Madison Rutherford, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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We’re all familiar with the phrase “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Two Phoenix women are turning that treasure into tangible revenue with a versatile, user-friendly e-commerce platform. Amanda Morse and Clara Albornoz founded List Perfectly for sellers to efficiently post products on multiple online marketplaces like Poshmark, Mercari and eBay. List Perfectly’s mission is to help sellers work smarter not harder with an array of advanced tools that allow users to cross-post items,...

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Nashville-based singer-songwriter Dani Taylor doesn’t care what you think of her. That unapologetic authenticity has garnered her recent release “Table for One, Drinking for Two” more than 1 million streams on Spotify and nearly 40,000 followers across her social media platforms. She attributes this to the confessional nature of her upbeat country songs and genuine disposition. We caught up with the Phoenix native to chat about her new music, being yourself, finding yourself and the...

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Photo courtesy Tarbell’s    When you dine at Tarbell’s, you will embark on an odyssey of opposites. This, you’ll soon learn, is a large part of its lasting charm. Mark Tarbell opened the restaurant in 1994 to immediate acclaim. The eatery soon became synonymous with fine dining in the Valley, attracting a welter of well-heeled patrons and possessing a certain je ne sais quoi that generated a positive buzz. Nearly three decades later, the Tarbell’s...

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Both Aioli Gourmet Burgers and Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour are all about being innovative and ever evolving. The two award-winning concepts are now joining forces to bring an expanded menu of elevated street food to Downtown Phoenix. Aioli’s executive chef, Vicktor Velez, has taken the reins as the head of B & T’s in-house food program, introducing a gourmet, globally influenced menu that pairs perfectly with the cocktails at the lauded Downtown lounge. Bitter...

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Photo by Jacob Tyler Dunn | www.JacobTylerDunn.com   Hawk Salvage, located in the historic Grand Avenue arts district, is the place to find one-of-a-kind curios. The shop features a curated collection of vintage, industrial and antique oddities and, most recently, an extensive selection of rare and unique houseplants. Founded by Greg Hawk, a retired Phoenix Fire Department captain, passionate “picker” and self-proclaimed “plant nerd,” Hawk Salvage is like a perfectly preserved history museum, its walls...

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Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at the Hotel Palomar in Downtown Phoenix has long been lauded for its creative cocktail program and deftly executed New American dishes. Now, the restaurant has a new chef, who recently revamped the menu to reflect the vibrancy and energy of its location and quality ingredients from local farmers. Blue Hound also launched an all-new drink lineup, a coterie of cocktails that pair perfectly with the thoughtful fare coming out...

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It’s easy to get overwhelmed at the Valley’s new Cooper’s Hawk location in Chandler, which opened its doors on Monday. Those doors lead you into an expansive tasting room lined with every varietal you can imagine on one side, a glass case displaying glistening chocolate truffles on the other, and an array of upscale wine accessories splayed out on tables in the middle of the room. Before you even set foot in the dining area,...

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Hard Pumpkin Spice Latte from Mavrix | Photo courtesy The James Agency   ‘Tis the season! Pumpkin season, that is. Local restaurants are utilizing everyone’s favorite gourd to concoct gourmet goodies of both the sweet and savory variety. Here’s a few we’re looking forward to. Pumpkin Hummus from Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen Though it’s not officially available until October 1, we’re already drooling over Picazzo’s seasonal twist on its traditional creamy hummus. Blended with “a...

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The Coconut Blossom | Photo courtesy Instagram.com/thebarkingbodega   I don’t have a dog, but I do follow a lot of canine-centric Instagram pages. I guess I like to live vicariously through various dog owners via the internet without all the time, money and patience it takes to actually be one. The Barking Bodega, it seems, was built for people like me. Well, scratch that. This spot, which opened in March, was built for dogs with...

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The Four Peaks Oktoberfest celebration at Tempe Town Lake has been going strong for nearly 50 years. However, due to a number of factors, the event won’t be taking place this year. There are still plenty of opportunities to don your dirndl or lederhosen and sip some local brew this season. Here are four beer-centric events happening this fall. Prost! Wickenburg Oktoberfest The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild presents historic downtown Wickenburg’s inaugural Oktoberfest event on...

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Rough Rider interior | Photo by Madison Rutherford   This Theodore Roosevelt-themed bar/restaurant fits in with its surroundings. For starters, a colorful portrait of the former president adorns one side of the Ten-O-One building where Rough Rider resides, not to mention its position in the heart of the Roosevelt Row arts district, which also houses Roosevelt-inspired beer bar The Theodore. The area is rife with homages to Roosevelt, most of which are done in tasteful...

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T. Cook’s Burger | Photo courtesy J Lauren PR   Fall is finally here and with it comes seasonal dishes! Here are five brand-new menu items from local restaurants that we can’t wait to try in the next few months. Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast from North Italia This healthy brunch dish won’t be available until October, but that won’t stop us from drooling over its decadence. It features avocado, smoked salmon, arugula, basil, watermelon radish...

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“Self-portrait: Distanced” by Roddy MacInnes is among the artworks included in the new “Socially Distanced” exhibition at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.   Arts events are back! If you’re curious about what’s going on in the local arts community, we’ve curated a list of what’s new and noteworthy this month, from season openings to new exhibits and upcoming shows. Madison Center for the Arts Offers Free Tickets to First Responders for First Broadway Show According to its mission statement, the Madison Center aims to...

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