Timeless Turmeric

Ancient spice has modern benefits By Angela Shelf Medearis   Turmeric has spiced up the news over the past few years. It’s a unique ingredient with an ancient history. Turmeric is thought to have originated in India over 5,000 years ago. It’s also a common ingredient in Chinese medicine and the centerpiece of Ayurveda, a traditional Indian medicine. The spice is present in nearly every Indian curry dis ...

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Spin Rate

In part 3 of “Fundamentals for a Better Game,” golf pro Scott Sackett explains how to strike the ball for the best spin This is the continuation of my series titled “Fundamentals for a Better Game.”  The aim of this is to provide ball flight and impact fundamentals any player can use to become better, regardless of skill level. In part 1 of this series, we discussed “Maximizing Distance.” Part 2 was “Smash ...

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Daisy Chain

Flower Child opens fourth Arizona location at Desert Ridge By Madison Rutherford   Flower Child proves it’s the little things in life that mean anything. For the fast-casual health food chain, it’s things like serving seasonal lemonade out of mason jars and ensuring each table is adorned with fresh flowers or succulents. The restaurant is the newest addition to a fast-growing family of approachable, ch ...

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On a Roll

The North Valley’s newest sushi spot challenges the status quo By Madison Rutherford   If you’re operating on the assumption that all sushi spots are the same, Echo Sushi will seriously challenge your belief system when it comes to rice and raw fish. It is surprisingly rare to find an establishment that seems to focus just as much on the feeling of the space as much as its food, but Echo has struck a b ...

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Home Sweat Home

Josh Rogers’ Anthem gym burns calories and inhibitions By Madison Rutherford   Josh Rogers has never had a “real job.” He played arena football for five years in Canada, started coaching and rolled right into opening his own fitness facility in Anthem with his wife, Laura, in 2005. “Once my career was done, I was like, ‘I’m going to open a gym,’” he says with a shrug. The rest is history. The first spa ...

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‘Six Pack of Values’

Muscular Moving Men’s business grows bigger every year By Hayden Weber Moving can be one of the most stressful things in a person’s life. The guys at Muscular Moving Men are trying to change that. Phoenix natives Josh Jurhill and Justin Hodge started moving people over a decade ago with just a borrowed truck and trailer. Fast-forward a decade later and the two men now run the fastest-growing moving business ...

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Pet Project

Animals can get the ultimate “spaw” experience at The Groomery by PetSmart Special to North Valley Magazine   Animals can get the ultimate “spaw” experience at The Groomery by PetSmart An upscale, full-service pet grooming salon opened in Anthem on Sept. 8. The Groomery by PetSmart is a new, innovative store concept focused exclusively on providing pet grooming services such as baths, haircuts, blow-ou ...

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Roll with the Punches

By Madison Rutherford   Looking for a workout that will make you feel like Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby? We beat you to the punch. Trade the treadmill for some sparring gloves and check out these four North Valley gyms that offer boxing classes designed to sculpt muscles, test endurance, bolster self-esteem and teach self-defense.   The Pound Gym This high-intensity fitness facility feature ...

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A Joyful Sound

Arizona Musicfest season stages four months of performances for a good cause. By Kenneth LaFave   It was once known as “the little festival that could.” Now it’s the cultural flashpoint of the North Valley. What else would you call a performance series that has gone from 7,000 attendees in 2013 to more than 21,000 last year? Or one that grew from a few winter performances into a fall-to-spring season o ...

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A Swinging Time

Ashley Busch hops on the horse again for polo championships By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Photography by Cailtyn Keesler   As one of the world’s top female polo players, Ashley Busch has toured the world, played with Prince Harry and graced the cover of a slew of magazines. But the wife of NASCAR driver Kurt Busch especially loves Scottsdale and the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, set for Saturd ...

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Cottonwood

A big deal small town Story and photos by Niki D’Andrea   Known as “The Heart of the Verde Valley,” Cottonwood packs a lot of culture into a so-called small town (pop. 12,000). Art galleries, antique shops, book stores, wine tasting rooms and restaurants line Main Street (aka the commercial historic district), and parks populate the surrounding Verde Valley, from state parks to out-of-this-world animal ...

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Bliss Out!

Find paradise in the Pacific Northwest By Alison Bailin Batz   Earlier this year, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) made international news by launching Bliss, the largest ship ever to cruise through Alaska. Embarking and disembarking from Seattle — with a bevy of options to enjoy beforehand in the Emerald City and/or right after sailing — the NCL Bliss visits three must-see Alaskan cities as well as British ...

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Desert Digests

Cave Creek’s public libraries offer an oasis of events year-round By Lauren Wise   As fortresses of history, knowledge and escapes to worlds beyond imagination, libraries have been sanctuaries for both the written word and people for hundreds of years. A library is the heart of a community, often run by volunteers, frequented by people looking to enrich their lives. Or maybe they’re just looking for so ...

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Oh, My Gourd!

Ray Villafane’s pumpkin art is the centerpiece of Halloween By Lynette Carrington   Fall is the ideal time to get acquainted with Ray Villafane, a talented artist who has literally carved a niche of his own. It’s safe to say Villafane owns Halloween. The world-renowned talent will take center stage once again in the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden in Carefree from Friday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 28. Hailing ...

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Art Breaking

Hidden in the Hills studio tour gives guests an in-depth look at local creatives By Sue Kern-Fleischer   Like a geode, the artistic gems of the North Valley are hidden inside. You have to crack the surface to see all the treasures. Luckily, art collectors and those seeking original holiday gifts can get inside the proverbial geode during the 22nd Annual Hidden in the Hills artist studio tour and sale, ...

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