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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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Changes in travel industries due to COVID-19 are visible across the country – including Phoenix. One widespread business in local’s backyards faced a questionable future: Airbnb. However, despite travel restrictions and a crescendo of concern from authorities, visitors kept coming. Even though Airbnb has taken a financial hit from coronavirus, many are still in demand and are appealing to visitors in a different way. Alessandro Rugge is a local co-host and has witnessed the changes...

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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...

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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Since Governor Doug Ducey ordered all gyms to close (again) through the end of July, home workouts are back in the quarantine circuit. Here are half a dozen regimens from local fitness gurus that can help make you stronger, faster and maybe even saner. BODI Nike Master Trainer Nikki Metzger was named Women’s Health magazine’s “Next Fitness Star” in 2015. After running a successful group fitness gym in Chicago, she followed her exercise entrepreneur dream...

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The coronavirus crisis kept a lot of people indoors for a long time, but it still couldn’t kill rock ’n’ roll. When live music returns to local stages, these three Valley-based artists are among the first we want to see. Carvin Jones As far as blues-guitarist bona fides go, Phoenix’s own “King of Strings” has some high praise. Years ago, Eric Clapton called Jones “the next up-and-coming blues player,” and, more recently, he was named...

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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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Case Count Surpasses 100,000 This week, Arizona’s COVID-19 case count surpassed 100,000. At 105,094 total reported cases as of today, July 7, Arizona has seen a 422 percent increase in cases since June 1. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, 3,653 new cases were reported today, and Maricopa County remains the county with the most reported cases. Death Toll Nears 2,000 The ADHS reported 117 new COVID-19 deaths today, bringing the total to...

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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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Once travel restrictions are lifted, head to the Lone Star State metroplex for tantalizing tastes and fun events. Margarita Mile Tourists and locals are encouraged to download the free Margarita Mile mobile app and follow the guide through the city. The tour is meant to commemorate Dallas being the home of the frozen margarita machine, invented nearly 50 years ago. A Margarita Mile Welcome to the Limelight party with drinks, live music and art is...

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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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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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