September 2019

Happy Hour: Taco Chelo

Taco Chelo is a collaboration between Phoenix chef/restaurateur Aaron Chamberlin, chef Suny Santana and artist Gennaro Garcia.

Trending: Muscular Moving Men

Muscular Moving Men employees can now train at the Nike and BSN Sports Training Facility in North Phoenix thanks to a momentous sponsorship deal.

Read It: The Adventures of Captain Waffello

Read local with these books by Arizona authors.

Friday Flicks August 23: “Jirga” & “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”

Catch an indie drama and a classic comedy in theaters this weekend.

Pav on Juice: Four Tails Vineyard

A monthly look at Arizona wine with Valley dining impresario Pavle Milic.


Who among us hasn’t craned to look at a friend’s bank statement, or rubbernecked in a nice neighborhood? Satisfy tour pangs by peeking in this dossier of Valley wealth and income

Split Decisions

Who gets custody of a business’s fans and followers when its founding partners split? That’s just one modern question Valley businesses face when their principals get a “business divorce.”

Valley Spending Guide

From secondhand stores to ritzy resorts, here’s everything you need to know about spending and saving in the Valley.

Scratch That

September 2019 Editor’s Note

Brush with Greatness

From piano to painting, a troubling number of Arizona schools have eliminated arts from their curriculum. Our writer surveys the parched landscape, and finds a heroic clique of teachers keeping an oasis alive

Avocado Fries

At Breakfast Kitchen Bar, owner Sam Ashek serves avocadoes in a novel way: avocado fries, a buttery but crunchy take on the humble tater fry.

Side Hustle: PHX

From retired Boomers to peaking Gen Xers to motivated millennials, every generation could use a little something on the side. Here’s a guide to creating your own alternate revenue stream.

Foodie Activism

Did Charleen Badman’s grassroots initiative tip her James Beard win?

Artistic Evolution

Artlink ups the ante on First Fridays with a connector hub for cars and a hotel art lab.

University Club

Elevating a humble state college in Tempe to university status – and creating the educational juggernaut we know today – ended a decades-long battle with a certain “old pueblo” to the south.


Scottsdale residents Travis Ranville and John McDonnell produce “The Most Livable Whisky.”

All-Star West Coast Resorts

Stay close to home, relatively speaking, with an autumn trip to one of five West Coast locales.

7 Secret Foodie Gems

Not all the Valley’s great restaurants fly above the radar. Culled from years of food-scene research, these stealthy culinary standouts deserve a visit this fall.

Femme Finance

Phoenix financial adviser Stephanie Ellsworth has created safe spaces for women to discuss money with Her Slice of the Cake.

What to do in Tucson

Tucson is a nature-lover’s Shangri-La but with average daily highs of 95 degrees F in September, Tucson is an indoor city as well.

Good Bones

What’s next for these unique and historical buildings after the departure of their recent tenants?

Sharpe to the Point: Sylvia Wrath

Opinion columnist Jim Sharpe examines Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen’s recent racist remarks.

Drink This: Strawberry Mule

Who says there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues? Rancho Pinot makes a variation of the classic Moscow Mule that looks and feels blessedly cold in your hand.

Casa Corazon

Behold the stealth brilliance of this Oaxacan-Yucatecan fine dining restaurant in CenPho.

Autumn Eats

Hunger goeth before the fall when you visit one of these new Valley restaurants.

Q & A with L.T. Smith

Larry “L.T.” Smith didn’t quite achieve his dream of a lucrative NFL career, but the amiable 27-year-old has found another way to make a lot of dough.

Raising Phoenix: Hand-to-Mouth Lawmaking

Considering a run for the Arizona Legislature? Prepare to be paid like a lifeguard.

Money, Money, Money

Who Makes What? How to Make It? Where to Spend it?


Set in historical Heritage Square, this new chef-run restaurant excels with small bites, but over-punches a bit with pricey entrées.

What’s in Your Urban Farm? with Greg Peterson

Urban farmer Greg Peterson let us peep his farm tools.

Piscine Match

Seafood charcuterie? With a little smoke and salt, this lovely paradox swims to life in top Valley restaurants.

Citizen Public House

This classy but congenial gathering spot specializes in craft cocktails and elevated comfort food.

4 Arizonans in the News this Month

In July, Mrs. Justin Bieber – born in Tucson into acting’s Baldwin clan – made news for defending her husband from the ire of Maynard James Keenan.

San Diego Travel Guide

This autumn, set your sights on the sunny California escape bursting with budget-friendly fun for the entire family.

Five Star Real Estate Professional

Real estate professionals scoring higher in overall satisfaction.

Fall Arts Preview

The best music, dance and theater productions to hit the Valley’s 2019-2020 season.

Pain Management

Get insight on the latest pain innovations and treatments by Valley healthcare providers and pain management specialists.

4 Workouts in the Valley (That Don’t Feel Like Workouts)

Phoenix is the perfect city to break a sweat – indoors and outdoors. Unfortunately, sticking to the same old routine every week at the gym can quickly become tiresome. It’s a good thing Phoenix is also the perfect city to spice up your fitness routine, no treadmill required.  

Where to Celebrate Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary in Phoenix

It’s time to bust out the bell bottoms. This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and Phoenix has a handful of celebrations in store – from tribute bands to tie-dye pancakes.

Happy Hour: Blue Clover Distillery

Is “soft industrial” a design aesthetic? It definitely describes the vibe at Blue Clover Distillery, Old Town Scottsdale’s first distillery.

Recipe Friday: Strawberries & Red Wine Pavlova from Tracy Dempsey Originals

Tracy Dempsey of Tracy Dempsey Originals recently sent along a strawberry-laden dessert recipe that’s both summery and delicious.

Q & A with the Cast of ‘Blinded by the Light’

The English coming-of-age comedy-drama Blinded by the Light, opening this weekend, is based on the teenage years of Sarfraz Manzoor, a Pakistani immigrant who grew up in Luton, England.

Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day at These Phoenix Secondhand Stores

Saturday is National Thrift Shop Day. Raid your closet, clean out your home and make room for your new finds at these local thrift shops. 

5 Arcade and Board Game Bars to Check Out Right Now

Gather a group of your most competitive friends and check at these five hip arcade and board game bars around the Valley.

Happy Hour: Mix Up Bar at Royal Palms Resort & Spa

Try the new seasonal cocktails at Mix Up Bar at Royal Palms Resort & Spa.

Q & A with Century Grand Executive Chef Sacha Levine

If you’re curious about what’s happening at the shuttered Gino’s East restaurant, we’ve got an update.

Q & A with Actor and Director Eugenio Derbez

PHOENIX sits down with Eugenio Derbez from Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

Celebrate National CBD Day with a CBD Massage

Today is National CBD Day, which shows you just how far cannabidiol has come in the past few years. Leah LeMoine investigates its effects during a relaxing massage at The Spa at Gainey Village.

Mary Coyle Ol’ Fashion Ice Cream Reopens in Central Phoenix this Fall

Mary Coyle Ol’ Fashion Ice Cream will have a new home this fall.

How to Spend the Ultimate Self-Care Day in the Valley

Between crazy work hours and extracurriculars, taking a day for yourself isn’t always a top priority. Make the time for self-care with these five spots around the Valley.

10 First Date Ideas in Phoenix

We’ve lined up a few favorite spots to visit on your first date in Phoenix. And thankfully, there’s no trace of the dinner-and-a-movie trope here.

5 Places to Celebrate National Oyster Day in the Valley

Fried, chargrilled, raw, baked or broiled, today is all about celebrating oysters. Here are five places to find the salty snack in Phoenix.

Michelin-Starred Chef Opens Maple & Ash in Scottsdale

Chicago-based steakhouse Maple & Ash opens at the Scottsdale Waterfront on August 20.

Shopping: Pure Life Jewelry

Jenny Rodriguez’s passion for making jewelry started at a young age. Over the years, her skills have evolved, and she’s turned her hobby into a company.

Music Notes: The Artist Formerly Known as Taylor

Phoenix native Taylor Upsahl recently signed to a major label and booked a gig at Lollapalooza. She’s also had some work done – on her name, that is.

Happy Hour: Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen

This art-adorned bar and restaurant at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows serves up unique dishes in upscale environs.

20-20 Challenge

Share your Arizona trail adventures on our monthly hiking page.

Read It: Deepest Blue

Read local with these books by Arizona authors.

Friday Flicks August 2: “15 Minutes of War” & “Skin”

Catch these two poignant films this weekend for a dose of drama.

Recipe Friday: The Olive Oil Cake at Tempe Public Market Cafe

Try this rich, moist olive oil cake from Tempe Public Market Cafe.

Bag Bites

A Graduate Hotel in Tucson, Big Sur barbecue and foodie tours across the U.S.

The Cheesecake Factory Buys Phoenix-Based Fox Restaurant Concepts

On Wednesday, The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated announced that it will buy Phoenix-based Fox Restaurant Concepts for $353 million.

Studio Session with Nicholas Bernard

See inside ceramicist Nicholas Bernard’s studio.

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