Business Writing

Uptown cover Dec 2013

Honeygirl: Blending sweet guitar and sweet vocals

The Gin Blossoms might be close to local royalty in Phoenix, but when marketing professional/designer Kira Brown met their guitarist, Scotty Johnson, briefly for the first time a few years ago, she wasn't really sure who he was. The next time was completely different. Brown says it was magic from the start. "We met at The Vig," she explains. "I said hello, we locked eyes, and now we've been together for three-and-a-half years." But this isn't just about a love story—it's about making music as sweet as honey. Brown and Johnson have teamed up professionally with three other band members to create Honeygirl, a country rock band.... Read More...
Pat Petznick and Beverly Stewart: Fresh Start

Pat Petznick and Beverly Stewart: 2 sisters giving women a Fresh Start

"We wanted to create a safe place for all women and to find out what they really need and give it to them." Pat Petznick speaks with an enormous amount of passion and energy when she talks about the non-profit organization she and her sister, Beverly Stewart, founded in Phoenix back in 1992. Stewart laughs thinking back to the beginning. "It's probably a good thing we didn't know how much it would take to make it happen." Since then, Fresh Start Women's Foundation has gone on to help thousands of women across the Valley. ... Read More...
My Sister's Attic - Uptown - Oct2013

My Sister’s Attic

If you haven't been to the new My Sister's Attic that recently openedat 44th Street and Indian School, you could be missing that one perfect piece you need to finish your home redesign project. The new My Sister's Attic is one of the 14 stores that a trio of sisters own and operate. they started with a small shop at Town & Country back in 1991. Since that first shop opened—My Sister's Closet, selling gently used designer clothing—Ann Siner, Jenny Siner and Tess Loo have been providing shoppers with quality items at huge savings.... Read More...
Lt Col Gary Jones

Lt. Col. Gary Jones: His Style

Throughout his career as an Air Force officer, Lt. Col. Gary Jones said he was told what to wear and followed regulations, but in his off-duty hours he always liked nice clothes. In fact, nice clothes were even important growing up. "I grew up in a poor family with seven kids," he explains. "I loved nice clothes, so I worked a full-time job in high school to buy them."... Read More...

Inspired Design: Creating spaces with heart

When you walk in the door at the facility on North 91st Place in Chandler, you can usually hear the sounds of kids laughing and sometimes music filters out into the lobby and down the halls. You could be in any school in the Valley—except you'll soon notice that the kids (and adults) attending classes and workshops all have one unique characteristic—they're all visually impaired. Welcome to the East Valley campus of Foundation for Blind Children (FBC).... Read More...

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