Sites to see: Gold Spot


Built in 1925 and listed on the National Register  of Historic Places, the building was one of the first shopping centers in Phoenix. Its redevelopment was nominated under the Historic Preservation category for the 2004 Environmental Excellence Awards. For more than 20 years, the center was vacant until Desert Viking Builders Inc. bought the property and began redevelopment with an eye toward preservation.  The masonry was restored to its original condition and the store from was reconstructed the store front based on historic articles and a single old photo. Matches also were found for original roof trusses, and a custom glass storefront was designed to include a new recessed corner entry based on the photograph.

While the larger corner space remains vacant (although has been known to host an occassional First Friday art exibbit), the adjacenet space is home to  Calabria Italian Grocery & Deli, which offers a deli counter with made-to-order sandwiches and a few pasta dishes and salads.  The deli is run by a sister and brotherm Maria and Carlo, who learned the ins and outs from their parents, Domenic and Teresa Capogreco who operated an authentic Italian grocery store in Boston where they settled after emigrating from Calabria, Italy.


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