Photos and article by Lynette Carrington
Sphinx Date Co. Palm & Pantry is a jewel in the crown of Scottsdale. The unassuming and cute business that has residence in a vintage home sits on Scottsdale Road just north of Thomas Road and has been providing dates and local foods to generations of residents and visitors since the ’50s.
Surely you must have heard about those famous date shakes! There is no need to travel to Indio or Dateland to get your fix of the sweet and unique shake. Sphinx will hook you up year-round. “The big season for date shakes is Spring Training,” says Rebecca Seitz, who co-owns the company with her mother, Sharyn Seitz. “People stop here to get a shake and then they go to the game.”
There are several different varieties of dates at Sphinx, although the medjool date is the one that is most widely available. Medjools are known for their robust flavor and velvety texture and make for wonderful gifts or just a sweet treat. In the earliest days of the business, dates were sourced in the Valley and now many of the dates are also sourced from the Yuma area. Other date varieties at Sphinx throughout the year include black sphinx, khadrawy, halawy, barhi, maresco and honey.
Every food item at Sphinx is local. In addition to the dates, stuffed dates, chocolate-covered dates, dried fruit and nut trays and date salsas and hot sauces, a huge variety of local noshes and delicacies can be found. Some of the local brands available at the store include Zak’s Chocolate, Hayden Flour Mills, Carolina’s Chocolate, Cutino Sauce Co., Tracy Dempsey Originals, Cotton Country Jams, Chantilly Tea, Arizona Cactus Ranch and Iconic Cocktail Co.
There is also a special place in Sphinx featuring local wines and spirits. Brands include Kief-Joshua Vineyards, Sonoita Vineyards, Superstition Meadery, Arizona Angel and Tombstone Winery.
“Many of our customers are people who have been buying from us since our first days,” Sharyn says. Sphinx gifts are available for shipping and provide a chance to share uniquely Arizona food products with friends and family. Combo and themed gift boxes and baskets are also a nice touch and a great way to showcase the flavors and products of Arizona.
Sphinx Date Co. Palm & Pantry is located at 3039 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Visit and order online at www.sphinxdateranch.com or call 1-800-482-3283.