T oOwn thne! Peoria is brimming with new dining, shopping and entertainment possibilities ENTERTAINMENT by ANDREA MARKOWITZ I f you can't find something fun and exciting to do in Peoria, you just aren't looking! But then, the city's shopping, dining and nightlife scene might be one of the Valley's best- kept secrets. In recent years, Peoria has exploded with an incredible variety of new eateries offer-ing cuisine for every taste and palette. New and revamped " lifestyle" centers provide a perfect setting for strolling, power shopping and people watching. Throw in great family amenities and attractions, and you've got an unbeatable mix of entertainment! Arrowhead Entertainment District If you enjoy an eclectic lineup of dining and entertainment, check out the Arrowhead Entertainment District. This area boasts one of the highest concentra-tions of restaurants in Arizona. Begin on the east side of 83rd Avenue at the Peoria Sports Complex, which holds year- round events including the Seattle Mariners' and San Diego Padres' spring training games. Continue on the west side at Arrowhead Fountain Center, where you'll find more than 20 restaurants that span every ethnicity, style and price range. Plus, there's a Harkins movie theater and the Arizona Broadway ( dinner) Theatre. One of Arrowhead Fountain Center's most unique restaurants is SKYE, which presents gourmet dining, nightclub entertainment and dancing in a sophisticated contemporary setting. For a south- of- the- border experience try the Salty Senorita. BELOW: Harkins Theater. BOTTOM LEFT: Salty Senortia. BOTTOM RIGHT: Lis Doon Varna Peoria Irish Pub. CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 10 PEORIA, ARIZONA • www. visitpeoriaaz. com
BELOW: Peoria Place, a 123.96- acre mixed- use development, is being planned near City Hall. BOTTOM: P. F. Changs in the Arrowhead Entertainment District. www. visitpeoriaaz. com • PEORIA, ARIZONA 11 If you feel the urge to get out of town there's plenty more superb shopping, dining and entertainment close by. Glendale The University of Phoenix Stadium holds major sporting events, including Arizona Cardinals games. The Jobing. com Arena hosts the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes as well as concerts and family shows. Famous outdoor outfitter Cabela's has everything you need for hiking, camping, fishing and hunting. Westgate City Center has everything else — retail, dining, theaters, entertainment, residences, offices, hotels and the Arizona Health and Wellness Center. Phoenix The US Airways Center is the home of the Phoenix Suns, Arena League's Arizona Rattlers, the WNBA Phoenix Mercury and the Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey team. It also hosts arts and entertainment events. The Cricket Wireless Pavilion hosts national and local acts under the stars. The Phoenix Art Museum's collections represent the globe throughout the centuries, and its special exhibits feature works from some of the world's rarest and most prized collections. Surprise The West Valley Art Museum holds special exhibits, including the annual Celebrating Art of the West Valley, and has a permanent collection that includes more than 4,000 items from more than 75 countries. The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals call Surprise Recreation Campus home. Peoria Arrowhead Crossings 77th Avenue/ Bell Road Lake Pleasant Towne Center 10072 W. Happy Valley Pkwy. 602- 866- 0900 www. shoplptc. com North Valley Power Center 79th Avenue/ Bell Road Park West 9744 West Northern Ave. 623- 877- 0096 www. shopparkwest. com Glendale Arrowhead Towne Center 75th Avenue and Bell Rd. 623- 979- 8928 www. arrowheadtownecenter. com Cabela's 9380 W. Glendale Ave. 602- 872- 6700 www. cabelas. com Westgate City Center 6915 N. 95th Ave. 623- 772- 4000 www. westgateaz. com Much more stuff, oh so close! Shopping Destinations The Arizona Cardinals take the field just minutes from Peoria at the University of Phoenix Stadium. For more information about Peoria's events and entertainment venues, go to www. visitpeoriaaz. com and www. peoriachamber. com.