Coming Soon - Changing Hands Bookstore Phoenix

Beef Eaters sign
300 West Camelback Road • Phoenix, AZ 85013
Dear Bookstore Friends,

Gayle Shanks
We have some big news to share with you. Really big. We're excited, nervous and thrilled to announce that we are opening a second location of Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix! Amid talk of e-readers, the death of print, the end of publishing, and the imminent demise of bookstores in general, we're in the process of launching a new Changing Hands Bookstore on Camelback and Third Avenue in the light-rail corridor. The building was the old Beef Eaters Restaurant, a place where my family and many others in our community celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions before it closed its doors in 2006.

If all goes according to plan, we'll open the new store in spring 2014. We're combining forces with another local businesses: the amazing restaurant group behind the award-winning Beckett's Table. Bringing it all together is a great developer, Venue Projects, whose mission is to create inspiring places that serve and celebrate nature while promoting community. The Newton, as the project will be called, is being designed by renowned architect John Douglas, who will adaptively reuse the basic structure of the existing Beef Eaters building, including its fired adobe walls, heavy timber framing and iconic fireplaces, while transforming it into our collective vision of a comfortable place to read, work, eat, and hang out.

Architect's rendering: view from Camelback Road (click to expand)
When Changing Hands began as a fantasy in the early '70s (read about our beginnings here), we dreamed of a place filled with ideas and books that would change people's lives. Forty years later, we are living that dream and expanding it for a new generation of readers. We're convinced that the Valley is ready for another Changing Hands, one that's smaller in footprint but just as exciting in its own way as our Tempe store. The new bookstore at The Newton will build on the strengths of its sister Tempe location, and put to good use all that we've learned in creating a local gathering place.

Panoramic view of interior (click to expand)
We believe communities need independent bookstores, now more than ever. We all need places where we can meet, greet, laugh, play, relax, think, communicate, celebrate the arts, bring our children, connect with the great authors of the past and discover new voices with their own unique visions to share.

We'll have a party when we open, and you're all invited! You can look for information about the Phoenix store on our website, or by joining us on Facebook or Twitter. We'll be posting updates regularly, so stay connected to be the first to know!

In the meantime, please drop me a note at to let me know what you think, what you want in a Phoenix store, what you dream about when you think of your very own bookstore. I'd love to hear from you.

— Gayle Shanks, co-owner of Changing Hands Bookstore

  • Hiring for Changing Hands Bookstore Phoenix will begin January 2014.
  • We are always accepting applications for general booksellers. To apply, download and print this application, fill it out, and mail it to or drop it off at our Tempe location.