Sunday, May 24, 2015


Farmers’ Market Finder

PHMPF13Peruse produce and frolic among food trucks at these open-air oases.

Autumn is finally here, and while we may not have crisp breezes and piles of crackly umber leaves underfoot, we do have a fun season-marker of our own: the return of farmers’ markets in full force, blanketing every corner of the Valley in their locally-grown, hand-picked, homespun bounty. To find the market nearest you and its fall-spring hours, consult this handy guide.

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Like a Rock

PHM1014Flash-3-RockCave Creek’s Rare Earth Gallery showcases Mother Nature’s treasure chest.

Cave Creek’s Rare Earth Gallery showcases Mother Nature’s treasure chest.
Wayne Helfand is used to the wide-eyed stares, the cautious steps, the silence broken by whispers. They’re the typical reactions of people who pop into his Rare Earth Gallery for a look around, only to have their eyes dart from sparkly stimulus to sparkly stimulus as the sheer volume of gems, geodes, jewelry, precious metals, glass art, fossils and petrified wood overtakes them.

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Warehouse District

PHM1014PF26AKA “Downtown Rebound”

BIRTH & DEATH OF INDUSTRY: The Warehouse District wasn’t really founded but evolved over time, says Dan Klocke, vice president of economic development in Downtown Phoenix. The district was integral to the Valley’s retail culture, with warehouses storing produce coming off freight trains that ran through Phoenix. The district began to lose steam as Phoenix expanded outward, but Klocke says it is evolving in a “grassroots sort of way” today, with adaptive reuse of historical buildings. LEVINE SCENE: Developer Michael Levine, owner of Levine Machine, has made adaptive reuse projects out of many warehouses in the district. THEN & NOW: The Phoenix Cotton Oil Company building, constructed in 1895, is now the site of the ASU Step Gallery. The Phoenix Merchandise Mart, constructed in 1946, is currently a Downtown Mini-Storage building. In 1918, the building at 215 E. Grant St. was home to Bell Laundry; it now houses the Bentley Gallery. IN THE ‘HOOD: Modern attractions in the District include Chase Field, US Airways Center and Alice Cooper’stown restaurant.

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¶lim¶Maximum AZ

PHM1014BOV27The richest person. The strongest man. The hottest hot sauce. Find them all in this salute to Arizona’s most outstanding outliers.

Most Powerful Computer
Just as the ultra-wealthy have the Forbes 400, super-powerful computers have, a website that doggedly tracks – and ranks – the world’s most insanely fast computers. Arizona’s reigning champion: a little machine called El Gato at the University of Arizona.

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Tressed for Success

salvador calvano hair, extreme therapy for hair, beard essentials, hair productKeep your follicles fresh with these Valley-based products.

Extreme Therapy for Hair
Calvano’s mint clarifying shampoo removes grease and product buildup in a tingling, herbaceous lather, while olive oil shampoo and deep moisturizing conditioner soothe stressed strands ($15 each). Surf cream ($25) provides a tousled look and hair polish lends control and shine sans crunch ($22).
Salvador Calvano Hair
2505 N. Seventh St., Phoenix

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¶lim¶21 Cool Staycations


The summer is in full swing, and it’s time to face facts: You’re not making it to Paris this year. Don’t despair! Grab a smokin' resort deal for a splashy and splendid in-town escape.


The Boulders

34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree,

Want to feel like you’re vacationing in another part of the world, without the hassle of baggage fees and TSA pat-downs? The Boulders is your jam. Artfully integrated into the Black Mountain foothills of Carefree, the sprawling Waldorf Astoria property feels like an alien hybrid version of Phoenix, with spectacular fairways framed by towering saguaros and multi-ton desert granite, and elegant chaparral flats between the casitas and footpaths. The pièce de résistance: a mountain of russet boulders overlooking the main lobby and pool, shielding guests from both the late afternoon sun and any visual evidence of the metro beyond. It’s like getting away from it all, without going away.

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¶lim¶2014 Hot Neighborhoods

PHM0814NHOODS01After two years of double-digit gains, Phoenix Metro home values have leveled off in 2014. Still a good time to buy? Experts say yes, but buyers need to be savvy. For your consideration: 10 Valley neighborhoods to watch. Bonus: Tips and insights from real estate pros at all levels of the game.

Median Metro home value (May 2014) - $195,100

Projected one-year average increase in home values. If your home appreciates
more than this percentage by May 2015,
you’re ahead of the curve. - 6.9%

Source: Zillow

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