JB Snyder's Fifth Street Paint Supply Now Open in Downtown Phoenix
Janessa Hilliard Wall of paint at J.B. Snyder's Fifth Street Paint Supply off Roosevelt Row.
Downtown's poster child for the arts may be Roosevelt Row, but the true homegrown creativity is found on its streets -- like Fifth and Sixth -- which spider off the main drag, looking like little more than quiet neighborhood stretches.
It's in these homes, often boasting colorful public art themselves, that you'll find one of the city's coziest beer and wine bars, treasure troves of vintage designs, and, starting this week, a competitive supply of spray paint.
Fifth Street Paint Supply officially opened its doors this past weekend, after nearly two months of construction. The 600-square-foot shop is housed in the front rooms of a one-story home on Fifth Street's east side -- a home owned by prominent Valley muralist J.B. Snyder. A home where he still sleeps at night.
Snyder, 31, and his friend and business partner, Jeff Hoopes, 27, moved into the house at 915 North Fifth Street in December 2012 -- the former location of the Long House art gallery, owned by Matt and Leslie Yazzie. Today, the house is one of the only still-lived-in homes on a block where the neighbors have been converted to bookstores, printing shops, and joint coffeehouses and crêperies.
Sunday's grand opening party, thrown by resident party planner Quincy Ross, drew upwards of 300 people to the side street from 2 to 7 p.m. There was a barbecue and live music and art -- doubling as a painting party. Snyder and eight of his fellow artists finished wrapping a 53-foot semi-truck as part of the Fifth Wheel Project, a nation-wide event out of Denver, Colorado, featuring 20 semis all repainted by artists from across the country.