Author: Amanda Oien

Ghost Guide: La Llorona and Tucson’s Haunts

A skeleton crawls along a ledge near a window at Hotel Congress in Downtown Tucson.

La Llorona and the Ghosts Who Haunt Hotel Congress and Fox Theatre | By Amanda Oien| Photography by Kristen Brockel A chill running down your spine, goosebumps dancing on your skin, a tight gasp for air. Is it a chilly October night, or is that an eerie haunt floating in the dark? Don’t Look Back… Read more »

The Smell of Fall: Green Chile Roasting

A pile of bright green chiles

| By Amanda Oien| Video by Amanda Oien & Brielle Farmer Crunchy leaves, crisp air and flannels are what most people think of when it comes to Fall. Not in Southern Arizona, though. Growing up, I knew Fall was here when I smelled the warm breeze of roasting green chiles. Now that is Fall.  Heirloom… Read more »

Local Business Spotlight: Carly Quinn Designs

Carly Quinn poses in a paint-splattered apron in front of tiles and paints at her studio, Carly Quinn Designs, in Tucson, Arizona.

| By Sarah Burton | Video by Amanda Oien & Brielle Farmer While going to school for a degree in fine arts, Carly Quinn was in need of a job and ended up working part time for a local artist making tile. What began as a way to pay the bills soon had her undivided… Read more »

Timeless Turquoise

Mac’s Indian Jewelry has stood the test of time Mac and Karen McPherson of Mac’sIndian Jewelry began selling authentic Native American jewelry from a table at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet in the mid 1970’s. Now, nearly 50 years later, their son Shane and his wife Danielle are continuing the family legacy, searching out unique,… Read more »

Desert Son: Tucson’s Treasure Trove

Steve Osborne’s shop is the place to go for quality, one-of-a-kind, Southwest jewelry, pottery, rugs, moccasins, and more In a time when everything from jewelry to groceries can be purchased with the click of a button, it can be hard to feel motivated to leave the house to shop. But if you’re looking for some… Read more »

Planes, Helicopters, History and More

Tucson’s Pima Air & Space Museum offers big fun for young and old alike  Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest aviation museums in the world, with more than 360 historic aircraft spread out over 80 acres. Six indoor exhibit hangars (three dedicated to WWII) also feature panoramas with artifacts, photos, and… Read more »

The Iconic Movie Locations of Southern Arizona You’ve Never Heard Of

Take a ride through the dramatic Sonoran desert landscape that inspired Hollywood stars and directors. Old Tucson—known as Old Tucson Studios back when—has played host to more than 300 movies and television shows, and it can’t be matched for its sets. However, few know that movies filmed there often featured the panoramic backdrop of Marana’s… Read more »

Continuing to Inspire

Tucson’s Museum of Art’s new exhibit explores the Western sublime | By Andrew Schaeffer Art may have changed over the past century, but the inspiration artists get from the serene desert landscape has not. And that’s just what the newest exhibit at Tucson Museum of Art showcases. Featuring 50 paintings, photographs, and textiles from museums… Read more »

Bisbee’s 18 Galleries

Experience the New Old West | By Andrew Schaeffer Embark on a delightful journey to the mining-turned artist community of Bisbee. With 18 galleries, 35 restaurants and restaurants, and more than 50 places to stay, this quirky town is perfect for an inspiring day trip or overnight stay from Tucson. Upon arriving in the historic… Read more »

Building a Community

Employees and residents come together to make the small town of La Posada | By Andrew Schaeffer To those looking in from the outside, La Posada might just seem like a senior living facility. However, on this sprawling one-acre campus in Green Valley, a friendly small town community is thriving. One of the largest employers… Read more »