The Newton: Changing Hands Bookstore and Lively Hood Co-Working Space Part of Beef Eaters Reuse Project in Phoenix
Come November, Venue Projects, along with John Douglas Architects, will unveil a 17,227-square-foot mixed-use multi-tenant space in the now-defunct Beef Eaters Restaurant on Third Avenue and Camelback Road.
Rendering of The Newton, courtesy of Venue Projects
The Newton, named for Beef Eaters' late founder Jay Newton, will include a Phoenix location of Changing Hands Bookstore, a co-working space called The Lively Hood, and a restaurant concept by Phoenix chef Justin Beckett of Beckett's Table (stay tuned to Chow Bella for more details).
This morning, John Kitchell and Lorenzo Perez of Venue Projects spoke to a neighborhood crowd about their plans for the project, as well as the floor plan (pictured above).
Courtesy of Venue Projects
Perez noted that though the new Changing Hands was one of the worst-kept secrets in Phoenix -- we reported it last April -- they would still keep a few surprises up their sleeves for the opening celebration, which is slated for early November.
"We believe communities need independent bookstores, now more than ever," writes Changing Hands co-owner Gayle Shanks in her monthly newsletter, released this morning. "We all need places where we can meet, greet, laugh, play, relax, think, communicate, celebrate the arts, bring our children, connect with the great authors of the past, and discover new voices with their own unique visions to share."
According to Shanks, Phoenix Changing Hands will be 5,000 square feet with a selection of new and used books, as well as gift items. Plans for author visits and book signings are in the works, along with a wine and beer bar.
"The new bookstore at The Newton will build on the strengths of its sister Tempe location, and put to good use all that we've learned in creating a local gathering place," she writes.