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Bowled Over by Cuteness
People love their pets––and, perhaps even more so in the East Valley, judging from the sizable number of photo entries in our first Cutest Pet Contest. Adoring pet owners submitted a plethora of heartwarming photos on East Valley Magazine’s Facebook page of their pets playing, posing, lying around, getting dirty, getting wet, or simply looking super-cute. Frankly, we are bowled over by all the cuteness.
Sure, we have our favorites, but it’s not up to us to decide the winner. You get to pick the pet that’ll get the star treatment, including a professional photo shoot and a spot on our August/September cover, along with a feature story and cool loot. To vote for your favorites, just follow the directions on page 34.
Now on to our cover story on hometown country music sensation Dierks Bentley. Since packing up his ’94 Chevy pickup and heading for Nashville at the age of 19, he’s grown into one of the most respected award-winning country singer/songwriters around. But more than two decades and seven successful records later, the 38-year-old hasn’t strayed far from his Valley roots and history––he met his wife in eighth grade at Ingleside Middle School in Phoenix, and they still have family and friends in the Valley. It’s this strong Valley connection that prompted him to head home last year to headline the Granite Mountain Hotshots’ benefit concert. He also has another reason to come back home more frequently: the recent opening of his bar/restaurant––Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in downtown Scottsdale. Read more about it and about Bentley’s new album, Riser, on page 44.
Switching gears, we drop in on a global event that landed in Tempe recently to challenge entrepreneurs to bring innovative ideas and concepts to fruition. Then we catch up with two local moms who’re creating national buzz with their fresh, modern nursery design. Next up, local fashionista Jami Lindberg heads to popular East Valley spots to showcase stylish threads around town. Of course, there’s more, so sit back and enjoy!
Until next time!
Adam & Matthew Toren
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