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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunnyslope earned its name around 1911, when the daughter of founder
William R. Norton saw the sun shining on the desert landscape while on a buggy ride and declared, “What a pretty sunny slope!” BUT IT’S A DRY HEAT: Many of the original residents of Sunnyslope were tuberculants sent to the desert for its drier, cleaner air. WORKING MAN: The John C. Lincoln Healthcare Network is the largest employer in the community. FROM A MILE AWAY: The large “S” painted on the side of Sunnyslope Mountain is refurbished each year by incoming freshmen at Sunnyslope High School.
Mexican Food Guide
You’ve come a long way, bebÉ. From old-school chimis to Mod-Mex burritos, we present this head-to-tail guide to the Valley’s favorite sort-of-foreign cuisine. The Chile WhispererAre you a Mexican food fan with a DIY streak? Elote ...
2015 Summer Beer Guide
Get a handle on new taprooms and breweries with our seasonal salute to Arizona suds. But First: 5 local releases you should try right now. ...
Two Valley moms capitalize on the retro craze with Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. Like a good thrift-store score, Lindsey Holt and Coley Arnold’s business was pure serendipity. The two met in a class for young married couples at Scottsdale ...
Neighborhoods We Love
Whether you’re relocating or just recreating, the Valley’s diverse and distinctive neighborhoods offer a host of haunts to explore. From family friendly enclaves to hidden historic ’hoods, plus meccas for outdoorsy types, foodies anD creatives, here ...
¿Estás cansado of wine- and beer-pairings? Take tequila for a spin.. Poor tequila gets a bad rap. Sullied by tales of youthful overindulgence and shots-shots-shots-induced sickness, Mexico’s mejor spirit is worth a second look. B...