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
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.
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
¿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...