Emily Dean, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Once travel restrictions are lifted, head to the Lone Star State metroplex for tantalizing tastes and fun events. Margarita Mile Tourists and locals are encouraged to download the free Margarita Mile mobile app and follow the guide through the city. The tour is meant to commemorate Dallas being the home of the frozen margarita machine, invented nearly 50 years ago. A Margarita Mile Welcome to the Limelight party with drinks, live music and art is...

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Gilbert entrepreneur Jacob Elggren knew he wanted to create everyday products that would be long-lasting and attractive. This brought him to his material of choice: leather. “I wanted something durable,” says Elggren, a former accountant. “Something that’s not consumed over and over again.” He launched Andar in 2015 with his debut collection of “minimalist leather wallets.” The business took off quickly, and Elggren says he realized he could tap into crafting other commonplace products like...

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Pending, as with all things, the conclusion of the coronavirus saga, Sedona’s famed Elote Cafe is reopening in a new location just a mile and a half away from the original. Chef Jeff Smedstad says he couldn’t imagine moving the restaurant outside of Sedona. “This is my home. It’s important to me that we maintain the Sedona vibe,” Smedstad says, defining said vibe as a “laidback lifestyle” and time spent in nature. The menu at...

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A new study by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families tracked the rate of uninsured children nationwide, and found that between 2016-2018, the number of children without health coverage increased by 400,000 nationally. According to the report, Arizona is ranked third in the nation for the highest percentage of uninsured children. Some local officials are speculating if Arizona’s “public charge” rule on illegal immigration has caused a lack of participation in benefits such...

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Looking for a break from the city? Trade saguaros for pines in Arizona’s favorite mountain town. Route 66 Walk This Talk This self-guided tour takes advantage of mobile technology, allowing you to tour historic Route 66 at your own pace. You call the provided number, and the recording gives you neat facts at each stop. Plan to spend about an hour discovering gems like the Mother Myth mural, The Rock Lab and Motel Du Beau....

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Looking for your daily dose of live music around the Valley? Check out this week’s concert calendar. Monday, February 10 Rusty Spur Saloon The oldest bar in Scottsdale boasts live music seven days a week from 11 a.m. to close for those who want to bring out their cowboy boots and do a square dance. Monday’s entertainment will be courtesy of local country singer, Greg Mills. 7245 E. Main St., Scottsdale rustyspursaloon.com Tuesday, February 11...

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