December 2020

Editorial StaffNovember 10, 2020
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Endless Winter

December 2020 Editor’s Note

Features

2020 Best New Restaurants

Delinquent on your dining this year? You’re not alone. We’re here to help you play catch-up – with this miracle list of deliciousness.

Hikes, Bikes & More

One good thing about 2020: It dramatically enhanced our appreciation for exercising alfresco. Find more than 50 ways to stay active outside with this Valleywide feature.

Home for the Holidays: A Local Gift Guide

More than ever before, it’s important to support local businesses. Luckily, the Valley is full of talented makers who can help you knock out your gift list in two shakes of a reindeer’s tail.

Martyred at the Mic?

Arizona State University removed its student radio station manager due to an unwoke tweet. Does the Cronkite School have a free speech problem?

Phoenix Files

Gaming Guide

Double down on your next casino visit with our Valleywide guide to local slots, blackjack tables and resort amenities.

Active Adult Living

Today’s retirees are living happy, healthy and downright hip lives of luxury in cool communities.

Home for the Holidays: A Local Gift Guide

More than ever before, it’s important to support local businesses. Luckily, the Valley is full of talented makers who can help you knock out your gift list in two shakes of a reindeer’s tail.

Martyred at the Mic?

Arizona State University removed its student radio station manager due to an unwoke tweet. Does the Cronkite School have a free speech problem?

No Santa This Year

The demise of her favorite Christmastime tradition puts our columnist in a holiday funk – and makes her fret over the future of local business.

Addiction Outbreak

Substance abuse is soaring due to COVID-19, but safe support is available.

Land Zo: Central Arizona Supply Grows into Gilbert

Plumbing supply and appliance company Central Arizona Supply is transforming the 54-year-olf Potato Barn building in Gilbert into an adaptive resue retail and restaurant hub.

Business Buzz: Valley Businesses Converting to Electric Vehicles

Several local companies are converting to electric vehicles to save money and the environment.

Could the Valley Lose its Tourism Season in 2021?

Most of the Valley’s big events are returning, but with limited attendance or “hybrid” life-and-virtual plans. Will out-of-state visitors come for our big-ticket events, or could we lose our tourism season?

Sharpe to the Point: Wish List

Opinion columnist Jim Sharpe puts things into perspective this holiday season.

Studio Session: Alison Auditore

Alison Auditore stands at her easel creating the loops and waves that often become the signature of her portraits.

COVID Confessions: A Digital Pandemic Archive

A digital archive is collecting stories and images about people’s experiences with the pandemic.

Spotlight: Scott Appelman

We spoke with Rainbow Ryders owner about finding his passion and how Phoenicians don’t have to go far to check “riding in a hot air balloon” off their bucket list.

What’s in your Cannabis Kitchen with Aaron Chamberlin

Chef/restaurateur Aaron Chamberlin is down to just one restaurant (Taco Chelo) and is taking on a new endeavor: cannabis. He shares his prized products and kitchen items with us.

Explore

Day Trip: Superior

Here’s what to do for one day in Superior.

Door County in December

Wintertime in Wisconsin? You betcha – for travel deals, social distancing and snowy serenity.

History

Gridiron Politics: The History of the Fiesta Bowl

The University of Arizona Wildcats’ unsporting demand before the 1968 Territorial Cup led to the inaugural Fiesta Bowl.

Eat Beat

Stratta Kitchen

The Valley’s lone Michelin-starred chef turns over a new, healthy-eats leaf.

Four Corners: Monthly Dining Reviews from Around the Valley

Check out these new eateries from all over the Valley.

3 Local Products to try this December

Try raw honeycomb, grain-free granola and sourdough bread from local purveyors this winter.

Liquid Arizona: Crush Craft Cider Co.

Family startup Crush Craft Cider Co. joins the Valley’s growing list of cideries.

Three Bites: Et Tu, Fée

Smother your hunger with Louisiana’s answer to a downhome country stew.

Drink This: Southwestern Pumpkin Spice

Topped with a cloud of whipped cream, this tequila-based Southwestern Pumpkin Spice from Rita’s Cantina & Bar is assembled with coffee and pumpkin syrup.

From Our Partners

Gaming Guide

Double down on your next casino visit with our Valleywide guide to local slots, blackjack tables and resort amenities.

Active Adult Living

Today’s retirees are living happy, healthy and downright hip lives of luxury in cool communities.

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