Twist Bistro & Gallery: Where art and food come together

By Sarah Haber At 10 years old, Larry Shore sat in the kitchen and watched eagerly as his mother prepared dinner. The kitchen was a beautiful mess with flour dusting the countertops, spoons scattered and an assortment of vegetables laying across the cutting board. By the stove, the dough was laid out ready to be kneaded. “Larry, why don’t you pretend this dough is a bully and help me make dinner,” his mothe ...

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Spread the love with unique gifts this Valentine’s Day

By Claire Spinner Although some may not be able to see their significant other in person, there are plenty of ways to share the love of Valentine’s Day. During a year as unique as this one, nothing says appreciation like a thoughtful, interesting gift. To spark some seasonal joy, here are a few Valentine’s Day gifts sure to dazzle. Well Told Homeware and gift shore Well Told wants to help couples cement the ...

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Digital marketing agency suggests businesses rethink 2021

By Connor Dziawura The business world is changing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Cave Creek website design and digital marketing agency BPetersonDesign is recommending business owners adapt to the times with a new strategy for 2021. Husband-and-wife team Ben and Janae Peterson, the company’s president and vice president, respectively, have observed the growing shift toward online marketing, purch ...

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Sonoran Desert Olive Oil enlightens drinks and food

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Cole Randall and Jason Swenton of Sonoran Desert Olive Oil Co. are getting creative with their balsamic vinegars by encouraging local restaurants and bars to use their products. “There are different things you can do with balsamics,” Randall says. “With cocktails and mocktails, it can be cool. Now, a lot of mixologists are using balsamic vinegars in their drinks.” He offers pea ...

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Proven Media’s Kim Prince elevates marijuana’s reputation

By Sarah Donahue Kim Prince always believed marijuana didn’t deserve the bad reputation it held in society. She saw the potential of working in an industry that was in its infancy. Prince combined her love for business with her love for the healing properties of the widely misunderstood plant, directing the focus of her public relations company, Proven Media, into the world of marijuana in 2014. Now that Pr ...

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Kathleen Sabol’s jewelry reflects the Sonoran Desert

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Kathleen Sabol comes to the door of her parents’ Carefree Ranch home in North Scottsdale. The glamorous blonde is wearing subtle-yet-glistening jewelry — pieces she made herself. Sabol founded Mila + Stevie, a modern bohemian glam jewelry line she handcrafts herself. She mixes natural gemstones and metals to create dainty to statement pieces. The company is named after her fluf ...

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Ralph Marchetta watches Phoenix Suns Arena bounce into the 21st century

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski After Ralph Marchetta graduated high school, he worked his way through ASU at Veterans Coliseum. He served as a parking attendant, a merchandise vendor and janitor. His life changed in 1992 when he was offered the chance to move with the Phoenix Suns to Downtown Phoenix. Thanks to that opportunity, he has witnessed the evolution of America West Arena to what is now known as Pho ...

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Homes are selling briskly in the North Valley

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski BUYAZRE founder Asher Cohen has done his research on North Valley ZIP codes, and he sees homes selling briskly. “When it comes to the North Valley, we’re seeing listings move very quickly,” Cohen says. “Homes for sale in this area stay on the market for an average of just 72 days before selling. Also, home prices are up more than $219,000, compared to December of 2019.” The hou ...

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Crown King is in the Southern Bradshaw Mountains, only a few hours from Phoenix

By Carol Boles Far from ordinary” or “one-pump town” are perhaps the best ways to describe the town of Crown King, located 1 1/2 hours north of Phoenix. This mountaintop community was established in 1888 as a bustling mining town with famous mines such as the Tiger, Gladiator, Grey Eagle and Silver Prince. While the gold fever slowly broke, the town has survived. Crown King is now a popular year-round desti ...

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Susan Morrow Potje’s happy place is under the white tents

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Susan Morrow Potje has a motto for this year’s Celebration of Fine Art: Celebrate art 6 feet apart. “I think it’s a good, happy place for people to come to,” says Potje, who helms the event with her husband, Jake. The 31st annual festival runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday, March 28, with strict rules in place. Masks are required, and patrons who are ill must stay home. Potj ...

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Long-running Jewish film festival adapts to increasingly virtual world

By Connor Dziawura When it came to the timing of last year’s Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival — considered the longest-running film festival in the Valley — organizers were lucky. The event, which drew nearly 13,000 visitors to Scottsdale, Tempe and Peoria theaters across two weeks, came just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, forcing many businesses to temporarily halt operations and future events to ca ...

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The Mick prides itself on friendly banter, modern French cuisine

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Partners in The Mick Brasserie, John Krause and Brent Menke feel blessed and lucky to have found success after opening August 5—at the height of a pandemic and Arizona’s hottest summer. “It was not part of the business plan or model, but luckily, the way we designed the place, we were able to get through,” Krause says. “We’ll be able to get through this—not unscathed—but we’re ...

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Jack’s at Desert Highlands spells success

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski A new addition to North Scottsdale, Jack’s at Desert Highlands has everything going for it—beautiful views, an evolving menu and success despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Named after golf legend and course architect Jack Nicklaus, the gastropub was formerly a private dining room in the clubhouse. During a COVID-19-dictated closure, crews renovated the space, tore down walls and tu ...

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Mercedes-Benz C300 Cabriolet is up to task

By C.A. Haire The Mercedes C-Class is a popular model that sells well due to its German engineering and reasonable price. The four-door sedan version starts at about $42,000, while the soft top we have here begins at $54,000. Naturally, buyers are not going to get off that cheap, as the option list can grow. With our blue metallic paint, leather trim, bigger wheels, memory seats, larger gauge cluster, navig ...

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When the cowboys wore black hats

By Marshall Trimble On August 10, 1883, the Florence-Globe stagecoach was held up at the remote Riverside Station on the Gila River by the Red Jack Almer gang. Wells Fargo messenger Johnny Collins declared the stage wasn’t carrying any gold. But a female passenger clad in a fancy dress, hat and dark veil stepped out of the coach and called him a liar. The “lady” turned out to be Red Jack himself, disguised ...

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