innovative in the way of construction, as the center is fashioned out of 20 shipping containers.
The Churchill opened in September 2018 and houses 10 businesses.
“My partner and I shared a common vision for creating a community gathering place,” Rodie said. “Our goal was to create a space to bring affordable opportunities to small business owners.”
Since community connection is fundamental to their business mission, Rodie and Duncan ask that each business complete monthly community service and participate in fundraisers for worthy causes. Every Saturday, a different tenant leads a group of people in a “community cleanup.”
“I feel like The Churchill in Roosevelt Row really gives Phoenix that first sense of cultural identity,” Rodie said, “which is why I feel like both the community and local businesses are rallying around it.”
The Churchill’s design spans a large courtyard that functions as an area for live music, classes, wellness events and other types of speakers, programs and artists.
In fact, The Churchill is a work of art in and of itself.
“We were looking to build density onto a small parcel of land,” Rodie said, “and the shipping containers were perfect. By giving them new life, we’re practicing sustainability and it’s fun to use materials for a different purpose than they were originally intended.”
The heartbeat of The Churchill, though, are its 10 unique businesses:
Freak Brothers Pizza – Yes, you can eat healthy pizza. Freak Brothers pies are hand-crafted with 100% organic fresh dough, natural meats and organic produce (when available).
Foxy Fruit Bowls – This mom and daughter duo elevate food to an art form with their bowls and smoothies created using superfoods such as acai and pitaya.
Sauvage Bottle Shop –Sauvage features an extensive collection of hand-selected wines at various price points.
State Forty-Eight – Find clothing that honors the spirit of “the great state of Arizona.” Items proudly bear the State Forty-Eight logo celebrating Arizona’s status as the 48th state.
The Brill Line – Beer lovers will rejoice in Brill Line’s wide selection of local and craft beers. It offers beer to go, build-your-own six pack and you can also fill your own growler.
Provecho – Savor authentic food from the central/coastal Jalisco area of Mexico. It “focuses on creating food that bonds people and crosses cultures.”
Breadwinner – If you’re tired of the same old burgers and cold cuts on bread, it’s time to let Breadwinner change your notion of what makes a sandwich delicious.
Cosas – Purchase handcrafted treasures from Guadalajara, such as purses, jewelry, decor and gifts for your furry, four-legged pals. Sale proceeds benefit the artists.
Gather – Pamper your mind, body and soul. Gather presents fragrances, lotions and accessories that help you feel and be the best version of you.
Pobrecito – This cocktail bar has all the makings for a relaxing night off, plus snacks and a happy hour menu with specials every night of the week.
For more: thechurchillphx.com.