Madison Rutherford, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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“I really love my hometown,” singer-songwriter Joy Oladokun says. “My sisters make fun of me for how often I make excuses to go home.” Now in Nashville, Oladokun, who is releasing a new album on July 17, grew up in Casa Grande, a small desert city on the outskirts of Phoenix. Raised in a traditional Nigerian household, she describes her childhood as “being suspended between two worlds.” That duality, different perspectives and desert life all...

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On June 17, Governor Doug Ducey gave local leaders throughout Arizona the authority to require face masks in public, which led several cities throughout the state, including Phoenix, to immediately implement a mask mandate. The order followed a record-breaking week of positive coronavirus cases in Arizona, which now has one of the largest cases per capita in the country. What exactly does a rule requiring face masks entail and what can happen if you don’t...

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Since 2002, Paradise Valley-based Pomchies owner Heather Clark has been combining function and fashion through her whimsical accessories made out of upcycled materials. She started by making scrunchies, headbands, lanyards and luggage tags out of fabric scraps from her former swimwear line. “Two years ago, we started using a fabric that was made out of recycled water bottles for some of our products because sustainability is ingrained [in the company],” Clark says. In March, she...

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Scott Pasmore   When the Good Morning Arizona anchor filmed Memorial Day crowds at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, he didn’t know it would go viral. His footage of swarms of people ignoring social distancing recommendations was reposted by celebrities such as Meghan McCain and W. Kamau Bell and has more than 15 million views. Jonathan Nez  Last month, the Navajo Nation purportedly had the highest coronavirus cases per capita of any large governance in the...

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Phoenix-based Lectric eBikes co-founders and childhood friends Levi Conlow and Robby Deziel rolled into the electric bike scene after recognizing a gap in the market – quality e-bikes at an affordable price. The 24-year-old entrepreneurs met in middle school in Minnesota. Conlow studied entrepreneurship in college and Deziel got a degree in mechanical engineering. “Once we both graduated, he and I were wanting to work on some form of project together that would use our...

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Sienna Stark is the founder of Phoenix-based YogieFlow, an online yoga and meditation subscription service for kids – by kids. Stark is just 12 years old and is already on track to becoming a certified yoga instructor. The web-based program, which launched May 1, aims to help kids of all ages elevate their emotional wellbeing and strengthen their athletic ability. “The concept came to me because I’m in my yoga teacher training and I’m a...

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Since March, the Valley’s Serrano’s Mexican Food Restaurants have been sharing their classic Mexican cuisine in the form of family meals and bulk market items such as meats, tortillas, rice and beans. Now, Serrano’s is sharing a recipe for its popular Pollo Ranchera, the filling for its famed Pollo Fundido. It’s also a delicious addition to rice and beans and in flour tortillas. Serrano’s Pollo Ranchera Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 lb. of chicken breast 1/2...

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While the coronavirus outbreak created a cloud of doom and gloom around life as we know it, a local production company saw a silver lining – a sense of strength and solidarity in the small business community. Amoroma Productions, a video business based in Chandler, saw an opportunity to share the perseverance of the state’s small businesses and how they’ve adapted amid the pandemic. The company began reaching out to community leaders and companies in...

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Looking for a last-minute gift for Father’s Day? Keep it local with these companies offering cool ideas for items that Dad will love. Daphne’s Headcovers Great gifts are par for the course at Daphne’s, which purveys cute animal headcovers for golf clubs. Celebrating its 40th year in 2020, Daphne’s is the oldest female-owned company in the golf industry. “We’ve survived introducing animal headcovers to the market, driver design changes, recessions, global changes and now COVID-19,...

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Musically Fed’s mission is simple – to feed the hungry. The Scottsdale-based nonprofit works with musicians, promoters and venues to donate excess tour and backstage catering to the food insecure, homeless and veteran community. Musically Fed’s work is personal for its founder, Maria Brunner, whose late husband was a Vietnam vet. “When he passed away, it became very evident that we should all know more about our vets,” Brunner says. “I felt that in the...

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With performances put on hold, Arizona Broadway Theatre sough to find ways to attract its audiences in other ways. In response, it recently launched a crafting series led by the theater’s prop master, Mary Rooney. Each virtual class, hosted on ABT’s Facebook page every Monday at 3 p.m., features a fun and easy project that can be produced with simple items from around the house. The class, dubbed Makers Mondays, is part of a larger...

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Phoenix comediennes Marlene Strang and Leanne Schmidt have been performing together as The Ladies, a zany pair of moms that poke fun at life’s most routine moments, since 2016. “We use live performance in unexpected places to create these entertaining and social experiences for people to kind of come along and commiserate about life,” Schmidt says. The Ladies had a show scheduled for May, but the pandemic threw a wrench in their plans. “It was...

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