We were pleasantly surprised by the abundance of cool, Arizona-made handbags in the Valley – so many, in fact, that we had enough left over for a bonus page
Snowflake-based leathersmith Richard Polvino can – and has – made bags out of turtle shells, but a certain flightless fowl is perhaps his favorite media. “I’ve had boots made out of ostrich that lasted me 20 years, so a purse should last longer than a lifetime,” he says. Classic twist-lock closures add function to form.
Turtle Island Moccasins
Who needs Gucci or Prada when you can have a cowboy boot clutch? Loosen the purse strings for one of these Arizona-made bags.
The local-first firebrands at MADE art boutique are all about Valley-based designers and accessories, including clutch bags and tote bags ($20-$30) made by designer Matt Rainy from men’s neckties. Just think: You could buy back one of the unused Christmas neckties that hung in your dad’s closet for a decade before he finally donated it to Goodwill.
MADE art boutique
922 N. Fifth St., Phoenix
Leeks with mozzarella and egg at FnB
Chef Charleen Badman’s recipe for braised leeks with mozzarella and egg is a rags-to-riches story. “I like to take vegetables that people don’t like and present it to them in a way they haven’t tried it before,” Badman says. She tasted a
According to doomsayers, the end of the Mayan calendar on 12-21-12 spells oblivion for us all. Make a day of it.
Packed your bags and gassed up the minivan? Stocked your mountain compound with cans of tomato soup and crates of dehydrated milk? Neither have we. Nobody knows what December 21 will bring – zombies? tornados of fire? a new Creed album? – but one thing is certain: Your Mayan day of reckoning doesn’t have to be all survival prep. You gotta live a little, too. Consider this your end-of-days planner for the eve of the maybe-apocalypse.
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La Grande Orange Grocery & Pizzeria
4410 N. 40th St.
This upscale market and deli serves a few simple but elegant breakfast selections, good sandwiches, great pizza (dinner only) and fanciful desserts baked by Tammie Coe. The kid-friendly pizzeria makes wonderful (and often trendy) pies. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $-$$
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