TRAVEL THERE: SNOOZE, THE QUARTER & MORE
The next morning gave us the chance to try yet another breakfast place recommended by the Phoenix New Times: Snooze, an AM Eatery. We visited the location at the Kierland Commons. We totally endorse the New Times choice. There are multiple locations in Scottsdale and Phoenix so don’t miss it.
The Quarter imagines itself to be superior to its “Commons” cousin across the street. The Commons is upscale. The Quarter endeavors one ups-manship.
Though the Quarter is just across the street from the Commons, it’s a busy thoroughfare that separates them, so we moved our rental Jeep to a closer position.
One of the anchor stores is a huge, monolithic gray block. Upon exploration, we discovered it was a Restoration Hardware showroom. You don’t buy anything there and load it up in your car. You lounge around on ginormous furniture and let gracious salesladies talk you into letting go of enormous amounts of money.
We confess, we’re not your basic Restoration Hardware customers, so we didn’t realize they had transitioned into this showroom format over the stores we’d visited in the past. However, we had a lovely time hanging out there. The restrooms were spectacular!
One of those gracious salesladies chatted us up about their transition to showroom and said some of their showrooms actually included a sort of restaurant, where they hosted dinners. One imagines exactly how much money you’d have to invest in Restoration Hardware goods to be hosted in their dining room. For all we know, common people like us might be able to go in there and pay for our meals, but we got the idea that wasn’t the point.
She also said they had a surprise coming to Dallas. I don’t know how much of a surprise it is, since a June 2019 edition of The Dallas Morning News announces the location with a restaurant is coming. However, a quick look at their website doesn’t mention the potential restaurant, so one wonders if it is a victim of Covid.
The Quarter Beyond RH
The RH was lovely and I’m guessing we spent an hour enjoying their store. It was a lazy sort of morning – a filler before what was to come next. I was happy as a lark, because later in the day, we had reservations for Afternoon Tea at the Phoenician Resort. In the meantime, I was perfectly content to wander around the Quarter.
Though the Quarter presented itself as an upgrade to the Commons, I noticed they had more in the way of empty retail spaces than their cousin. The RH showroom is the only store we actually wandered into, but we did stroll throughout the complex, noting a number of restaurants we’d love to try out.
This is sort of where we started talking about our next trip to AZ and saying things to suggest that while we wouldn’t have time for everything on this particular visit, we’d be back to the Greater Phoenix Area sooner rather than later.
Enjoy the pictures below of the Quarter. It was a lovely development and I hope it thrives through Covid and will actually be there next time we go to the area. After taking the pictures, we had to get back to the resort and get all dressed up for the afternoon activity. Come back next week for tea.