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PHX Stories: Slices of Heaven

One pizza lover eats her way through the upper crust of Phoenix’s formidable pizza scene Most pizzas are consumed quickly and then forgotten. But the part of my brain that catalogs food memories is…

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PHX Stories: Cobra Arcade Bar

Ariel Bracamonte’s passion project is a game changer for downtown Phoenix’s bar scene. By Sally J. Clasen As a boy growing up in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale in the 1980s, Ariel Bracamonte would…

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PHX Stories: The Catalina Pool

The Catalina Pool, circa the 1930s This Arizona Biltmore pool is where Marilyn Monroe preferred to sunbathe, and Irving Berlin first dreamed of a ‘White Christmas’. By Suzanne Wright Pools have…

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PHX Stories: The Tamale Store

In her quest to create the perfect tamale, Martha Castillo built a family business with a cultish following. From left to right: Pauline Pimienta, Martha Castillo, Maria Stanzak and Caroline…

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PHX Stories: Maker of Relics

Jewelry designer Alex Ozers forges brass and copper into wearable art that feels aged by desert forces By Sally J. Clasen Jewelry designer Alex Ozers used to make large-format paintings with a…

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