Studio Snapshot: Sarah Madeline Jewelry

A hobby that began in middle school blossomed into a paying job for Sarah Morrison. When she was a preteen, her father gave her a pair of pliers to tinker with. She gathered some jewelry-making materials and taught herself how to put beads and wires together to create fun, one-of-a-kind accessories. Now, her Sarah Madeline …

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Tale as Old as Time

Imagine being 36 years old when your future wife is born. Would it keep you from living happily ever after? It wasn’t an easy road, but Bobbie Walters and Jules Rusoff were married for 35 years before Rusoff died in 2006. As told by Walters, Ageless (Jones Media Publishing, $9.99) is the story of a …

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Studio Snapshot: Matt Pfeilstucker of PeaboPots

It wasn’t until after Matt Pfeilstucker moved from his hometown of Detroit to the Valley of the Sun that he took his passion for cement pottery to the market. He made his first pot in 1999, and about eight years ago he started selling them at Phoenix Public Market’s Open Air Market. PeaboPots was born. …

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Melrose District aka Vintageville

Located on Seventh Avenue between Camelback and Indian School roads, the phoenix-like Melrose District is having yet another moment. With the help of the Seventh Avenue Merchants Association (SAMA), beleaguered business owners have worked together over the past two decades to clean up the ‘hood and “improve the quality of the district and build good …

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Studio Snapshot: Jordan-Alexander Thomas of Spaceboy Robot

Growing up in an artistic family – his mom, grandparents and great aunt are all artists – it’s no surprise that Jordan-Alexander Thomas found his calling by being creative. He began making steampunk-inspired robots under the name Spaceboy about 10 years ago. After graduating from Louisiana State University and then a stint in Denver, he …

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