Live Music at Amped in Anthem

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The funkiest new place to hang in Anthem opened this week and it already has a live gig on the schedule. Wonder Tonic will play blues, rock and indie at Amped Coffee Company tonight (Friday, June 29) from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Expect a crowd— the trendy space was busy last evening and again this morning without live music.

Amped, open 6:30 a.m. to midnight on Fridays, serves craft beers, wine, pastries and muffins, and a limited menu of light fare (including paninis, a hummus platter, chips and salsa, and veggies and dip) as they ramp up the operation. Oh yes, and there’s coffee, too.

Has it been a long road for Arroyo Norte residents Jeanine and Keith Walashek, the owners? The place was an empty space back in November, and by February the offbeat architecture was taking shape. “It was easy,” Keith said with a smile. Photos below show the finished product.

Amped is at 3434 W. Anthem Way, Suite 102 (the Shops at Anthem plaza, anchored by Ace Hardware). It’s in a space that has never been occupied, part of a recent filling-out of the plaza and broad trend of growth in retail and commercial business in Anthem and around NoPho, the I-17 corridor from Norterra to New River.

Amped co-owner Keith Walashek
Co-owner Keith Walashek served customers this morning at Amped.
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The stage (inside) is almost set. Photos by Robert Roy Britt
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The interior could be called industrial.

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Back in November 2017, Amped was just an idea. Owners Keith and Jeanine Walashek pondered their vision with the son Austin.
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By February, the interior was taking shape, with the HVAC system used as a design element.
Robert Roy Britt
NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels.
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NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels.

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