Wish List: Downtown Mesa

Main Street in downtown Mesa
Main Street in downtown Mesa

Despite the fact that Downtown Mesa took a major hit last month when two of its beloved businesses (Evermore Nevermore and The Royale) closed down, there's no need to think it's the beginning of the end for the area's recent resurgence.

After all, Phoenix's Roosevelt Row has weathered the loss of more than a few cool shops and galleries over the years, partly due to the influx of even cooler businesses that replaced 'em.

We're hoping such will be the case in Mesa and that a new flock of entrepreneurs will open up shop along Main Street sometime in 2012. And apparently, so do the residents of the suburban city, as the Mesa City Council has been accepting ideas from its citizens about how to improve its downtown area.

Much like we did for Mill Avenue and Roosevelt Row, we've got a few suggestions on our wish lists about what we'd love to see spring up in Mesa. Read on and see if you agree.

Wish List: Downtown Mesa
Cowtown Skateboards

7. A Skateboard Shop
The suburbs have always been major havens for skaters and Mesa is no exception. It boasts more skate parks than other cities in the Valley (save for Phoenix), and plenty of cats flying around empty neighborhood pools or jumping off landmarks. We've seen more than a few skaters doing their thing downtown before heading to The Underground to check out a hardcore show, so a groovy shop similar to Cowtown Skateboards would give them a place to grab some gear or upgrade their decks.

6. A Bar, Pub, or Nightclub
If Mesa's city fathers want to encourage people to visit downtown Mesa after dark, the place will definitely need a few more nightlife establishments. One or two alcohol emporiums are already located on Main (like Kirk's Sports Grill), so why not add a swank cocktail lounge or a laidback joint with a killer selection of spirits?

In fact, brewpub and nightclubs are among some of the top suggestions that have been submitted to the to the city council as a part of the aforementioned idea program.

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