July/August 2023

Editorial StaffJuly 1, 2023
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July/August 2023 Editor's Note

Features

Interview with a Canyon: An Ode to Oak Creek

The more time you spend in Oak Creek Canyon, the more you realize it’s no mere high-country river gorge.

Death in the Desert: Who Killed Sex Worker Brenda Broyles?

Valley sex worker Brenda Broyles shared a bed with TV star Bob Crane and met a similarly gruesome end. Now, a local private investigator is hoping to crack the decades-old cold case.

2023 Best of the Valley

2023 Best of the Valley - 561 of the Most Marvelous People, Places and Things in the Valley!

Phoenix Files

Innovations in Education

Take a look at these premier learning institutions pushing the educational envelope.

2023 Valley Dentists

Get up close and personal with the Valley’s best dental professionals.

Silent Exit: Ib Andersen’s Final Bow?

Choreographer and artistic director Ib Andersen is dancing away from Ballet Arizona. Everyone is mum as to why.

Truck to Table: Meet the Couple Leading the Local Food-Truck-as-Incubator Charge

The Valley couple behind Chilte went from tent to food truck to brick-and-mortar restaurant in the time it took most of us to get through the pandemic.

What’s in Your Baseball-Mom Bag? with Teresa Strasser

The author of Making It Home: Life Lessons from a Season of Little League lets us peek into her “mom bag.”

Spotlight: Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

An interview with purple-haired Diamondback Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Death in the Desert: Who Killed Sex Worker Brenda Broyles?

Valley sex worker Brenda Broyles shared a bed with TV star Bob Crane and met a similarly gruesome end. Now, a local private investigator is hoping to crack the decades-old cold case.

Raising Phoenix: Mind Games

Mired in a mental-health crisis with no easy answers, should we start considering difficult ones?

Sharpe to the Point: Is Photo Radar a Boon or a Burden?

Is photo radar violating our privacy or simply a way to slow people down and save lives?

How a Developer Procured Rare Building Permission in PV

Development-averse Paradise Valley finally finds a home-building project that meets its fastidious standards.

Collections Dept.: Diamondbacks Giveaways Through the Decades

Here are a few sponsored Diamondbacks giveaways that have struck our fancy over the years.

What’s Up July/August 2023

A glimpse of the goings on in the Valley in late summer.

2023 Best of the Valley

2023 Best of the Valley - 561 of the Most Marvelous People, Places and Things in the Valley!

Art Directions with Author and Muralist Isaac Caruso

Artist Isaac Caruso weaves his love of travel and creating into a cohesive story about a girl living with Attention Deficit Disorder in his new children's book, Sam & Sara.

Explore

Get Out of Town

From desert trails to sandy beaches, these out-of-town destinations are worth the trip.

Interview with a Canyon: An Ode to Oak Creek

The more time you spend in Oak Creek Canyon, the more you realize it’s no mere high-country river gorge.

Nashville in Five Senses

Music City delights the ears, no doubt. But it’s no slouch on the eyes, nose, mouth and hands, either.

Day Trip: Verrado

Spend the day strolling down memory lane – or hiking up a nearby mountain – in this residential development modeled after the idyllic small towns of the late 20th century.

History

Territorial Arizona’s Royal Scam

A Missouri charlatan created a bogus 12-million-acre estate in Territorial Arizona via the forgery skills and a duplicitous marriage.

Eat Beat

Four Corners: Momma’s Soul Fish & Chicken

A word of advice about this welcoming soul food restaurant run by a mother-and-son team from St. Louis: Get there early, before the kitchen runs out of St. Louis-style barbecue ribs.

3 Local Products to Try this Month | July 2023

Try hot-weather brews, artisanal shortbreads and vegan teriyaki sauce this summer.

Four Corners: Master Jianbing

Wolfed down by hungry working stiffs on the streets of Beijing and Guangzhou, jianbing is China’s version of a crêpe and served in 30-odd varieties at this new lunch counter at Mesa’s Mekong Plaza.

Four Corners: Central Records

Credit DJ-owner Jake Stellarwell for bringing the “vinyl bar” concept to Downtown Phoenix, offering a casual, coffee-fueled hangout by day and vibey wine bar by night.

Drink This: Summer of Love

Although the summer of 2023 in Downtown Phoenix is a far cry from Haight-Ashbury in 1967, you can order this shareable cocktail at Eden Rooftop Bar and still get high on peace, love and understanding – or liquor, at least.

Four Corners: Night Owl Pizza & Drinks

This rumpus-room-themed pizza bar seems destined for success in South Scottsdale.

Three Bites: Breakfast Enchiladas

Hearty, huevos-topped breakfast enchiladas make for glorious eye-openers in the hands of talented Valley chefs.

Liquid Arizona: Prickly Pear IPA

Behind Grand Canyon Brewing’s daring decision to brew an IPA with everyone’s favorite Arizona cactus fruit.

Dining Review: Cocina Chiwas

Seven years and multiple concepts removed from their humble taco shop beginnings, Armando Hernandez and Nadia Holguin score big-time with an ambitious Modern Mexican restaurant in Tempe.

Dining Review: Source

Star chef Claudio Urciuoli is in startup mode again – this time conjuring terrific pizzas, flatbreads and bruschetta out of a fancy Swedish oven in Gilbert.

Space Case: Quartz

Quartz’s visual qualities and “vibe” are its primary selling points, but patrons might be surprised the cocktail bar is blessed with both beauty and brains.

Dining Review: Rosso Italian

Pomo pizza legend Stefano Fabbri strums a familiar but fantastic Italian-American tune at this ballpark-area eatery.

From Our Partners

Innovations in Education

Take a look at these premier learning institutions pushing the educational envelope.

Get Out of Town

From desert trails to sandy beaches, these out-of-town destinations are worth the trip.

2023 Valley Dentists

Get up close and personal with the Valley’s best dental professionals.