Helena Wegner, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. That’s how Greg Hawk sees it when he’s hunting for wares for his industrial vintage store on Grand Avenue in Phoenix. Opened in November, Hawk Salvage was originally an automotive garage in the ’40s, and the aesthetic perfectly suits Hawk’s taste. “I love old stuff and I love old buildings,” says the Phoenix Fire Department captain. He has traveled from coast to coast finding items for his shop...

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The Valley’s first sushi hand roll bar and ramen restaurant will open in northeast Phoenix this January on Camelback and 20th Street. Wade Foster Hospitability Group (the company behind the Ahipoki restaurants) and California-based Ahi Mahi Group collaborated with award-winning ramen chef Jared Lupin to open Dori Hand Roll Bar and Ramen. With 10 years of ramen making experience, Lupin says Dori Hand Roll Bar will provide guests with an intimate, street-style roll experience. “We...

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Restauranteur M. Dana Mule’s new Hula’s Modern Tiki location is set to open this January on High Street in north Phoenix. “You’ll get everything you used to at Hula’s but with a slightly different perspective,” Mule says. The new space will depict the same ’50s and ’60s modern mid-century inspired tiki bar elements like the Old Town Scottsdale and Uptown Phoenix locations, but Mule says this new restaurant will be beachier and “a little less...

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Essence Bakery Café started Arizona’s first baking apprenticeship program in June for graduating high school students. Students who are still in high school can apply for the pre-apprenticeship program. The two-year program allows students to gain valuable culinary skills without accruing student debt because there is no program fee. The program was started by Essence Bakery Café chef and owner Eugenia Theodosopoulos who partnered with Arizona’s Careers through Culinary Arts Program. C-CAP partners with more...

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Pack your skis and winter jacket for a getaway in Aspen – the ritziest of Colorado’s fabled Rocky Mountain resort towns. Shredding fresh mountain powder, trying new restaurants and wine tasting are all on the menu. Mini Jimmy’s ’Tis the season to warm up with wine and spirit tastings at Mini Jimmy’s, a new intimate speakeasy within Jimmy’s restaurant. Choose from a delicious selection of spirits like mezcal, Scotch or Japanese whiskey, or your choice...

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When John F. Kennedy convalesced at Castle Hot Springs following his World War II duty, he didn’t have Instagram to distract him. Founded in 1896, the health and wellness resort catered to prominent clans like the Kennedys, Roosevelts and Wrigleys before falling into disrepair and closing in the 1970s. Following a multimillion-dollar renovation, it reopened to the public last year, and launched its current season in October (it’ll be open through May then close for...

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Chris Collins, owner of The Macintosh and The Collins Small Batch Kitchen, recently spent a weekend at sea with Chula Seafood owners Jon Heflin and Hogan Jamison, who supply Valley restaurants with fish they catch on their own boat. “This is not done anymore. There are only a handful of boats in Southern California that are [harpooning swordfish],” Collins says. Before and after setting sail from Newport Beach and zigzagging across hundreds of miles of...

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It’s that time of year again – the temperatures are cooling, the leaves are changing, and it’s OK to order a hot coffee without judgement because the temperature in Phoenix has finally dipped below 100 degrees. Put on your favorite cozy sweater and take a day trip to check out these five vibrant fall foliage scenes around Arizona. Flagstaff Start the day early, and venture two and a half hours north  of Phoenix to Flagstaff....

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Husband and wife Jason and Katherine Dwight are bringing something new to the Uptown Phoenix area. The duo recently opened a restaurant and bakery called Persepshen – pronounced “perception” – in the space formerly known as Hula’s Modern Tiki on Central Avenue and Camelback Road. Their menu reflects high-quality, farm-to-table recipes and will change daily to incorporate fresh, local and organic ingredients. Persepshen spent two years at the Uptown Farmers Market selling sandwiches, smoked sausages,...

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Join prominent Arizona chefs at Phoenix’s third annual No Kid Hungry Dinner on Monday, October 7. Founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts Sam Fox will host a top-notch four-course meal prepared by guest chefs including Gio Osso of Virtu Honest Craft, Lori Hashimoto of Hana Japanese Eatery, Cassie Shortino of Tratto and Zach Hunter of Fox Restaurant Concepts to support ending childhood hunger in Arizona and beyond. Begin the night with cocktail hour at 6 p.m....

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Splash around this fall at Great Wolf Lodge’s first Arizona location, which opened September 27. Situated in the Scottsdale Talking Stick Entertainment District, it’s the first indoor waterpark in the state – one that also happens to include an affixed 350-room resort. “Everything is designed to bring joy to families and to [let them] do activities together,” general manager Brian Johnson says. A high-speed, four-person raft ride called Diamondback Drop makes its debut as the...

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