2022 Best of the Valley

2022 Best of the Valley - 561 of the Most Marvelous People, Places and Things in the Valley!

Hike of the Week: Red Butte in the Kaibab National Forest

The russet stone pinnacle known as Red Butte commands the landscape.

Summer Food & Wine Getaways

From the high-desert vineyards of northern New Mexico to the Michelin-starred restaurants of the Las Vegas strip, these 11 Southwest food and wine adventures are ripe for the picking.

12th Annual Readers’ Photo Contest: Artful Contrast

Opposites attract and complement each other in this year’s final lineup of reader-provided photographic excellence.

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Innovations in Education

Innovations in Education

Take a look at these premier learning institutions pushing the educational envelope.
2022 Valley Dentists

2022 Valley Dentists

Get up close and personal with the Valley’s best dental professionals.
Top 10 Valley Events in May and June

Top 10 Valley Events in May and June

Here are our top 10 picks for events happening in late spring and early summer.
Business Buzz: Faith-Based Financial Investing Funds Screen Companies on the Stock Exchange for Non-Christian Values

Business Buzz: Faith-Based Financial Investing Funds Screen Companies on the Stock Exchange for Non-Christian Values

Faith-based financial investing looks to filter out the “good” companies on the stock exchange from the bad. But how does such “ethical filtering” work?
Resurgence of Drag Shows on Roosevelt Row Harkens Back to Gay Nightlife Heyday

Resurgence of Drag Shows on Roosevelt Row Harkens Back to Gay Nightlife Heyday

The resurgence of drag shows on Roosevelt Row recalls the heyday of Downtown gay bar 307 Lounge.
What’s in Your Bag? with Daulton Varsho

What’s in Your Bag? with Daulton Varsho

What could a rising baseball star who plays multiple positions need in his bag? Diamondback Daulton Varsho gave us a peek.

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UnderTow Drifting to Gilbert with Second Location

Desert DigestFood & DrinkUnderTow Drifting to Gilbert with Second Location

Fans of the immersive cocktail experience at UnderTow will find a new port in Gilbert’s Epicenter at Agritopia this fall. This is the first expansion of the tiki-inspired cocktail bar that puts its patrons onboard a turn-of-the-century clipper ship, immersing them in their voyage through custom decor, lighting and special effects like thunderstorms. “Growth has been a key goal of ours, and thanks to UnderTow’s incredible fanbase, the demand is there,” Jason Asher, a founding...
First Dish: Light Heart Coffee

First Dish: Light Heart Coffee

Photo by Sydnee Wilson Light Heart Coffee is a unique and beautifully designed coffee shop that recently opened in Scottsdale. It offers a variety of coffee and non-coffee drinks including lattes, cappuccinos, espresso tonics, jasmine lemonade and much more. In addition to great coffee, it has a welcoming and positive atmosphere. When I first walked into Light Heart Coffee, I was greeted by bright colors, wavy patterns and disco balls. Usually when I walk into...
Local Dining Deals for Father’s Day 2022

Local Dining Deals for Father’s Day 2022

Salmon Carpaccio from Zinqué | Photo courtesy The Knight Agency  Father’s Day is fast approaching! Sunday, June 19 is a day dedicated to dear old Dad. No plans? We found a few spots around the Valley offering special deals, including discounts, drinks and all different kinds of cuisine. Dapper & Stout This casual coffeehouse is celebrating Father’s Day across the Valley with a buy one, get one free special. Order a coffee, and Dad gets...
Six Questions with Tía Carmen Executive Chef Angelo Sosa

Six Questions with Tía Carmen Executive Chef Angelo Sosa

Accompanied by a lot of local buzz, executive chef Angelo Sosa and restaurant operator Mark Stone opened Tía Carmen at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in May. Sosa, who appeared on three seasons of Top Chef, opened the restaurant in tribute to his aunt, Carmen. The restaurant specializes in contemporary Southwest cuisine with special emphasis on wood-fire grilling. Here’s what Sosa has to say about his new venture. What does it meant...

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