Shaena Montanari, Author at PHOENIX magazine

Did improving your backyard lounging situation move to the top of your summer to-do list since we’ve been spending more time at home? Keep your business local at Paddy O’ Furniture. President and co-founder Tony Schindler has been in the furniture game since 1988. Back then, he was making PVC furniture in a garage and selling it outside of a Phoenix tree nursery. Now Paddy O’ Furniture has six locations in the Valley and one...

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The USS Arizona, the famed naval battleship sunk in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, has a popular memorial at its final underwater resting place in Hawaii. Don’t fret if you can’t make it to Oahu – the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community made history this year by bringing part of the ship here to the recently opened USS Arizona Memorial Gardens at Salt River. The new memorial contains a section of...

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For Chef Branden Levine, summer vacations aren’t just for fun – they’re for culinary inspiration. After his most recent trip to Oaxaca with his wife and Sel restaurant co-owner, May, he was inspired to bring home flavors of the region, like a prune mole, which you’ll find on his menu. Levine shares some of his favorites in the Oaxaca area. Los Pacos Oaxaca is known for its moles, and Los Pacos has all seven types...

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Baring it all in your birthday suit outdoors is surprisingly trendy online – there are wildly popular Instagram accounts solely dedicated to posing nude using stunning outdoor locations for a unique photo op. Recently trending: (illegal) nude selfies at Machu Picchu. Is this a new craze at Arizona’s parks? “We aren’t really aware of it,” says a National Park Service representative at the Grand Canyon, adding that if people are posing for these types of...

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