Author Archive: Emily Gindlesparger

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BEYOND: A Guide

BEYOND: A Guide

December 31, 2013 |

Join in city-wide activities to honor community and memorialize the victims of Tucson’s Congress on Your Corner shootings on Jan. 8, 2011. In its third year, BEYOND is settling into a tradition as an active memorial bringing Tucsonans together to Commemorate, Celebrate, and Commit as a brighter, unified community. Here’s your guide to making the […]

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Showcasing Innovative Tucson Homes

Showcasing Innovative Tucson Homes

December 30, 2013 |

In the three years since its inception, Austin-based Modern Home Tours has scoured dozens of cities across the country for the most inventive architectural gems. Of course the next stop had to be Tucson. “A lot of architects don’t get the ink they deserve for their beautiful work,” says Ken Shallcross, Public Relations guru at […]

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The Speakeasy Sisters: Escape to Sonoita’s Renegade Winery

The Speakeasy Sisters: Escape to Sonoita’s Renegade Winery

November 24, 2013 |

Sonoita is nothing if not idyllic. With waving Chiricahua grassland and purple mountain majesty on every horizon, it’s the poster child for picturesque silence. But the raucous sisters of Arizona Hops and Vines are changing that, at least a few nights a year. Case in point: Arizona Hops and Vines houses not just a vineyard, […]

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Creative Cocktail Competition

Creative Cocktail Competition

October 10, 2013 |

Margaritas that go well beyond blended or on the rocks. There are several origin tales that lay claim to being the 1940s bar that first concocted the margarita, and its birthplace hops all over the border. Some say it was Acapulco or El Paso or Juarez or San Diego. But the oldest story, and my […]

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Crafting AZ Libations & Pub Fare

Crafting AZ Libations & Pub Fare

September 5, 2013 |

The Good Oak Bar Opens on Congress Street. The Good Oak Bar is now a reality. Up until a few days ago, the space on Congress – between the new Diablo Burger and the established Rialto Theatre – was still being completed, and was gloriously punctuated by the scent of oak dust. Fittingly, since the name Good Oak […]

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A Desert Twist on Caribbean Cocktails & Cuisine

A Desert Twist on Caribbean Cocktails & Cuisine

September 3, 2013 |

by Emily Gindlesparger, photos by Andrew Brown Stepping across the threshold of Saint House is like entering a private club in the heydays of Havana. The lighting is low, the booths are plush and the rum list – 40 labels strong – seems straight from a private collection. Decorating the high walls above the bar is a […]

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Port in a Storm

Port in a Storm

August 29, 2013 |

Several years ago in the Lost Barrio, 299 S. Park Ave., three designers started a store that collected and sold vintage and local handmade jewelry, handbags, accessories and furnishings. “There’s a whole genre of artisan people bringing back well-made things. That’s who we are and what we do,” explains Mellow Dawn Lund, one of the […]

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Bike Fest and Cyclovia celebrate public space

Bike Fest and Cyclovia celebrate public space

April 9, 2013 |

If you’ve been daydreaming about spending more time in the open air exploring our city – and less time trapped in your car – each April a group of people is giving you every possible incentive to take over the streets and celebrate public space. Living Streets Alliance fills the month of April with Bike […]

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Sunshine Smiles on Broadway

Sunshine Smiles on Broadway

March 9, 2013 |

The Sunshine Mile revival started with a tour: last November, Demion Clinco from Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation found himself on Broadway Boulevard, organizing talks for the inaugural Modernist Week on the mid-Century modern architecture that populates a particular corridor of the boulevard. It was a spark of history that’s now revitalizing the business district. “This […]

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Opening Penca: a new Mexican restaurant with historic roots

Opening Penca: a new Mexican restaurant with historic roots

March 1, 2013 |

The paper-covered space downtown at 50 East Broadway has been in the process of emerging into a new restaurant for nearly a year, and soon it’s coming into the world with a name: Penca. “Penca is the rib of the agave,” explains the owner, Patricia Schwabe. “It represents the relationship with the land; a resilient […]

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