Sway Swagger Awards 2014

Sway Events honors 2014 SWAGGER Award winners

Super SWAGGER Award Winners

Katy-JuneFabulous Philanthropist: Katy June

Having lived in The Valley for most of her life, Katy June appreciates that Phoenix is a city that is always evolving and reinventing itself. She is especially proud of the ‘localist’ energy that many Phoenicians believe in and adhere to.

When asked what volunteerism means to her, June said, it means “making your community the place you want to live! It’s giving back to make your space, your people and your world more enjoyable. I have made lifelong friends by engaging in volunteer activities because they are supported by groups of likeminded people working toward a common goal.”

KennyBarrettCommunity Cultivator: Kenny Barrett

Valley native Kenny Barrett is Phoenix’s celebrated champion of urban agriculture and farming, local food, sustainable living, healthy eating and edible landscaping. Co-founder of Roosevelt Growhouse, Barrett currently works with HandsOn Greater Phoenix and plans their annual volunteer service events, including Make a Difference Day and Serve-a-Thon. He is an activist, artist and community organizer that has already made a huge difference in Phoenix.

“I hope we continue creating and adding to our sustainability plan and develop a workforce development program for young aspiring urban farmers so they can find sustainable ways to grow the abundance of food we’ll need in the future,” he said.

Ruben-GonzalesCreative Genius: Ruben Gonzales

Designer and pioneer Ruben Gonzales is a metro Phoenix native who grew up as a b-boy in Tolleson and has since made a significant impact on The Valley’s urban art scene and cultural transformation.

“It’s been amazing watching this city become the fifth largest in the country and seeing the resurgence of local shops and restaurants in Downtown and other Valley urban areas,” he said. “To be a part of that movement has been priceless.”

His company, 11th Monk3y, spotlights his original yet affordable apparel. He also builds bicycles, metal furnishings, artwork and anything else he can imagine. He hopes to host an LGBTQ printing class one day.

The Difference Maker

Good deeds, a charitable approach, and a big heart score this award: Stacy Louis

Temptful Taste

When it comes to awesome appetizers, this starter will keep you coming back for more: “Crack Bread” at Harley’s Italian Bistro

Gift Gods

If you need inspiration for picking out the perfect present, this boutique won’t disappoint your shopping mission: Zinnia’s @ Melrose

Mobile Office

Go to work and get your job done in style. This place isn’t your typical office space: Lux

Master Mixologist

The local bartender who is mixing and shaking Phoenix up, one fabulous cocktail at a time: Gina Florio, Kobalt Park Central

Sugar Rush

Sweet tooth fanatics chose this spot to satisfy their cravings and to seek total sugar high: Urban Cookies

Braggable Brunch

When hunger calls, take your appetite and crew to the place voted as the best brunch in Phoenix: The Vig

Party of Two

This recommendation for romance makes the perfect Phoenix date spot: Cibo

Pet’s Paradise

Walk your furry friends here and unleash some serious pet pampering: Wag N’ Wash

Killer Cocktails

This bar boasts cocktail concoctions that are favored for the ideal Phoenix cheers: SideBar

Debut Menu

This new dining concept gets SWAY’s recommendation for the best new menu in town: Pizza People Pub

Freshest Festival

Fun is flourishing at Phoenix festivals. Save the date for the funkiest and freshest: Rainbows Festival

Steals & Deals

We’ve got your best buys in town when pinching your pennies: $5 Burger Mondays at Maizie’s

Photos courtesy of Sway Events and Fernando Hernandez