Artist and glassmaker Jim Antonius erected his studio to continue a four-decade journey with glasswork, including studies at an array of institutions and more than 900 public, private, and corporate commissions, including work for architect Frank Gehry. At the 3,000-square-foot space—located on 2 acres of land near the Prescott National Forest—Antonius and instructor Jordan Ford focus on teaching offhand glassblowing during private classes and group workshops. The studio is also available for rental and is filled with a bevy of equipment, including three annealers, saxophones for blowing practice, three marvers, and a freestanding pot furnace fueled by natural gas.
The plush sofas and oak wardrobes lure prospective homeowners into Furniture Affair’s 28,000-square-foot showroom, where they are further wooed with brand names such as Somerton, Stanley, Woodard Patio, and Lane. Each week, new armchairs, beds, and sideboards arrive at the showroom, ready to transform every room in a house or large sandcastle. The store’s professionals offer complimentary in-store design advice, aiding customers as they pick out lamps and wine racks or discussing fabric selection, lighting, and layout. During a profile by News Channel 3, Lisa Haffner explored how the designers’ expertise transformed a bachelor pad into a welcoming enclave with a mohair sofa, computer armoire, and original art.
Grapes don't usually grow in the desert's dry heat, but the owners of Oak Creek Vineyard and Winery found a way. They nourish vines of syrah, merlot, zinfandel, and chardonnay grapes with pure water from an aquifer 425 feet beneath the earth's surface. Moisture isn't everything, though; western Arizona's brilliant sunlight helps the grapes to develop ideal sugar content. The combination of warm days and chilly nights further brings flavor to life beneath the grapes' dusk-purple skins.
White curtains swirl around the outdoor patio of an adobe tasting room, where visitors pair sips of wine with meats and cheeses. A jaunt through the grounds reveals views of flowering cacti and tumbleweeds wearing pearls on the sun-browned hills.
Tilth Beauty founder Anthony Vargas is a skincare guru. After years of launching new cosmetics as head of research and development at a major cosmetics company, he decided to branch out with his own line of luxury, high-performing, non-toxic skincare. All of his products are formulated with high-quality botanical, natural, and cosmeceutical ingredients, shunning the use of GMOs, gluten, parabens, sulfates, and petroleum products. From serums to anti-aging creams and peptide mists, Tilth Beauty's moisturizers and their other skincare products leave skin healthy, hydrated, and nourished.
Peek over the lip of Verde Valley, and you might catch a glimpse of Echo Canyon Vineyard & Winery. Its team grows grapes at the valley's bottom, working with soil kept fertile by Oak Creek's mountain waters. At the vineyard's on-site winery, winemaker Jon Marcus transforms the fruit into creative vintages, available for sampling in the tasting room. At the winery's Jerome location, folks can taste their way through varietals mesa-side surrounded by the cozy seclusion of the former mining town turned artist village.