The Great 48 2022

From athletes and educators to animal rescuers and TikTokers, these superlative Valley dwellers are raising the proverbial bar.

Gone, Critic, Gone: What Happened to the Valley’s Theater & Arts Critics?

Once teeming with full-time theater, art and music critics, the Valley now has a vanishing handful. Who – if anyone – is filling the gap?

2022 Best of the Valley

2022 Best of the Valley - 561 of the Most Marvelous People, Places and Things in the Valley!

The Mysteries of Kari Lake

The former FOX 10 anchor and would-be Arizona governor seemed open to a profile in PHOENIX. Then she wasn’t. We did one anyway.

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The Country’s First International Airport in Douglas is Down on its Luck and Up for Sale

The Country’s First International Airport in Douglas is Down on its Luck and Up for Sale

In its heyday, an all-but-forgotten airstrip in tiny Douglas, Arizona, catered to the likes of Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt as America’s first-ever international airport. It’s now for sale.
Raising Phoenix: Contemplating the Complexities of Living in Arizona

Raising Phoenix: Contemplating the Complexities of Living in Arizona

Current controversies aside, our columnist will never leave Arizona. Her daughters might be another story.
Spotlight: Kristina Guerrero

Spotlight: Kristina Guerrero

Host with the Most, former E! News correspondent Kristina Guerrero describes herself as a mom first, and a TV host in her “spare time.”
Out of the Blue: Phoenix Police Chief Retires Amid Controversy

Out of the Blue: Phoenix Police Chief Retires Amid Controversy

Phoenix Police chief Jeri Williams is retiring amid controversy and lawsuits. Though she says she’s “not running away from anything,” her successor will inherit a troubled command.
Land Zo: Glendale Will Soon Be Home to Arizona’s Largest Hotel

Land Zo: Glendale Will Soon Be Home to Arizona’s Largest Hotel

Glendale will soon be home to Arizona’s largest hotel, the centerpiece of a supersize entertainment complex.
Top 10 Valley Events in July and August

Top 10 Valley Events in July and August

Here are our top 10 picks for events happening this summer.

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Food & Drink

Best Fest Q&A: Simple Machine Brewing Co.

Desert DigestFood & DrinkBest Fest Q&A: Simple Machine Brewing Co.

Simple Machine Brewing Co. was named Best Brewery in our 2022 Best of the Valley issue. Owner Marshall Norris an Arizona native is excited for Best Fest to network and meet other vendors. What can attendees expect from you at Best Fest? We are pouring four beers that we are entering into the Great American Beer Festival. They are the ones that we are the most proud of. We are pouring Laze, an American IPA,...
Best Fest Q&A: Chef Joey Maggiore of The Sicilian Butcher

Best Fest Q&A: Chef Joey Maggiore of The Sicilian Butcher

Creamy cheese, rich meats and fresh heirloom tomatoes. These are all ingredients restaurateur Joey Maggiore uses in the dishes at his Phoenix restaurant, The Sicilian Butcher. Try them for yourself at Best Fest and learn more about the illustrious Italian chef below. What can attendees expect from you at Best Fest? We are going to serve amazing food for people. We are going to do a fazzoletti, which is basically a mini lasagna that is...
Best Fest Q&A: Hope Peshlakai of Hope’s Frybread

Best Fest Q&A: Hope Peshlakai of Hope’s Frybread

Hope’s Frybread started as a fundraiser for a family friend. “We gathered what we could for ingredients to make Navajo tacos to sell,” owner Hope Peshlakai says. She has now been serving up homestyle Navajo food at pop-ups and catering gigs around the Valley for 10 years. Hope chatted with us to explain more about Navajo food and diversity in Phoenix. Get a taste for yourself at Best Fest on Saturday, August 13. What can...
Best Fest Q&A: David Tyda of BARCOA Agaveria

Best Fest Q&A: David Tyda of BARCOA Agaveria

BARCOA Agaveria invites its patrons to discover the amazing world of heritage agave spirits. Housed in a historic building that was once a hardware store, the bar shares a space with XICO, a Latinx & Indigenous art studio. We caught up with BARCOA founder David Tyda to talk about agave-based spirits and local businesses. Learn more at Best Fest on Saturday, August 13. What can attendees expect from you at Best Fest? We’re partnering with...

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Best of the Valley 2021

511 of the Awesomest (is that a word?) People, Places & Things in the Valley!
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July/August 2022 Editor's Note
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