Leah LeMoine, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Roxane Kyte’s biggest joy in life is being a mother. When her four daughters grew up and their friends started getting married, she found herself making aprons for their bridal showers. “My daughter, Brittany [Dishner], suggested we start selling them,” Kyte says. She was skeptical at first. “There were already thousands of aprons on the market,” she says. “I said, ‘If we’re going to do this, we have to be completely different.’” And Couture Aprons...

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If you loved the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, you’ll love The Lemonade Stand: From Sour to Sweet – Inspiring Women’s Stories of Strength and Success (self-published, $14.69 on Amazon). Phoenix content specialist Michelle Faust took inspiration from the publishing institution’s anthology format to create her own compendium of uplifting stories from women who have overcome adversity, from prison sentences to cancer diagnoses. If you’re looking for a feel-good read in these feeling-terrible...

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“The biggest challenges through this pandemic have been shifting from in-person events to online sales and adjusting to a new way of sourcing materials,” says Madalyn Nault, a Phoenix designer who creates wallets and clutches using vinyl and upcycled fabric under her Madalyn Nault Accessories label. This spring, she reluctantly added a new product: face masks. “I found myself dwelling on the fact that if a skill I had was needed in an emergency, then...

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Valley spirit producers Mezcal Carreño, Tequila Corrido and Tequila Corcel burst onto the scene over the past year. How to tell them apart? Mezcal Carreño is easy – it’s a mezcal producer. The tequilerias are more confusing. Here’s a cheat sheet: Tequila Corrido Owner: food and bev pro Sarah Foote (founded by her late uncle) Name inspo: A corrido is a traditional Mexican ballad, often a narration of a historical event. Tequila Corcel Owners: brothers...

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Takeout Family-Style Meals We’re digging the sweet spot between bulk catering and regular family takeout with its costly individualization. We’re all having North Italia pasta for dinner, fam. Deal with it. Cocktails To Go People take home growlers of IPAs all the time. Why not growlers of Negronis? Meal Donation Shouldn’t it always be this easy to thank a first responder with a salad or a cup of coffee? Gift Card Bonuses Many restaurants rewarded...

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A few months ago, I asked my colleagues which local restaurants they’d always wanted to try but never got around to visiting. Our answers were varied, interesting and at times a little embarrassing (I don’t want to “out” anyone, but some were jaw-droppers).    One of many on my long list was Los Sombreros, which I’d read about years ago as a budding foodie hanging on every word Howard Seftel wrote in The Arizona Republic. That was back when Jeff Smedstad (pre-Elote Café...

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I don’t normally drink during the day. Certainly not on weekdays, at least. But after a particularly long and stressful “ship week,” the time each month that we proof and edit every page of the magazine multiple times before shipping it to the printer, I couldn’t find it within myself to decline the offer of a media Mid-Day Happy Hour from Daily Dose Kitchen & Bar, which has locations in Old Town Scottsdale, Midtown Phoenix and Tempe. “Hopefully day drinking is a part of your quarantine lifestyle,” Daily...

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If you’ve ever cohabitated with another human, you know how difficult it is to decide on dinner. You feel like sushi, your beloved feels like Chinese. You feel like fried chicken, your roommate feels like gyros. In my house, my fella and I agree on some cuisines – Thai and Vietnamese are weekly takeout treats for us, even before the pandemic – but he never feels like Indian, and I rarely feel like pizza. Our particular dinner dilemma is complicated by the fact that I will drive anywhere for good...

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In this (short-lived, we hope) series, the PHOENIX magazine editorial and art teams share what quarantine is like for them, from who they’re sheltering in place with to where they’re ordering takeout.   What have you been watching, reading and listening to during quarantine?  Craig Outhier – Editor-in-Chief Blazing through season three of Ozark (definitely an improvement over last season), obsessively watching and re-watching Rick and Morty, getting acquainted with the jazz-glitch electronica of Floating Points, and watching old Lakers games on YouTube with my droogies via Zoom.   Leah LeMoine –...

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In 2011, JC Donaldson started blogging about men’s fashion, financial literacy, travel and etiquette. “The goal was to educate men on how to become a better man,” he says of Being Dapper, which evolved into a clothing label after readers requested merchandise. In 2018, Donaldson went through Phoenix Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer Bootcamp and launched his contemporary men’s collection at PFW. “Our typical client is someone that is a working professional that enjoys being social...

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History meets mystery in Abandoned Arizona ($24.99, America Through Time), photographer Susan Tatterson’s visual chronicle of the Grand Canyon State’s ghost towns, forgotten mines, deserted buildings and now-desolate attractions. From the Phoenix Trotting Track and the Black Canyon City Dog Track to the “towns” of Cleator and Chloride, Tatterson’s lens reveals the quirky, ramshackle remnants of a bygone Arizona in brilliant detail. This slim volume makes a great coffee-table book, armchair vacation or gift for...

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Dogs have birthday parties, wear sweaters and go hiking. It was only a matter of time before they took on enough human attributes to get stressed and need a little CBD. For pups prone to anxiety – or who struggle with chronic pain or epilepsy – there’s wagkind, a line of organic, plant-based wellness products for canines, headquartered in Phoenix. Offerings include a CBD oil sampler ($8), 30-ml bottles of CBD oil ($48 each) and...

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In this (short-lived, we hope) series, the PHOENIX magazine editorial and art teams share what quarantine is like for them, from who they’re sheltering in place with to where they’re ordering takeout.   Have you picked up any new hobbies or skills? Or spent more time on existing ones?  Craig Outhier – Editor-in-Chief Pickling!  Leah LeMoine – Managing Editor I’ve always been into cooking, and over the last couple of years I’ve been working on my (previously limited) baking skills. During quarantine, I have...

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