Experience Vampire Hours along Roosevelt Row during the summer months as downtown Phoenix businesses cater to the nightwalkers craving retail after dark.

Vampire Hours began last month, with retail stores, galleries and restaurants in the Roosevelt Row area beckoning guests with open doors in the evening hours. Each participating shop’s regular business hours will be extended until 9 p.m. or later through the promotional period, which ends Sept. 1.

“It’s often said that Phoenix has no night life, especially in the heat of the summer, which is simply not true,” said Nicole Underwood, director of Operations for Roosevelt Row CDC, a nonprofit organization that hosts a downtown merchants association of local businesses in the area. “The summer is actually a time when many shift their schedules to experience the uniqueness Phoenix has to offer after dark. Vampire Hours will be a great way for residents and visitors to explore our arts district any night of the week.”

For more information and a list of participating businesses, visit www.rooseveltrow.org/vampirehours.

Visitors should be warned, however, of a construction project that began last month and will restrict traffic in each direction on Roosevelt to one lane, through February 2015.

Impacted businesses on East Roosevelt include The Nash, Afida’s Hair Culture, Golden Rule Tattoo, Carly’s Bistro, RO2 Park, MonOrchid, Songbird Coffee, GreenHaus Boutique, and Revolver Records.

To avoid the worst of the traffic issues, try using the streets just to the south of Roosevelt, such as Garfield or McKinley, as they are shorter blocks and easy walking distance, plus offer street parking as well.


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