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Our original idea was to create a space in Tempe that would connect people with ideas and with each other. In the process of growing Changing Hands, we found encouragement and support from many overlapping communities -- scholars, educators, food co-opers, alternative and home schoolers, environmentalists, grass roots activists, poets, writers, musicians, artists, actors, seekers of truth and enlightenment, and lovers of the written word.

Our deepest thanks to all of you out there for the gift of community.

MADE art boutique
MADE art boutique is a unique locally owned retail and community space in downtown Phoenix which carries a constantly changing inventory of artist-made gifts, books, gourmet chocolate, and magazines. They also features art and writing workshops, quarterly themed exhibitions, book groups and other regular events. MADE is an antidote to the everyday. ~Bob & Gayle~

hoodlums music & movies
Hoodlums is an independently-owned record store that has been around since 1998. It's owners have been in the Valley music industry for twenty years. Hoodlums was located in the ASU Memorial Union until November of 2007 when a fire, which did massive damage to the building, sent them looking for another home. Their new location is just two doors south of Changing Hands.

Free Arts of Arizona
Free Arts of Arizona is a nonprofit organization that sparks the creative spirit of abused, homeless and at-risk children. Our goal is to inspire and transform their lives through the power of artistic expression. Volunteer Mentors use the visual arts, music, theater, dance, literary and culinary arts with children living in over 100 group homes, residential treatment centers and shelters in Maricopa County. Since 1993, Free Arts of Arizona has touched the lives of nearly 56,000 young people, helping them build self-esteem, improve social skills,renew trust and learn to express emotions in a positive way through the healing effects of the creative arts.

Images by Stone
David Stone is recognized as a frequently contributor to local, national and international newspapers and magazines. A gallery of his work, available on his website, demonstrates high levels of professionalism and creativity.

Yupha's Thai Kitchen
When Yupha's Thai Kitchen, one of our favorite restaurants, moved to within a mile of Changing Hands, next door to Pollack Tempe Cinemas on the SE corner of McClintock and Elliot, we were elated. Owner Yupha Dequenne, a one-time bank employee hails from her native Thailand where she always dreamed of one day opening her own restaurant. It's a dream come true for her and for us. ~ Bob & Gayle ~

Language Synergy
Language Synergy offers Spanish language instruction using a method of learning that is simple to follow and allows you to practice your lesson right away. "We are committed to helping you learn the language and succeed." Contact Information: Martha Silva,, 480.231.5649

BookPALS is an all-volunteer literacy program sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. They put performing artists and trained community volunteers into hi-risk schools to read to classes of children on a weekly basis. In 2007 Arizona BookPALS read in classrooms around the state to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and the 50th anniversary of his book, "The Cat in the Hat". Over 600 copies of "Green Eggs and Ham" were distributed by BookPALS thanks to a generous donation from the Phoenix Assistance League who received books from First Book. It takes a village to raise literate children! Thank you to all the volunteers and organizations involved in getting books and stories to students.

Phoenix Theosophical Society Study Group

The Phoenix Study Center falls under the umbrella of the international Theosophical Society (Adyar, India) and the Theosophical Society in America, and as such subscribes to the mission statements of those organizations. The Theosophical Society sits upon a three-legged stool of Study, Meditation, and Service. "Through study, meditation, and service, our purpose is to foster in-depth exploration in support of the journey of self discovery and transformation."

Grand Canyon Preparatory Academy
Grand Canyon Prep is a Charter School serving Grades 6-12. It was founded in 1977 and is located just a mile from Changing Hands. Their mission is "to empower students to fulfill their promise by promoting life long learning and career potential through academic scholarship, character development, and active citizenship."

Cultural Arts Coalition
The Cultural Arts Coalition's misson is: Identifying, supporting, promoting, celebrating, and documenting community arts practices that stimulate social awareness and honor diverse cultural values, and develop the critical thinking skills necessary to be creative and solve problems. As a networking group, the coalition strives to provide a safe place for persons of all ages and backgrounds to gather and achieve a sense of belonging and respect within a larger community and to explore arts-related skills in a facilitated environment.

Literate Chicks
The Literate Chicks decided to do things slightly different when it comes to reviewing books – they get straight to the point with a 1-5 “flip flop” rating system that will give you a quick way to separate "the flip from the flop." For each book, they offer two short reviews, complete with why they did or didn’t like what they read. Each review comes with a Best Line feature too, because there is always at least one memorable sentence in a book.

Two small intimate style apartment communities: Boulder Creek Apartments in Phoenix and Rancho Las Palmas in Tempe.

Rainbow Wedding Network
Looking for gay-friendly wedding professionals in your area? Build your own Couple’s Webpage, complete with Photo Gallery, Vendor Checklists & Budget Planner, Announce Your Engagement, Manage Your Guest List and Email Invitations... Search's Extensive Directory of Screened, Gay-friendly Businesses throughout the US and Canada... Browse the online Magazine, View new Ceremony Tips & Trends... attend upcoming Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expos... Register for Your Ideal Gifts... And much, much more!

Treasures 4 Teachers
Treasures 4 Teachers takes reusable goods from the community and puts them back into the hands of Teachers for their classrooms.

Tempe Center for the Arts
Tempe Center for the ArtsThe TCA is one of the finest venues in Arizona – a jewel in the crown of a city known for its support of the arts. Located on the southwest end of Tempe Town Lake, is available for meetings, banquets and special events and features a full calendar of events by guest performers and local favorites including Childsplay, Tempe Little Theatre, the Tempe Symphony Orchestra, the Tempe Community Chorus, A. Ludwig Dance, Desert Dance, the Arizona Wind Symphony, CONDER/dance and the Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble.


Bunna CoffeeBunna Coffee and Tea -- Fair Trade Market and Cafe
Bunna Coffee, Tea & Market is an independently owned & operated coffee house specializing in organic & fair trade products from around the world. Located 2 miles from Changing Hands on the NW corner of Rural and Elliot, Bunna's menu includes breakfast & lunch selections all day. 

The Phoenix Writers Club
"PWC members support and mentor each other, sharing knowledge and experiences. Whether you are a published author or just beginning to put your ideas on paper, come visit us. Writers need writers. The club holds monthly meetings, Noon to 2 p.m., at Bluewater Grill, 1720 E. Camelback, Phoenix. Lunch is $15 for members, $20 non-members payable at the door. E-mail for reservations:"


ONE CommunityONE Community
ONE Community is an interactive web and events community for gay, lesbian and allied individuals and corporations. Our motto is: For. By. Committed to the Community. We are for our diverse community because we offer special member discounts and pricing, ONE Community nights, business forums and an extensive gay, lesbian and allied business directory. More info:

Local Author Sandy Wolters
Maggie Mae is Sandy's newest novel, available as a Google eBook from Changing Hands right here.


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