Tuesday, March 31, 2015



Mom-entous Occasion

PHM 500x500 FPOCelebrate Mother’s Day with an array of events and local gifts.

When late humor columnist and Paradise Valley resident Erma Bombeck wrote “When God Created Mothers” for her Mother’s Day column in 1974, she described the “standard model” as nothing short of a superhero that runs on black coffee and leftovers, with six pairs of hands, three sets of eyes, 180 moveable and replaceable parts, and “a kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair.” Forty years later, mothers are still all that and more, juggling cooking, cleaning, career and kids with aplomb. Give them a break with these Mother’s Day treasures and specials from around the Valley.


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Litchfield Park

AKA “West Side Mayberry”

RUBBER BARON: Litchfield Park was founded in 1926 by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company executive Paul W. Litchfield, who relocated from Ohio 10 years earlier to cultivate Egyptian long-staple cotton. Goodyear used the cotton to reinforce tires for World War I armed services vehicles. PARK AVENUES: The city’s signature pathways snake through well-manicured lawns, rows of palm and orange trees, scenic parks and sidewalk cafes. Most pathways are interconnected, letting you navigate the city by foot or bike without venturing onto a main street. FLY BOYS: Luke Air Force Base borders Litchfield Park to the north. Jets can be seen and heard flying overhead at Falcon Golf Club – named for the F-16 Fighting Falcon – on Camelback Road.


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App-y Days

Local pride? There’s a smartphone- or tablet-based gizmo for that.

You get your olive oil from Queen Creek Olive Mill, your sausages from The Pork Shop and your wardrobe from Frances, but what about those glowing rectangles glued to your hands? Your smartphone and tablet could use a little Arizona love, too, in the form of these locally-developed software applications. Check out these variously useful, touching, polarizing and surprisingly fun Valley tech offerings.


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The Local Well

Draw inspiration for healthy living from these Arizona-made products.

Arizona’s beautiful hikes, endless swimming pools and fair weather lend themselves to a healthy lifestyle. But sometimes you need a little more than yoga to stay on top of your game. From a piece of artisanal soap to a fragrant peace of mind, these Arizona-made products promote health and wellness for all.


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¶lim¶Smoke & Mirrors

E-cigarettes could usurp tobacco as the nation's nicotine delivery system of choice, and Scottsdale-based NJoy leads the charge. But how safe is “vaping”?

There are no Marlboro Men lassoing cattle in the “wild west” of North Scottsdale, especially not here in the Kierland Commons corporate offices of NJoy, a Valley-based manufacturer of electronic cigarettes. Instead, there’s curvy custom furniture, cushiony cubicles, and offices framed in full-panel frosted glass walls, inside of which hang dry erase boards filled with formulas and scientific scribbles. The clean, streamlined office design – along with the three 30-inch Apple Studio monitors on his desk – reflects company president and CEO Craig Weiss’ love of the high-tech.


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¶lim¶Outdoor Fun!

The weather is lovely... but it won't be for long. Maximize your spring with our handy almanac of alfresco adventures, from fitness forays and food fests to outdoor arts and entertainment. 

Bonus: Handy guides to Cactus League baseball, desert gardening and urban camping.


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Jewel Love It

Forgo the flowers-and-candy cliché this Valentine’s Day for elegant and artisanal Arizona jewelry.

When selecting a gift for someone special on Valentine’s Day, it’s important to think about what statement your gift makes. Do you want it to scream, “I grabbed this half-deflated Mylar balloon for you from a roadside vendor,” or sweetly croon, “I had this designer diamond ring made just for you”? If it’s the latter, several local jewelers can help you make your statement. All of them are happy to offer you something off the shelf, but these places also go above and beyond, doing custom in-house design and making one-of-a-kind works for your one-of-a-kind valentine.


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