Haley Smilow, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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“Instead of beaches, bikinis and margaritas, it’s more about experiences and authentic connection with the land,” says Josh Kremer, co-founder of Paradero Hotels. His Paradero Todos Santos is a luxury, environmentally conscious property in Todos Santos, Mexico, on the Baja California peninsula just northwest of Cabo San Lucas. Surrounding the hotel are five ecosystems ranging from the Pacific Ocean to a sky-high cactus forest. “Where else do you see a poblano pepper growing next to...

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Familiar shopping complexes are getting new looks in the coming months. Paradise Valley Mall After a teardown, a new “PV” is coming in 2024. It will feature retail, restaurants, housing and a Harkins Theatre in a mixed-use complex. reddevelopment.com/pvphx Arizona Center A new AC Hotel and residential tower have gone up at Downtown Phoenix’s Arizona Center. Construction on PALMtower began in March and is expected to be complete in early 2024. arizonacenter.com Park Central The...

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Simple Machine Brewing Co. was named Best Brewery in our 2022 Best of the Valley issue. Owner Marshall Norris an Arizona native is excited for Best Fest to network and meet other vendors. What can attendees expect from you at Best Fest? We are pouring four beers that we are entering into the Great American Beer Festival. They are the ones that we are the most proud of. We are pouring Laze, an American IPA,...

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Colorful tote bags, silly cards and hand-designed goods are a trademark of Shannon Slocum’s brand, Seriously Shannon. This year at Best Fest, she’s excited to sample some of the foods, meet other vendors and sell her products. What can attendees expect from you at Best Fest? I’ll be there selling my greeting cards which are mostly silly and sarcastic, but I have Arizona themed ones too. I’ll also have stickers, buttons and some tote bags....

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“I’m really excited to put a face to my business,” says Madalyn Nault of Madalyn Nault Accessories. For her, Best Fest is a chance to have fun and let loose after being featured in PHOENIX magazine year after year. What can attendees expect from you at Best Fest? I’m bringing purses, wallets and various accessories. They are all made by me. They are fun designs and unique prints. What are you most looking forward to...

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Creamy cheese, rich meats and fresh heirloom tomatoes. These are all ingredients restaurateur Joey Maggiore uses in the dishes at his Phoenix restaurant, The Sicilian Butcher. Try them for yourself at Best Fest and learn more about the illustrious Italian chef below. What can attendees expect from you at Best Fest? We are going to serve amazing food for people. We are going to do a fazzoletti, which is basically a mini lasagna that is...

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From a hiking and backpacking guide service to a full-blown retail store, Debbie Hendricks and the Just Roughin’ It team have conquered the highest peaks. For their next adventure, they’re stopping at Best Fest after winning Best Outdoor Outfitter. What can attendees expect from you at Best Fest? We are bringing some outdoor gear, but it will all be small. We are trying to focus on national brands, but we will definitely be bringing out...

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San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Kansas City and Phoenix are all places fashion designer Maria Behnen has called home. Currently, she teaches at Arizona State University’s Fusion on First, an apartment community and entrepreneurial incubator that helps students master their crafts, from architecture to fashion design. “It’s very rewarding to give back and help ASU grow the fashion program,” Behnen says. It’s a full-circle moment for the designer: She found her love...

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From Arizona to Vermont, the Goodyear-based Koby family has visited more than 32 states over the past few years. In August 2019, husband Bob and wife Monica purchased a trailer and sold nearly everything they owned to pursue a life of travel for their daughters Autumn, 11, and Jade, 7. “We gave ourselves three or four months to sell everything, and our first stop was the Grand Canyon,” Monica Koby says. She and Bob homeschool...

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All the news that’s fit to nosh. We All Scream for Ice Cream: Dana Dumas, CEO and owner of SugarJam The Southern Kitchen, knows how to grow a business. She went from an at-home bakery to a brick-and-mortar brunch spot in North Scottsdale. Now, she is adding an ice cream trailer and a gift shop, known as The Market by Sugar, to her resume. The gift shop will sell handmade items like candles, crafts and...

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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...

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Being in the fashion industry was never Damon Evans’ goal – it was a byproduct of his music empire. The entrepreneur founded Arena, a music production, distribution and streaming platform, in 1998 in the Biltmore area. In 2013, he launched a clothing arm, Arena Merchandising, in Downtown Phoenix. “It made perfect sense, because a lot of the artistic community is based in Phoenix,” Evans says. The idea: Have someone buy a band/musician T-shirt, give them...

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After taking two years off due to the pandemic, Flagstaff Blues & Brews is back this summer. “I’m just excited to produce the event and to see everybody’s faces,” says festival organizer Jennifer Grogan. “We love music. We love Flagstaff.” With more than 10 performers, including Anders Osborne, Cedric Burnside and Mr. Sipp, and 11 different local tap handles, it’s a can’t-miss festival that benefits local schools. Flagstaff favorites like Satchmo’s and Fratelli Pizza are...

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Need a hit of beautiful weather and clear blue ocean water? Head to Los Cabos, on the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula (visitloscabos.travel). Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort This property just underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation. The resort now has six new places to eat and drink and 14 private plunge pools. For family fun, try the new splash zone and kids club. For adults, a private infinity pool and top-shelf margaritas...

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