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New Year's Eve Bash at Platinum Lounge

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Lets face it: spending money just to get through the door of bars on Mill Avenue is overrated. Still searching for New Year's Eve plans? Weary about the plans you have already made? With the biggest holiday for extravagant festivities only hours away, celebrate the countdown to midnight at a new Scottsdale nightclub.
For those dreading the hectic lines in downtown Scottsdale, Platinum Lounge at Dave and Buster’s located in Desert Ridge Marketplace is a refreshing alternative. Best of all, the popular new spot costs nothing for general admission.
For years, Dave and Buster’s has been a place for “family-friendly” activities. The large entertainment venue located in the heart of North Scottsdale recently launched the Platinum Lounge for adults looking to sip a drink without the swarm of people. While the bar introduces a new sophisticated twist to Scottsdale nightlife, drinks are poured with a heavy hand behind the granite-topped bar.
With its swanky interior and spacious outdoor patio, Platinum is a much-sought gem that touts affordable prices and specials. With top-shelf liquor and a comfortable vibe, the nightclub is a refreshing nightlife experience for both rowdy students and young professionals seeking an upscale night out. Attracting a diverse clientele, this bar is a necessity for New Year’s Eve extravaganzas. 
However, for day-drinkers and weekday crowds, this fantastic new bungalow is open exclusively Thursday through Saturday. Located in a recently renovated banquet room above Dave and Buster’s, the patio overlooks Desert Ridge, providing a spectacular view for people-watching throughout the weekend. The 6,500 square foot venue is a stylish indoor-outdoor hotspot.
Platinum Lounge has been patiently anticipating their grand opening event on New Year’s Eve. The first 200 people to RSVP on the nightclub’s New Year’s Eve Facebook page, will receive Bud Light Platinum beers all night for just a penny. Most importantly, Platinum Lounge will be offering no cover fee for the last night of 2012. 
DJ Joey T will be spinning his mash-up into the early morning. Expectedly, the nightclub is offering generous deals throughout the night to welcome the new year. Specials can be purchased starting at $50 per person including: a reserved VIP table, a pass to the buffet, a bottle of Champagne Moet Chandon and two drink tickets. Come to Platinum Lounge Thursday through Saturday, 8:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. 21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 44-1400, Phoenix, AZ, 85050. www.daveandbusters.com

Vintage Boutique Benefit Event

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While rummaging through the racks of Antique Sugar, many will be surprised to discover the charming vintage boutique brimming with an astonishing collection of colorful—yet, desirable pieces. Exploring the shop is an adventure; conscious fashionistas swoon over men’s and women’s vintage pieces dating from the 1920s to the 1980s.
Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix in the Melrose District, Antique Sugar has attracted an array of vintage enthusiasts since 2010. What sets Antique Sugar apart from other vintage stores is its passion and heartbeat inspired by its owners, Sarah Bingman and Annamarie Sanchez.
Around 4 a.m. Dec. 6, Bingham and Sanchez received a devastating phone call from their alarm company at the shop. For the fourth time this year, Antique Sugar got “ransacked” after someone threw a boulder through a glass window.
“They made off with about 25 vintage leather coats,” Bingham says. “Anna and I vented on Facebook about our frustration and sadness that this had to happen right before the holidays when we are trying to get some extra money together for presents and traveling.”
The early morning tragedy cost the storeowners $1000 in damages. The small shop not only suffered from the shattered window, but also was robbed of $2,000 worth of merchandise.
“Some of our friends from the local music scene saw our posts and rallied like champs for us,” Bingham says. “Several bands offered to play a benefit show to help us recoup some of the losses.”
Thursday Dec. 20, Antique Sugar will be holding an event from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. called “It’s a wonderful clothing store benefit.” This event will feature local bands including: Doctor Bones, Palms, Sun Ghost and Companeros. After the show, several musicians will performs acoustic sets inside the store. The day of the event, the boutique will be 20% storewide.   
“So basically, we are having a great big party with some of the best bands in the Valley, awesome deals on vintage clothing, a little wine and hopefully a lot of holiday cheer,” Bingham says.
Antique Sugar is located at 724 W. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 85013. 602-277-5765. 

Top 5 Coffee Shops For Finals Week

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With fall finals week in full-swing, it is time to hit the books and and begin those tedious research papers and reading assignments you have been procrastinating for weeks. Between distracting roommates, bustling libraries and rowdy dormitories—discovering a place to study is not always a simple task. Fortunately, coffee shops around campus offer a tranquil refuge stocked with delicious caffeine to keep the motivation going. Here is a list of the five best coffee shops to change up the ambience of your regular late-night study session.



Jobot Coffee

Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, Jobot is an ideal location to cram in an impromptu study session before your final the next day. The quirky coffee shop located in a charming historic home is a safe haven for students searching for a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Free WiFi is also available. 918 N. 5th Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85004. jobot-coffee.com
Cartel Coffee Lab
With one of four coffee shops conveniently located near Arizona State University’s Tempe campus, Cartel is a hip spot to study and indulge in one of the best sweet iced toddies. With its simplistic interior and spacious environment students will discover little to be distracted by. 225 W. University Drive, Tempe, AZ, 85281. cartelcoffeelab.com
Extreme Bean
From the outside, Extreme Bean does not look like much. However, once venturing inside, the warm environment is an inviting escape to accompany the hellish week of studying. With multiple study rooms, Extreme is ideal for getting work done without a loud distraction. Be sure to arrive early though to get a table, many have already discovered this hidden gem and its late night hours. Sunday-Thursday, 5a.m.-11:00p.m. & Friday-Saturday, open 24 hours.  1707 E. Southern Avenue, Tempe, AZ, 85282. 480-820-0333. xtremebeancoffee.com
Lux Central
While the scene is occasionally chaotic, Lux coffee house is well-worth the hectic crowd. From the heavily caffeinated Americano to the subtler homemade chai, people fiend over the deliciousness that Lux has to offer. Open Sunday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-12 a.m. and Friday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-2:00 a.m., finding the time to feed your caffeine fix shouldn’t be difficult. 4400 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, 85012. 602-696-9976.  luxcoffee.com
Songbird Coffee & Tea House
According to Songbird, it is not your average coffee and tea house—and we couldn’t have stated it any better. With local tea and coffee vendors, you are sure to get a superb cup of joe while enjoying the unique ambiance of the shop itself. The shop offers free WiFi in a comfortable sanctuary. After studying, relax and enjoy the displayed local art throughout the store. 214 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85004. 602-374-4192. songbirdcoffeehouse.com

Unzipping Vintage Fashion in Phoenix

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The girl strolling down the Phoenix sidewalk in an embroidered chiffon dress and Oxford flats is not a rarity these days. Phoenix residents have been turning to vintage fashion as an alternative to popular retailers.

DIY Fashion: Jewelry Maker Leah Williams

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Most people have a junk drawer brimming with perfectly good scraps, buttons and material that have been tucked away and abandoned. Whether it is an earring missing the matching pair, a necklace that lost a gem, or a zipper from an old skirt, these items can be recycled and transformed into gifts for this holiday season.


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