December 2019

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December 2019 Editor’s Note

Features

Live Like a Tourist

Discover a new-to-you piece of the Valley that’s been there all along.

Gift Local: A Holiday Guide

Whether you’re searching for Christmas presents for a special sports fan or Hanukkah gifts for your favorite foodie, there’s a local token for everyone on your list.

Speed, Waves & Wheelchairs

Whether the playing field is the ocean, the sky, a golf course, a pool or a rugby court, each of these seven Valley athletes is performing at the top of his or her personal game.

Phoenix Files

Active Adult Living

From exceptional communities to senior-friendly home design, learn how local experts make life easier during your golden years and beyond.

Gaming Guide

New to the Valley casino scene? Learn fun facts, what not to miss and tricks to increase your odds of winning in this guide.

Sharpe to the Point: Baby, Boom

Opinion columnist Jim Sharpe digs into the drama surrounding former county assessor Paul Petersen.

Live Like a Tourist

Discover a new-to-you piece of the Valley that’s been there all along.

Gone, Baby, Gone

Our columnist bids adieu to her college-age child – and reassess her own identity as a Phoenician.

Scribe Vs. Scribe

The vote to go union split The Arizona Republic’s editorial staff – but offers reassurance to layoff-weary journalists as the company merges into the nation’s largest newspaper conglomerate.

Business Buzz: Mattress Mecca

Why is the Valley’s bedding business booming?

Gift Local: A Holiday Guide

Whether you’re searching for Christmas presents for a special sports fan or Hanukkah gifts for your favorite foodie, there’s a local token for everyone on your list.

Spotlight: Ricky Rubio

Meet the promising Phoenix Suns point guard.

Flash Point

Valley firefighters battle for benefits after cancer diagnoses.

Art (Walk) Nouveau

Get moving with these new ambulatory art experiences.

What’s on Your Broadcast Table? with Al McCoy

Although what he keeps on his table is simple, each item is essential to following legendary Phoenix Suns broadcaster Al McCoy’s prep-and-focus mantra – and to his record-breaking longevity.

Land Zo: Realty Check

In recent years, the Valley has seen a steady rise in real estate agents. Can the market sustain them all?

Speed, Waves & Wheelchairs

Whether the playing field is the ocean, the sky, a golf course, a pool or a rugby court, each of these seven Valley athletes is performing at the top of his or her personal game.

Speed, Waves & Wheelchairs

Whether the playing field is the ocean, the sky, a golf course, a pool or a rugby court, each of these seven Valley athletes is performing at the top of his or her personal game.

Explore

Feliz Navidad, Fredericksburg

With its German Christmas square, down-home shops and old-fashioned vibe, this Texas Hill Country town is perfect for a holiday getaway.

What to Do on Grand Avenue

Grand Avenue is an arts district sprinkled with galleries, hip coffee shops and neighborhood restaurants.

History

Hooved Homecoming

The Winslow Elks Lodge led an effort to import elk from Yellowstone National Park in 1913 after Arizona’s native species became extinct.

Eat Beat

Sonoran Pasta Co.

Brent Kille and Jasmine Brown make an assortment of fresh pasta and sauces and sell it at local farmers markets.

The Hidden House

With its greatest-hits-style modern menu, this cozy, crowd-pleasing gastropub is another welcome addition to the rising Chandler dining scene.

Holiday Feasting

Ring in the most beautiful time of year at these new Valley restaurants.

Rye Observation

Hold the tomato – and the lettuce, and even the bun – when you order a throwback patty melt.

Vegan Banh Mi

Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches are typically filled with a combo of vegetables and meats, which poses a problem for vegetarians and vegans. Enter Cherish Farm Fresh Eatery’s vegan banh mi.

Space Case: Ocean 44

Dennis Mastro broke ground on Ocean 44 near Scottsdale Fashion Square last year – a spectacular glass-and-steel scratch build with interior design by Testani Design Troupe.

Maple & Ash

The buck is prodigious, the bang scant at this much-hyped, Michelin-starred Chicago import.

Drink This: Risk It for The Biscuit

Sam Olguin, talented mixologist and proud new partner in So Far, So Good at The Churchill food-hub in Phoenix has created a lusciously smooth classic, combining butterscotch-infused vodka with a welter of cool-weather goodies.

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