08/282013

Firefly Hot Spot: Short Leash Opens Their First Bricks & Mortar Location “Sit…Stay”

By: Hailey Eslick

After operating as a successful food truck business for three years Brad and Kat Moore opened their first Bricks and Mortar location in downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row neighborhood this July. With dedication to creating a business and life they can enjoy together, this husband and wife duo have developed a Phoenix staple locals truly enjoy.

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Who are the owners?

Photographed above is Brad Moore. Brad and Kat Moore are a husband and wife team who love everything about running their business together. Before starting Short Leash their backgrounds ranged in art, design, soccer, retail and banking. With goals to leave the corporate world behind and start a creative business together they started Short Leash in June of 2010.

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How did it start?

The business began with one truck that they parked at the Phoenix Public Open Air Market. Brad and Kat each set humble goals for their first day of business. Brad’s goal was to make and sell 5 hot dogs, and Kat’s was to make and sell 30. They happily surpassed Brad’s goal and met Kat’s. Their business only grew from there. Over the past 3 years their success has been become well known all over Phoenix. They still operate out of their very first truck and you can find them at locations all over the city. View their calendar here. In addition to this truck they have another that the public can reserve for special events.

They opened their first ever bricks and mortar location last month. Brad and Kat were always passively looking for a space they could open a more permanent location. The spot where Sit…Stay now resides was once Tedibertos, and before that it was a catering company which left them with no major construction. Kat was able to design the space flawlessly with her experience in interior design and this shows when you walk in to their location on Roosevelt. After speaking to Brad he informed me that the space was meant to be theirs. In addition to the location being at the core of where they began, he says the landlords of their building are great.

For Brad and Kat community has always been the essence of their business. They involve the community by sourcing ingredients that are seasonal and local whenever possible. In addition to their original menu they have added appetizers, salads, entrees and local beer and wine to Sit…Stay’s dine in menu. All of the “dogs” on their menu have been named after friends and families dogs. You will even find photos of their two family dogs, Igby and Oliver, as well as other local dogs hanging on the walls in their new space. They speak highly of their customers and the relationships they have developed with the neighborhood.

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Why we love it!

We love Short Leash because of the ways Brad and Kat transformed their lives by making a conscious decision that you don’t have to do something you aren’t happy with. In addition to this they constantly incorporate family and community in to all that they do. As Phoenix locals at Firefly Living we support any business who supports our community in the way Brad and Kat do.

We believe that their dedication to reinventing a classic is a large contribution to their success.  While the bulk of their menu is fairly straight forward, they offer something unique for everyone. (yes, vegans too!) Being creative in the way they operate, develop recipes and menus, and their presentation has made their product in high demand for Phoenix locals. If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit them at the Phoenix Public Market, or at their new location Sit…Stay we highly recommend it!

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Hours and Location

Sit…Stay is located at 110 East Roosevelt Street near our newest listing at 212 W. Portland St. in the heart of downtown Phoenix. They are open Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 10pm, and Saturday from 10am to 10pm. They serve their full menu during business hours and are open an hour earlier on Saturdays for brunch.

What else is in the neighborhood?

If you’re looking for local food and drink in the neighborhood stop by the Phoenix Public Market for coffee, cocktails, and all things local, Matt’s Big Breakfast for scratch cooking and friendly service, or Tammie Coe Cakes for some of the greatest pastries around. If you’re interested in shopping swing by GROWop boutique for vintage and local goods, for one of a kind jewelry, pottery, books and magazines visit Made Boutique, and for a quality haircut drop by Mercantile.

USA Today is calling Roosevelt Row one of the 10 best neighborhoods that tourists haven’t found yet. Brad and Kat are contributing to the culture of this neighborhood daily. We support their successful efforts and suggest you take the time to stop by Sit…Stay!

Photographs taken by author. 

 

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