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Valley gun range offers "shotgun wedding" packages

A black and gold colored shotgun shell with two wedding rings on it.

Photo: Courtesy of C2 Tactical

If you like firearms and you're looking to save money on your upcoming nuptials, a Valley gun range has a unique option for you.

State of play: C2 Tactical, which has locations in Tempe and off of North Scottsdale Road, offers a Shotgun Wedding package.

A Camelback Road brunch stop that's worth the hype

Photo: Jessica Boehm/Axios

I love brunch, but I've been burned one too many times by overpriced, lackluster restaurants trying to capitalize on trendy brunch fads.

State of play: I'm thrilled to share that my latest experience restored my faith in the delicious in-between meal.

You can star in a game show on your next group outing

A woman dropping a puck on a board that says, "The Drop."

Jessica playing The Drop, a game like Plinko on "The Price Is Right." Photo: Courtesy of Jessica Boehm

Here's a recommendation: Book your next team-building activity, party or group date at Game Show Battle Rooms in Chandler.

State of play: I'm a game show nut, so my friends surprised me with an outing here during my bachelorette party.

Glendale changes name to celebrate Taylor Swift's The Eras Tour

Taylor Swift with two male dancers on stage.

Taylor Swift performs in Glendale in May 2018. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for TAS

Taylor Swift will kick off her first tour in five years this weekend in "Swift City" — the temporary new name of Glendale, Mayor Jerry Weiers announced yesterday.

  • "I learned that I have been given the nickname #MayorSwiftie by the #Swifties!" Weiers tweeted.

Arizona researchers hopeful spring brings a wildflower "super bloom"

Yellow wild flowers and saguaro cactus on a mountainside.

Wildflowers northeast of Mesa. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

Experts are hopeful this spring will bring a "super bloom" of wildflowers in the Sonoran Desert — but phenology researchers are still trying to figure out what makes some flower seasons more vibrant than others.

State of play: UofA professor Theresa Crimmins tells us that substantial rainfall in October (when the flowers germinate) and periodic rain throughout winter boded well for this spring's wildflowers.

Phoenix loves "Return of the Mack" and Bad Bunny, according to Shazam

Data: Chartmetric; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals
Data: Chartmetric; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

In Phoenix, we're partying like it's 1996, apparently.

  • Mark Morrison's 1990s earworm "Return of the Mack" is one of the most Shazamed songs in Phoenix — an outlier compared to the rest of the country.

Score bargains at metro Phoenix Target salvage stores

Photo: Jessica Boehm/Axios Phoenix

I'm a bargain shopper, raised by a bargain shopper.

  • Be smart: I had somehow not heard of "Target salvage stores" until recently. Please allow me to share this cost-saving secret with you!
Jeremy Duda
Mar 6, 2023 - News

Author walked across Arizona for new book

A hardcover book titled Rim To River on a gray wood-grained surface.

Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

Tom Zoellner, a fifth-generation native and former Arizona Republic reporter, walked across the state from north to south for his new book.

Driving the news: Zoellner's book, "Rim to River: Looking into the Heart of Arizona," hit shelves in late February.


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