Downtown's Cade Gallery Closes, May Reopen in New Location

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Cade Gallery in downtown Phoenix.
Looks like its game over for Cade Gallery, at least for the foreseeable future. According to its proprietors, the downtown Phoenix arcade and art space has closed up shop after seven months in business. 

Co-owners Weston Henry and Nathan Ross, who opened Cade inside the old OP-tic building at Fourth and McKinley streets in February, say they pulled the plug on the gallery because of financial issues. 

"We were really never going to get rich with Cade," Henry says. "It was a labor of love that did pay for itself for a couple months, but the income was not reliable." 

Henry says that Cade's original lease ran through the end of this month. Jerome Gutkin (who purchased the building housing the gallery in June) offered a similar deal, but the pair couldn't afford a long-term lease. 

They asked to operate on a month-to-month agreement as a pop-up gallery of sorts, but weren't able to reach a deal.

"It was a good rate he was offering, but we just couldn't afford to put that kind of money into Cade right now," Henry says. "We just need to move forward moneywise for ourselves and for Cade's future. Right now, the physical location is on hiatus."

Cade was one of the more unique art galleries to populate downtown in recent memory. The tiny space was a geeky paradise where the local nerd crowd could relive their childhoods. An array of classic arcade games like Frogger and Mortal Kombat were lined along one wall, ice cream were available for purchase, and geek-themed t-shirts adorned with TIE Fighters and Robocop's ED-209 were sold by Ross. Events like game tournaments and trivia nights were also held each month.

"We loved hanging out with everybody, making new friends, and having fun. It was the ultimate hangout, and we want to have that again someday. We [were open] seven months, so its sad since we were shooting for a year," Henry says. "Love doesn't pay the bills, unfortunately."

Henry says they're planning to possibly relocate the arcade games to another art gallery, movie theatre, or geeky business in the Valley. Meanwhile, they'll continue selling geek-themed art work, prints, and t-shirts via their online store. Their goal is to buildup enough money to reopen Cade at a new location sometime in the future.

"The games are awesome, the art is awesome, but both of those things just don't pay the bills. It's the product that does. Nathan's shirts are quite popular and he's got some other projects in the works," Henry says. "We're hoping to find another location and working on ways to enable that goal, whether its another place on own or partnering with somebody else."

Henry and Ross will be moving out the remaining arcade games by the end of this weekend and are considering holding one last event on Friday.

"We've still got a bunch of ice cream, so we might tweet something like, 'Come by on Friday and say hi, get some free ice cream, play some games, and we'll see you soon,'" he says.

Cade Gallery is at 722 N 4th St. in Phoenix. For more information, check out the gallery's website and Facebook page.


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Sad to see a cool place close up shop, but it seems odd that a business would close up shop after seven months unless a) they had insufficient money to start and b) no one was buying what they sold.

Sucks, but seven months? Really?

Alexander Scott Hughes
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Sad to see such a great place go.They are two of the easiest guys to work with and really knew their stuff.


@Tyler - its a super niche kind of business, its a video arcade/art print gallery. And that area of Phoenix there's not a lot of walk-up traffic - basically youre kind of dependent on walk up traffic for a business like an arcade, arcade games dont pay much so its a hook to buy artwork and if that doesnt happen, then your eoperating out of pocket. The reason theres not many arcades left in this country is because of the combo of rental and overhead versus money you take in. Look at Gameworks at AZ Mills they make money as a restaurant basically and arcade games are the thing to keep kids busy.


I liked it. It's just frustrating that places like that can't survive in downtown Phoenix without losing a lot of money for a long time.

There's not enough other stuff to get a mass of people there.


well and the most important factor those that have money to pump in there create faux city centers like Cityscape or Arizona Center that just dont work and arent designed to really make a downtown "happen" I mean when I first moved out here and to this day, it seems bizarre that Glendale has all these stadiums in the middle of nowhere because they wanted to make a downtown "happen" and Phoenix has Chase and UA Center and Comerica and nothign really organic built around there either and Tempe has Mill its temple to gentrification. You know it just boggles how many cities here try to "make" downtown centers "happen" and only a few places actually have ones actually developing organically. Maybe thats a discussion for another day. I like the idea of niche businesses like CADE being around and hopefully at some point they'll have a physical location again in an area that is willing to have funky locales grow to develop soem culture. I mean if Tempe was serious about letting little businesses grow to develop some local culture, they should give a biz like CADE the same deal they gave to Poppa Maize to fill one of their dozens of empty storefronts near MADCAP.  


Some days? Most days. Downtown Phoenix seems too fractured to really work. There are plenty of people interested, but those that have money don't live there, and those that live there don't have any money.


@Tyler, yeah as much as people talk about DT phoenix being a walkable downtown, its also clustered around certain kind of businesses (bars/restaurants, lounges, art galleries, coffee) Anything outside of that is gonna have a rough go of it because you have to become a destination location or have part of your business anchored around one of those standbys, like what Filmbar does, having the bar float the theater. The ideal location for something like Cade would be like maybe a popup in Scottsdale where it would be unique and there is some walkup with the other artgalleries as a contrast or a spot like DT Mesa, though I think now DT Mesa has kind of reached its saturation point, since Evermore Nevermore has the video game art print business there and The Royale has a vintage retro arcade going. I think itd be cool if The Royale picked up one of the fighting game cabinets from Cade though. But its just difficult to get people in Phoenix to come out for anything that doesnt involve alcohol or sports or being a foodie it seems somedays.

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