“Summers aren’t bad! It’s a dry heat.” This is the classic phrase Phoenicians usually say BEFORE summer starts. 

While the Valley may not get dark and gloomy winters like Northern and Midwestern states, the scorching heat that bakes cookies or fries’ eggs on the pavement isn’t ideal for going out with friends. Even hanging out by the poolside can result in an instant sunburn.

(PSA: please wear sunscreen!). Those summer blues are a bummer when you’re stuck inside all day. Here are some ways to indulge in a little self-care Downtown to combat the “I’m Only Happy When It Rains” mood. 

It all starts with a bit of hair care. 

Perry Monge is one of the longest tenured businesses in Downtown. (Photo: Cris Port)

Perry Monge Salon Spa

This Downtown classic is known for its color expertise and extensive collection of Aveda products. In addition to everything’s hair, Perry Monge is a full-service salon that offers facials, waxing, makeup, and nail services. So, you can have a full day of indulgence at this Cityscape retreat.  

Fun Fact: Perry Monge is one of the longest tenured businesses in Downtown! 

Details: 11 W. Washington St., Suite 240. perrymongesalon.com 

RSD Style Hair Salon

This woman-owned salon in the U.S. Bank Center. On their menu, you can find various color services, extensions, and even pedicures to enjoy a day of pampering from head to toe. The salon is by appointment only, but you can easily book online.  

Details: 101 N. 1st Ave., Suite 1. rsdstyle.mysalononline.com 

Local Barber and Shop Downtown

This is an excellent option for all hair types and lengths. From buzzcuts to beard trims, this spot is a one-stop shop.  

Details: 130 N. Central Ave. thelocalbarberandshop.com 

 V’s Barbershop

Located in CityScape, this is an old-fashioned barbershop with a modern twist that will leave you trimmed, groomed, and fresh.  

Details: 1 E. Washington St., Suite 270. vbarbershop.com 

Nailed it! (literally) 

Moriah’s II Nails & Spa

This full-service nail salon and spa at Arizona Center offers an elegant and calming environment to get your relaxation on. With all kinds of nail polish colors and services, you can’t go wrong with whatever you choose. We suggest giving them a call to book your appointment.  

Details: 455 N. 3rd St., Suite 1175. 602.252.2797  

Exercising is cool! 

EōS Fitness

A fully equipped gym, including cutting-edge machines, free weights, and over 60 group fitness classes a week.  

Details: 1 E. Washington St., Suite 250. eosfitness.com

Orange Theory Fitness

A High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout dream. Each Orange Theory class is personally tailored to you. With your heart rate monitor, challenge yourself and track your progress in real-time.  

Details: 50 W. Jefferson St., Suite 150. orangetheory.com .

F45 Downtown Phoenix

This gym offers team training and functional full-body HIIT workouts all in 45- minutes, so you can quickly and efficiently sweat it out before getting on with your day.  

Details: 400 N. 2nd Ave. f45training.com 

Time to get adjusted.  

Valley Spinal Care (VSC)

With a modern atmosphere that can help you “Protect Ya Neck,” VSC offers the latest techniques and treatments for spine health, nutrition, and overall wellness. In addition to chiropractic care, VSC offers cold laser therapy, vitamin injections, and IV Therapy.

Details: 1 N. Central Ave. valleyspinalcare.com 


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Shell Chiropractic

This facility offers a variety of techniques and chiropractic services for all your needs. It can create a treatment plan to keep you upright and happy.  

Details: 114 W. Adams St., Suite C 105. shellchiropractic.com 

$25 Chiropractic

Snap into place quickly! This is the perfect spot to take advantage of quick and budget-friendly chiropractic adjustments if you’re on a time crunch and need immediate relief. 

Details: 214 N. Central Ave. 25chiropractic.com  

Dr. Monte Hessler, Team Chiropractor

Not only does Dr. Hessler work for the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury, but he also can provide services for you! From PEMF Therapy to acupuncture, massage therapy, and more, Dr. Hessler has a qualified team that can fulfill all your wellness needs.  

Details: 230 S. 3rd St., Suite B3. drmontehessler.com 

Don’t be sad. Go get a tattoo! 

SadBoy Studio

Conveniently located above the Local Barber and Shop, you can pair your haircare with fresh new ink. This clean and sleek studio has many artists specializing in different styles and designs. Check out their diverse portfolios on the studio’s website. 

Details: 130 N. Central Ave. Suite 200. sadboy.studio  

Whether you’re looking for a self-care moment, something to do, or cool people to chat with, we’ve got you covered in DTPHX to help with summertime sadness. Now put on your favorite hat, sunscreen, and oven mitts, and enjoy the rest of your summer! 

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