A charming historic neighborhood in Glendale is home to 20th century homes that have been repurposed into local businesses, including boutiques, specialty stores and restaurants.
Spending an afternoon in historic Catlin Court, west of Phoenix, reveals a walkable community with trees that provide both shade and a resting spot for birds as they chirp from the branches.
A visit to Catlin Court doesn’t need to take up much time — the compact district spans from 59th Avenue to 57th Drive between Myrtle and Palmaire avenues. Whether you’re visiting from out of town or are a local looking for a day out, it’s easy to be charmed by the midcentury bungalows, tea houses and gift shops.
Here’s our guide to spending an afternoon in Historic Downtown Glendale’s Catlin Court.
Why is Catlin Court historic?
Historic Downtown Glendale consists of two neighborhoods that span 10 square blocks: Catlin Court and Old Towne.
Glendale was founded in 1892 as a fertile agricultural area and incorporated as a town in 1910.
Catlin Court Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 as “one of Glendale’s earliest and most desirable neighborhoods.” The area developed between 1914 and 1942 as the population grew, with many buildings built in the Craftsman bungalow and ranch styles.
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Where to shop at Catlin Court in downtown Glendale
Many of Catlin Court’s boutiques carry an array of gifts for yourself, friends and kids.
At The Cottage Garden II — a residence that’s been converted into a clothing boutique — you will find rooms stuffed to the brim with many styles of women’s apparel and accessories.
Primitive Peddler carries vintage furniture and décor as well as some items you won’t find at your average vintage shop. Make sure to take a close look at the wet specimens — or jarred embalmed animals — on the shelves.
If you’re shopping for kids, check out Packer Family Photography and Gift Boutique as well as Bears & More, whose selection includes exactly what the name implies, including new and vintage toys, board games, plushies and drinkware.
Here are some Catlin Court shopping options.
Gifts and clothes
- Bears & More: 7146 N. 58th Drive, Glendale. 623-931-0339, https://www.bearsandmore.com.
- The Cottage Garden II: 7162 N. 58th Ave., Glendale. 623-847-5262, https://www.facebook.com/thecottagegarden.
- Glendale Flowers and Gifts: 7163 N. 58th Drive, Glendale. 623-931-2416, https://glendaleflowers.net.
- Memory Lane Trinkets and Treasures: 5836 W. Palmaire Ave., Glendale. 623-440-9036, https://memorylanetrinketsandtreasures.com.
- Packer Family Photography and Gift Boutique: 7146 N. 58th Ave., Glendale. 206-801-7408, https://www.facebook.com/packerfamilyphotography.
- Ropin’ the West: 7123 N. 58th Ave., Glendale. 623-849-4669, http://www.ropinthewest.com.
- The Tole Shop: 5745 W. Palmaire Ave., Glendale. 623-937-7561, https://thetoleshop.com.
Vintage and home goods
Where to eat at Catlin Court in Glendale
Catlin Court’s food and drink destinations invite visitors to stay awhile and hang out over ice cream, Polish food and tea. Take a look at the following eateries’ menus before you go.
- Papa Ed’s Ice Cream: 7146-B N. 58th Ave., Glendale. 623-915-4438, http://papaedsicecream.com.
- Touch of European Café: 7145 N. 57th Dive, Glendale. 623-847-7119, https://www.atouchofeuropeancafe.com.
- The Pink Door Tea House: 7153 N. 59th Ave., Glendale. 480-223-0872, https://www.thepinkdoorteahouse.com.
- The Spicery In Our 1895 Home: 7141 N. 59th Ave., Glendale. 623-937-6534, https://1895spicery.com.
- Alternative Café & Natural Emporium: 7138 N. 57th Drive, Glendale. 623-847-4660, https://www.phytonutrienthouse.com.
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Attractions in Catlin Court
Planning to spend a full afternoon in Catlin Court? Consider checking out the following destinations with the family:
Lizards for Kids educates children on how to handle its resident lizards and is open for tours by appointment only. Schedule a time to drop in and learn about reptiles at https://lizardsforkidsandmore.com/calendar.
Doll and toy lovers can find displays, including a replica of a one-room schoolhouse from 1900, a 300-year-old doll, antique toys, model trains and modern figurines such as G.I. Joe and Barbie at the Arizona Doll and Toy Museum. Current hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; call ahead to confirm when the museum is open.
Events in historic downtown Glendale
Downtown Glendale businesses occasionally host shopping events, and live performances often take place at Murphy Park. To stay up to date on upcoming events, visit https://www.facebook.com/HistoricGlendale and https://www.facebook.com/VisitGlendale.
Through March, Murphy Park will host LiVE! @ Murphy Park Concerts from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Come hungry and indulge in food and drink from local food trucks. For more information, go to www.glendaleaz.com/LiveatMurphyPark.
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