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Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona Shares Her Favorite Spots in the Valley

We sat down with Kimber Lanning to find out about her favorite local places around town. She’s the founder and executive director of Local First Arizonaand also owns Stinkweeds and Modified Arts. We’re a proud member of Local First, a non-profit that supports local businesses to help build vibrant communities.

Kimber Lanning

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Enjoy a Chuck Wagon Cookout Under the Stars

Last night was a lovely evening under a clear and starlit sky in the desert of North Scottsdale. It was hard to believe we were only minutes from high-end resorts and restaurants! We were surrounded on all sides by beautiful mountains — the McDowell Mountains, Weaver’s Needle, and Four Peaks.

Brett’s Desert Adventures showed us the ultimate cowboy experience. We were greeted at the ranch by Brett Barker, who had green chili quesadillas and beverages waiting for us. He then set to work …

Visit Touchstone Gallery during ArtWalk

Last Thursday, I took a stroll in the Scottsdale Arts District, viewing fabulous galleries and tasting delicious food during the weekly ArtWalk event. I ventured into a lovely place called Touchstone Gallery on Marshall Way. It had not just art but also great jewelry, home décor, and unbelievable minerals and fossils. You can see beautiful amethyst geodes, exquisitely preserved woolly mammoth tusks, and petrified wood.

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Scottsdale’s Historic Old Town

When you hear “Scottsdale”, you may think of fabulous golf courses, outstanding restaurants, and gorgeous hotels. Many people — whether they are locals or visitors — do not realize that the Old Town area in Downtown Scottsdale still has many historic buildings, just a short walk from the hotel. If you stop by the Visitor Center and ask the lovely concierges, they will give you an information packet that guides you to these historic spots. Below you can see some of the early town buildings …