Leah LeMoine, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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If you’re a regular at Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops but want to shop local, take a gander at Mounted Horn. Phoenix friends Justin Renninger and Jason Ingersoll started their outdoors-inspired line to celebrate their love of hunting and fishing. Along the way, they added conservation to their mission: Mounted Horn donates $1 from the purchase of every shirt to the Arizona Mule Deer Organization. mountedhorn.com

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If you grew up watching The Wallace and Ladmo Show on Phoenix’s first TV station, Channel 5 (KPHO), Phoenix Television by Arizona State University media professor Dr. John E. Craft and PHOENIX magazine contributor Lisa Honebrink (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99) will stir nostalgia. If you didn’t, it will serve as an education on the history of the “boob tube” in our fair city, from KPHO to Univision Arizona. Craft and Honebrink hope the book will sustain a...

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It’s winter in the desert, which means your skin likely needs a boost. Enter James Anthony Skincare, the Scottsdale-based line developed by beauty industry vet Jennifer Hayes to address her own skin maladies. Products start at $28 and are specially formulated to hydrate and repair dry and damaged skin. The Genie in a Bottle serum is the perfect antidote for dry Arizona air, while the Vivify day cream has peptides to rejuvenate aging skin. Hayes...

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Diya Marketing owner Kirti Dwivedi was a food and beverage “influencer” long before the term was coined, so her vacations often revolve around food and drink. Her recent trip to Napa and the San Francisco Bay Area with boyfriend Bobby Borszich was no exception. “In the Bay Area, there are so many amazing cocktail bars and restaurants that you really can’t go wrong,” Dwivedi says. The Morris This eatery in San Francisco’s Potrero Flats immediately...

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There are some delicious new things baking in America’s potato capital. If you’re headed north for ski season, check these out. Certified Kitchen + Bakery Restaurateurs David and Lizzy Rex’s newest spot churns out baked goods both classic (peanut butter cookies, banana bread) and innovative (tahini layer bars, chocolate olive oil cake). All-day breakfast and lunch are on offer, too. certifiedboise.com Regal Beaver Russ Crawforth revamped his Donut Daze chicken and doughnuts shop with a...

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Dining out with food allergies is challenging at best, deadly at worst. Phoenix entrepreneur Shandee Chernow used her own experience with allergies to create CertiStar, a software program servers and school cafeteria employees can use to identify food allergens so patrons can feast without fear of emergency room visits. CertiStar (starting at $99/month) is in use at Chompie’s, Joe’s Real BBQ and more. certistar.com

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Watch out, Agritopia. Surprise is jumping on the suburban Utopia train with Sterling Grove, the city’s first planned luxury community. Construction on the Toll Brothers project (tollbrothers.com) is underway and the first phase opens this month. Future amenities, if you’re looking to build a westward manse: Choice of Craftsman, farmhouse or Spanish design A town square, a nod to the area’s farming roots Parks, streams and irrigation ponds Nicklaus-designed private golf facility and clubhouse Pools,...

To quote the great Happy Gilmore, “Sorry, ladies, I’m not the golfing type.” I like my birdies fried and my bogeys Lowenstein, thank you. Occasionally, though, the promise of good food lures me to restaurants that just happen to be at golf courses. Take Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar, which is a property of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort but lives across the street on the 18th hole of the TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course, with...

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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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