Alison Cutler, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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This mountaintop town has a new bistro, lodge and quarantine-friendly frivolity. Courchevel Bistro Named after Park City’s sister city in the French Alps, this bistro emerged out of the pandemic to bring Park City French cuisine and has already been named one of the Top 20 New Restaurants in the World by CNN Travel. Executive chef Clement Gelas, originally from Boëge, France, turns out dishes like Arctic char bouillabaisse and Dover sole. The Lodge at...

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Online school isn’t always easy. According to a recent Gallup poll, 49 percent of parents are concerned that coronavirus could affect their child’s education, especially since so many have transitioned to an online module. Even though they can be isolating, your child’s high-tech classes don’t have to feel so lonely. There is an abundance of resources to help kids and their families navigate their digital instruction this year. It can be difficult to know where...

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Oregon native Elliott Kayser has one foot in the city, one in the fields and both hands in the clay. He’s been doing ceramics since age 10 and dedicated his life to it. “I kind of just fell in love with it, right away.” Kayser says. Between his bachelor of fine arts degree from Alfred University and his master’s degree in ceramics at Arizona State University, Kayser immersed himself into the agricultural scene while working...

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Paradise Valley painter Eric Weinbrenner has always thrived on creative productivity. The Massachusetts native started a trucking company in Colorado before moving to Phoenix in 1997 to work in real estate. After he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in November 2019, Weinbrenner found yet another passion to throw himself into: painting. “I wasn’t going to sit there,” he says. “I’m a Type A personality. I decided I’m going to take the disease and...

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Reports of COVID-19 in Asia were increasing when Jennifer Adler boarded the plane to Thailand this winter. “I almost canceled the trip three times,” she says. “I was checking the number of cases in Thailand every single day.” In the end, it all worked out. Adler spent her last few pre-quarantine weeks on beaches that looked like they were peeled off magazine covers. “It ended up being the most magical experience,” she says. From snorkeling...

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If you have cleaned your car since the pandemic started, you may be ahead of the curve. According to an Expedia group study, one third of Americans only clean their car once a year and 12 percent don’t clean it at all. It doesn’t take a pandemic to threaten hygiene in your car, though. In fact, the National Center for Biotechnology Information released a study which found that steering wheels can be four times dirtier...

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Changes in travel industries due to COVID-19 are visible across the country – including Phoenix. One widespread business in local’s backyards faced a questionable future: Airbnb. However, despite travel restrictions and a crescendo of concern from authorities, visitors kept coming. Even though Airbnb has taken a financial hit from coronavirus, many are still in demand and are appealing to visitors in a different way. Alessandro Rugge is a local co-host and has witnessed the changes...

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Roxane Kyte’s biggest joy in life is being a mother. When her four daughters grew up and their friends started getting married, she found herself making aprons for their bridal showers. “My daughter, Brittany [Dishner], suggested we start selling them,” Kyte says. She was skeptical at first. “There were already thousands of aprons on the market,” she says. “I said, ‘If we’re going to do this, we have to be completely different.’” And Couture Aprons...

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Paradise Valley creator Shanna Israel considers herself somewhat of an artistic chameleon. She blends into each of her pieces to let the story behind them converse with the audience. “You’ll never know that my pieces come from the same person,” Israel says. One recurring theme is impossible to squander in all her artwork, though – the purpose behind it. Israel often collaborates with other people in the Phoenix community to produce story-based art and raise...

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It takes a lot of innovation to take a full-sized symphony orchestra and present it on screen instead of onstage. That’s the reality for hundreds of ensembles across the world, including the Phoenix Symphony. Suzanne Wilson became the president and CEO of the Phoenix Symphony eight weeks before Arizona went into quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic. “One day, everything shifted,” she says. “You could feel the country shift.” That day in March, Wilson had to...

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Many public venues and establishments have made adjustments or closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but all the pieces of Phoenix will still be there when they come out on the other side. As we step into June, several museums announced they are excited to open their doors to the public once more. Take a look at some of the museums in the Phoenix area that are planning their return in the near future. Hall...

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