Forget the treadmill. Get outside and try a canal.
Imagine yourself jogging, sans iPod, to the song of birds and the faint sound of lapping water. Your sneakers rhythmically pound the ground, unearthing pebbles and bits of sand. With every few strides, you inhale mighty lungfuls of air, the piquant tinge of nearby water making each breath that much more invigorating.
It’s springtime, and love is in the air. So, too, are the sonorous harmonies of the Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix. Arizona’s longest-standing, continually-performing choral organization celebrates its 84th season with performances of its spring concert, All We Need Is Love. The genre-spanning afternoon will include everything from eye-dabbing romantic classics to upbeat numbers guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
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
Keep it local with these epic epidermal products from Arizona-based beauty and skin-care companies
Melt-Proof Foundation Worried about pulverized rodents in your face cream? Not a possibility with 100% vegan, melt-proof foundation ($44) from Valley-based makeup guru Annie Mayo.
Advanced Mineral Makeup