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Great Shakes: Where Sip Meets Hip

Great Shakes: Where Sip Meets Hip

  • Posted by Mar 15, 2019

By Kevin Perry There’s a glorious alchemy that goes into concocting the perfect milkshake. The decadent waltz between sweetness, dairy, and chill as the disparate elements conspire to win over our palates, one silky sip at a time. And when you add malt? We surrender! “Having grown up with malts,” Great Shakes owner Doug Nelson reminisces, “I was pretty excited to do something different and carve our own little niche, which we’ve done.” It’s…

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F10 Creative: Delivering stay, play and dine experiences to Palm Springs

F10 Creative: Delivering stay, play and dine experiences to Palm Springs

  • Posted by Mar 15, 2019

By Kevin Perry Great leadership is less about what you say and more about what you hear. Opening your mind, heart, and ears is essential to understanding the needs of the customer and the community at large. F10 Creative is an ambitious collective founded on the masterful art of listening. “The market spoke and we adapted.” These words resonate as a mantra for Tara Lazar, the restaurateur/entrepreneur behind the delectable success that is F10…

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Bongo Johnny’s: Now with a View

Bongo Johnny’s: Now with a View

  • Posted by Mar 1, 2019

By Kevin Perry After suffering a fire in March of 2018, the ebullient eatery has triumphantly returned to the PS stage, although its owner eschews the spotlight. “I don’t really do interviews, so I’m not really good at talking about myself.” Robb Wirt is endearingly humble, but his zeal for hospitality drives him forward. “For me, Bongo Johnny’s was my choice for an end-of-life career. I used to work in the pharmaceutical industry, so coming to…

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Polynesia Style at Toucans Tiki Lounge

Polynesia Style at Toucans Tiki Lounge

  • Posted by Feb 28, 2019

By Kevin Perry In case you hadn’t noticed, darlings, we are experiencing a drag revolution. Genders are bending, avant-garde is in-your-face, and RuPaul wins ALL the Emmys. Nowhere in Palm Springs is the spirit of this seismic/pelvic shift fiercer than at Toucans Tiki Lounge. The Pacific island themed club welcomes a righteous roster of Playgirls; that’s Toucans-speak for badass bitches. They strut their stilettos for the festive crowds every…

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Touring Achitecture in Palm Springs

Touring Achitecture in Palm Springs

  • Posted by Feb 26, 2019

Over the last couple months we’ve had a look at some amazing homes in Palm Springs.  While they’re spectacular, many of them are off limits to the public. Fortunately there are some equally stunning public buildings where you can enjoy modernist architecture up close without a trespassing ticket! We consulted expert Robert Imber, who runs Palm Springs Modern Tours about some of his must see architecture spots in the desert.  As far as public…

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Meet Tristan Gittens, Owner of Frankinbun

Meet Tristan Gittens, Owner of Frankinbun

  • Posted by Feb 26, 2019

At quite a bit more than first glance, there's nothing about Tristan Gittens' curriculum vitae that would suggest he'd someday open a gourmet sausage restaurant. Gittens grew up in Palm Springs but moved away to attend UC Berkeley where he studied pre-med and worked on various HIV/AIDS studies after graduation. He then attended Stanford University, earned a masters in epidemiology, and started an independent contracting career in epidemiology/…

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Meet Gary And Kathy Friedle, Owners Of The Charming Monkey Tree Hotel

Meet Gary And Kathy Friedle, Owners Of The Charming Monkey Tree Hotel

  • Posted by Feb 26, 2019

The term "boutique hotel" gets thrown around quite a bit, but you won't be disappointed when you book a room at The Monkey Tree Hotel, a very private, 16-room oasis set on one acre. The hotel was designed and built in 1960 by the renowned midcentury architect Albert Frey and was meticulously renovated in 2015 by its current owners, Gary and Kathy Friedle. The couple met at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where they both…

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Ever wondered what inspired the colorful look of the Saguaro?

Ever wondered what inspired the colorful look of the Saguaro?

  • Posted by Feb 22, 2019

Look no further than the California desert and its indigenous wildflowers for the 14 striking hues. The pattern and design of the Saguaro Palm Springs was the invention of Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat of Stamberg Aferiat + Associates in New York who used the colors found in the flora of the Mojave Desert to create the Palm Springs hotel. The colors of plants and flowers in the Sonoran Desert set the foundation for the design of its sister…

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Desert X 2019

Desert X 2019

  • Posted by Feb 18, 2019

By Barbara Beckley From awesome art in the solitary sand to Palm Springs’ bus stops, stairs to nowhere at the Salton Sea, a glittery ghost palm and mid-century modern architecture as a sounding board, Desert X 2019 has turned the Coachella Valley into an artistic canvas for all to enjoy.   Feb. 9 - April 21, 2019.      Now through April 21, 2019, 19 site-specific works by artists from around the world provide yet another reason to enjoy the…

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Meet Wil Stiles

Meet Wil Stiles

  • Posted by Feb 18, 2019

By Kevin Perry Our lives are peppered with joyful memories that inspire us to look back fondly and look forward hopefully. Moments like falling in love, getting promoted, the birth of a child… or, in the case of Wil Stiles, all of the above rolled into one. “We had decided, ‘Hey, let’s just open the doors and do a full day’s worth of work and it’ll officially be the day that we’re open.’” These are the recollections of the shop’s titular owner…

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