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10 Small Businesses to Support in Phoenix This Small Business Week

We’ve asked GoCo employees across the country to list some of their most beloved small businesses. Here are Roland's picks for Phoenix!

by Roland Nadeau, Senior Product Manager @ GoCo - May 8th, 2024


To celebrate Small Business Week (April 28-May 4, 2024), we’ve asked GoCo employees across the country to list some of the most beloved small businesses in their city. 

Today, we have GoCo’s Senior Product Manager, Roland Nadeau. Check out his small business recommendations below!

1. For the Gamer in You: Electric Bat Arcade

Address: 29 W Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ


“Level up your fun at Electric Bat Arcade, a haven for pinball enthusiasts and classic arcade game lovers, and the home of the largest competitive pinball league on the planet! It’s connected to one of Arizona’s famous music venues, Yucca Tap Room.”

2. Fueling Your Day: Copper Star Coffee

Address: 4220 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ


“Start your day right at Copper Star Coffee. This local gem offers handcrafted coffee drinks made with care, alongside delicious pastries and breakfast options. They make all of their own treats (or source them locally)!”

3. For the Best Tacos: AZ Taco King

Address: 2030 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 


“Experience authentic and flavorful Mexican cuisine at AZ Taco King. From tacos and burritos to enchiladas and carne asada, this local favorite will tantalize your taste buds. I get the birria tacos with consomme. Perfection!”

4. The Best Vegan Treats: Nami

Address: 2014 N 7th St, Phoenix AZ 85006 


“Offering vegan breakfast and brunch, but most well known for their delicious dessert options! Get a tSoynami, you won’t regret it!”

5. For Music and Mexican Food: Crescent Ballroom

Address: 230 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ


“Catch national and local touring acts in the intimate setting of Crescent Ballroom, a staple in the Phoenix music scene, and enjoy a delicious selection of Mexican food before or after the show.”

6. For Italian Sandwiches: Pane Bianco

Address: 820 N 4th St #102, Phoenix, AZ


“Indulge in mouthwatering pizzas and classic Italian fare at Pane Bianco. This lively restaurant boasts a delicious menu and a great selection of drinks, perfect for a casual lunch. I get the prosciutto sandwich, always!”

7. For Beer and Wine: King’s Beer & Wine

Address: 2811 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ


“Explore an extensive selection of beers and wines, local and otherwise! Their knowledgeable and friendly staff is happy to help you find the perfect beverage.”

8. For the Bookish: Changing Hands Bookstore

Address: 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ


“Get lost in a world of new and used books at Changing Hands Bookstore. This haven for bookworms also hosts author events and book clubs, making it a great place to connect with fellow literature lovers. And there’s a decent bar, too!”

9. For Dog Training: Balancing Paws

Address: 3206 E Claire Dr, Phoenix, AZ


“Give your furry friend the love and care they deserve with Balancing Paws. Yoni at Balancing Paws provides exceptional personalized training, ensuring your pup is happy and well-behaved.”

10. For Fresh Cuts: Junior’s Barber Parlor

Address: 5324 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013


“Step into a classic barbershop experience at Junior's Barber Parlor. Their skilled barbers will give you a fresh cut and leave you feeling sharp.”

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