Leilani Fitzpatrick, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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You might not be able to afford a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, but you can buy a throw blanket or Christmas tree ornament emblazoned with the legendary architect’s designs. “Earlier this year, the [Frank Lloyd Wright] Foundation expanded its offering of high-quality, timeless lifestyle and home décor products in an effort to preserve and protect Wright’s legacy and bring his work into today’s contemporary homes,” says public relations coordinator Savannah Haas. Frank Lloyd Wright Store...

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Farmers markets are abundant in the Valley, giving communities the ability to access produce and products from local farmers. These markets offer everything from flowers to açai bowls to raw honey to crêpes. Here are 10 to check out right now. 1. The Open Air Market This Downtown Phoenix market is open year-round at the Phoenix Public Market Café, a restaurant that offers seasonal meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Open Air Market runs...

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A Taco Bell Cantina is opening at the former Restaurant Mexico site on Mill Avenue in Tempe. A Taco Bell spokesperson confirmed that the cantina is set to open before 2020. The site at 423 S. Mill Avenue previously housed Restaurant Mexico, which had been around for nearly four decades in four different locations. Its doors closed on August 15, as owner Carolina Chavarria, 83, was ready to retire from the restaurant business. The new...

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Once a prehistoric Hohokam settlement, the Southern Arizona town of Tubac is now a tourist-friendly arts colony (tubacaz.com). The Rose-Throated Becard Bird-watchers are in for a treat. Tubac is the only known U.S. nesting site for this bird, a native of Mexico and Central America. Once an intermittent visitor to the U.S., the becard vanished in 2006 after a monsoon blew the nests down. Birding experts say that their reborn presence is due to the...

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Dia de los Muertos returns to Downtown Phoenix in festival form this November. Also known as “Day of the Dead,” the Mexican holiday honors the dearly departed through a series of traditions and celebrations. The sixth annual Dia de los Muertos Festival is coming to Phoenix as an outdoor, family-friendly event hosted by St. Mary’s Basilica on November 3. Here are a few ways to celebrate the holiday at the festival. Devoted Doll Face Painting ...

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The 8th Annual Jetaway Music Festival returns to the W Scottsdale this November 8, featuring performances from Grammy award-winning hip-hop artist Nelly, EDM DJ trio Cheat Codes, country star Dylan Scott and more. “This year, we are evolving our event to give everyone in the Valley something special,” says Jetaway co-founder Dillan Micus. All proceeds from the 21+ festival benefit Folds of Honor, a charity “providing educational support to spouses and children of America’s fallen...

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What was once Tucson’s best kept secret has arrived to the heart of downtown Scottsdale. Prep & Pastry has been housed in Tucson for six years, and Scottsdale will be its first location in the Valley (7025 E. Via Soleri Dr.). Open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., it will serve breakfast, lunch, and brunch daily, along with craft cocktails, house-steeped teas and organic fair trade coffee. The warm and welcoming atmosphere seats up...

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The newest addition to uptown Phoenix is its first-ever neighborhood hotel: ARRIVE. The Los Angeles-based hotel company is scheduled to open this fall, inside the restored twin towers at Camelback Road and 4th Avenue (400 W. Camelback). The hotel will feature 79 rooms, and a number of unique local offerings – from coffee to drinks by the pool to popsicles. It aims to bring an experience to uptown Phoenix that is for locals, by locals....

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