Leah LeMoine, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Baby, it’s cold outside! For Phoenix, that is. Parkas and puffers are overkill, but a long, cozy cardigan is perfect for winter insulation in the Valley of the Sun. Bunky Boutique (multiple locations, bunkyboutique.com) has a slew of cute cardis, but these are our favorites. Plaid Stripe Pocket Cardigan Cost: $68 Wear it: to chill at home; on a morning walk on the Scottsdale Greenbelt; to the Gilbert Farmers Market Polka Dot Knit Cardigan Cost:...

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Who says you can’t travel with kids? Mingle + Graze cheese bar and kitchen owners Mahfam Moeeni-Alarcon and Cristobal Alarcon recently took their two young children and Cristobal’s parents on a three-week tour of Berlin, Leipzig and Prague. “Of the three beautiful cities we visited, Prague was by far my most favorite. It was magical!” Moeeni-Alarcon says. “Castles! Gargoyles! And beer!” She shares her favorite spots.  Prague Castle “The detailed work on the frescoes was...

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Scottsdale-based HomeSmart International CEO Matt Widdows saw rampant check fraud in his industry and others. His solution: ValidCheck, an eCheck product that eliminates third-party verification (and therefore the sharing of bank information) and does not require payees to download an app or register. Everything is done online. Packages start at 50 eChecks for $30.

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In October, Gilbert real estate/restaurant maestro Joe Johnston announced his latest project, Epicenter at Agritopia, was pre-leasing retail space. The mixed-use endeavor is in the heart of Johnston’s idyllic Agritopia community and boasts a number of cool tenants in its 49,000 square feet of retail space. Look for: Phoenix favorites Matt’s Big Breakfast and Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup have locations in Epicenter. Wylde Salon, Hooligan’s Barbershop and Bunky Boutique have all set up shop in...

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“Fancy Fry’s” just got more fun: At the Fry’s Signature Marketplace at Tatum and Shea boulevards, you can now stock up on sliders, Reubens, matzo ball soup and other prepackaged meals from Chompie’s. We’ll have a pastrami on rye with our Cab at the wine bar, thank you.

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Felecia Rotellini Opining that President Donald Trump had “aligned himself with ISIS,” the Arizona Democratic Party chair (and erstwhile attorney general nominee) churned up a minor October controversy, drawing rebukes from GOP counterpart Kelli Ward and Fox News. The comment came as U.S. troops pursued ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Kayla Mueller In a related narrative, the late Northern Arizona University grad student and humanitarian aid worker once again made headlines when “Operation Kayla Mueller”...

THE SCENE It’s grand indeed at Century Grand, the 1920s-inspired cocktail compound from the minds of Jason Asher and Rich Furnari of Barter & Shake. You feel like Jay and Daisy from the moment you walk into the Arcadia building that houses Century Grand (a Prohibition-era cocktail bar with dim sum carts bearing nibbles, cocktails and wine), the Grey Hen Saloon (a tasting room and spirits shop where Valley whiskey maestro and general manager John...

THE SCENE I must admit my bias at the start: The Hermosa Inn is one of my happy places. I’ve covered political fundraisers there, enjoyed romantic staycations with my beloved there (we even brought our firstborn fur son one year, since the hotel is dog-friendly) and feasted on countless media dinners and happy hours with friends and colleagues there. I even wrote a profile of owner Ron Allred (and his lovely wife, Joyce) a couple...

THE SCENE There’s a very “young Scottsdale” vibe at Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse at Scottsdale Waterfront. The décor is polished, but energetic – shiny wood floors and tables, white subway tiles, bright yellow high-top stools perched on squares of faux grass, a green wall festooned with golden cow heads, a white tile bar with cushy black leather stools. It’s fun and eye-popping, with splashes of emerald and daffodil everywhere. The staff and clientele are...

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“For birders, there is no better place to live or visit than Arizona.” Native son Charles J. Babbitt – a member of Arizona’s pioneering Babbitt family – begins his book, Birding Arizona: What to know Where to go (R.W. Morse Company, $19.95), with this biased boast and spends the rest of the text making a case for the Grand Canyon State’s avian superiority. Birding Arizona is written for beginner and intermediate birders, with an eye...

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Nick Menninger isn’t from Arizona – his dad’s from Colorado, his mom’s from Fiji and he grew up in Southeast Asia. But when he moved to Flagstaff 18 years ago, he fell hard – both for the state and one of its native daughters. “I am in love with Arizona,” he says. “I even married a native Arizonan from Globe.” That love for the Grand Canyon State and its natural scenery – specifically hiking and...

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Scrunchies – those voluminous early-1990s hair ties – are back in a big way, with celebrities from Jennifer Lopez to Selena Gomez donning them on the red carpet. Paradise Valley-based Pomchies makes scrunchies from swimwear fabric scraps in spirit colors (to coordinate with your favorite sports teams) and fashion colors, which include these new fall patterns ($3.99-$4.50 each; $10 for a pack of three; pomchies.com). Carrie Bradshaw may not approve of the trend’s resurgence, but...

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