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Beyond the Butt Lift: Trending Plastic Surgery Procedures

Beyond the Butt Lift: Trending Plastic Surgery Procedures

Let’s assume a BBL is not an option worth pursuing right now. What other trending procedures are out there to consider?
Pandemic Tech: Local COVID-19 Health Innovations

Pandemic Tech: Local COVID-19 Health Innovations

COVID-19 called for drastic innovations in technology. The health-care field stepped up to the plate.
What’s in Your Luxury IV Bar? with Denise Walsh aka The Beauty Boss, RN

What’s in Your Luxury IV Bar? with Denise Walsh aka The Beauty Boss, RN

This year, Denise Walsh will expand her beauty business to include a luxury IV drip bar, so in addition to feeling “refreshed and rebalanced,” patients can also feel rehydrated. Walsh shares the tools of her trade.
What’s in Your Golf Bag? with Mark Timms

What’s in Your Golf Bag? with Mark Timms

The founder and CEO of Cool Clubs let us peak inside his golf bag.
Spotlight: Travis Shumake

Spotlight: Travis Shumake

Meet the first openly gay driver to compete in the National Hot Rod Association.
History: The Abduction of 40 Orphans in 20th Century Clifton

History: The Abduction of 40 Orphans in 20th Century Clifton

Early in the 20th century, the abduction of 40 Irish orphans from their Mexican foster families in Clifton created a legal battle heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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First Dish: Buddha’s Ritual

Desert DigestFood & DrinkFirst Dish: Buddha’s Ritual

At 1:30 on a Thursday afternoon, Buddha’s Ritual in North Scottsdale entertains a small, relaxed crowd — six or seven jeans-clad guys in their 30s having a beer-y business lunch and three pairs of 20-something women nibbling light bites and sipping cocktails. The garage doors are open, and a breeze blows across the bar, riffling the napkins as two equally young barkeeps make photogenic herb-laden cocktails for a photo shoot that will announce Buddha’s soon-to-launch...
Local Foodie News

Local Foodie News

Photo by Jacob Tyler Dunn   All the news that’s fit to nosh.  Fry Baby: Back off, burgers. Hop along, hot dogs. Check you later, chicken fingers. French fries are once again emerging from their supporting role to take center stage at FRIED French Fry & Music Festival on Saturday, April 9. Downtown Phoenix’s Margaret T. Hance Park will host the potatopalooza, which has been on a pandemic hiatus since its debut in 2019. The...
The Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge Returns This February

The Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge Returns This February

Photo courtesy Hotel Valley Ho   The Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge is back for its eighth year. After taking a break last year due to the pandemic, Arizona chefs are back in the kitchen whipping up delicious desserts inspired by Girl Scout cookies. February 1 through 28, 21 esteemed chefs from venues across the state will be showcasing their concoctions made with Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils and Lemon-Ups. “The participating chefs will...
Phoenix-Based Roastery Cartel Roasting Co. Rebrands and Debuts New Look

Phoenix-Based Roastery Cartel Roasting Co. Rebrands and Debuts New Look

Photo courtesy Cartel Roasting Co.   Cartel Coffee Lab started as a small family-owned operation in Tempe and has since expanded to 10 locations across the Southwest and continues to lean into sustainable growth – all with a new name and look. The local coffee roaster and retailer is now known as Cartel Roasting Co. to better reflect its mission and vision as a force in the coffee production industry. A new 12,000-square-foot roasting, canning...

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