Bars & Nightlife Business Development Family Featured Food, Restaurants & Dining Sports Travel, Shopping & Leisure Fara Illich August 26, 2010

CityScape (Downtown’s new entertainment district covering the area of Jefferson N to Washington and 1st Ave E to 1st St) announced a double dose of exciting news this week. First, several opening dates have been written in stone (or at least penciled in). Second, two more retailers, Charming Charlie and Jimmy John’s, have been added to the line-up.
Here’s the CityScape rundown:
Designer District – Forget Scottsdale. This Phoenix-based retailer, opening today, qualifies as our very own slice of fashion heaven. Exclusive lines from around the world and classic brands hang side-by-side in this ultra-cool showroom. Brands include CCDK from Copenhagen, Hugo Boss, Joy Li (a fellow Phoenician), Marc Allison, Salsa Jeans and Black Halo, whose little black dress is well worth coveting.
ST/BOWLINGLucky Strike Lanes – Usually, the words “upscale” and “bowling” go together as well as Mel Gibson and a cell phone. But no more. With its sleek atmosphere, multiple bars, DJ and gourmet menu, this bowling lounge is a highly anticipated addition to CityScape. Opening Friday, Lucky Strike will offer daily Happy Hours and daily lunch/bowl specials for $5.50.
West of SoHo – Set to open late next week, West of SoHo in CityScape will be the flagship store for this fashion retailer. The focus here is modern Bohemian style, using found objects and authentic materials. Check out the fall trends, including art-inspired prints and a return to the 70’s (think Stevie Nicks).
Five Guys – To quote Homer Simpson: “Mmm, burgers.” That tells you everything you need to know about this great burger and fries spot, slated to open on September 6th. These burgers are so good, they’ve been rated by Zagat and voted “best burger” at cities all across the country. Everything is made fresh to order, and the menu sticks with the beloved basics: burgers, hot dogs and fries.
Par Exsalonce – Considered one of the top day spas in Arizona, Par Exsalonce hasn’t set a CityScape date yet, but anyone who loves being pampered will be eager for its opening. Services include a hair and nail salon, facials, body treatments, massage therapies, waxing, makeup, manicures and pedicures. I feel relaxed already.
jimmyjohnJimmy John’s – This eatery says it offers the “world’s greatest gourmet sandwiches.” Jimmy, you had me at “sandwich.” Choose from seven big sub sandwiches and 11 giant club sandwiches, including the Ultimate Porker (start your engines, bacon lovers) and a Gourmet Veggie Club.
Charming Charlie – I could be in trouble here. I have a weakness for fashion accessories like earrings, bracelets, handbags and belts, and that’s what this boutique is all about.  Plus – and I think this is a killer touch – they’ve organized the store by color families to make it easy to find the right accessories. So, even though their items are incredibly affordable, ranging from about $5 to about $50, someone should hide my credit card.